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5 Stars Out Of 5
From "It Is To Write"
October 19, 2010
"The Last Cordate" is a highly imaginative allegorical tale that spans the gamut of human existence from pure innocence to unspeakable depravity and human experience from sublime ecstasy to utter despair. Striving for a suitable literary comparison, I found myself dithering somewhere between JRR Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings" and John Bunyan's "A Pilgrim's Progress." And yet, no. It's really in a class by itself.
"The Last Cordate" tracks the adventures of the beautiful Talasa of Ny-Da, who carries with her the message of hope that will usher in the final era of Diapason, when all creatures of the planet will once again draw into perfect communion with their benevolent creator, Da-Dat-Shee. Both natural and supernatural forces stand against her, they having successfully foiled the missions of the previous two Cordates. Talasa must face not only these external threats, but also the greatest peril of allâ€”that of untested faith within herself.
Talasa travels with two noble companions, Jare and Worthy, as well as Secret, a scribe whose sole function is to record everything that is said and that happens on the journey to Quala-Da, the ultimate destination of her quest. They learn from each other what it means to listen and to trust not just Da-Dat-Shee's leading within their own hearts and minds, but to the wise counsel of other Dationsâ€”followers of Da-Dat-Sheeâ€”along the way.
The previous two paragraphs hint that there is some vocabulary to learn. And, oh, there is indeed. At first I was somewhat nonplussed at the five-page glossary at the front of the book, concerned I'd be able to stay on track without having to keep a thumb wedged in the lexicon of players and place names. I needn't have worried. Ms. Pickrell's writing is so crisp, her allegorical ties so strong, I never referred to the word list until I'd finished the book. Then I checked back just wondering if I'd missed anything. I hadn't.
Well conceived in theme and rigorous in detail, "The Last Cordate" drives you relentlessly along the road with Talasa from the moment she leaves her sanctuary in Ny-Da to the final step she takes on her quest. Oh, and prepare to meet yourself along the way--likely more than once.
The Last Cordate is one of the most interesting books I have read in quite some time. Although this book is categorized under Fantasy it is unlike your typical story. Mrs. Pickrell paints an allegorical picture of the Christian faith while addressing the state and heart of mankind. We follow Talasa our protagonist who lives in a perfect (heavenly) part of the world called Ny-Da which originally was formed from the tear of Da (God). She is called to be the last Cordate, the Nydian chosen every ten years to carry grief from the planet. Mrs. Pickrell follows Talasa's walk through the fallen, downtrodden planet as she tries to fulfill her mission which is to trek to Quala-Da the town where Da (God) rests. Now that you have the setup of this story here's the scoop. The Last Cordate is difficult to get into at first. There is a great amount of explaining of the terminologies so much so that there is a glossary in the book for your reference. If you're looking for an easy read this is not the book for you. But also remember that the Dune series was so complex that they had to put a glossary and definition of the words in them and yet it is questionably the best science fiction novel series ever written. Having said that, I truly enjoyed this book more than I thought I was going to. Once I got it in my head who Da-Dat-Shee was and the breakdown of the three parts of that name along with some other interesting names and terminology I was hooked. I will also warn you that unlike Hinds' Feet on High Place this book is not meant for very young children. As the story progresses Mrs. Pickrell delves into the demonic and base aspects of the planet's inhabitants.I give kudos to Mrs. Pickrell for putting forth a story that not only entertains but has a statement of truth and righteousness as it's core foundation. I look forward to more of her stories in the future.Blessings,Daniel L CarterAuthor of The Unwanted Trilogy
This time Ms. Pickrell gives us a dreamlike novel that tells the mission of the Last Cordate. The flow and form of this novel literally has the feel of a dream. It is an allegorical novel, but that doesnt distract or detract from the writing or story.On the world of the datta, Talasa has been chosen by the Da-Dat-Shee (the god of the datta) to be the last Cordate. She has the responsibility to bear the grief of the planet for all the datta. If Talasa is successful, the time of Diapason come to the world and the datta will commune again with the Da-Dat-Shee. The problem is with Talasa herself. She has been isolated from the reality of the world her entire life. She doesnt know the cruelty, pain, suffering, or truth of the world of the datta, and she doesnt understand her own lack that could make her fail. On top of that, she must leave the male who was to be her husband, Riftin. Talasa is willing to accept this, but Riftin is not. When Talasa leaves her people in Ny-Da, Riftin follows.The Last Cordate builds an amazing and imaginative world that flows delightfully into an exciting adventure. This adventure expands on many levels and gives true life to a time and place that is like a dream. You will want to add this novel to your library just to savor this very unique experience.