Down a Lost Road

Rated 4.25/5 based on 5 reviews
16-year-old Merelin Lindon never thought her life was extraordinary...until the day she found herself transported to the hauntingly beautiful world of Arah Byen. When she discovers her own connection to the strange world, she must decide if she will join the mysterious Yatol in a fight for his people's existence, or leave them to their fate. But every choice has a price... More
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Words: 124,200
Language: English
ISBN: 9781458082695
About J. Leigh Bralick

J. Leigh writes primarily fantasy and YA fantasy novels. She has made one foray into science fiction, and enjoyed it so much she may eventually publish that experiment, if she survives the effort. Her favorite thing about writing fantasy is the excitement of exploring new worlds and experiencing exciting adventures — all on a very low-cost budget! All you really need is coffee. Low cost + coffee = success for a perpetual student like J. Leigh, who may have heard of the concept of a full-time job but likes to avoid that topic as much as possible.

When she isn’t writing, J. Leigh enjoys fencing, listening to music of a variety of genres, costuming, and inventing languages for her worlds. That last bit is a secret, so don’t tell. She may even put up some information on her blog about her different languages at some time, if she can be persuaded to.

Besides work, J. Leigh also doesn’t believe in ages. So don’t ask her how old she is. She is either eighteen or eighty-five, or somewhere in the middle.


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Review by: Dionne Washington on Sep. 17, 2013 :
Wondersful story. Wonderful world. This is truly an uplifting tale.
(review of free book)

Review by: Dale Ibitz on Dec. 14, 2012 :
What a world, what a world! J. Bralick portrays such a vivid, imaginative world that is easy to visualize. The characters are memorable, believable, lovable, hatable (is that a word?), and strong. The writing is very, very good, descriptive without being over-bearing.

The male characters are just so...male. The female character (really, there's only one to speak of through most of it), is both weak and strong. Strong politics, though maybe just a tad reminiscent of Lord of the Rings. Great, unexpected ending.

So as much as I loved this book, you may be wondering why only 3.5 stars. Let me tell you.

First, and this is really just my opinion, the names were hard to master. I spent much of the first part of the book struggling with names rather than paying attention to the story. It's me, not you, and I know some of you may be saying...yeah? so? Some people love that...I don't, personally. So this, really, is a little thing. Not worth down-grading a 1/2 star.

Merelin seemed to spend a lot of time passing out or crying. Total girl. Yuck.

I thought I was going to swoon over her brother...the first chapter set him as cool and languid, like a tall drink of water...but that magic didn't carry though the whole book. He ended up being pretty ordinary.

What bothered me the most is that I felt like I went through most of the book in a fog. I finished the book, and I still have no clue what Merelin's gift is. I mean, and here's the foggy part, she'd be doing something, end somewhere else after blacking out, not knowing what she did. I'm really, really not sure what she was doing, why she was so important, or what she contributed to the mission. Maybe it's just me being obtuse. Maybe I just didn't get it.

Despite this, I really am going to get the next book and continue the journey.
(review of free book)

Review by: S.K. Valenzuela on Aug. 09, 2011 :
I believe that when an author takes the time to develop a story, focusing on even the smallest details, the result is truly beautiful. Down a Lost Road is a gorgeous story. The descriptions are rich and lovely -- when you leave the world of the story, you can picture it again in your mind. But more than setting, the author is able to capture and represent inner landscapes as well: fear, hurt, confusion, courage, sorrow.

It's also not often that you find an author who can actually invent a language for a fantasy world that is designed as a working language. Not many take the time, and fewer have the knowledge and the skill to make it work (lots of vowels and extra apostrophes do not a language make). J. Leigh makes it work, and it gives this story extra sophistication and depth.

The story ends in such a way that it truly makes you anticipate the sequel. This reader can't wait to dive into Subverter!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Kristin Wallin on June 06, 2011 :
I really like the way this books gives us an alternate world to explore and of course the Tolkien tie-in was very nicely done.
I will be honest in that I tended to find the action scenes a bit hard to follow and found myself going back and rereading them to make sure I knew what was going on.
That being said, the world that is created and its joining with our modern one is quite fascinating. The characters and their backgrounds are intriguing and one can certainly relate to the main character.
I will be having my 10-year-old son read this, as he is also a big fan of fantasy novels. I look forward to the sequel.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Reannon Harn on June 03, 2011 : (no rating)
Multiple plot twists - an adventure of imagination. A must read for lovers of fantasy novels.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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