A Début Novel of Myth and Legend
As a writer, I read a lot of books. Most of which that fall in the genre’s of history and culture. Not forgetting the many travel guide books along the way. The Scarlet Omen however, is a début novel of myth and legend by Cinthia Koeksal that takes place in the country where I was born – Malaysia.
Cinthia is a childhood friend of mine and I must stress that I don’t review books by friends because that’s both unprofessional and unwise. As this book hasn’t been released as yet, I take this opportunity to congratulate her on her upcoming novel set in the mythical Valley of Hornbills, a world of honour and adventure where good and evil fight to survive.
Charting the tale of Anjeli Xavier, a rebellious Malaysian teenager who has been plagued by visions of blood orgies, translucent spirits and Bornean pygmies all her life. She just wants to live a normal adolescent existence and have fun, but her over- protective Indian mother is smothering her as she tries to maintain what little sanity she believes she still has. As a series of events alter the course of her life, Anjeli finds herself being pushed toward her destiny: a destiny pre-written three centuries ago in the form of a bothersome prophecy.
For those who have travelled to the isles of Borneo, this novel might trigger some old fond memories of the deep jungles and tribal folk culture that you may have come across. The novel is suppose to take you on a magical journey between worlds accompanied by a colourful band of witches, vampires, dragons and fairies. The scarlet Omen will be available come June 2012.
Cinthia Koeksal was born and raised in Malaysia. She now lives in Germany as a Business English Trainer. She has a degree in Business Commerce with majors in Marketing and Management from Monash University but much prefers spending her time “making up almost preposterous stories and sharing them with the world”.
Congratulations once again!