Catharsis, Legend of the Lemurians (Earth Keepers Chronicle 1)

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Karma can be a beautiful maiden or a bitch... Lemurians, Atlanteans... The beautiful Catharsians share the planet with another race, the Uglies. Being ugly is considered a contagious disease, and the Uglies are herded into a reservation, where they live out their drudgery behind an electric fence...until the ultimate disaster strikes. Will it bring to light everyone's true beauty and ugliness? More

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About Lada Ray

Born in Russia, Lada Ray is a linguist, financial consultant, Feng Shui Master, and mystical futurist. She is the author of three novels and several novelettes, most notably, Amazon bestselling thriller Gold Train (Accidental Spy Russia Adventure) about the conspiracy connected to the disappearance of the Russian Empire’s gold reserve; and the top-rated prophetic mystical thriller The Earth Shifter, set in Moscow, Lake Baikal in Siberia, NYC, and hidden realms of Heaven and Earth. Lada’s popular blogs: Lada Ray Blog (books, Russia, China, feng shui, world cultures); and her new project FuturisTrendcast (geopolitics, Earth Shift, Lada Ray’s mystical futurism and predictions). Subscribe to Lada Ray Live channel on Youtube and follow her on Twitter @LadaTweets.

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Review by: Rohan Healy on Jan. 24, 2013 :
A lovely short story with very strong ethical overtones relating to bullying and comeuppance. I very much liked the fact that the Lemurians, the underprivileged race of second class citizens on the planet Catharsis, never rose to the taunting and cruelty of their tormentors, the self proclaimed superior race, the Catharsians.

The message is a strong "Two wrongs do not make a right" and how it's important to keep your own dignity even as those who torment you choose to sacrifice theirs.

The other cool thing is that the end of the story very much sets up the events to come in the later books in the Lemurians series, with a nice twist that I will not spoil here ;)

Well worth a read, especially given that it's free! It certainly made me want more, and I'll definitely be reading Lada's The Earth Shifter next.

Good story, likable characters, excellent value, 5 stars ;)

Rohan HEaly
(review of free book)

Review by: Mary Ellis on Oct. 03, 2012 :
CATHARSIS immediately drew me in!

I've just finished a really intriguing short story written by Lada Ray: Catharsis, Legend of the Lemurians, is Book 1 of the new Earth Keepers Series. It is a metaphysical/dystopian short, which is also the companion and prequel to the upcoming YA fantasy/thriller novel, THE EARTH SHIFTER.

Catharsis is only 11K words, or about 30 pages in length, but it delivers quite an impact. The characters, back story, setting—all work together to create the aura of fairytale magic, along with important lessons to be learned. I found myself rooting for the Uglies, especially the protagonist Morf, as they try to save the planet, and as they have to make the hardest choice of their uneasy lives.

This first book of a very promising new series, is a relatively quick and easy read. Heart warming message about remembrance, and what it means to be a genuine human being. In these times, when we focus on all the bad news around us, it's easy to forget this precious lesson. A truly great and inspiring read, recommended for all age groups but especially for young people... it will give them hope and a brighter outlook for the future! Highly recommend, I am eagerly awaiting the next installment, which will feature the Lemurians’ and Atlanteans’ life on Earth. 5 Stars for this elegant work.
(review of free book)

Review by: Wil K on Oct. 03, 2012 :
Excellent short story about alien (human) nature, and how we can learn to get along somehow. Compassion is the key to our own salvation, honest and compelling narrative about the most important lesson to learn. Pass this story to your kids, they'll learn something valuable that'll last a lifetime.
(review of free book)

Review by: Inspirational Fiction /IF Mystery on Sep. 30, 2012 :
Great writing, plotting and pacing but the short story just ended, leaving me scratching my head. A great morality lesson for young adults, especially in this age of bullies, still I wish the author had fleshed out the events on Earth.
(review of free book)

Review by: Maddie Walsh on Sep. 17, 2012 :
A Beautiful Tale of Paradise Lost and Paradise Found!

What does it mean to be ugly, Truly ugly from the inside-out?
We are about to find out as Author, Lada Ray, takes us on a timeless adventure from a distant galaxy far away and long ago. Lessons "forgotten" tend to repeat themselves throughout history until we ultimately learn from them. This cautionary tale shows how our ancient ancestors, the Lemurians, lived their lives with love. They cared for one another and united as one people. Thus they can overcome any adversity that is trusted upon them, even the destruction of their home planet! We can learn a lot "remembering" what it means to be human, because if we don't unite as a people, we would certainly fall from grace. "Catharsis" is a timely tale that warns us about how our collective future may unfold if we don't wake up!
(review of free book)

Review by: KatesReads on Sep. 15, 2012 :
Lada Ray's short story, "Catharsis (Legend of the Lemurians) is Book 1 of the Earth Keepers Chronicles. It is a companion/prequel to The Earth Shifter, a full length novel. The story is about a planet on the outskirts of the Andromeda Galaxy, Catharsis, populated by extraordinarily beautiful people. The Catharsians have rounded up any ugly people and confined them to live behind an electric fence and fend for themselves. They call them "Uglies". The Uglies, who prefer the name Lemurians, are a peaceful and loving people.

However, beauty is only skin deep and the world around the Catharsians starts to crumble and tear apart. The Lemurians seem immune to the disaster. Who will perish? And how will anyone survive? There's only one way to find out!

This is a great short story and intro into The Earth Keepers Chronicles. It is very imaginative and well plotted. Even in such a short story Lada Ray packs a powerful message. Beauty is only skin deep and karma can be either wonderful or deadly.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Jason Sullivan on Sep. 15, 2012 :
Do you believe in the Atlanteans or, the even more obscured by time and history, Lemurians? If these ancient civilizations did exist, how did they arise? Could they have come from another planet? 'Catharsis, Legend of the Lemurians' is a fascinating allegorical tale by the talented author, Lada Ray. It is the prequel to the upcoming 'The Earth Shifter', a young adult fantasy exploring the possibility of a comet's catastrophic visitation to planet Earth! In 'Catharsis, Legend of the Lemurians', we learn of the Lemurians. The Lemurians like to sing, share, and grow food, yet are forced to live behind electric fences and given the ignominious name "Uglies". The other inhabitants on their planet, the Catharsians, are vain and greedy. The Catharsians are obsessed with trying to be "beautiful". They pay little attention to the Uglies, unless it is to heap disdain upon them. That is, until the planet Catharsis starts to act up. What happens next has implications for our own future as well as our distant path. This allegorical story contains important truths, which are especially relevant today. Read 'Catharsis, Legend of the Lemurians'! It will get you thinking about collective karma, where we might have come from, and what the future could hold if we do not learn to care for each other and to share the resources of planet Earth.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: ReviewerRachel on Sep. 14, 2012 :
Catharsis! This book may be only 27 pages, but it wowed me! I’m usually not drawn to short stories at all, I just stay so disconnected. The book gave off a pleasant sense of whimsy, at the same time, it underlined crucial lessons about understanding/bullying/stereotypes/societal norms. I just all-around adored it! It was just so different from everything else I’ve ever read. I loved the background stories, the lessons it expressed. Several of them closely mirrored my favorite Bible stories. It didn’t leave me empty like other short stories, it filled me up completely. I absolutely recommend this book to people looking for a satisfying read.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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