Book Review

Echoes of the Gidat – Book Review

Book Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.5 / 5 stars)

“Memories make those experiences softer, and knowledge makes the problems you had then seem simpler.”

Etevun has brought darkness as he has risen to power. The Evil One, as he is rightly named, has eliminated the Gidat and forced one of the last ones, known as the Lady, into hiding. She is on a question to find the last of the Gidat, a boy named T’Gan, and deliver him to safety. But to gain his trust, she also must teach him about the first Gidat, Minkos. Through the Telling and through their journey, T’Gan begins to grow and accept the prophecy lain before him.

Echoes of the Gidat is a neolithic fantasy reminiscent of a legend combined with adventure. It goes back and forth between Minkos and T’Gan’s story, paralleling each other’s voyages. Emé Savage has created an amazing world, with echoes of our own world, as well as elements from other stories and her own imagination. You will learn about a world at it’s birth and how those events impact T’Gan’s life today. The amount of details and effort that went into this is unimaginable, and to that I have to give a big kudos.

While the story itself is compelling, it does take a bit to get going. There are many unusual phrases (which made the glossary helpful), and I’d say it took me about 35% of the way through to start to piece together all the details. As well, it also took a bit to start identifying the character’s personalities. Minko’s was the most defined, and with T’Gan as his parallel, I began to see their similarities. But these problems it was an initial hurdle that I had to cross in order to really dive into the story

But, once the pieces fall into place, the story is quite compelling. The second half of my book, as T’Gan and the Lady begin their journey, drew me in, and once Kay joined their party, I couldn’t put the book down. Kay is probably my favorite character, and that is only after her brief appearance, and I am excited to see how her story unfolds.

That being said, the Echoes of the Gidat is creative and unique and I cannot wait to see where the story will go in Tetarul Parallel.

What’s it about?

The Gidat have existed since the First One, who was the Hearer of the Voice and defender of his People. His journey revealed a malevolent entity more powerful than anything that came before.

Thousands of years in the future, the Gidat are all but extinct due to a genocide perpetrated by a King who has acquired unnatural powers. The Lady must find and deliver a boy out of the hands of the King. This boy is the Last Gidat, and the best hope for a ravaged Sadatian people.

Through The Telling, the First Gidat reveals a malevolent entity that can take any form… including a King. Can the echoes of a long-forgotten story help a boy who has lost everything?

Insights

Indie Authors: A Community of Support

As a part of my launch event this past weekend, I interviewed and featured a handful of authors, all of whom represent different factions of the indie author community. One thing is universal among everyone I spoke with: we are a community. It is our job as indie authors to support one and other, because authors are not just authors…they’re readers too.

Indie authors get flack for not publishing traditionally. We all had our reasons though, and very rarely does it come down to our idea was rejected by agents. That’s not the case. We wanted to independently publish for a reason. Whether it was to get the story out there, having control of the process, or something else entirely.

I had the honor to meet a group of wonderful independent authors over the last week. You can meet them all below:

Eme’ Savage

Eme’ is the author of Echoes of the Gidat and Tetarul Parallel. We had a wonderful discussion about her novel and process, as well as self doubt and how that comes into play while writing.

Cody Blake Wilson

Cody is the author of The Awakening, the first in his series. We discussed his first novel as well as LGBTQ+ representation in media.

Rachel Garcia

Rachel is the author of Illthdar: The Guardians of Las, the first book in an anticipated 10 book series! We talked about how she handles her wide array of cast, as well as diversity in writing.

Rachel Shaw

Rachel Shaw is the author of Last Memoria. We spent time discussing her duology, as well as how biology and memory comes into play in her novel. In addition, we also discussed how to produce an audio book.

Lane Northcutt

Lane is the author of the upcoming novel, The Delivery Co. We had a fantastic conversation about his experience as both an actor and writer, as well as his process. Unfortunately, technology got the best of us, crashing post interview and deleting the video.

That being said, you can still read about our discussion HERE.

Lori Yerxa

Lori is the author of the non-fiction book, Pushing Through, which is about Rex Patrick, Paralympic Medalist. We discussed the differences in writing a non-fiction novel, and what she learned about herself along the way.

