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A fan of swashbuckling adventure novels by Alexandre Dumas of 'The Three Musketeers' and 'The Count of Monte Cristo' fame, Lorna Suzuki had noticed that it was always the men going off on great adventures and enjoying the camaraderie of a brotherhood. Most often, the women were portrayed as the damsels-in-distress.
In writing the Imago Chronicles fantasy series, by adding a female protagonist, one that is reluctantly accepted into this brotherhood, the author drew on some of her own experiences as a woman in a once male-dominated field of law enforcement and martial arts to bring Nayla Treeborn the female warrior to life.
With over twenty-five years experience in various forms of martial arts, Suzuki is a 5th-dan Shidoshi (senior instructor) of Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu, a martial arts system incorporating six traditional samurai schools and three schools of ninjutsu under Japanese Soke, Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi. Although Budo Taijutsu has a very long and rich history in Japan and is steeped in tradition, is only now growing in popularity. Practitioners of Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu do not compete in the sports arena as the techniques incorporated into this system are used strictly for self-defense, never as a sport. To learn more about Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu, please visit Shihan Phillip Legare's website @ www.shinkentaijutsu.com
When Suzuki is not writing the next instalment of the Imago series or her new Young Adult Fantasy Series, 'The Dream Merchant Saga', she is a scriptwriter for audio/video life-stories customized for clients, as well as biographic documentaries for TV. Suzuki is also currently a consultant on the PBS TV series ‘West Coast Adventures’.
She resides in the suburbs outside of Vancouver, BC with her husband, Scott White, a talented videographer and Bujinkan Shidoshi, and their charming, young daughter, Nia.
Imago Chronicles: Books One, Two and Three have been optioned to produce a major motion picture trilogy.
on April 12, 2011 :
"Imago Chronicles Book Five: Destiny’s End" by L.T. Suzuki is the fifth installment in the popular Imago series. Once again Nayla is reunited with the men of the Order for an adventure that along with being their most difficult to date, could well prove to be their last.
Taiko Saikyu, also known as the Sorceress, has reappeared in Imago and has stolen an artifact necessary for the continuation of life in Imago; not only that, but her actions are putting Imago and another world, whose existence was previously unknown, in jeopardy. The brave people of the Order must band together in order to defeat the Sorceress once and for all or face the loss of everything they hold dear. So real is the threat that should the Order fail King Kal-lel, Prince Arerys father, is prepared to lead all of elf-kind into the Twilight so they can enter the elf Haven.
L.T. Suzuki does a wonderful job weaving together divergent strands of the story into a new, complete whole that offers fans of this fantasy highs and lows unlike any they have ever experienced before. With Nayla and the men of the Order racing across an unknown dimension in pursuit of the Sorceress, even the smallest of actions can have far-reaching effects that no one could anticipate.
I loved the change in the storyline for Destiny’s End. There was no way I could have predicted the way events would unfold as I began the book. Suzuki’s writing had me laughing hysterically at parts of the story and reaching for another box of tissues at another, particularly heartbreaking part. I ran the gamut of emotions as Suzuki orchestrated events like a maestro, moving neither too slowly or too quickly toward what was, in hindsight, a perfectly natural conclusion to the book. The story took twists and turns throughout and it was almost as though there were two different adventures going on at once, one unfolding in Imago, while the other unfolded in a new world.
I highly recommend "Imago Chronicles Book Five: Destiny’s End". It is an absolute must read for fans of the series, but fans of fantasy and speculative fiction will enjoy it as well. I think it’s highly original and entertaining with well developed characters, tension and storyline. You have to read it for yourself to experience the difference.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Jessica E. Subject
on April 12, 2011 :
In Destiny's End, Lorna Suzuki breaks the fantasy mold once more. In the latest quest of the Order, they are in a race against the end of time, trying to stop the Sorceress whom they thought had died, from reining over Imago. Some members of the Order must follow the Sorceress to a new realm not unlike our own while others stay behind to protect the Queen and Princes of Daross from the King who is being manipulated by the Sorceress.
Although part of Destiny's End takes place in a new realm not typical in epic fantasies, I feel it helps this book appeal to a wider audience. When the characters reach the new realm, their reactions seem realistic, as they do not accept new technology and ideas easily.
This book tended to focus on Nayla Treeborn and Cullen Bistrow, yet made other characters even more appealing, including the Elf Joval Stonecroft. It was sad to say goodbye though to another character who'd been in the story from the very beginning.
Destiny's End is a great addition to the Imago Chronicles and I look forward to reading the rest of the series.
(reviewed the day of purchase)