Ekstasis, the Return of the Sovereign Heart, by MI Dugast, is a novel that focuses on two different stories. A story is a product of metaliterature since there is a book in the book. On the one hand, David Wilkins is reading “Maps to the Sovereign Heart”, written by Mona Devek, and discovers that his life is completely changed by reading the book. On the other hand is the protagonist of the book Ericka, who goes through many things in her life, dealing with her inner spiritual journey, nightmares from the past and encounters with “The Elders”, her Spirit Guides.

Dugast writes in a rather descriptive and engaging manner, helping the reader not to get lost between multiple forwards and backwards by giving a place and date at the start of new chapters. The only negative point is that the passage from Ericka’s adventures to David reading the book breaks the narrative tensions that had formed naturally during the reading of the book.

I appreciated the ties and interconnection between the two stories, making them feel like the same story and adding more depth to both. Also, the connection between the ending, where Kadmon meets the Elders again, and the beginning, where he leaves them to go on a journey, feels particularly important after becoming emotionally attached to the characters throughout the book.

Fate, luck, reincarnation, and free will are all themes that readers will encounter in this novel. Yet Dugast has woven them together into a magical story that will leave readers in awe and catch their breath when they realize that the fictional character’s intertwined lives are for the protagonist reading the story. The blurry lines of where one character’s life ends and the other’s begins will keep readers hooked, seeing how it all comes together and if the lines blur completely to create a new path they’ll take together.

Ekstasis, the Return of the Sovereign Heart, by MI Dugast, has an engaging story of metaphysical romance and multiple plot twists that will have readers yearning for more from the moment they first open the book. I recommend this novel to all readers who are looking for an interesting read and are interested in knowing more about spiritual journeys and people overcoming their past traumas.

Pages: 810 | ASIN: B09NQRMRQX

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