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Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Kregel Publications
Publication Date: 2011
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Availability: Expected to ship on or about 12/27/14.
Jill WilliamsonOregonAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5A fine choice for young fantasy readersFebruary 20, 2012Jill WilliamsonOregonAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Review by Jill Williamson
Thirteen-year-old Hadlay and her people, the Ramash, and looked down upon by the ruling class of the Oresed. When Hadlay is chosen for the honor of serving the Prince in the Tower, she hopes to find a way to right the wrong, but the emperor and his son are not as wonderful as she first believed.
The Mirror of N'de is a strong debut from L.K. Malone. Brave and courageous Hadlay and the mystery of the Tower will draw readers into this tale about an oppressed people. This book is a fine choice for young fantasy readers looking to delve into a creative new allegory with a fascinating storyworld, magic, symbolism, and a few neat surprises.
Annette5 Stars Out Of 5Wonderful!December 9, 2011AnnetteQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The story begins with a dream that Hadlay has had, when she awakens she is left not understanding it's strange message. She is troubled by this dream and eventually tells her parents and friends. She is told not to tell anyone else for fear of retribution and punishment. Thirteen year old Hadlay Mivana is a Ramash and they are ruled by the Oresed. The Ramash live as mistreated abused servants to the Oresed. Hadlay as well as several other Ramash children are chosen to be initiates in an apprenticeship program in the Oresed Tower. Hadlay had not wanted to be chosen, but she and her friends are. She excels in her studies. There is jealously and trouble-makers amongst some of the students. Hadlay perseveres because she wants to help her people, yet at what cost?
I have to admit when this story first began I was a little lost. I've only read a couple of fantasy fiction books. I think fantasy fiction requires a certain area of the brain in which to read and understand. That little area of my brain has not been used enough.
Although, I was quickly intrigued and anxious for each page to turn; I wanted to know what would happen to Hadlay and her family and friends.
Hadlay is a bright, independent minded, insightful, brave, and loyal character. But, because she is young she trusts too easily.
This is a deep multi-layered story of peoples and cultures on top of other peoples and cultures. Those that are the over-seers are the conquerors, and those enslaved are the workers.
The author used an Akkadian language for names of characters and a few other chosen words in the story. The Akkadian language is the earliest attested Semitic language in Babylon, Ur and Chaldea.
I felt the messages given to Hadlay from her dreams could not be a work of anyone else but God. God's name is never used in the story, instead the story is given as an allegory.
The story is written with great creativity and I was amazed at the plot, scenes, climax, and ending. At no point did I feel the The Mirror of N'de was awash with predictability.
I'm hoping for a book 2, surely there will be?
This is a phenomenal story and one that has not been told from this angle. I loved it!
Thank you to LitFuse Publicity Group and Kregel Publications for my free review copy!
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Chicago, ILAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A Treat to Read!December 1, 2011Chicago, ILAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Author L.K. Malone knocked it out of the park in her debut novel, The Mirror of N'de. Take a little excitement and danger, add a little intrigue and mystery, toss in a whole bunch of random animal "mixes" (like a Nuppy: Newt + Puppy), and a few unexplained occurrences and you have the makings for one addicting page-turner! Honestly, I could not put this book down. I finished it in one sitting.
In The Mirror of N'de, L.K. Malone creates a fantasy world that is easy to slip into. While I may have been intimidated at first by the preface of Names (2.5 pages of pronunciations, associations and brief descriptions), I quickly found myself absorbed in the story right from the beginning. The characters are rich and hearty, the plot moves quickly, and as with any good novel, there are many layers to dissect.
More than a coming of age story, The Mirror of N'de finds main character, thirteen year old Hadlay Mivana, on a quest to save her people, the Ramash, from the oppressive Oresed rulers. Hadlay is one of a handful Ramash selected by the (Oresed) Emperor to apprentice at the castle Early on in her arrival Hadlay unassumingly catches the eye of the Emperor's son and a friendship developsâ€”a vantage point that may benefit her people.
More than a quest to save her people, Hadlay finds herself pursued by a mysterious Being, who through the medium of dreams predicts the future. Hadlay realizes while the fate of the Ramash rests upon her ability to gain the Prince's trust and favor, her destiny is tied to the predictions and riddles presented by the Being.
Through circumstances hardly primrose or sanitized, author L.K. Malone explores complex themes. I appreciate Malone's willingness to fully explore the consequences of actions, both intentional and unintended. Good & Evil. Love & Betrayal. Trust & Deception. Illusion & Reality, The Mirror of N'de has it all thrown in there, mixed-up whirled-around and served with a dollop of "Sort of suspected that but you kept me guessing" and a side of "Woah! Holy Cow! Did not see that coming!" (A note to parents of tweens: this novel contains two scenes that are quite graphic and might be unsuitable for children younger than age 11.)
Overall, Malone has delivered a thoroughly entertaining debut novel. I honestly uttered an audible "NO! That's it?" at the turn of the last page. I certainly hope there is more in store for these characters!
(I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.)
Located in: Denver, CO
Submitted: November 24, 2011
Tell us a little about yourself. I believe that most of the time, if God wants you to do something, he'll give you a passion for it. My passion is writing. It's what I wish I was doing pretty much anytime I'm doing something else. I'm not saying that following your heart is always the wisest course, but if you have a strong love of something, look for ways God might want you to use it.
What was your motivation behind this project? I'd been playing around with a version of the Meshah/Mada story and the concept of a world seen through a mirror for some years, but didn't know what to do with it. I have always enjoyed fantasy and I wanted to try my hand at it. And I wanted to illustrate in a visceral way why Christians who take the Bible seriously are concerned about some of the things in the books kids are reading these days.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? More than anything, I hope they really just enjoy reading it. And I hope some readers might like it enough to go back and reread it and look for the Easter Eggs I hid throughout the story. I absolutely love stories that have those little hidden treasures, so I had a ball trying to tuck little nuggets here and there as I wrote.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? I had a lot of fun, even though the project took several years, and multiple revisions! I think God was leading and teaching me the whole way.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? Well, of course there's the Bible. I love the way the Holy Spirit uses symbolism and allegory consistently, even through 66 books, written over thousands of years by people as diverse as fishermen and kings. I also enjoy reading other ancient texts that can illuminate the thinking and culture of the peoples of Biblical times, such as the Book of Enoch and the Epic of Gilgamesh. More modern authors I enjoy include J.K. Rowling (she has such a sense of whimsy, even if I share some of the concerns many Christians have about elements of her books), and Suzanne Collins (she talks to young readers as equals, doesn't tell them what to think, but simply asks them to think, and I admire that), as well as Frank Peretti (This Present Darkness gave me nightmares the first time I read it), Donita K. Paul (I need to go back and reread her Dragonkeeper series) and Jill Williamson (I just bought By Darkness Hid and I can already tell I'm going to be a fan).
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: This story is directed towards young adults, but I hope there's something there to entertain people of every age. Come say hi on Twitter @ElKayMalone, and on Facebook. Website coming soon!
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