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Yvonne Hertzberger is a native of the Netherlands who immigrated to Canada in 1950. She is married with two grown children, (one married) and resides quietly in Stratford, Ontario with her spouse, Mark in a 130 year old, tiny, brick cottage, where she plans to live out her retirement. She calls herself a jill-of-all-trades and a late bloomer. Her many past paid jobs included banking, day care, residential care for challenged children, hairdressing (her favourite) retail, and customer service. She enjoys gardening, singing, the theatre, decorating and socializing with friends and family
Hertzberger is an alumna of The University of Waterloo, first with a B.A. in psychology, then and Hon. B.A. Sociology and stopped ½ a thesis short of an M.A. in Sociology. She has always been an avid student of human behaviour. This, and her personal experiences are what give her the insights she uses to develop the characters in her writing.
Hertzberger came to writing late in life, hence the label ‘late bloomer’. Her first Fantasy novel “Back From Chaos: Book One of Earth’s Pendulum” was published in 2009. The second volume in the planned trilogy “Through Kestrel’s Eyes” is available currently and the third book in the trilogy “The Dreamt Child” was published in December 2013.
on June 01, 2016 :
Yvonne Hertzberger is one of those writers whose prose inspires confidence. She has a way of pulling you into her story with ease, allowing you to sit back and enjoy the atmosphere and characters she has created without your worrying whether the magic will wear off before the story ends. She writes whole worlds into being, for multi-faceted and complete characters easy to love. I admired many of the characters Hertzberger introduced in “Back from Chaos,” and was pleased to see some of them return in “Through Kestrel’s Eyes.” Two of my favorites, Brensa and Klast, are given the fullest of returns since their daughter, Liannis, is the heroine of this second book. But even more, we are given the opportunity to see that the product of their union is a perfect composite of the best features of her parents.
Liannis drives the story, as she takes us through the growing pains of coming into her gifts as a seer. This supernatural element is one of the strongest aspects of the story because Hertzberger doesn’t take the easy road. Rather she shows the struggle it entails, the physical toll it takes on Liannis, as well as the sacrifices she must make to serve Earth. This tension is kept taut throughout the story, allowing us to be privy to Liannis’s experience, while at the same time wrestling with the burden too. There are other elements of the story that enrich the mythos Hertzberger is building, such as the sendings Earth gives Liannis, and her familiars, Kira and Cloud.
As with “Back from Chaos,” this second book in the “Earth’s Pendulum” series leaves you satisfied, and yet sets up a world so rich you will desire to return to it, especially as love promises to bloom at the end. I am looking forward to “The Dreamt Child,” ready and waiting on my Kindle.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Dec. 25, 2014 :
I really enjoyed this book especially the spiritual connection with earth and the animals. Story line is fast paced.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on March 06, 2014 :
Through Kestrel’s Eyes continues Yvonne Hertzberger’s epic Earth’s Pendulum fantasy. I received a free copy of this book for review. Seventeen years of peace have followed the events chronicled in Back From Chaos, but that peace is soon destroyed when the rulers of the kingdoms of Gharn and Leith are overthrown, and their heirs seek help from Lord Gaelen. Thrust into the middle of this mess is Liannis, a gifted young apprentice seer with amazing powers, who finds her apprenticeship ended when her mentor Liethis dies. Now, she must somehow restore the Earth’s balance if the drought and famine caused by the weakening of Earth’s power is to be ended.
Just when things seem darkest, though, Earth sends Liannis a kestrel, through whose eyes, Liannis sees more, and a horse to carry her on her perilous journey. With her ability to mind-speak with birds and animals, these two become her main companions and staunchest allies.
Hertzberger demonstrates her skill as a fantasy writer as she takes us along with Liannis, who must battle doubt in her abilities as she faces test unlike any she’s ever known before. The reader is taken from first person point of view – through Liannis’s eyes – to third person, but in a way that rather than being disruptive, actually makes sense. She has created a fantasy world that seems very real, populated by people we can relate to. Despite her powers, Liannis is someone you find yourself rooting for from the first time she appears on the page. Good novels engage all the senses, and Through Kestrel’s Eyes does just that – and, not just the usual five senses, but the sixth sense as well.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)