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Meridian: The Key of Ascension
Meridian: The Key of Ascension
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, solid, and well written, March 13, 2014
Having read Terra Whiteman's series The Antithesis, I was able to procure an advanced readers copy of her latest endeavor, Meridian. This review is based on the e-book version which I am certain differs slightly from the print version in terms of formatting for digitation of the book; the plot, themes and style would most certainly remain the same for either version.

The Story
I will admit to a preconceived idea of the genre of Meridian. Due to the cover art and opening paragraphs, I assumed Terra Whiteman was venturing into Steampunk, it appears Mrs. Whiteman is creating her own Steampunk much like she has created her own expansive universe. The story is based in the same self-created universe as her previous outing, The Antithesis, at this point of the story there is no cross-over of characters though.

The story begins with Tressa and Ferad acting on the Church's orders to investigate an old temple in the forbidden zone. Their investigation leads to the discovery of a woman encased in a liquid filled glass chamber. With cryptic and vague instructions from the Church, Tressa and Ferad load the chamber in their flying mech for transport.

Naturally, the woman in the chamber does not remain there. We find out she is named Mercy or rather, that is what she believes it is as she does not remember her past life. It becomes obvious she is central to the story once the reader learns the Church which is part of the Moratalis Empire successfully won a civil war. The end of the war saw the creation of a new second Empire, Umbra, which Moratalis was able to force to the outlands essentially creating a cold war with Moratalis forsaking all technology and Umbra embracing it. Mercy, in the Church's eyes, is a weapon.

Through an unfortunate series of events which I won't reveal, Umbra becomes aware of Mercy's existence and that the Church wants her. This sets Umbra anew against the Church and Moratalis.

As in The Antithesis, there are battles. Detailed battles, although not as graphic as her previous series but detailed nonetheless. Terra Whiteman's skill at dressing a scene truly comes out in her conflicts, wars and battles. Refreshingly, she has no issue with putting her major characters in harms way, to the point of leaving the reader wondering if they will survive.

Themes
There are no "good guy and bad guys" in Meridian, it relies heavily on the reader's perception and assignment of good and bad. Moratalis contains the Church, they are keeper and defender of the population's faith, morality and sense of being. Moratalis shuns technology as it views tech as detrimental to the common good of the people.

Umbra, embraces technology and sees it as a means to advance people and the quality of life. Further, they do not wholly embrace religion as do the inhabitants of Moratalis. The people of Umbra choose to not blindly follow the direction of a central Church or its teachings, a basic "us versus them" theme. But don't stop there.

Moratalis' population enjoys a better quality of life than Umbra, yet another reason Umbra dislikes Moratalis, setting the theme of `haves and have-nots". Within Umbra there are two major cities, Vortex and Oracle. Vortex exists near the border and is chiefly populated by soldiers living off rations that provide a meal every two or three days. Oracle is further from the border, near the coast allowing its inhabitants to enjoy a quality of life unequaled in Vortex, the `have and have-nots" exist within Umbra itself as well.

There is also the theme of using technology to improve life, Umbra embraces it, Moratalis does not. However, the Church does not have an issue using tech when it is the beneficiary. As this conflicts with the Church's teaching, they must keep it a secret from the general populace, trust in authority becomes another theme.

There are more themes, some reside on the surface others, you must dig for as they run much deeper.

Conclusion
Meridian is strongly written, the story engaging and character development is true. Terra Whiteman advances the story through solid plot devices, narration and dialogue. You won't find anything in the story that doesn't belong or is not advancing the story. With Meridian, Terra Whiteman proves she is a strong storyteller and I look forward to reading her books for years to come.


Can You Escape
Can You Escape
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice little brainteaser and time waster, September 22, 2013
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Enjoyable little app, hunt for the items you need to unlock the door. Each item is used to find the next item until you find the keys to
unlock the door.


Magic Box with 3 Wooden Puzzles Gift Set - Open the Trick Box to Find 3 Great Puzzles Inside
Magic Box with 3 Wooden Puzzles Gift Set - Open the Trick Box to Find 3 Great Puzzles Inside
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good brain teaser puzzles, June 25, 2013
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Very good construction and solid feel. There are four puzzles if you count the storage box which is always fun watching people try to figure out how to open. Kids and guests of all ages enjoy it.


The Machine Stops and Other Stories by E.M. Forster (Halcyon Classics)
The Machine Stops and Other Stories by E.M. Forster (Halcyon Classics)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wanting for more, June 25, 2013
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I really wanted to give this 5 stars, I mean this is E.M. Forster but, I found it left me wanting for more. More depth, more character development just ... more. Don't misunderstand me, the book is enjoyable and really a quick easy read. I just wish Forster provided more.


