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When Merelin Lindon returned to her ordinary life on Earth, she never really expected to find a way back to Arah Byen. One year later and strange visions begin troubling her — visions that grow darker and harsher with each passing day.

Something is terribly wrong in Arah Byen.

All she wants is to find a way back to the world she loved. But nothing can prepare her for what she might find... More

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Published: Dec. 17, 2011
Words: 111,880
Language: English
ISBN: 9781465908315
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: Michelle McRoberts on Feb. 26, 2013 : star star star star star, after I finished Down a Lost Road, the first book in this series, I'll admit it - I was hooked...

I fell in love with the world and the characters created by J. Leigh Bralick. I love that this story accounts for the missing time in between the first book and when the action actually starts in this one, without dwelling too long and keeping me waiting for the good stuff to start.

Perhaps my favorite aspect of Ms. Bralick's telling of this story is the consistency of her characters. All too often in a series, a character will go through an "out of character" episode that functions to fit the character to the story - not the story to the characters involved. This is not to say that Merelin is unchanged after her experiences in the first book, as she most certainly is, but her interactions are not out-of-character and her character growth is believable.

I love Merelin as a character; although she is uncertain of who she is and what her purpose really is, she does not let it keep her from taking action.

While there are still some rough spots in the mystery building/story weaving, it did not detract from my fascination with the story, even though in places it did lead to some confusion (especially when dealing with "connecting the dots" between current goings on and what has happened in the past).
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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