Prolifically littered throughout with a colourful diversity of occult, spiritual, religious and pop culture references (from 80's Goth bands to Rupaul's Drag Race) that will undoubtedly delight many readers, "Ascension" tells a story of spiritual progress made over life times.
Set far in the future, the unfolding chapters follow the lives and thought processes of a group of individuals scattered across different locations who were once all members of an experimental rock band (Magikore) back in the 1990's in incarnations gone by.
"Ascension" is an engaging, magical work of literature and a journey in itself which will provoke internal dialogue within many esoterically inclined readers around their own thoughts on notions of the immortality of the soul, reincarnation, spiritual development and elevation, the ecological state of the planet, organised religion, karmic debt and soul tribes, to name a few.
The stresses, strains, pains and complexities of the human condition, our vices and virtues, our ugliness and our beauty, are brought to light, explored and mused upon with the sophisticated and insightful depth of consideration that Kala Trobe's work is known for.
Such profound themes, woven with powerful imagery, multiple multi-layered word plays and puns, rich, decadent and poetic vocabulary, unleash a psychic tidal wave on the senses. I found myself feeling like I'd received some kind of mental upgrade by the time I was finished with this text.
I would recommend reading "Ascension" fairly slowly, taking in the ideas, clever use of language and powerful internal visuals, bit by bit, digesting each chapter as one might take their time eating the courses of a skilfully crafted gourmet meal.
I always enjoy reading the occult fiction of those who also write occult fact. Fiction provides a doorway and insight into an esoteric author's perception of the worlds (physical and astral) that the purely instructional and educational metaphysical cannot (although to be fair, Kala Trobe has managed to give readers ample glimpses of this in some of her non-fiction works, particularly "Magic of Qabalah", "Invoke the Gods" and "Invoke the Goddess").