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Down a Lost Road (Lost Road Chronicles) Paperback – May 20, 2011

3.8 out of 5 stars 51 customer reviews

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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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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: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,053,989 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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I usually find fantasy novels unappealing. Down A Lost Road is, however, an exception. I found it to be a well-written, gripping tale with heroic characters who struggle against evil with valiant courage.

The fantasy world is familiar in its broadest outlines. The world is not completely original, but is nicely woven together, and it has a good mixture of the normal and the fantastic. It is consistent and realistic in its own way. The heroine is a 16 year old girl born on Earth, with a father from the fantasy world who came to Earth on a quest for knowledge. Her compatriot for the adventure is a slightly older young man who is a portal guardian in the fantasy world. There are only a few subplots, and they add some interest without distracting too much from the main story.

Considering drawbacks for YA's, I think there are, in my view, two significant ones. First, the book offers explicit accounts of torture and pain. Second, I see a pseudo-racism in the split of good vs. evil characters. In fairness to this particular book, this split is often a feature of fantasy novels, and perhaps it is a stretch to object to racist parallels. For me, these elements would suggest a lower age limit of perhaps 13.

As a book for OA's (older adults!), I would give it 3 stars. The characters and plot held my interest and the writing was a very clear and a pleasure to read. Its limitations, from my viewpoint are in the big issues of the plot: the why's.
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