This is a multi-layered tale of historical detection; incorporating
oral testimonies, recorded histories, official documents, letters,
diaries, dreams and prophecies. As a novel, it presents a carefully
crafted and insightful revision of actual events, offering a
courageous departure from mainstream historical writing. Set
against a contemporary backdrop, the main protagonists (Sonja Haas
and Jason Tomas) travel through Portugal, Spain, France,
Switzerland, then on to Holland and England before returning to
South Africa. Via various roadside encounters, including the
startling revelations of a sangoma (a healer empowered by
ancestors), they reconstruct the past and their own identities,
with divergent consequences. When the Cape of Good Hope was still
revered as the Portal to the Indies - the Viceroy of
Portuguese-India was led ashore, attacked, slain and hurriedly
buried in a shallow grave. The murder of Dom Francisco d'Almeida
remains a mystery to this day. Was it the fulfilment of a prophecy
or an act of poetic justice? Was it a mutiny, an ambush or perhaps
an assassination? If so, was it instigated by the King of Portugal
or the Church of Rome? These are the questions which Sonja and
Jason set out to answer. As the main focaliser, Sonja's inner
conflict reflects a passage from doubt to hope, echoing the
transition from a Cape of Storms to the Cape of Good Hope. Like
Sonja's search for herself, Knot of Stone is ultimately a tale of
self-discovery. With its captivating mystery, and mixture of legend
and established fact, and the karmic background of various
well-known individuals in interpreting events, this is an
enthralling book which will appeal to all those who have enjoyed
the Dan Brown literary genre.
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