The Goddess Within

  • Title: The Goddess Within
  • Author: Iva Kenaz
  • ISBN: 9781517141851
  • Page: 287
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Goddess Within A magical journey set in th century Italy Berka was raised by her hermit father in the wild secluded from human society At the dawn of her fifteenth spring she meets a faun a being from a differe
    A magical journey set in 16th century Italy.Berka was raised by her hermit father in the wild, secluded from human society At the dawn of her fifteenth spring, she meets a faun, a being from a different realm The two are instantly drawn to each other, but their secret meetings are soon disturbed by the arrival of a group of bandits The threat intensifies when the group A magical journey set in 16th century Italy.Berka was raised by her hermit father in the wild, secluded from human society At the dawn of her fifteenth spring, she meets a faun, a being from a different realm The two are instantly drawn to each other, but their secret meetings are soon disturbed by the arrival of a group of bandits The threat intensifies when the group s leader establishes an alliance with evil spirits from the underworld Berka s father comes up with an escape plan, but she doesn t want to leave and so she finds another way to deal with the inevitable peril Throughout the adventure, Berka also embarks on a road to self discovery She learns to embrace the powerful aspects of her divine feminine as well as the inseparable bond to the masculine.The story is inspired by ancient European mythology, pagan philosophy and Sacred Geometry symbolism The Goddess Within is a stand alone sequel to Kenaz s debut novel, The Witch Within.

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    About Iva Kenaz


    1. Iva Kenaz was born in Prague, Bohemia Writing has been her greatest passion since childhood and her novels are significantly influenced by spirituality and metaphysics She studied Screenwriting at the Film Academy in Prague and holds an M.A in Creative Writing She s also a screenwriter, translator, and practitioner of tarot, runes, and astrology For information please visit her website ivakenaz


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    1. The Goddess Within’ is a beautifully written and imagined novel with elements of fantasy, romance and mystery. In a magical landscape, worlds exist within worlds and there is a blurring between animals, humans and other beings. In the late 16th century, fifteen-year-old Berka lives with her father in the rural isolation of Beltane, Italy. They live happily in harmony with the land, spiritual forces and nature. Berka’s world is thrown into upheaval by the arrival of a group of strange men led [...]

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    2. I was very keen to read Kenaz's latest novel, and was left very nicely surprised. This was a bit different from her previous novels, it felt more like a fairy tale for grown-ups! It’s magical, mysterious and wise. I loved the mythological figures and the idea of the other purer, but also darker worlds co-existing alongside our world. It made me feel like going out to the forest and wait for a fairy or a faun to show up. Maybe if I read the book in the wild, magic really would happen, who knows [...]

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    3. One of the things that makes Iva Kenaz’s writing so wonderful to read is it’s refreshing, unique, and void of any desire to be the next mainstream big thing. This is the third book I’ve read by her, and a standalone sequel to her first novel, The Witch Within, and it pulled me in just as much as the other two novels, if not more. Set in 16th-century Italy, The Goddess Within follows Berka, a 15-year-old girl who lives in the wilds of the forest with her recluse father, who has raised her t [...]

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    4. Beautiful romantic story. If you like romance and fantasy blended with metaphysical elements and mythology, then I’m sure you’ll enjoy this one just as much as I did. It's poetic, spiritual, and certainly one of a kind!

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    5. This is a story of self-discovery that is rooted in European folklore and fairytales. It is certainly poetic with an atmospheric fantasy feel.There are some lovely descriptions and a deep spiritual journey for the protagonist and much inner soul-searching.You do have to get used to the language, however, it perfectly fits this type of tale, where nature is just one of the themes.Well-written and worth a look.

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    6. As an author, you are sometimes privileged enough to read a book that shows you just how far you still have to go in your journey to achieve greatness. The Goddess Within is just such a book. Kenaz has written an absolute masterpiece of fantasy and mysticism that had me enraptured from the very first words. This is a beautifully written, no, crafted book that uses the language to its fullest extent, which is more remarkable given that I assume English was not the author's first language. The sto [...]

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    7. The era is 1600s, and a young lady named Berka lives a life of being at one with nature, in the rural town of Beltane, Italy.Her father has spend his life teaching her to respect and listen to the natural world around her so that she can learn to live in harmony with her surroundings, including the worlds animals.One night she has a vivid dream about a male, then a group of seemingly friendly men arrive in the village, including the male in her vision. Eventually the two meet and share a fondnes [...]

