Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 May 2021
A wonderful review of our book from Graeme…
In the interests of full disclosure, I have met the authors and spent time with them as they discuss some of the concepts they cover in their books. So when I read The Initiate, which I have previously reviewed, I could hear their voices in the narrative. And when I read Finding Don and Wen, those voices were even clearer, especially as the book takes the form of an exchange of correspondence between the two of them. Reflecting on this book, what seems clear now is that this is more of a teaser for their other books, particularly the Triad of Albion trilogy. It’s also an insight into their relationship, as Don and Wen are Stuart and Sue’s alter egos – fictitious versions of themselves. For me, this was a joy to read, and I suspect anyone who’s met the pair – either in person or online – will also enjoy the experience of connecting with them in this way. Sadly, Sue died recently and , for those of us who miss her, there will be a poignancy in reading her words and ‘hearing’ the playfulness in her voice. She had serious things to say, but there was a childlike enthusiasm in the way she said them. For those who have no previous connection with the authors, reading this might be more challenging. It’s written in a very readable way, but the nature of the correspondence isn’t particularly linear, and there’s no specific beginning, middle and end. That doesn’t mean to say you should only read it if you already know them, but it’ll probably mean more if you’ve read a couple of their other books first. As for me, what I got from it was even more incentive to get on and read Heart of Albion, the follow up to The Initiate.
Stuart France & Sue Vincent
and worldwide in paperback and for Kindle.
Two friends living hundreds of miles apart inadvertently begin to explore the magical and ancient landscape of Albion, delving into the symbolism hidden within mediaeval churches and piecing together the clues that appear to be left before them like a breadcrumb trail.
The correspondence within this book was written as their adventures began to unfold, recording and highlighting strange concepts and magical ideas.
Finding Don and Wen opens an inner door onto the workings of the journey of The Initiate, the first of nine books that tell the full story of what became a true quest, becoming a practical guide on how to listen to and interpret the voice of the living land and its history from a spiritual perspective.
Original front cover photograph by kind permission of our friend, Helen Glynn Jones,
author of The Ambeth Chronicles at helenglynnjones.co.uk