Author’s Newest Novel Is “Reminiscent of Octavia E. Butler and Margaret Atwood”

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Stella Atrium releases Book II in the Dolvia Saga

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Novelist Stella Atrium recently released her second fantasy novel, “HeartStone: Book II of the Dolvia Saga” (published by iUniverse), to excellent reviews. Book I of the series titled “SufferStone” was released by iUniverse in January 2012.

From Kirkus Reviews, which called HeartStone an “entertaining and powerful read,” to Goodreads reviewers who have called the book “an adventure of a lifetime,” Atrium’s newest offering has captured the interest of readers and critics alike.

An excerpt from Kirkus Reviews:

“Atrium’s intricate novel ranges widely in theme – gender, politics, existential philosophy, mysticism, etc. Set primarily on the planet of Dolvia – where the females of the indigenous, frequently warring tribes of the savannah maintain few rights and are forced to wear burkas – the storyline revolves, at least initially, around Dr. Edna Edwina Greensboro, a bush-clinic doctor whose courage, compassion and vision have begun to change some of the insular ways of thinking.

An allegorical, emotionally intimate narrative for sci-fi fans, with broad themes that could appeal to a mainstream audience, too.”

When creating characters, Atrium is clear on her agenda. “I try to present women who need to solve real problems,” she says. “My intent was to pry open the archetypes of alien women in sci-fi who are, shall we say, sexually available to the story’s hero. You know the types – warrior, witch, street urchin, unavailable princess who sneaks around, armless mermaid. (Instead) let’s present a few female characters who drive the story and solve problems using the tools at hand.”

GoodReads reviewers agree. Phoenix Carvelli wrote:

You have a really great series going here. I love your descriptive writing style! I really can't wait to see what Brianna thinks of Earth and then what happens when she returns to Dolvia!

About the Author
Learn more about Stella Atrium and her writing at http://speakingincommunity.blogspot.com. eBook versions of both fantasy novels are available for Kindle and Nook. Watch for giveaways of paperback copies on GoodReads and LibraryThing throughout the summer of 2012.

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