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    8. I adored the plot, the characters and the fantasy realm with its fauns, nymphs, dryads, centaurs, gnomes and etc. Reading it put me in a good, dreamy mood. This was a perfect book to read during the last summer days. It has an exciting plot and is poetically written, as are all the novels by Iva Kenaz. It’s also a book I can imagine reading more times and enjoying it word by word. It’s filled with wisdom, phrases that somehow stay with you. I can also imagine reading this book to my kids. It [...]

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    9. Another wonderful metaphysical novel by Iva Kenaz!This story is certainly not black and white. It’s colorful and playful, just like a fairy tale should be. But here the evil is not to be destroyed from the outside, but from the within. The novel works with the shadow side, as well as the light one, but mainly the harmony between the two. It reminded me of many myths and fairy tales, particularly the Little Mermaid, the Beauty and the Beast and many Greek myths as well. The romance is adorable. [...]

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    10. The Goddess Within is a wonderful fantasy story about a young woman, Berka, who lived in the rural area of Beltane, Italy with her father and dog companion. Her life is harmonious with the land and animals until a group of dangerous men arrive. Berka's father knows she isn't safe and takes her to her grandmother's cave to hide, but Berka feels drawn to leave the cave to meet her friend who is a faun from a magical world.Eventually Berka enters this magical world and learns many things about hers [...]

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    11. I was totally engrossed in the descriptive beauty of this novel. Berka lives with her father in the rural isolation of Beltane, Italy, in a world, where man and beast co-habit in a most spiritual and enlightening way, and where there is good, evil, light and darkness in a world of veils.The period was set in the late 1600's, however in this magically depicted world, the historical period did not take centre stage.I thought that the characters were very well developed, from the fawn to the evil, [...]

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    12. The novel is set in 16th century Italy, 15 year old Berka lives with her father in the rural isolation of Beltane, Italy. They live happily in harmony with the land, spiritual forces and nature. Berka’s world is thrown into chaos by the arrival of a group of strange men led by Vibius. She has inherited her mother’s gifts and as she comes of age, she must discover them and the truth about her family’s strange past.It blends mythology, adventure, natural magic, sacred geometry and runes, dif [...]

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    13. What a wonderful story. It reads like a fantasy tale with its colourful and varied characters: a faun, bandits, a hermit father; also through the depiction of different realms that can be transcended; yet, the world described has too many roots and influences from mysticism and spirituality to be merely a fairy tale. Harmony and balance of forces and deeper understanding of human life and its purposes are all touched upon. The novel is set in 16th century Italy, which adds beautiful charm to the [...]

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    14. I read this book in one sitting and really enjoyed it. The language was very well written and the characters were easy to associate with. There's a big focus on spirituality and the esoteric, but I didn't find this overtook the story too much. Without giving spoilers, it's difficult to highlight certain parts but I can say that the switch between essentially fantasy and reality is done really well. I loved the pictures and the specific details of the spiritual history was brilliant. I'd definite [...]

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    15. Another lovely novel by Iva Kenaz. Well written, interesting story line and plot with well developed characters that kept my interest throughout. Great for anyone who loves otherworldly, paranormal, or fantasy books!

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    16. Enthralling, sensitive story that blends visionary and spiritual genres with fantasy, historical fiction and romance. It’s a work of fiction, but in a way also a self-help book. I felt like the story teaches me something important while I was reading it. There were a few lines that I actually noted down to ponder about them. I’ll surely read this one again. In fact, I think this is a novel I will return to many times. There is a great power in it, mainly in the details beneath the surface. T [...]

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    17. My first book by Kenaz, which started off my fascination with visionary novels! This genre is not that common, but I think it's developing. Whoever likes spirituality and pagan beliefs blended with fiction should read this one! It's refreshing to read about it in story for a change.

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    18. Iva Kenaz’ The Goddess Within is multi-layered in what it ambitiously explores: there’s a charming coming of age story, an environmental cautionary tale, a celebration of the Goddess in the feminine realm, and a double world fantasy where the natural world is just as magical as the spirit world. The combination of these elements serves to unfold a tale of a young woman entering into maturity as a physical/sexual human and attaining a higher level of spiritual consciousness. Berka, the main [...]

