I was surprised. Perhaps some of the reviewers left unsatisfied did not listen to the unabridged version. At first, it seemed to be just another Mary ..Show More »M. theory, but this goes beyond the DaVinci Code. Not as action-packed, but far more intriguing in the long run. Not for those who cannot bear to open their minds to new ideas. No need to believe it if it goes against the grain; just enjoy the story, & open your mind to a possibility. You will come out with a fuller, more dimensional view of the characters of history. Let your own instincts tell you what feels right & enjoy the experience.
Do NOT overlook the epilog that follows the close of the story. Do not expect alot of Indiana Jones action or high-speed action. Do expect to have your mind opened up a bit to new ideas, and visions.
I look forward to the author's next book.
The author is NOT declaring that the existing gospels are wrong. She is simply offering some wonderful food for thought. YOU decide how you want to use it.
Highly recommend this book, but get the UNABRIDGED version. You need to hear all of what she has to offer.
If you are into traditional religion this is not the book for you. If you are open to a great story, spiritual and romantic, woven into history in a &..Show More »quot;heretical" way, I definitely recommend this book. The narrator does a wonderful job playing all of the parts. I hated for the book to end. Who knows what really happened in history? Even if we were there would we know the whole story? I cannot wait for Kathleen McGowan's next book.
"The Poet Prince" is the third book in Kathleen McGowan’s Magdalene Line series. Most church historians will agree that in the early years of Christ..Show More »ianity there was a wide variety of understandings with regard to what Christ had taught and exactly who or what he was. In the Magdalene Line series McGowan introduces the reader to one a line of Christianity that goes back to Mary Magdalene. This version of Christianity sees Magdalene as the wife of Jesus, has a Gospel written by Jesus and views the law of love as a fundamental moral principle. The community that follow this line of Christianity lost out as the dominant Christian line in the years following the rise of Constantine and the transformation of Christianity from a persecuted sect to a state religion. In the McGowan novels this community continues to exist as a subtle, underground force throughout history, attempting to shape the world in light of the law of love, rather than the power politics that all too often uses religion as a tool to manipulate people and nations.
The first book in the series established a shell story to root the series in the present and to aid the reader in uncovering the world of the Magdalene Line. Each book also takes the reader back in time to see how different people played a role in the history of this clandestine community and its impact on the world. The first book focused on the tale of Mary Magdalene, as the foundation story for the series. The second book developed the doctrinal content of the series and the characters that populated the shell story in the present. The historical aspect of the book told the story of Matilda of Tuscany, one of the truly great women of the Middle Ages. The third book in the series focuses on Lorenzo de Medici, one of the moving forces of the Renaissance. The shell story is also developed.
While the first two books in the series had their virtues and were engaging enough to get me to come back for the next installment, the third book had me all the way through. The author focused on the story and the characters, with much less of the didactic that filled the earlier works. All of the significant characters in both the shell story and the tale of Lorenzo de Medici were much more multi-dimensional than in the first two books; not just the heroic lovers of each tale, as with the earlier books.
My biggest complaint regarding the first two books was that the villains were cardboard characters, who came across as mere plot devices rather than as real people. In The Poet Prince there was a real improvement with the villains. Each of the villains was sufficiently developed that you could understand why they made the choices they did. It became a cavalcade of the seven deadly sins, as the villains made their choices from greed, lust, envy, shame, pride and even psychosis fueled by toxic and fanatical faith.
My complements to the narrator, Cassandra Campbell; she did an excellent job of making the characters come alive and providing distinct voices for each of them.