June 06, 2019

#BookReview for The Return of King Lillian by Suzie Plakson


Synopsis: Fans of such novels as The Once and Future King, Gulliver’s Travels, The Princess Bride, Stardust, The Last Unicorn, and The Alchemist will be captivated by The Return of King Lillian, a new hero’s journey rich with vivid world-building and unforgettable characters. This allegorical saga celebrates the healing power of art and music, the wisdom of animals, and the majesty of nature. It’s a genre-bending tale for people who take the road less traveled. People who love fantasy, mythology, metaphysics, and comedy in unexpected places. People who are artists, humanists, feminists, seekers, wanderers, wonderers, misfits and bibliophiles. 
When Lillian, the one and only heir to the throne, is cast out of her kingdom by malevolent forces, she accidentally wanders into the Forest of Forgetfullness, where she is rescued by wolves and raised by an eccentric old wise woman. When she comes of age, she is called by Destiny to return Home. The trouble is, when she steps out of the Forest, she has no memory of who she is or from whence she hails. Undaunted, Lillian sets off into the unknown, determined to discover her long lost self and to reclaim her stolen birthright. 
Releases: July 2019

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About the Author:   Multimedia Artist at Large” is an all-encompassing label I’ve slapped on myself because nothing else seems to stick. Some days it means “unmotivated dilettante” or “well-intentioned dabbler.” Other days I think of myself as a sort of expressionist — someone who will commit to creating the thing that wants creating via its chosen medium and who’ll keep on showing up until the thing is birthed. I don’t actually consider myself a writer, a sculptor, a singer, or (with the exception of being a grateful member of the actors unions and having made a living at it)– an actor. As I say, Multimedia Artist at Large. Have Art, Will Travel.
The first shining moment that ignited this lifelong chase after the grail was in Mrs. Gurwitz’s Elocution class when I was a quiet, bespectacled lass of eight.  I’d memorized and recited a poem I now don’t recall, whose words were so beautiful that it was a balm simply to speak them and sink into their imagery. The warm, bright light on that little stage was so loving, and I could feel the audience listening, being somehow transformed and uplifted. That tiny moment of Communion spoke directly to my soul and (apparently) pushed me in the general direction of my destiny.
The second watershed moment was when I was fourteen, watching a performance by Marcel Marceau — my first experience of seeing a Great Artist in person. On that very day, mere hours before, I had been shattered when a beautiful boy turned his very public affection from me to a petite, exquisitely gorgeous girl – yes, the polar opposite of me. I was all broken glass inside, my whole body burning with humiliation and heartbreak, but then . . . the profound poetry of Monsieur Marceau’s soulful, silent articulation embraced, even exalted my pain, transporting me into and through and beyond it. When the curtain fell, I felt as if I’d returned to myself a crucial bit stronger at the core.  It was the first time I recall experiencing the formidable healing powers of Art.
I suppose the defining moment came as I sat watching Lily Tomlin’s “Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe” on Broadway. Staring down from the balcony, mesmerized, I so distinctly (and so strangely!) heard my own voice quite clearly in my head, saying, “Oh, that’s what I am: I’m an Artist.”  I hadn’t a clue what to do about this “Aha!” at the time, as I was 100,000% invested in being an Actress, every molecule poised and vibrating toward that sole goal. I dimly sensed though, that being an Artist was something that might be inclusive of being an Actress, that the word carried a deeper resonance all its own.  As life rambled on, the word “Artist” spoke to me more and more often and began to explain myself to myself ever more clearly.
So, at this juncture, I sculpt, sing, act, write — some of each expression being evidenced herein.


Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟
My Review: 
The Return of King Lillian by Suzie Plakson was a tale as old as time if you ask me.  It reminded me of the classic tales out there like the Wizard of Oz, Stardust, and The Chronicles of Narnia. Of times surrounded by family with the glow of the fireplace for story time.  

 Suzie Plakson did a wonderful job bringing the story of The Return of King Lillian to life.  The story is what I would consider an epic fantasy and the world building was interesting and complete.  It was vivid, clever, and entertaining. In short this is a hero story.  I love that the hero was a woman and not a man. As a lot of the times that doesn’t happen.  I know this is slated to being an adult fantasy but I think that higher teens would find it enjoyable as well.  We need more powerful women with great messages in our reading.  This one gives us the messages of self-empowerment and life lessons. 

The characters in this one were wonderful, funny at times, clever, and inventive.  I really enjoyed both the main characters and the side characters.  I really loved Lillian she didn’t know who she was when Destiney called her home which I think was a great twist in the story.  Because we know who she is but she doesn’t.  She had a great character arc thought the story and I just loved her spunk and speaking her mind. 

Overall, this story is one that will stick with you for a while. If you are looking for a new adult fantasy to laugh with and have fun check this one out. 









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