The Recidivist is an exploration of religious, moral and political ethics throughout history and mythology, and across alternative worlds. This story gets up close and personal with historical characters, the result being a unique re-imagining of ancient myths and legends.
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By Anna Wagner
Dec 14, 2012
Cristina's third novel is a pearl of a story. I was instantly drawn in by the 'mystery' observer's perspective that opened the story and remained intrigued throughout. I felt this particular character's perspective could have been read literally or as a high-level conceptual parable (or perhaps both) - either way, it was brilliant. The other key characters Cristina has offered and their journeys are rich with thought-provoking messages on a range of ethical dilemmas, many of which can translate to modern life. I was amazed by Cristina's reimaginings of key historical events and myths and legends. This fantasy/speculative fiction novel is elegant and self-contained. Cristina certainly knows how to end a story in a way that leaves any reader satisfied - I was blown away by it.
This writer gets better with each outing and her latest (third) novel is a fascinating journey through time. Cristina has a way of delving into some of the most challenging of philosophical questions without once feeling like anything other than good story-telling. She's probably offended every major religion on the planet writing this book but I would hope zealots will delve more deeply into the underlying messages about placing more trust in love, family and friends. Definitely a book for adults (especially given some of the graphic battles described) but one well worth reading.
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