Colleen’s #Book #Reviews – “The Termite Queen: The Wound That Has No Healing, Volume II “ by Author, @TermiteWriter

  • Title:  The Termite Queen, The Wound That Has No Healing, Volume II
  • Author: Lorinda J. Taylor
  • File Size: 1469 KB
  • Print Length: 598 Pages
  • Publisher: Self Published by Author
  • Publication Date: May 18, 2012
  • Sold By: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0084NKIR0
  • Formats: Paperback and Kindle
  • Goodreads
  • Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction, Literary

*I won a copy of Volume I and II of the Termite Queen in a contest and enjoyed it so much that I am offering an honest review which follows.*

IN THE AUTHOR’S WORDS:

“In the Termite Queen: Volume One: The Speaking of the Dead, the death of a specimen of intelligent giant termite impels a team of scientists to mount a new expedition to the alien planet where the specimen was captured. During the voyage out, the linguistic anthropologist Kaitrin Oliva and the expedition’s chief, the entomologist Griffen Gwidian, fall in love and form a union, after which Prf. Gwidian begins to exhibit some troubling changes of mood and behavior. Meanwhile, on the alien planet, civil discord is brewing among the termites; Mo’gri’ta’tu, the Queen’s Chamberlain, hatches a plot to murder the Holy Seer Kwi’ga’ga’tei, a plot foiled only by the sudden reappearance of the Flying Monster.

In Volume Two, the team arrives at the planet to a combative reception, but, aided by Kaitrin’s insights into the termites’ unique language, the “Star-Beings” and the Shshi are soon communicating and learning to know each other. The Shshi accept Kaitrin as a friend and even come to revere her as the Mother of her people. Meanwhile, Griffen’s inexplicable insecurities escalate, while the dastardly Mo’gri’ta’tu continues to foment conspiracies. Ultimately, the two plotlines intersect in an explosive climax, after which the team must return to Earth and try to come to terms with what they have experienced.

MY RECOMMENDATION:

You can find my review of the Termite Queen – The Speaking of the Dead, Volume I, here.

Volume Two of the Termite Queen leads the reader deeper into the workings of the termite civilization of Lo’ro’ra on the planet, 2 Giotta 17 A. At the same time, the relationship between Kaitrin and Professor Griffin Gwidian takes on new dimensions. It’s like getting two separate stories – science fiction/romance intertwined into one huge book. What a bonus!

As Kaitrin and her team delve into the mechanics of the Shshi language, she further discovers the language of the termite is transmitted to humans through a pattern of radio wave frequencies. Katrin’s understanding of the termite tongue deepens, and this leads to many meetings with the Holy Seer or shaman, Kwi’ga’ga’tei where Kaitrin is taught about the culture of the insect society.

The many interactions with the Remembrancer and the worker chiefs reveal a community that is human-like and yet alien. Kaitrin prepares to study the termite race in the most intimate way possible by entering the termite palace beneath the ground. This is my favorite part of the novel where the storyline involving the termite society is revealed.

The author creates a culture that is both, fascinating and believable. The insects behave much like the termite societies on earth but yet appear to be social and much more intelligent. At times, I marveled at how human these creatures seemed.

Not only do the termites have a creation myth, but they also have laws and a caste-like system of behavior. The Queen lives in a room far beneath the ground as her bloated body is not capable of movement other than to bring forth more offspring. There are workers, warriors, and termite alates, those gifted with wings and the ability to create new cities. Everyone has a job to do which ensures the survival of their termite kingdom.

Ms. Taylor employed the skillfully written chapters that dealt with the termite kingdom to read like a play. The termite characters were easier to relate to when presented in this manner.

Moreover, there is so much more to this saga than the termite kingdom. Griffin and Kaitrin’s relationship dominate the story and move it forward. Griffin is older than Kaitrin and has waited many years for his soul mate. Once he has found her, he will do anything to keep her close to his side. In comparison, Kaitrin is consumed with the language and culture of the termite colony. She battles her desire to discover all she can about the creatures versus Griffin’s needs. The tension is palpable in their relationship.

While Kaitrin immerses herself into the termite culture, Griffin can hardly contain his growing anxiety that something will happen to her. The Professor is obsessed with her safety, and dark secrets from a trauma-filled youth roil beneath the surface of his psyche. Kaitrin embarks upon her final visit to the termitarium on the same day that the Chamberlain and his minions launch an attack with the intent to unseat Kwi’ga’ga’tei. Gwidian jumps into the fray determined to save Kaitrin.

