Trial In Lavondel

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For ten years Zack managed to intercept abuse that might have been directed at sister. Now the two of them are thrown into Lavondel, a world where machines do not work and magic does. Zack is surprised to find that in this world his sister is nearly all powerful. But that power could come at the loss of her soul. Can Zack find the key to saving his sister, and Lavondel, from an endless evil rule? More

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Words: 85,930
Language: English
ISBN: 9781466118614
About Franz McLaren

I was born in South Carolina and raised in Pennsylvania. I've spent time in 48 out of the 50 United States, and lived in Japan, Germany, and South Africa. I have also spent significant time in half a dozen European countries. All of this leads to a more sedate lifestyle now, but a vivid imagination.

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Review by: R. Peter Ubtrent on July 31, 2012 :
Once again Franz McLaren brings to life a wonderful story. His characters are believable and realistic and his prose flows with the story, compelling the reader from page to page. Following Zack and Angela from a world of abuse and loyalty to a parallel world wherein Angela possess power neither knew she had, Trail in Lavondel takes us from the realm of the suspenseful to the fantasy and back again with a grace that is magical. There are twists and turns to leave the reader spell-bound and an ending that will have you returning to find more of Franz's books to read. Well crafted, this is a good read for anyone who likes fantasy and suspense.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Mardi Orlando on June 29, 2012 :
What a great read this is! Franz McLaren’s imagination takes us on a journey which catapults the reader from one extreme to another. Fantastic imagery and wonderful narrative carry us into the magical world of Lavondel.

It begins with Zack, a fourteen-year-old-boy who deals with the abuse of his alcoholic father and the absence of his workaholic mother, whilst protecting his little sister Angela. One terrible night, after an accident, Zack and Angela escape only to find themselves facing new and terrible dangers in the land of Lavondel - where frightening creatures and cruel masters threaten to destroy them both.

Angel’s inherited powers and Zack’s fortitude see them facing disaster after disaster, Zack always trying to protect his sister from the ultimate sacrifice - Angela’s soul.

Beautifully written and with superbly wrought characters, this read is a thrilling ride to the very end. I am dying to give away a brilliant twist but I want the next person to be just as surprised!
I highly recommend this book and am about to head off and buy more of Franz McLaren’s novels. Buy it.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Mardi Orlando on June 29, 2012 : (no rating)
What a great read this is! Franz McLaren’s imagination takes us on a journey which catapults the reader from one extreme to another. Fantastic imagery and wonderful narrative carry us into the magical world of Lavondel.

It begins with Zack, a fourteen-year-old-boy who deals with the abuse of his alcoholic father and the absence of his workaholic mother, whilst protecting his little sister Angela. One terrible night, after an accident, Zack and Angela escape only to find themselves facing new and terrible dangers in the land of Lavondel - where frightening creatures and cruel masters threaten to destroy them both.

Angel’s inherited powers and Zack’s fortitude see them facing disaster after disaster, Zack always trying to protect his sister from the ultimate sacrifice - Angela’s soul.

Beautifully written and with superbly wrought characters, this read is a thrilling ride to the very end. I am dying to give away a brilliant twist but I want the next person to be just as surprised!
I highly recommend this book and am about to head off and buy more of Franz McLaren’s novels. Buy it.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Karen Luellen on Dec. 06, 2011 :
McLaren works his magic again with Trial in Lavondel!!!

Zack is the kind of big brother we all wished we had growing up. He's responsible and devoted, but above all, he's protective--especially of his little sister, Angela. At fourteen, Zack tries to keep the peace at home. Not an easy task with an abusive, slacker of a father and a mother who's always gone trying to earn enough money at multiple jobs to provide a meager life for her children.

Franz McLaren paints his characters with such clarity. I felt a fierce sense of love and protectiveness for the children and an almost visceral hatred for those who hurt them. Truth be told, I wanted to smack the heck out of several of the characters in this book and would have to get up and pace the room to release some of the anger I felt at their vile behavior toward the innocents.

Just when you think you've got this book pigeon-holed and figured out, a huge twist throws you into another world. Franz McLaren never lets his readers sit back complacent, or spoon-feeds us typical writer's prose. Once again, this master has taken his gift of visual writing to another level when he transforms these children into perils beyond this world and forces everyone to face their innermost demons.

As is his talent, unexpected, jaw-dropping twists held me transfixed, willing my eyes to read faster to know what was going to happen to these two multidimensional children. His descriptions of the world in which they find themselves is so mesmerizing that just when I found myself lulled into a sense of--oh, okay, I understand and feel comfortable about where we are--something completely gasp-worthy happens, making my heart race with fear for the characters, once again. So vivid are his descriptions, I'm not surprised that I had nightmares based on the world in which he created! You're going to love "Trial in Lavondel." Heck, I've saved it in my personal library so I can read it again, and again.

McLaren is a master to be enjoyed and savored, no matter how fast you feel compelled to race through his books to the end! Highly Recommended!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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