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Megg Jensen has been a freelance parenting journalist since 2003 and began writing YA novels in 2009. She co-runs DarkSide Publishing, is a member of SCBWI, and blogs about writing while juggling freelancing, volunteering, and family life. She lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband, two kids, and their miniature schnauzer, Ace.
on Aug. 10, 2012 :
Although this is the second book in a series, the author does fill the reader in on some of the details that happened in the first book. I am pretty sure that if you would choose to read them out of order you will still fully enjoy this part of the story. Although so far book 1 is my favorite, so I highly recommend reading it.
Reychel has been taken into the palace as an honored guest. They have been awaiting a prophecy and believe that she is the one that will deliver it. Although Reychel is still learning how to use and guide her powers to call upon at her will, she is still greatly admired. All of them hope that she is the answer to their prayers and will indeed prophesier what they have all been waiting for.
Once a slave herself, Reychel's new status as pretending to be a noblewoman at the castle is a whole new world for her. She is not only feeling the stress of having a very short time to deliver the prophecy the people have heard from legend that she will deliver. But she is also on he own quest to discover what her visions mean and piece them together for the bigger picture.
My favorite part of these stories are the portals she can travel through. There is magic and the fact that Reychel used to be a slave but has risen to position of prophet is different and fun to read. The books are pretty short and I read them in about a day. I find them very entertaining and different and a lot of fun.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Aug. 08, 2012 :
The saga continues to be great. I liked the additional characters they just added to the drama. The trilogy is made up of very quick reads. I just started this today and I'm already finished. I didn't even read all day. It took just a couple of hours.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on June 18, 2011 :
Honestly, I do not even know how to begin this . . .
To say I was excited about the release of this book would be a complete understatement.
Release day! Oh Happy Day!
Book is loaded and ready to go . . I find myself, taking in every word and just letting it linger in my mind a moment before moving on to the next. It isn't long tho . . before the book lets me know it has other ideas for my reading pleasure. It grabs hold of me and just RUNS! I tried to slow myself down reading it, but I just couldn't.
Just when I was thinking to myself, I got this! I have things sorted and figured out . . . yeah, I didn't. There was even a part (with the aid of my cat) that scared me!
I lifted up my eyes and in front of me shimmered a man, a tall, gaunt man with long black hair with a quill in his other hand. I let go of the book as it rotated around so that I was reading it upside down and he began to write.
(Now insert cat jumping on bed right beside you as a man is "shimmered" right in front of you!)
Reychel has some learning to do . . and not really a whole lot of time to do it in. Right from the start Reychel seems to be the only person in her life that she can trust. She finds out for sure that looks can be deceiving and that not everyone presents as they should.
I can only say . . that when the book ended . . I was wondering if I could even trust the author. I mean REALLY!?!? Did she just do this to me? I was reading along, and then it was like . . STOP! No, more. Here I was trying to figure out just who we could trust to help us out . . . and the book ended. I went back and forth through the pages, thinking for sure I had missed something somewhere . . but nope, it really did just end on me. So, now I must wait until Fall 2011 to see how this all sorts out!
(It's gonna be a long summer, huh)
So, please if you haven't already . . . grab yourself a copy of Anathema and Oubliette, then get comfy and read. See for yourself how these books will work into your mind and not let go.
(reviewed the day of purchase)