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Ancients of Drandsil and the Circle of Law Paperback – February 19, 2016
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Lia has the makings of a master story teller. In The Circle of Law, her characters come to life and take you with them on their personal journey to enlightenment. Though I found it difficult at first to keep the large cast of characters straight, by the end I was identifying with each of them and rooting for the victory.
The setting, too, was well developed with elegant prose and description that transported you to the world of Cadeven to experience the battle raging there. As the battle is waged within the characters, and mirrored in the world they are trying to save, the reader experiences the tug of application to our own time, circumstance and flaws. Nicely done, Lia London. Nicely done! A well deserved five star with the anticipation of reading more by this exceptional author.
For my tastes, the action lagged a bit. Despite a sad and disturbing opening (kudos), the story tension drifted for the first third of the book. The characters seemed to get almost everything they needed without much effort. Insufficient characterizations were common. I thought Marki was about 10 in the opening. Then, 4-6 months into the story, I find out she is really seventeen and attracting two suitors. The concept of time and distance was very loose. Some journeys seemed to take a couple of days. Later, they seemed to take weeks. (The king just seemed to happen by while everyone else struggled to get up Mt. Orr.) Just how long was a gestation period? Your pregnant. Boom, here's your baby. These issues disrupted my absorption into the story.
I wish the author would have dug deeper into the conflicted characters. At the 77% mark in the story, there is a very poignant point about outliving a loved one and how difficult it is to be in love knowing one partner is going to die early in life (kudos). I wish there had been more passages like this, digging beneath the surface. Issues aside, Law is a pleasant read. Those who enjoy this genre will like the redemptive aspects of the story along with the imaginative world in which the characters live. But for me, it was a little better than an average tale. It is a top-shelf "3".
As I read I laughed, I cried and I fell in love with the unique cast of characters! I can't wait to read more!
The setting is rich and well described. The characters were interesting—flawed, but lovable. There is excitement and danger, but nothing gory or graphic. The story builds to an inevitable climax, and good prevails in the end. But along the way, the author leads us on and up-and-down emotional journey, spiked with incredible images of a different world, controlled by the gifts of the ‘ancients’.
It is particularly frightening for Marki to discover her gift… Death! The journey she takes learning to accept and control and use her gift is fascinating.
Best of all, there is humor fitted into the story, keeping this a light and enjoyable read. I don’t care for heavy brow-beating or dark sinister stories.
I would recommend this book to kids, teens, and adults of all ages.
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