Miscellaneous Speculative Fiction Reviews

Legends of the Light Bearer: The story left untold by L. M. Aldrich

Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: July 18, 2011
Synopsis Source: Amazon

Rating:
Characters:19/20
Plot: 20/20
Originality: 20/20
Writing: 19/20
Recommendation: 19/20
Overall: 97/100 or A

Synopsis: A transformational treatise on hate, greed and war, Legends of the Light Bearer: The story left untold is speculative visionary fiction that weaves politics, religion, ancient mysteries, conspiracy theories, physics, the paranormal and sci-fi into a fast-paced, spiritual thriller.

In the months leading up to 9/11, the newly elected Senator from Virginia is drawn into a nightmare that threatens her sanity, and then her life. She uncovers a secret so ancient, so complex and profound that it will take the combined efforts of a NASA scientist, a Biblical scholar, a government spy, a paleontologist and Heaven itself to unravel it. Based on ancient and forbidden scriptures, this is the story you were never meant to hear…until it is too late. Legends of the Light Bearer will challenge everything you thought was true, while offering a startling yet compelling new paradigm: Conspiracies and the supernatural are the only true reality, opposing forces in a spiritual war that uses humans as pawns on a chessboard. It is not mere happenstance that we find ourselves on the brink of extinction; economically, environmentally, or in terms of our inhumanity to one another. It is by design. And the one little thing they do not want you to know is that we have the power to defeat them.

My Thoughts: When L. M. Aldrich contacted me, requesting a book review, I was thoroughly excited. This is only the second time an author has asked me to review her book, and I am eager to share my thoughts. When I read a synopsis of Legends of the Light Bearer, my anticipation increased dramatically, for the topic of this novel is one I am greatly interested in. I hope I can harness the power of words once again as I try to justify the evident uniqueness and greatness of this book. 

Legends of the Light Bearer: The story left untold is an intriguing novel comprised of government conspiracies, possibilities of extraterrestrial existence on Earth, and religious mysteries. The combination of these aspects makes for an intricate and enthralling plot. It is evident that the extensive research required for this story was in-depth. The obvious passion L. M. Aldrich put into her work is highly commendable and shines throughout her writing.  
Texts such as the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Gnostic Scriptures provide a large segment of the story. This was one of the ingenious twists I discovered in the book; each chapter began with a line from one of many ancient scriptures. These texts included those that were omitted or excluded from the Bible. The sections that were prevalent in L. M. Aldrich’s novel often hinted at possible alien presence on Earth. Indeed, I found this interesting…
I believe L. M. Aldrich was hinting at something while writing this book. A curious theme seems to crop up in every corner of the plot and encompasses the entirety of the text; salvation can only be found in the true light of God. Spiritual enlightenment cannot be found in the realm of matter and earthly pleasures, only in the omnipresent spirit of the universe where true love resides. I hope I have not completely missed the point of the novel, as that would be embarrassing. This is what I received from reading the book and what I found truly beautiful. 

Legends of the Light Bearer: The story left untold is a book I am absolutely lucky to have read. The message and theme presented is one I completely believe in. I understand that not everyone will enjoy it as much as I have, but only because they will read it with their minds and not their hearts. This is a book I envelope with admiration and adoration. I hope to learn more about this fantastic author and her future works in a possible upcoming interview. Until then my dear readers, I highly recommend you check out this intriguing, unique, and truly mind-blowing novel. πŸ™‚

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Aldrich, L. M. (2011) Legends of the Light Bearer: The story left untold

Eona by Alison Goodman

Title: Eona
Author: Alison Goodman
Publisher: Viking Juvinile
Release Date: April 19, 2011
Other Titles in series: Eon

Rating:
Characters: 20/20
Plot: 20/20
Originality: 20/20
Writing: 19/20
Recommendation: 19/20
Overall: 98/100 or A+
Source: Library

Synopsis: Where there is power, there is betrayal…
Once she was Eon, a girl disguised as a boy, risking her life for the chance to become Dragoneye apprentice. Now she is Eona, the Mirror Dragoneye, her country’s savior–but she has an even more dangerous secret. She cannot control her power.

Each time she tries to bond with her Mirror Dragon, she becomes a conduit for the ten spirit dragons whose Dragoneyes were murdered by Lord Ido. Their anguish floods through her, twisting her ability into a killing force, destroying the land and it’s people. And another force of destruction is on her trail.