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    19. In giving this book two stars, I'm not saying that this is a terrible book, just that throughout reading it I felt it simply wasn't for me, just not my style of book! If you like symbolic, spiritual fantasy stories with a heavy focus on the inner self/ self-discovery, then this may very well be for you.I found the writing style overly-poetic at times with some unusual word choices and the whole story lacked in pace for me. I also didn't feel any connection to any of the characters, and subsequen [...]

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    20. What a beautifully written, enchanting and compelling pagan based visionary novel this isWOW!I am fond of Iva Kenaz's unique, fresh writing style and when I held this book in my hands for the first time, I was pleasantly surprised when I noticed it has 126 pages more than The Witch Within, thus promising much more reading pleasure. And The Goddess Within has fulfilled that promise in every way!Just like in her previous novels, I was immediately drawn into the story from the first words to the ve [...]

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    21. I really enjoyed this story, which takes place partly in the 1600s in Italy, and partly in a parallel world, inhabited with mythical creatures that the main character, Berka, gets acquainted with. Berka and her father lived the life of hermits, choosing the closeness of nature over the city life, where Berka would probably be charged with witchcraft due to her spiritual abilities. But she didn’t come to know an evil side of human nature, until a gang of bandits came to settle not too far from [...]

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    22. Iva Kenaz is an extraordinary writer. This is metaphysical novel at its best. I suggest picking up the Witch within before reading this one although it could be read as a standalone novel. The story is set in the 16th century and you can tell author’s knowledge and interest in Sacred Geometry has made it a thoughtful and intriguing read. Throughout the story readers could feel the beautiful writing with interesting surroundings.All the characters are well developed and likeable. I loved Berka [...]

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    23. Review to come I loved this book--the language, the philosophy, the scenery painted by Iva Kenaz's choice of language and descriptions--all of it comes together in a beautiful story.With each book Iva gets better and better, exploring themes that are dark and yet giving her protagonists the majesty of choice at each step of the way. It is a recurring theme throughout The Goddess Within and it is beautifully portrayed in such a way that is easy to understand and relate to one's own life.There is [...]

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    24. When I read that this story is inspired by ancient European mythology, pagan philosophy and Sacred Geometry symbolism I was very intrigued. I was not disappointed! The story holds all those elements within a great story. The Goddess Within is a mystical and spiritual story set in the 16th century Italy. It is a unique story with interesting characters. Berka is a compelling character. The creatures - nymphs and fauns amongst others are fascinating and I want to be in there magical world.Kenaz’ [...]

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    25. From the first paragraph, I knew I was going to enjoy this story. It's poetic and mysterious and certain to both entertain and enlighten. If you're looking for a fast-paced, action-packed story, then this probably isn't the book for you. But, if you're looking for something deeper and symbolic that delves into the human spirit, I think this is a book you'll want to read.It's about a girl's journey not only to save the world and people she loves, but also about her looking into herself--to come t [...]

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    26. Thank you for sending me this book. This is the first book I have read by this author and it is an enjoyable read. If you enjoy myths, legends and fantasies I am sure you will also enjoy it. It is very well written and I loved the language that is used. The book follows a young woman ”Berka” who lives an idyllic life with her father. This changes when bad/dangerous men arrive and her father has to hide her. The book reads like a fairy tale and I think it will appeal to a wide reading audien [...]

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    27. I had come across this novel from a friend, and although it is not my typical genre, I found it to be a good read. The story reminded me of the tales of mythology with a blend of philosophical themes of ancient times. The main character, Berka goes through several cycles of self discovery as she must choose between her traditional way of life vs forging her own unique path. I think that young-adult readers would really enjoy this book.

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    28. I loved the story line of this book and the plot. I recently read another book by this author and loved it, so I was very excited to read another. The plot was fun in this book and very mystical. Enjoyed the characters and I loved how they interacted with each other. Becka was a strong female lead and I loved her personality. I think that the author has another strong, well-written book here that everyone should read!

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    29. A fascinating read.A fascinating read that takes you back in time to a magical, fantasy Italianate landscape for an adventure though danger and into self-discovery. You are sure to love it too. Five stars.

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    30. Fantastic book !The author lead us on a journey that took twisted path. I didn't want to put the book down. It was very contemplative.

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