Book Review: “Epic of Helinthia” by MJ Pankey
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Book Review: “Epic of Helinthia” by MJ Pankey

Steeped in Greek mythology and Homeric tradition, MJ Pankey’s debut novel “Epic of Helinthia” immerses readers in the tale of a group of heroes who battle treachery and divine machinations as they seek to overthrow a tyrant. This story fits seamlessly into the corpus of Greek mythology with conniving gods and goddesses, hubris aplenty, and heroes whose courageous appearances belie secrets galore.

Of Merchants, Mythology, & Mercians: My Top Books of 2023
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Of Merchants, Mythology, & Mercians: My Top Books of 2023

2023 has been an excellent year for reading! I’ve narrowed down some of my top choices including works by new and independent authors such as Margaret Kasimatis, Yvonne Korshak, Vera Bell, and Kiersten Marcil. I’ve also included historical fiction and non-fiction works by established authors on topics such as Greek mythology, Anglo-Saxon England, and Renaissance Italy. Enjoy!

Book Review: “The Merchant from Sepharad” by James Hutson-Wiley
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Book Review: “The Merchant from Sepharad” by James Hutson-Wiley

“The Merchant from Sepharad” continues “The Sugar Merchant” series with the travels of Joshua ben Elazar who is tasked with establishing a mercantile presence between Europe and Asia. In a world brimming with political and religious upheaval, Joshua must contend with external and internal forces to ensure his journey’s success.

Book Review: “Those Who Would Be King” by Brent J. Ludwig
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Book Review: “Those Who Would Be King” by Brent J. Ludwig

Author Brent J. Ludwig tackles a plethora of themes “Those Who Would Be King”: deep corruption and power in politics, the tangible and intangible remnants of colonialism, and struggles for democratization in sub-Saharan Africa. This provocative novel helps readers reflect on historical and present issues that have faced third-world countries and, perhaps, recognize the complexities of post-colonialism.

Book Review: “Of White Ashes” by Constance Hays Matsumoto & Kent Matsumoto
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Book Review: “Of White Ashes” by Constance Hays Matsumoto & Kent Matsumoto

In “Of White Ashes”, Constance Hays Matsumoto and Kent Matsumoto tell the tales of two individuals and how their lives intertwine during one of the most horrific times in history: World War II. Based on the true stories of Mr. Matsumoto’s parents, this utterly captivating novel represents historical fiction at its finest, and most heartbreaking.