This has been one of my favorite recent series. And it just so happens to be written by a friend of mine, Lia London. (But she became a friend after I’d been introduced to her fabulous writing.) Today, I’m featuring the newly released third and final book in her Gypsy Pearl series, which I had the pleasure of beta reading.
Caz has been given three gifts. She’s been named the Gypsy queen. Now she’s arrived on the last planet in the Granbo System. But as she makes her way to the rendezvous point where she will complete the cycling of the pearl and take up her mantle, she wonders why the third gift has given her no special powers like the first two did. And as she is exposed to the variety of cultures on Tye, she begins to have doubts. How can she unite so many different governments and people groups?
“Unity is a vague term, isn’t it? What does it really mean? Can humanity ever really be united? What would it take? What would we have to give up to achieve it?”
Good questions. And we see Caz struggling here in this book more than in any other.
The Gypsy Pearl: Tie reminds me of Taran Wanderer, by Lloyd Alexander. Just as Taran explores and is shaped by the kingdom he will one day rule, so too with Caz. We see her maturing, problem solving, and though she does not know it, preparing for leadership. And along the way, she absorbs some important lessons. Like the one spoken by Nathani, an old woman who lends Caz aid:
She tapped her forehead. “Knowledge is up here, and it’s all facts and figures and skills. It’s what and where and how.” Spreading her palm across her concave chest, she said, “Wisdom includes the why. It is compassion and selflessness. If knowledge grows faster than wisdom, it ceases to breed kindness.”
This story resonates with gentle nudges of wisdom that are well balanced by Caz’s quick wit. Chose to be happy. Decide to survive. And it changes Caz. At one point her boyfriend Alf observes, “You are not a wave watcher, Caz. You are the wave.” It is Caz who drives this series. It is her growth that is so admirable and fun to watch. And it is so satisfying to see her journey reach its conclusion. Loved this series!
Grab a copy. They’re often .99 and never more than 2.99.
It just so happens that while I was beta reading the last Gypsy book, Lia was beta reading my newbie, Ella Wood. Very blessed to give and take with someone of Lia’s calibre. She recently posted her response to Ella Wood as well as a short 4-question interview. Catch them on her website!
Still with me? Good! Because another of my beta readers, Patricia Tilton, featured Ella Wood on her blog today. Head over to Children’s Books Heal!