The end of the novel is explosive and emotion, and I could not put the book down. I felt as obsessed as Professor Gwidian and read into the wee hours for many nights determined to find out happened next. This story had me hooked, and that is good news because Ms. Taylor has another series that continues the story of the Termite Kingdom.

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I loved the Termite Queen Series and have added it to my “Me Time,” science fiction/fantasy category. If you love science fiction, fantasy, and romance you are going to love this series. I know I did, and I have a book hangover to prove it!

MY RATING:

Character Believability: 5
Flow and Pace: 5
Reader Engagement: 5
Reader Enrichment: 5
Reader Enjoyment: 5
Overall Rate: 5 out of 5 stars



Author, Lorinda J. Taylor

About the Author – Lorinda J. Taylor

I’m a retired librarian who worked in academic libraries as a cataloger, and I live in Colorado Springs, CO.  Besides my MLS, I have a BA and an MA in English, and some work toward a Ph.D.  As a child, I was always making up imaginary worlds, but I didn’t start writing fantasy until I read “Lord of the Rings” in 1969 and discovered that even serious scholars like J.R.R. Tolkien can continue to create such worlds far into their adult lives. I never was successful in getting published in those early days, however, and then family considerations forced me to take a hiatus from writing from 1983 until 2000. Since then, I’ve written a novella and several novels, and have begun to self-publish since I doubt that I can live long enough to go the old-fashioned route!

My interests include almost anything literary, scientific, or speculative — science fiction and fantasy, mythology, language (I write conlangs for my books), poetry, cosmology, astrophysics, anthropology, archaeology, entomology, ornithology …

Philosophically, I call myself a spiritual humanist.

Among my favorite authors are Ursula K. LeGuin, Tolkien (of course), Evangeline Walton, and many poets such as Robert Graves and Dylan Thomas.

Here’s a drawing of one of my favorite creations.  Meet Ki’shto’ba Huge-Head!


Lorinda Taylor also creates her own cover art and illustrations.

WHY BUY TERMITEWRITER PAPERBACKS?

“If you buy a paperback from Amazon, you can get the Kindle version FREE! And the paperback gives you several bonuses, like a full-color cover, plus extra illustrations on the back cover and (for the Ki’shto’ba series and Children of the Music) maps!”

Here is a list of the Termite Queen and The Ki’shto’ba Huge-Head books with links to Amazon:

The Termite Queen (2-volume novel)

v.1: The Speaking of the Dead http://amzn.to/Imh3kd
v.2: The Wound That Has No Healing http://amzn.to/LnvhbL

The Labors of Ki’shto’ba Huge-Head (series: 7 volumes)
v.1: The War of the Stolen Mother http://amzn.to/QO5rPF
v.2: The Storm-Wing http://amzn.to/16PjTxa
v.3: The Valley of Thorns http://amzn.to/16xKzmY
v.4: Beneath the Mountain of Heavy Fear http://amzn.to/1jesQa5
v.5: The Wood Where the Two Moons Shine http://amzn.to/1x7n5nt
v.6: The Revenge of the Dead Enemy http://amzn.to/1nWtuxG
Sequel: The Buried Ship at the End of the World http://amzn.to/2mYr6IC

Here I am, holding the stuffed tiger that my mother sent
to me way back when I was a sophomore in college.
My school’s mascot is a tiger!

Here’s where you can find Lorinda:

Blog – Ruminations of a Remembrancer at http://termitewriter.blogspot.com
(You can find free chapters on her website of Volume I of the Termite Queen).

Twitter – Lorinda J. Taylor @TermiteWriter

Facebook – Lorinda J. Taylor (Termite Writer)

Google+ – Lorinda J Taylor

Thanks for stopping by to meet Lorinda Taylor.

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Colleen’s #Book #Reviews – “The Termite Queen: The Speaking of the Dead, Vol. I,” by Author, @TermiteWriter


  • Title:  The Termite Queen: Volume 1, The Speaking of the Dead
  • Author: Lorinda J. Taylor
  • File Size: 998 KB
  • Print Length: 404 Pages
  • Publisher: Self Published by the Author
  • Publication Date: January 2, 2014
  • Sold By: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007RFYSWC
  • Formats: Paperback and Kindle
  • Goodreads
  • Genres: Literary Fiction, Science Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy

*I won a copy of Volume I and II of the Termite Queen in a contest and enjoyed it so much that I am providing an honest review which follows.*

IN THE AUTHOR’S WORDS:

“In the 30th century, an off-world expedition returns to Earth with a specimen of giant termite whose behavior suggests intelligence. Kaitrin Oliva, a strong-willed and ambitious young linguistic anthropologist, is charged with finding a way to access its unique form of bioelectric communication. However, the insect dies, and the team members realize too late that they have unintentionally murdered an intelligent lifeform.

