This novel is absolutely captivating. I found myself getting up in the middle of night just to read more, especially when I had other things troubling my mind. In fact, (others have said this so I'm not original here) I hadn't had this feeling while reading a novel since reading The Mists of Avalon. The hypnotic qualities of the novel allowed me to shut out everything around me propelling me into Julia's beautiful world. It's hard to imagine how a writer can bring out such natural joy and goodness in a character without sugarcoating or overly sentimentalizing, but Alexis Masters has accomplished this and more. It is most likely due to her solid research in the Greek Goddess Aphrodite and an expression of her own personal belief system. I also think that this novel works because the main character has to make the mystical happen in today's world, one that obviously is far removed from the ancient Goddess worship. Julia may be the stuff of legends but she still wears leggings. Somehow Julia stays real in a world full of magic and hope... There is one more thing that I have to mention about this novel. The scenery. I don't care if you are reading this book in the middle of the cold night with only one light on in the whole house, you will be transported to the beautiful and sunny climes of Cyprus and Tuscany. Without having ever been to either of these places, I feel like I have "memories" of my visit. One can't help but experience joy while reading this novel... I hated coming to the end... At least there is some consolation in knowing that The Giuliana Legacy is only the first book in a planned trilogy.
Magical Blend Magazine
The Giuliana Legacy is a 21st century fairy tale with texture and depth. I haven't read a novel that captivated me this way since The Mists of Avalon. It is a book of mystery, healing and ancient magic. Alexis Masters is a master storyteller. The writing is so captivating I often forgot where I was, who I was and even that I was reading. The story pulled me in so well I lost my total being into it. There are limitless potentials, talents and powers latent in all human beings. Many techniques for tapping into these and utilizing them have been hidden or lost throughout history. This is a wonderful story of a California modern-day woman who travels to Italy and reembraces her family's magical heritage but more importantly, this book is an analogy and an inspiration for all of us to make time and focus our attentions on reawakening our powers of creation, our psychic abilities and our healing powers. The Giuliana Legacy is not just a novel, it is a wake up call for humanity exquisitely written." — Michael Peter Langevin, publisher
First-time author Alexis Masters offers a work of "visionary fiction" the first of a trilogy depicting the familiar struggle between good and evil in The Giuliana Legacy. Heiress to a legacy of unlimited psychic power and immortality, Julia Giardani must develop her psychic powers to uncover her family's roots before power-hungry Gregor Danilenko, reincarnated enemy of the Giardani family, uses his own PK, psychokinetic power, to obtain immortality. Although the plot flows predictably throughout Julia's pilgrimage to Italy, fantasy readers will enjoy Masters' imaginative evocation of a spiritual lineage.
In the epic style of Marion Zimmer Bradley's classic The Mists of Avalon and Starhawk's The Fifth Sacred Thing, Master's dramatic tale fields and intriguing cast of characters, with the evocative settings of Tuscany, Cyprus, and the ancient Mediterranean as its backdrop. In a compelling journey into the past to save her ancestor's spiritual traditions from extinction, Julia Giardani discovers the flowering of her own psychic abilities, and a wealth of other magical aids at her disposal, as well. A tender love story is woven through Julia's search for spiritual ancestry and survival, igniting renewed passion behind her family's ancient pledge to serve the power of Love. A priestess of Aphrodite, Julia becomes not only a character of erotic love, but also a messenger of eternal soul love, or agape, inspiring each of us to claim Giuliana's legacy as our own.
The Giuliana Legacy begins with the death of Julia Giardani's father, an event which ignites her realization that she must carry on the three thousand-year-old legacy that has passed down through the women in her family--a legacy of powerful witches. Author Alexis Masters transfers her vivid imaginations into written words beautifully, and I was entranced with her detailed descriptions of places, people, and events. She carried me along through the colorful, and sometimes suspenseful, history of a family with deep roots in a magical religion. This novel is sure to appeal to individuals who enjoy ancient Goddess lore and history.
The Guiliana Legacy is an example of a newly-named literary genre: visionary fiction. This is fiction with spiritual themes and content. . . We can read Gimbutas and Stone and other splendid nonfiction works and collect facts about the civilizations of the Goddess. Or we can read visionary fiction and both learn and feel how it might have been to live in Her civilizations. And perhaps it is learning to feel the religion of the Goddess in our hearts that is the truest learning.
What happens when heredity and destiny overcome hundreds of years of forgetful humanity? It comes full circle in The Guiliana Legacy. This book is a lovely story that mixes mythology with mystery. . . this was a very enjoyable work, and I look forward to reading more by Alexis Masters. If you like spiritual fiction with an edge of ESP and a dash of occult intrigue, The Guiliana Legacy is for you!
I love a good story that keeps me up nights, not wanting to put the book down! This novel did that for me. I kept wanting to read more and more of this tale that weaves between centuries, countries, and ancient religion and old-goddess traditions and spirituality... Read the full review
Masters, a scholar of comparative religion and feminist theology, fuses aspects of ancient Greek religion, Goddess spirituality and Raja Yoga to create the Giardani family's fictional spiritual tradition...even those unfamiliar with much beyond the Judeo-Christian religious worldview will spot elements from a broad range of belief systems. The message of joyous love that The Giuliana Legacy encompasses is an inspiring one even for skeptical readers. Read the full review
"The best novel I've read in a long time -- compelling, inspiring, a delight to read--The Giuliana Legacy also accurately describes many psychic abilities and puts into words what we feel during a psychic or spiritual opening. With enchanting, graceful prose, Alexis Masters both invites and ignites the reader's own latent psychic and spiritual gifts to unfold as Julia, the Giardani Heiress, claims her birthright and reawakens to deep soul-memories of the ancient Goddess and Her Mysteries of Love."
— Beth Hedva, Ph.D., transpersonal therapist and clinical parapsychologist, author of Journey from Betrayal to Trust
The Giuliana Legacyis a moving incantation of Aphrodite in all her ancient, transforming power. Here she is the Goddess not only of erotic love but of love itself -- caritas, agape -- love the great healer that lives in each of us. Giuliana's legacy is our legacy, too. In her evocative, loving novel, Alexis Masters inspires us to claim it.
— Elizabeth Cunningham, author of Daughter of the Shining Isles, The Wild Mother and The Return of the Goddess, a Divine Comedy
"Julia is a beautiful priestess of love's mysteries. The Giuliana Legacy will open doors for many into new interior, spiritual realms that bring healing and the reconciliation of opposites. A wonderful blessing!
— Mara Lynn Keller, Ph.D., director, women's spirituality, philosophy and religion, California Institute of Integral Studies