Sisters of the Solstice Moon (Book 1 of the When She Wakes series)
Release: July 2019
Paperback: ISBN 978-1910559-44-4 | €10.99 | $11.99 | £9.99 | 8.5″x 5.5″ | 216x140mm | 279pp
eBook: ISBN 978-1910559-45-1
Categories: Fiction / Historical
On the Winter Solstice, thirteen women across the world see the same terrifying vision. Their world is about to experience ravaging destruction. All that is now sacred will be destroyed. Each answers the call, to journey to Egypt, and save the wisdom of the Goddess:
She who is Kali Ma from the jungles of Arya, Tiamet from the Roof of the World, Badh of the Cailleach from the land of Eiru, Awa from the Land of Yemaya, Uxua of Ix Chel from the Yucatan, Parasfahe from the Land of Inanna… all racing against time and history to bring us their story.
This is the history before history.
This is herstory, as it emerged.
An imagining… or is it a remembering… of the end of matriarchy and the emergence of global patriarchy, this book brings alive long dead cultures from around the world and brings us closer to the lost wisdoms that we know in our bones.
Sisters of the Solstice Moon is a story of vast richness and complexity, in the tradition of speculative historical novel series, Clan of the Cave Bear and The Mists of Avalon.
Gina Martin creates a magical weaving of exotic landscapes, perennial wisdom, ritual and remembering.
Journey into myth, and allow it to become real.
The first in the When She Wakes series.
See Book Two: Walking the Threads of Time.
In Sisters of the Solstice Moon, author, teacher and priestess Gina Martin has woven together visions of the mysteries of the Sacred Feminine from the past, present and future, with an evocative and sensual urgency…?
Lush with rich, descriptive language that carries the reader into the cultures and rituals she dreams into being, one has only to let oneself be carried deeply into the heart of these rites and the important spiritual messages they contain.
Sharynne NicMhacha, scholar and author of The Divine Feminine in Ancient Europe, Celtic Myth and Religion, and Queen of the Night
Sisters of the Solstice Moon is a generous offering of heart and spirit, expertly crafted as it envelopes the reader in its sweet embrace and has us caring deeply for the women on their journey, with all their qualities – both human and divine. Filled with wisdom and insight, this tale of love, healing and magic is a powerfully moving and transformative story for our time, as we reconnect with our own inner wisdom and knowing. I loved this book.
Celeste Lovick, author of Medicine Song
Gina Martin weaves a magical tale of possibility. Parting the tides to bring forth a new/old understanding of our shared past; A past in which the goddess – and therefore all life – is held sacred. And that is exactly what we need right now.
Jessica M. Starr, author of Waking Mama Luna and Maid, Mother, Crone, Other
Sisters of the Solstice Moon is a visionary tale of women coming together
with a singular purpose… the survival of Mother Earth. Evocatively written, Martin draws us into an epic story that follows thirteen Priestesses on individual quests that lead them to the star filled skies of Egypt. Along the way, we are immersed in ancient Goddess rituals and instructed by these powerful women on living in harmony with nature. Feminist, futuristic and unabashedly Matriarchal, Sisters of the Solstice Moon is a story for this moment in time.
Lisa Levart, author/photographer of Goddess on Earth; Portraits of the Divine Feminine
Gina Martin’s mesmerising tale carries us across water, fire, earth and air to the realm of the ancient Priestesses of the Goddess. As fiction blurs with memory, something stirs deep inside. We are pulled into the weave of the Sisterhood, and summoned to remember the wisdom bubbling beneath the surface, ready to re-emerge.
Nicole Schwab, author of The Heart of the Labyrinth
Take everything you have learned of history and throw it away. And then, come, sit and listen to a tale of herstory, not a time when women ‘ruled’ but of Goddess cultures where they listened to the earth and the stars and guided with courage, strength and bravery. What a beautifully written book! Gina Martin writes lyrically and sensually, weaving the stories of matriarchal cultures coming together to prepare for dormancy so that the stories of the Goddesses could quietly live on in each cell and bone of our bodies until She could return, bringing balance to a world desperately in need. I do believe that time is now…
Karen Moon, creatrix of ‘The Divine Feminine’ app
Homer move over! Gina Martin’s Sisters of the Solstice Moon is a timeless, astonishing and visually captivating tale of the origins of female worship of the Divine Feminine that carries us into the land of Egypt during the era of the Pharaohs. Expertly and divinely inspired it is a remarkable journey complete with a super savvy elephant and a spirited sea creature who save our determined travellers from certain death. The characters are delightful and the words dance off the page!
Kristi Zea, film producer, director, production designer
In Sisters of the Solstice Moon, Gina Martin has created a novel that is epic and intimate, mythic and maternal. Reading this book feels like remembering a legend I’ve known all my life, buried deep in my bones, but like the thirteen sisters themselves, long ago forgotten. Martin breathes narrative details into the embers of this story that make it crackle to life. Beautiful, engrossing, and dreadfully relevant, this book will remind you of the latent power of Women. At a time when the radical right and authoritarianism are on the rise all over the world, it’s a great comfort to remember that hope is not lost; it’s only hibernating.
Jeanine Cummins, bestselling author of A Rip in Heaven and
award winning novel The Outside Boy