The Earth Goddess

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3000 BC. The cult of the Earth Goddess is controlled by a sinister priesthood. The island country has been annexed and its lord murdered. His consort has fled, carrying his heir, Paoul. Ignorant of his parentage, Paoul is orphaned and sold into the Red Order. His teachers predict a great destiny for him. Only later, beyond the point of no return, do his doubts begin ... More

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Published: Feb. 14, 2010
Words: 74,450
Language: English
ISBN: 9781452310824
About Richard Herley

I was born in England in 1950 and educated at Watford Boys' Grammar School and Sussex University, where my interest in natural history led me to read biology.

My first successful novel was "The Stone Arrow", which was published to critical acclaim in 1978. It subsequently won the Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize, administered by the Royal Society of Literature in London, and was the first in a trilogy. This was followed by "The Penal Colony" (1987), a futuristic thriller that formed the basis of the 1994 movie "No Escape", starring Ray Liotta.

The main difficulty for the author is making his voice heard in the roar of self-promotion. I believe that the work I am producing now is of higher quality than my prize-winning first, and ask you, the reader, to help spread the word by telling your friends if you have enjoyed one of my books.

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Reviews

Review by: C S McClellan on Nov. 15, 2013 : star star star star star
It's taken me too long to get around to writing a review. This is the third and last book of the Pagans series, and as much as I admired the first two, I think this is the best. It's a magnificent ending, even if not a happy one, and beautifully written, as Mr. Herley's books always are.

It moves forward in time, when the pagans have lost the battle for their way of life and a hierarchical religious institution has gained power over the land. Taggart's son, orphaned, is taken in and starts the long journey to priesthood. But life eventually exposes him to the realities outside his privileged enclave, and he is forced onto an entirely different path.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Ben Thornton on March 11, 2010 : star star star star star
The third of the Pagans novels, following Paoul from his childhood with the last of the remaining nomads, through to his training as a priest in the ruling hierarchy. Another page turner!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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