Wow! I”Moa” (Moa Series, Book 1) gets an ncredible ★★★★★ Review from an Amazon! Hall of Fame, Top 50 Reviewer !
The beginning – By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE on February 6, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Having started with Tricia Stewart Shiu’s third volume (IRON SHINTO) in her rather extraordinary and captivating series entitled The Moa Books, returning to the beginning of her ideas and story lines as evidenced in this first book MOA is a particularly compelling experience. One could imagine that that third volume in a series would be more mature in style and thematic material, but in Shiu’s case that is not necessarily so. Yes, her writing is more graceful now, but the seeds of her particular brand of communication are here in this original volume…soundly.
Shiu has stepped into territory that few contemporary writers of novels have journeyed – concepts of many permutations of the spirit world as experienced and acted out by contemporary characters. MOA is not only immensely entertaining as a story, but also illuminating as to the concepts of the levels of existence that bond the corporeal world with the spirit world. Each chapter opens with a ritual that the reader can actually follow and perform, moments of enlightenment that heighten the meaning of the novel but also serve to open the reader’s mind to the seemingly endless possibilities of realms of existence – call it reincarnation or alternative levels of being or whatever connects the reader with a willingness to think along different lines. Though Shiu writes her books for a Teen or Young Adult audience, her commitment to expand the mind is so well centered that her audience could comfortably and satisfyingly include adult readers, especially those curious about universal levels of being.
But here we meet Hillary Hause for the first time, an eighteen year old who communicates with Moa, an ancient Hawaiian spirit, whose connection to Hillary alters her planned excursion to the Hawaiian Islands meant to be a graduation gift but ends up being a period of revelation for Hillary, her older sister Molly and her young niece Heidi girl – and a challenge to the way Hillary perceives the world and her place in it. This is an unexpectedly fine beginning of a trilogy (that may extend further….) and is highly recommended for all readers who embrace the possibilities of things unseen or not understood. Grady Harp,