Along with Ryko and Lady Dela, Eona is on the run from High Lord Sethon’s army. The renegades must find Kygo, the young Pearl Emperor, who needs Eona’s power if he is to wrest back his throne from Sethon. But if Eona is to help Kygo, she must drive a dark bargain with an old enemy that could obliterate them all.

Review: The sequel to Eona is a true beauty, a gem in the world of YA literature. I enjoyed the first book, Eon, greatly, but this was even better. Alison Goodman continues this fascinating story with unwavering talent and passion. The characters were as rich as ever, and the plot couldn’t get any thicker. Alison’s writing is crisply refreshing compared to many of the other titles she shares the genre with. I must commend her for that.

While indulging upon these savory words, I realized that Eona affected me like no book has in a long time. I absolutely couldn’t set it down. I was completely enthralled while reading and often couldn’t look away when someone tried to get my attention. This is a remarkable feat because I often can’t find a book so capturing. It is truly phenomenal.

Overall, I believe the series ended excellently. Alison Goodman infused the climax with much action and plenty of excitement. I have to admit that just thinking about it heightens my enthusiasm. I am such a book geek, am I not? πŸ˜‰ A bibliophile, I guess. Anyway, I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a powerful plot, strong emotions, and conflicted romance.

http://www.alisongoodman.com.au/ 

Goodman, Jeanne. (2011) Eona. USA and Australia: Viking

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Abarat by Clive Barker

Rating:
Characters: 20/20
Plot: 19/20
Originality: 20/20
Writing: 20/20
Recommendation: 20/20
Overall: 99/100 or A+
Source: Library

Summary: Once upon a world, where time is place, a journey beyond imagination is about to unfold. . . . It begins in the most boring place in the world: Chickentown, U.S.A. There lives Candy Quackenbush, her heart bursting for some clue as to what her future might hold.

When the answer comes, it’s not one she expects. Out of nowhere comes a wave, and Candy, led by a man called John Mischief (whose brothers live on the horns on his head), leaps into the surging waters and is carried away.

Where? To the ABARAT: a vast archipelago where every island is a different hour of the day, from The Great Head that sits in the mysterious twilight waters of Eight in the Evening, to the sunlit wonders of Three in the Afternoon, where dragons roam, to the dark terrors of Gorgossium, the island of Midnight, ruled over by the Prince of Midnight himself, Christopher Carrion.

As Candy journeys from one amazing place to another, making fast friends and encountering treacherous foes–mechanical bugs and giant moths,miraculous cats and men made of mud, a murderous wizard and his terrified slave–she begins to realize something. She has been here before.

Candy has a place in this extraordinary world: she is here to help save the Abarat from the dark forces that are stirring at its heart. Forces older than Time itself, and more evil than anything Candy has ever encountered.

She’s a strange heroine, she knows. But this is a strange world.

And in the Abarat, all things are possible.

Review: The imaginative world of Abarat has found a spot in my heart and has nestled deep down, never to be forgotten. “One of the best, most amazing books I’ve ever read”, is something I say about only a few really good books. This is most definitely one of them, no doubts. As you can see, I gave it a very high rating, nearly perfect. It certainly deserves it.

After reading Abarat, I have become a great fan of Clive Barker. His mastery of literature rivals his beautiful and very imaginative illustrations. It is a truly gorgeous book, strange and very appealing artwork adorning nearly every other page, encouraging the reader onward with the story. A true work of art.

I have always believed that the ultimate fantasy is a fantasy that appeals to every emotion of the reader. Wonder and excitement yet also hatred and disgust are prevalent throughout the plot of Abarat. Hearing this might cause some people to be overly hesitant about reading it, but it should not be the case. Fantasies are where readers will lose themselves in strange new worlds. Without all emotions, those pleasant and those unpleasant, the world will feel hollow for the reader. The fantasy will no longer be a fantasy. Fortunately, I found the world of Abarat to be one of the most fantastical and mind-capturing worlds I have ever delved into. Absolutely amazing. πŸ˜‰

Abarat is the first of The Books of Abarat series, a supposed quintet. The next installment is titled Abarat: Days of Magic, Nights of War. Look for my review in the future, I will definitely be keeping my eye on this series. πŸ˜‰ 

http://www.clivebarker.info/