Sterling Blue

Sterling is the author of This Isn’t the Zombie Apocalypse. We discussed her novel, her creative process, and her current work on a graphic novel.

Kaitlyn Legaspi

Kaitlyn is the author of The Dark Irregular Trilogy. We spent time discuss her trilogy as well as her countless number of projects that she can handle all while in college!

Yet, with all these interviews, I didn’t just stop there. I featured a few other authors throughout my launch.

All of these authors combined gave away 10 books in total, reaching readers whom they might not have due to indie authors supporting one and other. And I am so glad to have spoken with all of them, since each of their stories sound unique and have made it to my “to-read” list.

Speaking with each of these authors has helped me find a new sense of community among indie authors. It’s why I am trying to start up a book club, and will continue to read and review books written by my peers.

So I implore you, please check out all these authors! They’re amazing!

And I will continue featuring and supporting them, and I hope you will as well!

E.S. Barrison

Feature Friday

Feature Friday: Emé Savage


Today I am featuring Emé Savage, author of The Genesis Chronicles (Book 1, Book 2).

Emé Savage currently lives in Dearborn, MI with her husband of 8 years and two tiny tyrants they call “cats”. She used to run a disability advocacy organization until she was diagnosed with Lupus and fibromyalgia. She published her first book in 2009 and the second in 2020.

Why did you choose indie publishing?

Because I have full creative control over my work. I decide the cover, the content, and how I want to market my work. I enjoy the intimate relationships I’ve made through these efforts.

What inspired you to write?

I grew up on 80 acres. We would find fossils and artifacts. I wondered what the lives of these people were like. I started with the Genesis timeline and built the world from there adding spiritual and magical elements.

Are you working on any projects at the moment?

I’m currently drafting Book 3. The theme for this one is disability and how they cope with these changes. It is the rawest story yet.

Who is your favorite author and/or book?

Madeliene L’Engle. She blends spiritual, supernatural, and sci fi elements in a way that is pure genius.

What is your writing routine like?

I love writing late at night. I take notes on what I want to accomplish and then execute. Right now I’m rewriting parts of Book 3

Can you give us an out of context spoiler?

“I am not worthy of this,” Kayfa protested placing her hands beneath her legs. “Kay,” The Lady interrupted. “You don’t deserve a gift. A gift is given out of love of the giver. All you have to do is accept.” The Lady’s hands trembled as she held out the book.

If you could give one piece of advise to your past-self about writing, what would it be?

Write. Don’t allow your day job or petty concerns keep you from it. Develop your craft, absorb your world, then spill your blood onto the paper.If you have something to say, go for it! Your story might bring joy or insight to a reader out there!

Any shout outs?

My Critque Partner Ashley K Wilson. My cover designer Annie Hara. Technical consultant Donny Dust. And of course my husband, writer Adrian M Holmes


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Books

The Gidat have existed since the First One, who was the Hearer of the Voice and defender of his People. His journey revealed a malevolent entity more powerful than anything that came before.

Thousands of years in the future, the Gidat are all but extinct due to a genocide perpetrated by a King who has acquired unnatural powers. The Lady must find and deliver a boy out of the hands of the King. This boy is the Last Gidat, and the best hope for a ravaged Sadatian people.

Through The Telling, the First Gidat reveals a malevolent entity that can take any form… including a King. Can the echoes of a long-forgotten story help a boy who has lost everything?

Kayfa has a secret.

She ran away from her father and found a home in Melodi. Here she is just Kay, a curious young woman with a talent for the bow. In reality, she is much more. She has always known one day she would return.

The Lady gives her a magically enhanced book which can only be read by a direct descendent of Felana, the Mother of All. This book holds the secret to defeating the entity called Etevun.

Thousands of years in the past, Felana finds that Minkos has been keeping secrets. Secrets that could have a deadly effect on her People. Etevun has grown stronger. Felana must become the leader she was always meant to be. With the help of a novice mage and an ingenious hunter, they have a fighting chance.

Can the parallels in Felana’s story help Kayfa accept a long denied purpose, or will she allow her fear of the past determine her future?


Currently, I am not accepting any more applications for Feature Friday. Follow me for updates regarding when I will be reopening the application. Until then, signing off.

E.S. Barrison