For anyone who loves the power of myth and a deep, riveting story well told… who yearns for a better world through the difficult, rewarding work of inner transformation… who has known suffering and darkness, and seeks to live in the light—this deeply affecting story will be an intimate companion on the journey to wholeness, a guide to healing seemingly unforgivable transgressions.
is available in print and all e-book formats. See below for more about Book One.
Update re: Book Two
>> NEW TITLE: I took a little poll and it looks like the title of Book Two will be Fierce Blessings instead of “Difficult Blessings”
>> Getting ready to publish! I have reworked the Chapter structure of Fierce Blessings. When I’m writing, I make lots of subtitles as I go so I can find scenes. But when the major edits are done, I have to make proper chapters.
>>And I did a painting that might work for the cover art. It’s getting exciting around here! I hope to have Fierce Blessings out this year.
>>Dark Innocence has received TWELVE 5-Star and two 4-Star reviews on Amazon.com
From the newest 5-star review: “Rahima Warren takes her readers on a deep, healing journey—in the story and within themselves. … The raw power of Warren’s vision sweeps from the forests to the stars and into the reader’s heart and soul.”
Dark Innocence “can take its place amongst Tolkien and the best of science fiction writers such as Ursula LeGuin. It is a well-sustained, exciting and suspenseful narrative written in a lucid and powerful style.”
–Harris Smart, author of seven books, editor, film and television producer, formerly a Fellow in the Creative Writing Dept. at Stanford University
One reader said, “a therapeutic story written in Tolkien style–A MUST READ!”
Delving into the deep mysteries within, Rahima Warren has retrieved many gems of wisdom and healing. Through an unexpected alchemy, these inner gems have been distilled into an enthralling, and sensuous adventure of the soul, Dark Innocence: Book One of the Star-Seer’s Prophecy.
Dark Innocence is the story of the slave Kyr’s arduous journey of healing and transformation from the evil and pain of the Soul-Drinker’s hell to redemption and love. It is a gripping, intense and yet inspiring story of mystery and intrigue, inner courage and endurance, secrets and forbidden love, set in an ancient world of blood sorcery and ritual magic.
Kyr, however, is not the usual intrepid, dragon-slaying hero of many fantasy stories. His is the hard path of the inner journey toward wholeness. Manipulated by enemy and friend alike, he struggles to recover his true essence from the darkest of ordeals, to retrieve the light of his soul from the depths of remorse, and to discover the truth of Love, as he is propelled toward his destiny by the predictions of the Star-Seer’s Prophecy.
Drawing from her extensive experience as a psychotherapist and spiritual seeker, Rahima Warren writes with a depth of wisdom, compassion and emotional and spiritual authenticity of the inner hero in all of us.
Long ago, an ancient, peaceful land was blessed and guided by the Goddess Zhovanya. Then, an all-powerful sorcerer called the Soul-Drinker conquered the land, banished the Goddess, and turned Her sacred Temple into a dark maze of suffering and evil. Keeping himself alive for six generations through orgies of human sacrifice, the Soul-Drinker has cowed the people, and is draining the very essence of life and spirit from the land.
The Circle, a dedicated group working covertly to end his horrific reign, is led by Rajani, a Warrior-Mage oath-bound to ensure that the Star-Seer’s Prophecy is fulfilled. The Prophecy foretells that the only one who can destroy the Soul-Drinker, bring back the Goddess, and restore the sacred balance of the earthly and divine realms is the “twin-souled dark innocent.”
But that dark innocent is an unlikely savior: Kyr, a youth born and raised as a slave of the Soul-Drinker, who blindly carries out the sorcerer’s brutal commands. How can an abject slave overcome the Soul-Drinker’s unbreachable sorcerous defenses? Even more impossible, how can he overcome his vicious upbringing, and become a man of courage and compassion who is willing to fulfill the demands of the Prophecy?
In Book One: Dark Innocence, Kyr begins an astonishing and arduous journey beyond the darkness that is all he has ever known.
Read an Excerpt here.