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L. Carroll is a wife and a mom of five who writes, because she's found that if she pretends to travel to magical worlds, makes up wild tales, and carries on conversations with the voices in her head, it's considered mental illness, BUT if she pretends to travel to magical worlds, makes up wild tales, carries on conversations with the voices in her head, AND writes it all down, it's a perfectly normal "author" thing to do. She is the author of the YA fantasy series "Lor Mandela". Book #1, "Destruction from Twins" was released in February 2010, and the second book, "Four Hundred Days" will be making its debut on July 15, 2011.
on Sep. 08, 2011 :
So there’s this power grab happening on Lor Mandela. It doesn’t go well and a lot of people die. Not so good for the planet either because the magic used in the power grad corrupts the magic holding the world together. The good news is that the child of balance has the power to restore the balance. The bad news is that well, she isn’t even born yet. And skip to Maggie living on Earth in a boring little town in the mid-west. She would love some excitement in her life. That is until she gets some. She keeps finding herself pulled onto Lor Mandela where they believe she is the child of balance. With time running out and no one seems to be able to stop it, will Lor Mandela survive? Will Maggie figure it out in time to save herself and the ones she loves? Good questions. Like I'm going to tell you. =)
4 stars- a great read
Okay, before I tell you my thoughts, I need to explain a few things about my reading. I read paranormal, urban fantasy, steampunk, and sometimes a little dystopia. I normally do not read epic fantasy. Not that it’s not good, it’s just that I get bored and overwhelmed by all the world building. Now with that said, I do like Eragon and am waiting, not so patiently, for book four. (Where has that boy been anyway?) But I’m not a Lord of the Rings kind of girl. It’s hard to wade through the many new creatures, cultures, strange names and such. Whereas the books I read normally have the setting at least in some world that I recognize and can relate to. Then they add a few weird things and I can deal with that. There’s usually equal amounts of world building and character development. I’m comfortable in those kinds of books. So with that in mind, let me tell you about Destruction from Twins.
This book is more epic fantasy than not. There is a lot of world building. Lots magic going on and creatures I don’t know about. There are strange names and titles. So before you run away, I loved this book. While the world building was there, it wasn’t overwhelming just different than what I’m used to. I slipped through 50 pages in nothing flat. I began to try and figure out when we would see Maggie (I learned about her from the back of the book). Then I tried to keep up with the twists and turns. Let me just say that I have never had an author kill off so many main characters so quickly. Wow. And the plot was a winding twisting maze that I really enjoyed. Usually, I can predict what’s coming or at least the direction of what’s coming. Not this time. I finally quit trying to guess and just held on for the ride.
My one complaint would be character building. From someone who is used to lots of that, this book fell short there. There were too many people falling in love that had really only known each other for a short time. Umm no. But I still enjoyed the story.
Lucky for me, I have the sequel in hand. You should be watching for the cover reveal for book two, Four Hundred Days right here July 7th.
(reviewed 51 days after purchase)
on Sep. 04, 2011 :
First off I want to say that it took me awhile to get into this book. I think it was mostly because the prologue did not connect immediately to the story and I might have been a little confused. But don't let that stop you from reading it. Once I got to a certain point I liked it a lot better. Once things connected for me I read a lot faster.
This is a pretty cool fantasy novel, there are all sorts of crazy animals and people. There was magic, action, romance, bad guys and plot twists that kept my attention. However, I thought some of the romances were a little weird, but maybe that's just me or maybe it was too late in the story. But I would like to see where they go in the next book. Oh and the bad guys are pretty crazy and the ending definitely left me wandering what the heck was going to happen. So I will be reading the next book to see what will happen. Overall the book was great once I moved past my issues. The world in the book was very magical and fun to read about. There were a lot of fun characters too, that hopefully I will get to see more of in the next book.
(reviewed 30 days after purchase)
on Aug. 25, 2011 :
Part one starts with building the foundation to an intriguing fantasy world, but it's not one without corruption. When Lantalia becomes the next Vritesse, Anika devises a plan to steal the powers from her twin sister and it will lead to worldwide, catastrophic consequences.
Now the only hope is currently on Earth, the teenager Maggie, believed to be the Child of Balance and the only one who can solve the riddle of the Advantiere. Part two throws Maggie to Lor Mandela and back, and becomes an even more serious problem when her father's life is put at stake. Soon it becomes a race against a perishing world and an army set to destroy those who might escape its fate.
There are lots of likable characters set in this fantasy world. Ruled by magic and plenty of mayhem, it keeps you guessing what happens next at a quick pace. I look forward to reading the sequel, Four Hundred Days.
(reviewed 39 days after purchase)
on July 11, 2011 :
I thoroughly enjoyed this fascinating mix of teenage realism and mysterious fantasy world. The characters are believable and the writing is fast-paced and well-crafted. I look forward to Part Two!
Christa Polkinhorn, author
"An Uncommon Family"
"Love of a Stonemason"
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)