Foxfire 2: Ghost Stories, Spring Wild Plant Foods, Spinning and Weaving, Midwifing, Burial Customs, Corn Shuckin's, Wagon Making and More Affairs of Plain Living
Foxfire 2: Ghost Stories, Spring Wild Plant Foods, Spinning and Weaving, Midwifing, Burial Customs, Corn Shuckin's, Wagon Making and More Affairs of Plain Living
by Eliot Wigginton
Edition: Paperback
Price: $13.67
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love these books, February 21, 2013
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I had a set of Foxfire books long ago, unfortunately they have been lost during numerous moves. Now my wife has discovered them and we are working on buying the whole set. Great stories and instructions for projects the old fashioned way.


2 Pack of High Capacity Pentax D-LI109 1050mAh (2100mAh Total)Replacement Lithium-Ion Battery for Pentax K-R Digital SLR Cameras With Rapid Travel Charger
2 Pack of High Capacity Pentax D-LI109 1050mAh (2100mAh Total)Replacement Lithium-Ion Battery for Pentax K-R Digital SLR Cameras With Rapid Travel Charger
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Price: $28.99
6 used & new from $22.70

5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I needed, February 21, 2013
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Perfect fit for my camera and saves carting around numerous AA batteries just in case the rechargeable runs out. Charges quick with the included charger and holds a charge well. I definitely recommend them.


The Antithesis Book Three: Beta
The Antithesis Book Three: Beta
by Terra Whiteman
Edition: Paperback
Price: $11.86
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unfortunately, this is the last book in the series., February 21, 2013
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Terra Whiteman has shown her writing and storytelling talents throughout the entire series, if you have been reading The AntiThesis, this won't let you down. Terra ties up the loose ends rather neatly and does so without making the reader feel it is forced.

The war between Heaven and Hell comes to a climax and there can be only one winner. But, with the sacrifices and casualties of war, is there ever a real winner? Terra takes the reader through the end of the war where we learn more about the Angels and Demons and the judges that mediate them. The scarlet queen returns in all her arrogance and could swing the war which ever way chooses, all by herself.

Buy this book, read it and reread it. My only hope is the literary world discovers Terra Whiteman and her magnificent storytelling.


Sons of Anarchy Samcro Boxed Reaper Black Adult Hoodie Hooded Sweatshirt (Adult X-Large)
Sons of Anarchy Samcro Boxed Reaper Black Adult Hoodie Hooded Sweatshirt (Adult X-Large)

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Quality, February 21, 2013
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Bought this for my son, the quality is good and is fairly heavy weight. Shipped quickly and arrived early. Good value for the money.


Rick Steves’ Europe 101: History and Art for the Traveler
Rick Steves’ Europe 101: History and Art for the Traveler
by Rick Steves
Edition: Paperback
Price: $18.92
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars High level history review, February 21, 2013
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Heading to Europe this summer and decided I wanted a refresher on European history without digging out the old college text books. This is a good high level review that touches on the key time periods of European history. If you want something in depth, look elsewhere, if you have never read one of Rick Steves' books be forewarned, he does lace the book with his personal comments on everything from politics to society. There really isn't anything wrong with that but if you're expecting a text book style history book, this isn't it. For the casual traveler and those that just want a refresher, this is it.


The Antithesis Book Three: Alpha
The Antithesis Book Three: Alpha
by Terra Whiteman
Edition: Paperback
15 used & new from $40.97

5.0 out of 5 stars Continuation of a great series, March 9, 2012
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First I have to say I am surprised there are not more reviews for this series of books, either those that are reading them choose not to write a review or this series has not been "discovered" yet.

Terra Whiteman continues the story of Heaven and Hell and the Jury that holds them together in her refreshing personal style. If you have read the first books in this series then then you are already familiar with Qaira, Leid, Lucifer and Yahweh and the love/hate relationship that binds them together.

The latest entry for the series finds Heaven and Hell at war which releases the Judges from their contract and allows them to actively participate in the war. Of course, this also means they must choose which side to fight on. I don't like reviews that give spoilers to books as I would rather discover everything for myself however, I must point out that Alezair is gone and Qaira is back, and he is mad.

Terra Whiteman still explores the science and philosophy she has shown herself to have great knowledge in and by bringing Heaven and Hell to war she also displays a very strong knowledge in the strategies of war, movement of ground troops and air support as well as recon missions.

This a great continuation of her series and while I know it has to end at some point, I hope Mrs. Whiteman continues writing as she has a voice that compels you to read and want more.


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