Song of the Circle: The Chronicles of the Stone (Book 1)
Utini, born beneath a unique gathering of stars, is destined to travel ancient trails with Hera, a young woman of courage and wisdom, at his side. Eroa, the master carver of stone, is also of their journey for he can do no other. Together they carry a sacred carving into the world. Peace calls them forth to challenge the darkness embodied in the warriors of the Black Robe. To protect the sacred they are driven to penetrate the treacherous Halls of Stone, ride the Dark River beneath the mountains and voyage across the Great Ocean. Here power, harnessed to destroy, is met by strength founded in compassion and minds that look beyond violence to the timeless realms of spirit and wisdom embodied in universal truth. Thus armed with knowledge founded in archetypes etched into memory and courage born of commitment to the higher good, they strive to meet the challenge of the darkness. Their journey is one of discovery for as they create Tu Ahu....
In writing The Chronicles of the Stone Barry Brailsford accepted a great challenge. He decided to carry his archaeological knowledge, historical research and his understanding of the ancient lore, into a novel to share the story of the past with greater freedom. Truth and fiction are exciting partners within these pages, for all is paradox when we walk the rim of the circle. There is no beginning and no end, just the journey.
Song of the Circle, the first book of five in the Chronicles, takes us into the world where the great migration canoes and the whales travelled the long tides together.
Barry Brailsford was born on the wild west coast of the South Island of New Zealand beside the Mawhera River and beneath the mountain Tuhua. He has lectured and written widely in archaeology and history and received an MBE for his contribution to education and Maori scholarship.