Thursday, December 8, 2011
Book Review: The Mirror of N'de by L. K. Malone
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Published by Kregel November 1, 2011
Young Adult for ages 13-17/Fantasy Fiction/Allegory
The story begins with a dream that Hadlay has had, when she awakens she is left not understanding it's strange message. She is troubled by this dream and eventually tells her parents and friends. She is told not to tell anyone else for fear of retribution and punishment. Thirteen year old Hadlay Mivana is a Ramash and they are ruled by the Oresed. The Ramash live as mistreated abused servants to the Oresed. Hadlay as well as several other Ramash children are chosen to be initiates in an apprenticeship program in the Oresed Tower. Hadlay had not wanted to be chosen, but she and her friends are. She excels in her studies. There is jealously and trouble-makers amongst some of the students. Hadlay perseveres because she wants to help her people, yet at what cost?
I have to admit when this story first began I was a little lost. I've only read a couple of fantasy fiction books. I think fantasy fiction requires a certain area of the brain in which to read and understand. That little area of my brain has not been used enough.
Although, I was quickly intrigued and anxious for each page to turn; I wanted to know what would happen to Hadlay and her family and friends.
Hadlay is a bright, independent minded, insightful, brave, and loyal character. But, because she is young she trusts too easily.
This is a deep multi-layered story of peoples and cultures on top of other peoples and cultures. Those that are the over-seers are the conquerors, and those enslaved are the workers.
The author used an Akkadian language for names of characters and a few other chosen words in the story. The Akkadian language is the earliest attested Semitic language in Babylon, Ur and Chaldea.
I felt the messages given to Hadlay from her dreams could not be a work of anyone else but God. God's name is never used in the story, instead the story is given as an allegory.
The story is written with great creativity and I was amazed at the plot, scenes, climax, and ending. At no point did I feel the The Mirror of N'de was awash with predictability.
I'm hoping for a book 2, surely there will be?
This is a phenomenal story and one that has not been told from this angle. I loved it!
Thank you to LitFuse Publicity Group and Kregel Publications for my free review copy!