2006 -- Amber Quill
Because nature abhors a vacuum, when
Quentin Cottell leaves his sheltered life to seek himself, to fill the void that is his
soul, and when the Feathered Serpent, (the Mayan-Aztec God, Quetzalcoatl) goes to seek a
human vessel to replenish his spirit, the result is not a fantasy. It is perfectly
natural. And naturally terrifying.
If you are looking for something a
little different, this may just be it. For, though it contains elements of fantasy,
science-fiction and horror, it is none of these. Perhaps it is merely a story of a man
coming of age in his thirties and discovering that he can only find his identity by losing
What people are saying about
and dreams merge when details of Quentin Cottell's mundane life blur with the dreams of
the fantastic. For seven years he has cared for his dying mother, and when he is at last
free, he must discover who is and who he shall become. Dreams of broken taboos,
destruction, torture and death mingle with details of realty to confuse, confound and
persecute Quentin in his quest for truth and self-identify.
Quentin leaves his ancestral
home, accompanied by his twin brother, for a cruise which comes to an abrupt halt in
Belize. Remarkably, on the busy docks they find Patty, their half-sister long thought of
as dead. Perhaps the encounter, however, is not coincidence but by design of another
conscious. For as dreams and reality mesh, Quentin must prevent the Mayan-Aztec God,
Quetzalcoatl from taking over his body.
Knights Tiger is remarkable
for its well researched and carefully designed framework. The twenty day cycle, each with
a patron god and element, and Quetzalcoatl's historical challenges, provide a delightfully
fantastic background. The carefully designed symbology is remarkable, as Quentin finds
himself surrounded by the Knights of the Ocelot.
Traditionally they were
not warriors, but initiated in the cult of Quetzalcoatl: "they carried that
lightening bolt not as a weapon, but to light their way to see the deepest secrets of the
Gods. It presented the light of godliness they hoped to attain." But attainment only
may be reached by Quetzalcoatl's success. This stunning tale of betrayal, passion, and
dreams will hold the reader's attention until the end. The balance of legends and their
modern counterparts will delight lovers of the Mayan Pantheon, and enthrall all readers.
With a male charm, T.K, Sheils presents a novel of passion and vision, of depth and detail
worthy of a master."
Cindy Penn for Wordweaving *****
"T.K. Sheils has
obviously researched the Mayan-Aztec pantheon in vast and intensive detail, and uses that
information to craft an exciting and erotic thriller. The merging of ancient legends with
their modern counterparts is well done, and the climax is both ambiguous and believable.
The erotic scenes throb with intensity, and there are various subplots that are wrapped
up-or are they?"
K.G. McAbee for
Terry Sheils weaves the genres
of suspense, fantasy and horror so effortlessly that the reader will be amazed at the
talent of this author. As a reviewer who has reviewed several of his books, he has once
again managed to entice, enthrall and surprise me with his work. Knights Tiger will stay
with you long after you have read it. An excellent read that deserves more than five
Jewel Dartt: Midnight Scribe