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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
Poetry of Days is the second installment in the Shalemar series by Rohret Buchner, an epic fantasy that follows Shara Kennington, separated from her land and her people by powerful forces of evil. Now it's time to face her fears and choose between her safety and her people. She sets out on a gritty odyssey with members of The Circle, and the mysterious sword, Milton. The quest is for the hidden depths of the world beneath the Antarctic. Does she have what it takes to fulfill a prophecy they have awaited for 500 years?
Rohret Buchner is not afraid of conjuring up exciting worlds, but what makes the writing beautiful is the author’s ability to allow echoes of this world to reverberate in the hearts of the characters. The backstory is well balanced with the intense action that accompanies the rhythm of the tale. The beginning already grips the reader: “Seneca King gazed into the lens of the camera. It was a remote stare, filled with sadness and longing. It spoke of other times and other places, of lost loves and lost horizons ringed with fire. It spoke of a hidden world where the sun rose and set only once each year. Shalemar.”
The lyricism of the prose is delightful to the ear, language that is filled with symbolism, and a world where danger lurks around the next corner. But there is hope: "Life would find a way, rising through magma, feldspar, and molten glass. Life would find a way." The reader is intrigued and wants to know what will happen to the protagonist. Poetry of Days is brilliantly accomplished, with great imagination accompanied by skillful execution. I couldn’t put it down, gripped by the cinematic nature of the writing, the exquisite beauty of the prose, and the sophistication in plot and character; it carried me through the night.