Dark Innocence: Book One of the Star-Seer's Prophecy by Rahima Warren
Guest Post on Beyond Escapism: Fantasy that Inspires and Heals
Can reading a fantasy story be healing for the reader? Isn’t reading fantasy just a fun escape from humdrum reality? In some cases, yes. But I have found a number of fantasy authors who write about people with deep wounds and their healing journeys.
For example, Deerskin by Robin McKinley, a wonderfully-written fantasy, is essentially about the heroine’s struggle to overcome the wound of being raped by her father. The wound is so deep that the heroine has to forget what happened, even forget who she is. The story shows how she eventually remembers herself, confronts her father, and recovers the ability to trust and love.
Another example is The Onion Girl by Charles de Lint. One of the main characters in his urban fantasy series set in a fictional modern city called Newford is Jilly Coppercorn, an always cheerful artist who paints scenes of faery. In this novel, he writes of Jilly’s dark past. “I’m the onion girl,” she says. “Pull back the layers of my life, and you won’t find anything at the core.Just a broken child. A hollow girl.”
How many of us sometimes feel like this? I know I did. Decades ago, when I was just emerging from a divorce, I experienced myself as a circle of mirrors. I imagined that people would see something in the mirrors, and think it was me, but it really was just a reflection of them. And there was nothing in the middle of that circle of mirrors. No me, anywhere. That was pretty scary! Fortunately, I was in therapy at the time. By going on my own healing journey, I slowly disbanded that circle of mirrors and reclaimed my true self. In the process, I became a psychotherapist myself, and worked with clients for 20 years, until I retired to focus on my writing, painting and spiritual studies.
In The Onion Girl, de Lint weaves together Jilly’s painful recovery process with a rich, complex fantasy story. Since I was psychotherapist, I love these stories that deal with the painful but ultimately rewarding healing journey. Naturally, my story is also about the main character’s healing journey. (I’ve written elsewhere about how I ended up writing my fantasy trilogy, The Star-Seer's Prophecy.)
At first, my protagonist, Kyr, knows nothing but obedience to an evil sorcerer-king known as the Soul-Drinker. He coldly carries out the Soul-Drinker’s vicious commands, until he is rescued by people whom he has unwittingly helped. As he learns that there is kindness, friendship and love in the world, he struggles to become a kind, caring person. His battle is not with orcs or dragons, but with his inner demons.
Kyr’s courage is the courage to look within, face his own pain, rage and remorse, and find his way to forgiveness and love. This is a courage much needed in the world today, to help end the cycles of blame and punishment, hatred and revenge, which lead to feuds, war and terrorism, as well as to depression, self-loathing, and many emotional ills. Any story that describes the inner journey to wholeness, and inspires the reader to have Kyr’s kind of courage will have a healing effect on the reader.
For example, one of the readers of my novel, Dark Innocence: Book One of The Star-Seer'sProphecy, writes:
“By living vicariously through the characters in a safe, fun, and captivating manner, I began to relate to my own dark and deep feelings. I found I could safely start to heal old wounds, and question things about my own beliefs. And it all happened through the story’s presentation of terrible suffering, acceptance, and growth, as opposed to having to analyze myself. I cried and laughed a lot, and consciously decided that if these characters can face such horrendous pain and evil, and come out to a place of lightness and beauty and love, so can I.
As a result, I have been able to forgive someone with whom I was very angry for a long time, for injuring me in a car accident. I have committed myself to deepen my recovery process. And I’m enjoying the effects of personal realizations about my own path in life and where I want to go.” (For the full interview, go here.)
If you are seeking something beyond a fun escape, I hope you will read these stories, and let them inspire you on your own healing journey!
ABOUT Dark Innocence: Book One of the Star-Seer's Prophecy by Rahima Warren
The “twin-souled dark innocent,” Kyr, is a youth born and raised to blindly carry out the Soul-Drinker’s brutal commands. At first, Kyr’s one desire is death, the only escape from the Soul-Drinker’s hellish rule. Just when he is about to get his wish, the secret Circle rescues him. Now he has to choose between the familiar easy path of despair and death, or the hard path of healing, living, and a greater destiny, about which he knows nothing. How can a slave who has known only evil, pain and obedience choose to become a man of courage and compassion, and fulfill the Star Seer's Prophecy?
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Rahima Warren’s Bio:
Rahima Warren is the author of Dark Innocence: Book One of the Star-Seer's Prophecy, a deep, rich novel of the healing journey. With Master's degrees in Clinical and Transpersonal Psychology, she was in private practice as a licensed psychotherapist for over 20 years. In 2006, Rahima retired to focus on her expressive painting, creative writing, and spiritual studies.
In her work with clients recovering from abuse, she was awed by the human capacity to heal, and to reach new levels of forgiveness, wholeness and happiness. She also learned to trust the psyche's own process. This enabled her to allow a dark and mysterious story to flood forth unhindered: Dark Innocence: Book One of the Star-Seer's Prophecy.
Rahima is a third-generation native of California and resides with her husband in Northern California, where she periodically chases squirrels off the wild bird feeders, and deer away from her roses. Her life-long love of fantasy is her parents' fault: they left sci-fi & fantasy magazines with fascinating cover art lying around the house.
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