It is not very often that I read a book that literally gives me tingles from head to toes and captures me with deep, inner truths and enlightenment. Schizandra and the Gates of Mu, by Laura Bruno is a rare gem of a novel, taking the reader through a journey of self discovery and infinite potential.
The novel follows heroine Schizandra Ginger Parker on a mythical journey of awakening. After the death of her beloved father, Schizandra finds herself living in Sedona, Arizona with her unfamiliar, vegan grandmother. Completely out of her element, with her life turned upside down, the young girl's life takes another harsh jolt when she falls into a mysterious slumber after passing out in biology class. Nothing could prepare Schizandra for the soul discovery that stems from going deep within on an odyssey that unviels her true self and limitless potential.
Schizandra and the Gates of Mu blurs the lines between fiction, reality, spirituality and mythology. Never have I read a fiction novel that touches on so many esoteric topics. This novel is incredibly unique and magical, filled with depth, symbolism and wisdom. It speaks to the individual reader on so many levels, unveiling universal truths as Schizandra discovers her gifts and purpose. There were lines in the novel that rushed at me full speed, causing me to look within and question my own life path. It's brilliantly written and fast paced, yet speaks to all age groups with characters like a cacao addict Lemurian queen, hilarious, quirky, spinster twins and a hot, bachelor helicopter pilot.
Author Laura Bruno creates an amazing tapestry of characters, insights into hidden truths and mythology and weaves it all in an entertaining page turner that magically rivals Harry Potter, yet is amazingly relatable. If I had children this would be the ultimate bedtime story to read together, as it is funny and entertaining for adults and children alike, yet artful in its facilitation of revealing wisdom. Schizandra's journey will continue in the upcoming sequel, Schizandra and the Peruvian Jaguar. I can't wait to see what other magical musings and adventures await! :) You can purchase Schizandra and the Gates of Mu from Amazon here.