I was sent a free copy of Woman on the Wall by Robin Rivers. All opinions are my own.
About Woman on the Wall:
For 500 years, the once powerful order of the Sibylline has kept the identity of its future prophetess hidden in the most famous painting in the world. Amid the chaos of post-World War II France, one woman discovers their ancient secret and its ability to transform a fragmented world.
Paris & Amboise, 1945.
A brilliant, devoted, and driven paleographer …
After 480 days as a Nazi political prisoner, Dr. Marie Guerrant returns to Paris to repatriate the Mona Lisa and find her daughter. When a British Colonel arrives claiming he needs her French Resistance connections to find the lost painting, which she helped hide seven years earlier, distrust is high. Tipped off about her daughter’s involvement and the Colonel’s obsessive belief that the Mona Lisa contains the identity of a modern-day Sibyl prophetess, Marie must risk her life to save her daughter and the masterpiece from men consumed by controlling destiny.
Amboise & Fontevraud, 1519.
A brave, bold, and potent prophetess …
On the eve of rising as the Sibyl of Amboise, Aesmeh de la Rose must rely on her visions to find Leonardo da Vinci after he and the Mona Lisa disappear from his workshop at Clos Lucé. The precious painting and its creator cannot be lost or the ancient Sibylline Order faces extermination after more than 1000 years of rebuilding their powerful matriarchy. Torn between duty and love, Aesmeh must tap into an ancient alchemy in a race to keep the Order safe. But, an unspeakable betrayal forces her to make an unfathomable choice to secure the future of the Sibylline.
This rich alternate history binds two women beyond time, each fighting to restore sight to a world blinded by the power and control of men. The fate of the world rests on their courage to reclaim the ancient feminine powers of the Sibylline. Woman on the Wall is a sweeping fantastical tale of intrigue and hope for us all.
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About the Author:
Robin Rivers (she/her) is the author of the historical thriller Woman On The Wall, The Sibylline Chronicles Vol. 1. When she is not skulking around graveyards and castles, she is dreaming up worlds full of fierce magical women. A former international award-winning journalist and media entrepreneur, Robin now runs an academy for aspiring young authors. She lives and writes on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, in Vancouver, Canada.
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I enjoy a dual timeline book and add in historical fiction and I am one happy reader. To make this one ever more appealing to me it involves art and Renaissance art is one of my biggest passions. So this book was certainly starting out hitting on many of my favorite topics.
After WWII finally comes to its end, Dr. Marie Guerrant is finally free of the Nazis and is working towards getting the Mona Lisa back where she belongs. But all is not going as smoothly as she would like. For there is more to the Mona Lisa than just being the painting of a woman in a chair. Or so this story goes.
In 1519 danger is lurking for a for the Sibylline Order as the current Prophetess has visions that lead her to Leonardo daVinci and his most famous of paintings, the Mona Lisa. She must find him to make sure that all is well and he goes forward as history has detailed or all could be lost for her and her order.
As the current time and the past work towards each other forces will try and keep these women from their rightful place. Read the story to delve into a world of mystery and mysticism and to keep the pages turning well into the night.