Zero Time is a historical fantasy from author T.W. Fendley spanning across thousands of years of Mexican and Peruvian history to the present day in less than 400 pages.
In the Pleiades, on the planet Omeyocan, a humanoid civilization is dying out. The X-chromosome is dominating the Y-chromosome so more girls are being born than boys. Xmucane, a female scientist, is convinced that the only way to save their people is to travel to a comparable, habitable planet and mingle the genetic traits between both species to encourage a hybrid Omeyocan descendent that can naturally bear to term male children. They choose Earth.
Previous expeditions have failed . In a unique, final attempt, Xmucane and her three sisters and their daughters, plus four brothers and their sons, make the trip across space and time to Earth. They depart as one but arrive at different points in history to guide the culture of a civilization. Their journey is fraught with separation, betrayal, loss and human sacrifice.
Xmucane works to ensure the propagation of her people’s genetic lineage and trains the Daughters of Light, a group of human initiates and hybrid children, to honor the path of enlightenment through meditation and crystal energy and song. Her efforts are thwarted by the personification and antithesis of Light, the Lord of Darkness, and his power-obsessed companion, the Snake Woman. Their epic struggle over thousands of years draws into the conflict the one who may unwittingly hold their fates in her hands, Keihla Benton.
Keihla Benton is a science writer joining an expedition to Machu Picchu in 2012 to observe the king’s mausoleum in the days prior to the (infamous) December 21st, 2012. Keihla is warned by a fortune-teller of her great destiny but isn’t sure why people want the clay box she was given, what ancient secrets it may hold, or what her part is to play as the world approaches Zero Time.
Fendley infuses her take on Andean prophecy with plenty of technical explanation of crystal powers, meditation and transcendence to Oneness. Most of the main action taking place involves the main characters in meditation, focusing their energies and occasionally seeing other’s energy pyramids and auras.
As a reader, if something forces me to step outside of the world the author’s constructing, that’s a bad thing. The overly technical descriptions of the powers of the crystals and meditation processes read at times like something I’d expect to maybe find in a New Age textbook. This drew me out of the story more than anything else.
The vivid depictions of life in Mexico and Peru are no doubt influenced by Fendley’s own archaeological adventures in the Yucatan and Peru. I enjoyed how she interweaves folklore and myth, showing their creation over time and their function. The mystery elements and uncertainty of the characters is also entertaining.
Overall, it’s an interesting foray into the Mayan prophecy of 2012 and if you have a taste for mysteries and occult activities, this may be the fall read for you.
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