Nina J. Lux
Nina J. Lux was born in 1989 and started her writing career early in life by creating illustrated stories about villainous apples. Education took her through music school, sports academy and the IB Diploma Programme - all leading up to her move to London. During her time at the University of London the writing continued through prose, poetry and plays. At last, YA fantasy adventure series The Landskapë Saga came to life with the first instalment, Bell Eleven (free from evil fruit).
After graduating from university Nina left the country. Having written her way across the world to Japan and back, she now lives in Scandinavia where she's relying on words to pay for coffee and for her future pug, Charles Ingvar.
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Bell Eleven (Book One of The Landskapë Saga)
by Nina J. Lux
The unforgiving Curfew Law keeps the citizens of Vildaell prisoners in their own homes. Its dark secret is about to set them free. But are they willing to pay the price for that freedom? Do they have a choice at all?
by Nina J. Lux
(2.00 from 1 review)
Published: January 25, 2015
As the storm rages around Mount Fuji, a group of tourists comes across the mysterious man Kodokuna. He tells them the chilling story of Iwamura-san and the deed leading to his demise.
Kodokuna knows. He tells. They listen.
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Smashwords book reviews by Nina J. Lux
on Oct. 06, 2014
Lyssa is one of those love-to-hate (but mostly love) classic heroines whose poor decision-making and fatal flaws throw her into one difficult situation after another. She has lots of personality and a temper like a ticking bomb. You do wish her well and I was on her side most of the time, but still, when hardships hit, you kind of feel she has it coming. That’s a difficult balance to achieve, and one that Evans manages delightfully.
What really gives Double Life its sparkle, however, is the fictional universe in which it takes place. If I had to choose one word to describe it, it’d be the oh-so-literary ”cool”. Honestly though, how can you not love funky pirate characters moving across an infinite playground in space, hunting and taunting each other with humour and deadly seriousness at once? It’s believable and well established in a way which makes it feel real – and gives that silly and wonderful urge of wishing it was indeed reality.
Finally, even if this is a fantasy novel it does what good fantasy usually does: it discusses real-life issues like sexism, political corruption, and justice. Through the main character, Evans allows us to peek into the flaws of her society – flaws that much resemble those we see around us every day. This is not a political novel, but the politics is there, nestled in the thrilling, unpredictable and captivating story of Lyssa/Razia.
All in all, Double Life has plenty of sparkle and soul. For fans of YA fantasy, heavy or light, I’d absolutely recommend Double Life. It’s a quick read, a real page-turner, and an entertaining one at that. Whether you like dystopia, reality-linked fantasy or urban fantasy, Double Life is for you. I hope more readers will discover this series, and that S. Usher Evans keeps the novels coming! The sequel is scheduled for early next year and I, for one, cannot wait!