A second expedition is mounted with the purpose of making first contact and reparations. Griffen Gwidian, the entomologist heading the expedition, is a complex man with a dark personal secret. He falls in love with Kaitrin, and against her better instincts, Kaitrin responds. The result is a love story by turns turbulent and funny, passionate, tender, and troubled.

Meanwhile, civil discord is brewing on the termite planet. Mo’gri’ta’tu, the Queen’s Chamberlain, resents the power of the Holy Seer Kwi’ga’ga’tei and plots to assassinate her. She has engaged the services of an outland Champion, Ki’shto’ba Huge-Head, to fight this terrifying entity which has descended on them from the skies, murdered one of the fortress’s citizens, and abducted another. This alienates the aging Commander Hi’ta’fu the Unconquered, who is lured by the word-crafty Chamberlain into joining the conspiracy.

At the very moment that the murder is about to be committed, the second expedition arrives at the planet…”

MY RECOMMENDATION:

The Termite Queen is the first volume in an epic science fiction fantasy series that begins in the 30th Century on planet Earth. The story centers around Kaitrin Oliva, a xenolinguist (linguistic anthropologist), who is called in to examine a specimen of termite who appears to display intelligence, retrieved during an off-world expedition.

Kaitrin examines the insect and witnesses the creature’s attempt to communicate with her by touch. The termite is in bad shape and dies in her arms during the time frame when a recording of its brain wave activity was taken. Shaken by the encounter, the young associate professor Oliva has a hunch that the creature did indeed communicate with her.

Katrin surmises the language of the termite is transmitted to humans much like that of radio wave frequencies. By examining the brain wave recording at the time of the giant termite’s death, she establishes the beginnings of a rudimentary language. The discovery is so fantastic that Kaitrin insists another off-world expedition should be taken back to the termite planet to learn more about the species and their amazing language.

Professor A’a’ma (a bird-like alien) the head of the linguistic department at the University where Katrin works, and xenoentomologist, Professor Griffin Gwidian agree to embark on another mission to unlock the mysteries of the termite language.

In the meantime, while preparing for their trip, Professor Gwydian falls head over heels for Kaitrin Oliva. Their early relationship results in moments of humor that will have you laughing till you cry. But give it a moment, and you will feel the deep abiding love and passion that erupts as their relationship transitions to marital bliss.

There is much to learn on the Termite planet, and the insects prove to be strange and exotic. Yet, there is a mystery that revolves around Katrin and Griffin, and also between Katrin and the Holy Seer, Kwi’ga’ga’tei. The two story lines intertwined and drew me deeper into the machinations of the story. The writing was propelled forward by the dialogue which I found to be fitting since Katrin studied languages.

Of particular interest, were the skillfully written chapters that dealt with the termite kingdom, written to read like a play. The termite characters were easier to relate to when presented in this manner. I couldn’t help but notice how similar the politics of the insects were to those of their human counterparts. At times, I had to cringe at the thought of “bugs,” but the termites were portrayed in such human terms, I grew to appreciate their differences.

Ms. Taylor has created a grand scheme for the future of humanity by her creation of the Mythmaker Precepts. She does occasionally pause to discuss past Earth history to bring the reader up to date with the time frame portrayed. Be prepared to be emersed into a future culture of an entirely different world than we live in today.

I loved this novel and have added it to my “Me Time,” category. The book is long, and some of the Termite language is tedious, but the story was so engaging I couldn’t put it down. I took my time and immersed myself in this future world created by Ms. Taylor. Stay tuned for my review of Volume II:

MY RATING:

Character Believability: 5
Flow and Pace: 5
Reader Engagement: 5
Reader Enrichment: 5
Reader Enjoyment: 5
Overall Rate:  5 out of 5 stars



About the Author – Lorinda J. Taylor

“A former catalogue librarian with two graduate degrees, Lorinda J. Taylor, was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and worked in several different academic libraries before returning to the place of her birth, where she now lives.

She has written fantasy and science fiction for years but began to self-publish only in 2011. To this point, she has published twelve science fiction/fantasy novels, including seven volumes of a series retelling myths in terms of her intelligent termite civilization. Her writings combine many aspects of science fiction, fantasy, literary fiction, future history, off-world adventure, psychological fiction, and even a love story. She always strives to engage readers emotionally and give them something to think about at the end of each book.”

