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Product Details

  • Series: Lost Road Chronicles
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1461161878
  • ISBN-13: 978-1461161875
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,453,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

J. Leigh Bralick is a fantasy novelist and a perpetual student. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys listening to music, fencing, costuming, and inventing languages for her worlds. She currently lives in Texas with her dog Madison and three birds.

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J. Leigh Bralick will always consider herself a student. Officially holding a bachelor's in medieval history and a master's in politics, J. Leigh has unofficially dedicated herself to the study of anything and everything that she believes will enrich her writing...from traditional bowyery to herbalism, linguistics to horse training. She was even certified as an EMT until recently, but though her certification expired, the experiences still inspire her writing -- much to her characters' dismay.

J. Leigh writes mostly fantasy and YA fantasy. Her first book, Down a Lost Road, sprang from a vivid dream she had when she was about 12 years old. Though she started writing the story immediately, it wasn't until a few years ago that she started taking the idea seriously and transforming it into an actual novel. Down a Lost Road is the first book in the Lost Road Chronicles, and is followed by Subverter and Prism. J. Leigh is currently working on a new novel called The Madness Project, which will be available in Summer 2013.

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I am an older reader, but enjoy reading YA fiction/fantasy because I am a teacher.
Brynmama
And honestly, every time I would see a black out scene (which is NOT rare) I started to wonder if it was just a lazy way to avoid describing what was happening.
Mize
The aspect of the story that fascinated me was that the characters really came alive in my imagination.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Kristin Wallin on June 7, 2011
Format: Paperback
I really like the way this books gives us an alternate world to explore and of course the Tolkien tie-in was very nicely done.
I will be honest in that I tended to find the action scenes a bit hard to follow and found myself going back and rereading them to make sure I knew what was going on.
That being said, the world that is created and its joining with our modern one is quite fascinating. The characters and their backgrounds are intriguing and one can certainly relate to the main character. I will be having my 10-year-old son read this, as he is also a big fan of fantasy novels. I look forward to the sequel.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Shannon K. Valenzuela on August 9, 2011
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I believe that when an author takes the time to develop a story, focusing on even the smallest details, the result is truly beautiful. Down a Lost Road is a gorgeous story. The descriptions are rich and lovely -- when you leave the world of the story, you can picture it again in your mind. But more than setting, the author is able to capture and represent inner landscapes as well: fear, hurt, confusion, courage, sorrow.

It's also not often that you find an author who can actually invent a language for a fantasy world that is designed as a working language. Not many take the time, and fewer have the knowledge and the skill to make it work (lots of vowels and extra apostrophes do not a language make). J. Leigh makes it work, and it gives this story extra sophistication and depth.

The story ends in such a way that it truly makes you anticipate the sequel. This reader can't wait to dive into Subverter!

S.K. Valenzuela
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rob on March 10, 2012
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Down a Lost Road is a book with a lot of potential. The author has a great imagination and a good sense of story structure. It is well aimed at its audience, young adults. However, it feels like the book lacked a good editor. Some sections lack explanations and are confusing. It is told in the first person and the main character passes out too often, making the story hard to follow in places. The author could take a little more time to describe new characters and explain character decisions.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mize on November 11, 2011
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First of all, let me say that the author seems well educated and you don't see many of the technical issues that often times plague the low cost/free section of the fantasy genre.

Now onto the book. If you like action AT ALL, this book is not for you. At the first sign of a conflict the main character's vision "fades to gray" and you miss it all. Even the conflicts she is awake for are some type mental battle that we get minimal description of, and even here she usually passes out before its over.

A lot of times authors tend to over explain & spoon feed things to readers. That can be annoying, but at least if you already knew what they were saying it doesn't destroy the flow of the story. This book fall's towards explaining little to nothing, and its not just a delayed explanation. I read the book through, and very few things are explained. Definitely not enough to make it feel like a real world to me.

There are a few parts in the book that feel oddly written to the point I had to re-read sections to figure out who was talking to who or who was being attacked. I would give the author another chance in the future, but I will not be reading another of this series. It's one of the first times I can say the writing was fine, but the story felt shallow due to the lack of description. And honestly, every time I would see a black out scene (which is NOT rare) I started to wonder if it was just a lazy way to avoid describing what was happening.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jesse on October 28, 2011
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I enjoyed the flow of this story and traveling the path of discovery with Merelin. I kept thinking about what a great TV series or movie trilogy you could make from this tale! Very enjoyable!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jessie on October 23, 2011
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I could not put this book down. I felt right along with Mer. I wanted to really see this world and be a part of it. It was Amazing I wanted to join the fight lol I can't want for the next one I'll be looking forward to losing myself in that adventure as well!!

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READ IT!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By April on December 31, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Merelin. We all have a friend like her. Her personality shines out in quirk, wit, big mouth, and innocence. She is so relatable and it was a blast to run after her on her epic journey. Great read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Abenna on October 17, 2012
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J Leigh has created an amazing new world, full of excitement, adventure and awesome characters. I'll admit that it starts out a little slow, but after diving into the story, you'll never want to come back. I only purchased the book a few months ago, and already I've read it several times. Sadly, this series is so amazing, that I can't hardly even begin to describe it. Haha! ;) However, I can say that I would, and have, recommended this book to all of my friends. I think anyone from their teens on through adulthood would enjoy, not only this book, but the entire trilogy. Good writing is a work of art, and I believe that J Leigh has mastered it!
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