The Sound of Seas – Gillian Anderson

Title: The Sound of Seasthe-sound-of-seas-9781471137785_hr
Author: Gillian Anderson
Genre: Drama/Thriller/Mystery
Pages: 277
Category: 18. Finish a series
Format: Paper

Date Started: February 27th 2017
Date Finished: March 5th 2017

The final instalment in this series, started right at the beginning of the year. This third book in the trilogy somewhat diverges from what I’m accustomed to for a trilogy but it does work for it. If you’re looking at this and haven’t read any of the books then stop right here and go back to the first review and decide if it’s something for you.

Picking up right where the previous book left off we are thrown right into the Galderkhaan lifestyle. Yet another new side of Galderkhaan that we haven’t seen before, this time focussing on fishing and the use of the airships. We see a return of Madame Langlois from the first book as well.

Although the majority of the questions I had were answered in this book, there are still things I would’ve liked to see more of. Unfortunately, the many intertwining stories make it quite difficult to devote all that much time to any one of the stories which is both interesting and limiting.

Regardless, I found the series an interesting read and I don’t think it’s quite like anything I’ve read before this and it did open my eyes to how many different cultures and customs could be incorporated into one belief system that is still based primarily on science. I think the quote at the top from a different Gillian Anderson work sums that up perfectly: Nothing happens in contradiction to nature, only in contradiction to what we know of it.

Rating: 3/5 stars

A Dream of Ice – Gillian Anderson

a-dream-of-ice-9781471137747_hrTitle: A Dream of Ice (Earthend Saga #2)
Author: Gillian Anderson
Genre: Mystery/Paranormal
Pages: 279
Category: 12. Read a book with a contemporary setting
Format: Paper

Date Started: January 22nd 2017
Date Finished: January 27th 2017

Having enjoyed the first book in this series so much I was somewhat disappointed by the second one. I still enjoyed it but not with he ‘couldn’t put it down’ excitement that I experienced with A Vision of Fire.

What has become clear throughout the books is the very unusual and complex spirituality that Anderson builds on, based at least somewhat on her own personal beliefs. In the first book the main character Dr. Caitlin O’Hara goes through a learning process that involving a vodou priestess and an Iranian priest. She comes to realise that there is something after death, and that the dead are in fact communicating with the living. This is the theme that continues throughout the second book.

A Dream of Ice focuses less on Dr. O’Hara and more on the Explorer’s Club introduced in book 1. The narrative spans from The Explorer’s Club where Flora Davies conducts her work to a remote ice shelf in Antarctica where Mikel discovers the remains of the ancient Galderkhaan civilisation.

Gillian Anderson is certainly not the first to suggest that there may have once been a civilization in Antarctica. In Stargate it was an outpost originally believed to be Atlantis, and within recent weeks it has been the discovery of a dome like shape on the continent that has renewed discussions. Perhaps Galderkhaan is less fiction than it appears to be at first.

If you happen to have picked up the initial book and enjoyed it then I would certainly recommend picking this one up too, with the caveat that many of the themes explored are similar to that of the first book.

Rating: 3/5 stars