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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 5, 2013
Format: Paperback
I'm a complete sucker for books about 'other worlds' and anything that's slightly metaphysical, or not anchored in reality. Like AVATAR, in fact. So the Cordella Quest was right up my street. When the heroine Keira passed through the portal I travelled with her - and the authors' descriptive powers certainly helped to make me feel like this. When she left Jason and met Charls I felt fearful for Keira, could he be trusted? Had she stepped from a bad situation into a worse one? I loved the idea of "lovelight" and the message in the book that we all carry it within ourselves but don't always know how to channel it. Although the book is completely original it did remind me of another favourite book of mine The Celestine Prophesy. I felt rather bereft at the end of the novel and I was heartened to read that Book 2 and 3 will be available one day soon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 25, 2012
Format: Paperback
A gentle and uplifting story which made me think about how I live my life. Although this is an adventure with quite a few hair-raising moments, it is also a relaxing read - one I looked forward to each evening and I'm sorry it's now over. It's left me with that dilemma of what on earth to read next. I'm very much looking forward to book 2 in the series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 21, 2013
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
This is a very relaxing read. Relaxing in that the inspiration seeps into the soul, soothing and whispering of things we don't often embrace in our daily lives. The energy of the book is what struck me the most. The words were simply a vehicle for the energy to work it's magic. If you are a ready pilgrim, this book will speak to your depths.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 18, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Firstly I'd like to thank Joanna Gawn for sending me this eBook to read and give an honest review. This is the first book in The Lazuli Portals Trilogy with the second book Mosaic of Light currently being written.

The action started pretty quickly - one minute Keira and her boyfriend Jason were having a not-so-romantic midnight picnic with Jason getting rather drunk, and the next Keira had wandered off and experienced what I can only describe as an intense and bizarre spiritual event. This turned out to be just the beginning of a beautiful yet dangerous journey for Keira and I found her acceptance of the situation she was in particularly admirable, especially when she had no idea where she was or why she was there.

Charls was an intriguing character and with him looking just like Jason Keira was quick to trust him. He introduced Keira to the amazing world of Cordello and its lovelight energy which seemed to be something that others coveted. It was at this point that Keira discovered her purpose in Cordello and although she didn't know the details of how she would complete her quest, she felt confident that she would be shown the way. As the story progressed she faced challenge after challenge and each time I felt concern for Keira and her new Cordellan friends.

I felt connected to many of the words in the book but there was a particular moment near the beginning when Keira said that she had switched off her worry circuit and I just loved this saying - being a worrier myself I've often wished that I could stop worrying and thought that this was a lovely way of describing it (one I will definitely use in the future).

When the story first switched to Jason's point of view I was pleased to get a clearer impression of his character, he knew that he had acted badly by drinking too much and as he went to look for Keira he was unaware that his own adventure was just about to begin!

I was very curious about Charls and Keira's friendship, there were times when I thought that they were just really good friends but then I'd be sure that there was a hint of something more and with Jason still hanging around on the other side I wasn't sure what to think.

After many ups, downs, twists and turns, which left me feeling as exhausted as Keira, the epilogue came along and made me think about the next portal and what might be discovered there - I'm looking forward to finding out!

The whole book had a calm, peaceful feel to it and I think that most of this was attributed to the clear and precise writing style. I loved the detailed descriptions because they made me feel like I was actually there alongside Keira on her quest. I also loved how this wasn't just an enjoyable fantasy story, it was full of deep meaning and self-awareness which I could translate into my own life. I felt empowered whilst reading this book and took away a feeling of positivity that was much-needed after a shaky start to the year for my family and myself.

This was an imaginative read interspersed with spirituality and thought-provoking ideas, this is definitely a story that will stay with me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 30, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Within the first page I was hooked, and not just because of the story. As I read from page two onwards I found myself thinking `this is just like Shamanic journeying I've done in the past'. You can imagine my surprise when a little further in, it becomes obvious that this is in fact a journey that is outside the physical body. The book for me was like a UK version of The Celestine Prophecy where the story was almost secondary to the messages that were being shared. These were messages I have heard many times, acted on a lot in the past and left behind in more recent times, I am pleased to say that it has reconnected me to that earlier self and I feel more whole and connected than I have done in many years. I am now looking forward to reading parts 2 and 3 of the Lazuli Portals.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 22, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
This book was well written, although it isn't something I would normally read (given it's focus on spiritually, something I know little about). I really enjoyed the part where Keira and her group were in the tunnels and solving puzzles to get them to the next area. The first part of the book seemed really slow, while the second part picked up a lot.

One issue I had was jokes that were told in Cordello that were based on our culture. One of the earlest examples is a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow (brought on by a rainbow, not a pot of gold). I can't see another world, with a culture so different from our own having simlair stories about pots of gold. That messed up the other world aspect of the book for me. It's a very simple thing really, but it bothered me every time a joke was brought in that was culture focused.

I was kind of surprised that Jason didn't play a bigger role in this book. I thought at first that they'd both go to the other world and help out. Jason stays in our world, while Keira ends up in the other world. I guess I missunderstood somehow.

In a lot of ways, this book would work well as a stand alone novel (other books are being planned and I think the second one is being written now). The suggestion of other stories waiting to be told doesn't come up until the end of the book, after all the drama is over and Keira is going home. I'm not sure about reading the other books, but that mostly depends on who the other books are going to be about. Are they still Keira or are they each about a new person? I'm hoping Keira, since I already know her.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
A beautiful tale filled with adventure, magic, romance, and spiritual truths with clear examples of their use. Descriptions are detailed enough to easily envision each scenario. I found outcomes predictable in some places, while in others wondered if this was about me. In truth, the circumstances are generic enough they could be parts of anyone's life. I strongly associated with the main character as many will.

Sadly, the story comes to an end too soon. Eagerly looking forward to the next book. My mental movie is still running on this one, so I am looking forward to seeing this on the big screen at my local theater. There will be a movie, right?
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 1, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
What a delight! As a student of metaphysics and world religions, this story brought light fantasy to what I hold dear. Imaginative, thoughtful and intriguing. I was part of the story. So well written I could see the words and worlds unfold. I anxiously anticipate the rest of the trilogy. Thank you.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format: Kindle Edition
When I started reading The Cordello Quest, I thought it was a tale of adventure into a magical realm. I found it compelling and a joy to read. As I got further into the story I realized that deep spiritual wisdom was woven throughout the journey. Each chapter was more intriguing than the last, leaving me eager to read what happens next. I read the whole thing in two days! At the end of the book my only disappointment was reading the words, "The End." The story telling and spiritual revelations of The Cordello Quest remind me of The Celestine Prophecy. If you enjoyed that book, you'll love this one.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 4, 2014
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
Online reviews recommended this but when I got it and started reading it I felt like it was a children's story. I did not finish the book.
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