WHY BUY TERMITEWRITER PAPERBACKS?

If you buy a paperback from Amazon, you can get the Kindle version FREE! And the paperback gives you several bonuses, like a full-color cover, plus extra illustrations on the back cover and (for the Ki’shto’ba series and Children of the Music) maps!

Author contacts:

Blog – Ruminations of a Remembrancer at http://termitewriter.blogspot.com

Twitter – Lorinda J. Taylor @TermiteWriter

Facebook – Lorinda J. Taylor (Termite Writer)

Google+ – Lorinda J Taylor

Thanks for stopping by to meet Lorinda Taylor. ❤

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Author, Lorinda J. Taylor

Meet Lorinda J. Taylor, the author of:

The Termite Queen, Vol I, The Speaking of the Dead, and The Termite Queen, Vol II, The Wound That Has No Healing.


“In the 30th century, an off-world expedition returns to Earth with a specimen of giant termite whose behavior suggests intelligence. Kaitrin Oliva, a strong-willed and ambitious young linguistic anthropologist, is charged with finding a way to access its unique form of bioelectric communication. However, the insect dies and the team members realize too late that they have unintentionally murdered an intelligent lifeform. A second expedition is mounted with the purpose of making first contact and reparations. Griffen Gwidian, the entomologist heading the expedition, is a complex man with a dark personal secret. He falls in love with Kaitrin and against her better instincts Kaitrin responds. The result is a love story by turns turbulent and funny, passionate, tender, and troubled.
Meanwhile, civil discord is brewing on the termite planet. Mo’gri’ta’tu, the Queen’s Chamberlain, resents the power of the Holy Seer Kwi’ga’ga’tei and plots to assassinate her. She has engaged the services of an outland Champion, Ki’shto’ba Huge-Head, to fight this terrifying entity which has descended on them from the skies, murdered one of the fortress’s citizens, and abducted another. This alienates the aging Commander Hi’ta’fu the Unconquered, who is lured by the word-crafty Chamberlain into joining the conspiracy.
At the very moment that the murder is about to be committed, the second expedition arrives at the planet …
Discover the exciting conclusion of the adventure in Volume Two, “The Wound That Has No Healing.”


“In The Termite Queen: Volume One: The Speaking of the Dead, the death of a specimen of intelligent giant termite impels a team of scientists to mount a new expedition to the alien planet where the specimen was captured. During the voyage out, the linguistic anthropologist Kaitrin Oliva and the expedition’s chief, the entomologist Griffen Gwidian, fall in love and form a union, after which Prf. Gwidian begins to exhibit some troubling changes of mood and behavior. Meanwhile, on the alien planet, civil discord is brewing among the termites; Mo’gri’ta’tu, the Queen’s Chamberlain, hatches a plot to murder the Holy Seer Kwi’ga’ga’tei, a plot foiled only by the sudden reappearance of the Flying Monster.
In Volume Two, the team arrives at the planet to a combative reception, but, aided by Kaitrin’s insights into the termites’ unique language, the “Star-Beings” and the Shshi are soon communicating and learning to know each other. The Shshi accept Kaitrin as a friend and even come to revere her as the Mother of her people. Meanwhile, Griffen’s inexplicable insecurities escalate, while the dastardly Mo’gri’ta’tu continues to foment conspiracies. Ultimately, the two plotlines intersect in an explosive climax, after which the team must return to Earth and try to come to terms with what they have experienced.”

About Lorinda J. Taylor

“A former catalogue librarian with two graduate degrees, Lorinda J. Taylor was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and worked in several different academic libraries before returning to the place of her birth, where she now lives. She has written fantasy and science fiction for years but began to self-publish only in 2011. To this point, she has published eleven science fiction/fantasy novels, including seven volumes of a series retelling myths in terms of her intelligent termite civilization. Her writings combine many aspects of science fiction, fantasy, literary fiction, future history, off-world adventure, psychological fiction, and even a love story. She always strives to engage readers emotionally and give them something to think about at the end of each book.”

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I met Lorinda on Facebook last year and have watched her writing progress as she pens novel after novel. Currently, she has written 11 books.

The best part is we live in the same city of Colorado Springs but have never met. I can see that changing in the near future.

If you are looking for a great science fiction/fantasy series to read please check out Lorinda’s books. You can find her on her blog at termitewriter.blogspot.com or on Facebook at Lorinda J. Taylor (Termite Writer).

Thank you again, Lorinda. You made my day!

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