The Child Goddess by Louise Marley 

—- Winner of the 2005 Endeavor Award —-

I love science fiction, and Louise Marley’s novel The Child Goddess is the first book of hers that I have read. It goes beyond a futuristic first contact story, it’s a compelling sci-fi read that weaves themes of different views of spirituality and questions of medical ethics throughout world-wide and personal dilemmas. The story flows well throughout different settings and different point of view characters. It’s a delightful read even for those who might not generally read science fiction.

The characters of Isabel (Mother Burke), Oa, and Simon are so vividly and passionately written that the reader is personally touched by their interpersonal interactions as they strive toward answers to an ancient and dangerous mystery. I really do hope for a sequel to this novel, as I fell in love with the characters and am interested in seeing how their paths continue on.



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