Yvonne Hertzberger


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.

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Earth's Pendulum
A Fantasy trilogy set in a low tech world. The idea that history acts much like a pendulum, swinging from chaos to peace and back again and that Earth, symbolized as a goddess, suffers from chaos and is healed by cooperation and peace. The effects show in whether harvests are poor or good, the people prosper or suffer and so on. Each volume also contains aspects of romance, and action. The stories are heavily character based and follow characters from one book to the next. Back From Chaos, then Through Kestrel's Eyes, and lastly The Dreamt Child
Back From Chaos
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Through Kestrel's Eyes
Price: $3.99 USD. (Free!)


Labyrinth Quest
Price: $4.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 78,410. Language: Canadian English. Published: November 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Romance » Historical
(5.00 from 1 review)
M’rain is captured into a band of slaves in thrall to a madman. Glick, a spirit lizard, charges her with restoring the captives to their village. He gives her trails of light to follow so she will not become lost. The mission changes her. Despondent, she believes she will no longer be welcome back home. Nor does she belong with the new people. But her quest is not yet finished.
The Dreamt Child: Earth's Pendulum, Book Three
Series: Earth's Pendulum, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 92,230. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Historical » Medieval
(4.67 from 3 reviews)
Liannis, Earth’s seer, cannot deny the meaning of her recurring dream. She and Merrist must bear a child – with great gifts. Earth has decreed it. But the people resist the changes, bringing danger to the pair and strife to the lands. Both face tests, sometimes without each other, to fulfill their destiny and bring The Dreamt Child forth into safety and initiate the new era of peace and balance.
Through Kestrel's Eyes
Series: Earth's Pendulum, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 113,520. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Historical » Medieval
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
Through Kestrel’s Eyes, the sequel to Back From Chaos in the Earth’s Pendulum trilogy begins seventeen years later. The peace that followed the end of the Red Plague is shattered when the lords of Gharn and Leith are toppled by traitors, throwing the land into chaos
Back From Chaos
Series: Earth's Pendulum, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 112,530. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Historical » Medieval
(4.92 from 12 reviews)
Klast, the loner, must save a maid, unmask a traitor, and make peace with his destiny; a most unlikely hero, chosen by Earth to restore Her Balance.

Smashwords book reviews by Yvonne Hertzberger

  • Base Spirits on July 14, 2012

    Ruth Barrett has crafted a tale that keeps the reader imprisoned within the pages well past bedtime. Her characters are fully developed and believable. She shows an in depth understanding of the position of women in both our modern and Jacobean societies. Her use of imagery and language will appeal to well rounded readers - easy enough not to make us keep a dictionary beside us but rich enough that we feel nourished.
  • Like Shards of Glass on Oct. 03, 2014

    It was hard for me to read this book and is even harder for me to describe in a way that does it justice. It is a novel about pain, about tragedy and trauma and what that does to people. It is also about addiction. But that description does not touch on the impact it had on me. Ramsey makes her characters so real I feel their pain as my own. I struggle right along with them as they battle their demons. When a tortured man suffering from PTSD kills several people, including two of his sons what happens to his wife and the one son that he left alive? How to they cope with the unexplainable, the loss, the stigma. How do they relate to each other? And how are the others they are in contact with relate to them, especially when they, too, have unresolved issues? The answers are tough to read – but they are real. Oh yes, very real. Previously I had only an intellectual understanding of addiction. Now, upon living with these characters in such an intimate way for a while, I truly believe I understand. I understand what brings us to try drugs, and I understand the irresistible lure of the release from unbearable pain they can bring, a release which makes it so, so difficult to break loose from its hold. I almost stopped reading this, it was so painful, as I too, suffer from PTSD. But I read it all and I’m so glad I did. If you begin, please read until the very end. If not you’ll never get all of the message.
  • Gerald and the Wee People on Oct. 25, 2014

    Gerald and his friend Vernon find themselves facing adventures in the world of the wee people that test their views of what the real world is. In it they encounter magic and strange creatures they must help the wee people defeat. How that ends will surprise readers - in a good way. This is a book that will appeal to young teens and adolescents. It has lots of adventure, imagination, and characters they will relate to and love. It grabbed me from the first page and never let go. While there was plenty of tension, danger and emotion this was accomplished without gratuitous violence, gore or trauma. The writing style is engaging with great dialogue. For the most part it is well edited with one caveat. There were some grammar issues regarding tense but perhaps these bothered me only because I also am a writer. They did not detract from my enjoyment of the story.