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- Print Length: 618 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: March 14, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01CIS1MUI
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,313,654 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Parallel is the first book in the Mortisalian Saga, and a saga it definitely is--one that will rivet you with vivid descriptions of lush architecture and sizzling atmosphere along with scenes of despair and eruptions of violence and bloodshed. You will see Mortisali in all its gorgeousness and feel the spirits of both dark and light magic swirling through the air around you as you read, an enchantment and haunting foreshadowing of utterly possessive grandeur that is exquisite to behold. This is an epic story of love, survival, humanity, fate, sacrifice, self-discovery, forgiveness, faith, and good versus evil. It's a story that touches on so many facets of existence all explored in natural measure with an ease that will disarm you, so even as you read and know that the world between the pages is fictional, you will find yourself able to relate on so many levels that the line between reality and fiction will blur and cease to constrict the limits of your experience.
---A lifetime of being of being the invisible child and the delusional patient had coagulated all my senses into a ball of mistrust and self-doubt.---
Cassandra Collier has lived an unpleasant life. After enduring a horrible childhood that meted out pain and torment from both of the worlds she is inexplicably trapped between, she is thrown into a psychiatric hospital with no hope of release. When we meet twenty-four year old Cass, she has been locked away for seven years, resolved to a bleak life that is absent of true happiness but, because of her immediately obvious fortitude, is nonetheless settled into contented determination to make the most of her circumstances. After escaping a sudden and confounding attack at the hospital, she is thrust into a reality that spans two worlds and bombarded with astounding revelations that demand immediate and total acceptance. She inherits a birthright that is entangled in a centuries old war and a prophecy of obligation and sacrifice that leaves her with an uncertain but grim fate. The weight of two worlds rests on her shoulders, this young woman who has been dismissed, demeaned and controlled her entire life, yet, there is not one moment when you doubt her ability to handle it all. Cass is no weakling; she is strong-willed, sassy, endearingly petulant, sharp-witted and quick-thinking, selfless and compassionate. As you watch her essentially rise from the ashes to take the reins of this new life, you're filled with pride, admiration, adoration and anticipation of her courage and accomplishments and all she is poised to become. In short, you're going to root for Cassandra Collier; you're going to root for her with a fervor that will overwhelm you.
There is simply no way that I can detail for you the events and history that make up Parallel and the Mortisalian Saga, mainly because there is just too much of it but also because it's worth experiencing it for yourself. Stories in which all of the necessary details are attended to seamlessly are the best stories, and L.J. Stock's latest without a doubt falls in that category for me. Parallel takes place in two worlds--a modified version of our world and Mortisali, where both human and magical beings exist--whose long-ago integration led to the creation of an unrelenting evil that seeks to take control. Although the war against this evil has continued valiantly for years, the only hope for resolution is Cass. Parallel begins right in the midst of the action of a pivotal scene that introduces the reader to Cass while introducing both Cass and the reader to the journey about to take place. Cass has spent her life hearing and seeing things that left her in a perpetual state of confusion and resulted in an existence made desolate outside of her power. Now, as she learns the reasons behind this affliction, she also finds out who she is, where she comes from and what she is destined to be, and as the story progresses, the reader continues to make discoveries right along with her.
--- ...there was a clock constantly ticking over my head in a countdown. The more time that passed, the more people died. It was up to me to fix that.---
It's not at all a small undertaking that Cass assumes, and we see her struggle through the endless compromises and sacrifices she must make for one world in which she was kept imprisoned and another world that she knows nothing about, all the while being forced to face the people who intentionally and unknowingly made her life a painful one.
L.J. Stock brilliantly creates this world (or, worlds) from the ground up, with an effective balance of live action and foundational history that is made gripping by an electrifying plot and engaging prose. As a result, you're going to want to translocate to Mortisali (to start), mingle with Cass and company, and face off with the Venificus--totally immerse yourself in the majesty and intrigue of it all. Parallel is wonderfully fun and funny, a gloriously fantastical cornucopia of entertainment that will have all of your synapses firing. There are battles, death and destruction, and there are unending internal and external conflicts. Between the fate of the worlds and the interplay of human relationships, the intensity and emotion are blistering. Stock has many talents as a writer, but every single time I read her work I am impressed and hooked by the sharpness of her dialogue and thorough exploration of the human psyche and relationships. She depicts interactions and self-examinations that are fluid and believable, effortlessly revealing layers to characters that stem from events within the story as opposed to perfunctory or brief mentions of information with the sole purpose of moving the story along. There's a very human quality to her storytelling; it's as if she freely allows her characters to lead her through the journey, without attempts at prettying up or stemming the experiences for caution's sake. I'm not confident I've explained that well, but if you've read her work then I know you understand this amazing attribute in her writing, and if you are new to her work then it's something that will not escape you.
Through Cass' journey, we meet a cast of dynamic and polarizing characters that help create the backdrop for this saga, and they are all notable (both the good and bad)--from old and new friends and family, the entire royal party including the king, guards and ladies in waiting, to historic figures. There is no shortage of characters for you to fall in love with, and Stock ensures that each one plays an import role in some part of the story, often surprising you with unexpected injections of depth and evolution to the characters. Alexa and Zander will have you in stitches with their humor and wit, the former additionally impressing you with her fierce allegiance to and support of Cass. Acantha will enchant you, and Rasmus will have you claiming him as yours while Ollie steals your heart and Diane maddens you with her tendency towards self-absorption; Thànatos and the Venificus' malevolence will enrage and frighten you.
--- Heat streaked down my face in lines of fire against the sensitive skin of my swollen flesh... I felt the strong brutality of a love I wasn't allowed to have, and I wasn't sure I was strong enough to survive... "Every time you're close, I feel you. Every time I touch you, I feel more alive than I ever have in my life. But this can never happen. We can never happen."---
And there's Damon, Cass' long-lost childhood friend and forbidden love. The story Stock creates between these two characters is beautiful and heartrending. Damon is depicted as a sweet, loyal boy and a protective, mysterious, and conflicted man who, like Cass, is torn between responsibility and desire. Despite their connection, everything--in two worlds--stands between this couple, making their struggle entirely understandable yet perplexing; Parallel is in part a love story, but it sets Cass and Damon on a road that is long and difficult to traverse, making you wonder how many sacrifices will be required of these characters before they have their happily ever after.
Parallel is a story that you will return to over and over again, so magnificent is its conceptualization and execution. It is the type of book that you read and become so lost in that any time spent away, you find your mind turning over images in eagerness to return to the incredible movie you'd been watching, only to remember that it wasn't a movie at all but a book... A book that is impossibly alive in its formation. You'll read Parallel with a sense of excitement gurgling inside you, building and receding alternately but always alight, always stroking the fire within your chest and feeding titillation through your veins and into your bloodstream to cement an unyielding connection. Every minute you spend reading Parallel will prove worthwhile, and once you've finished you'll be salivating for the next book in the series (or, like me, the entire darn thing!).
I was given this book in return for an honest review.
**received an advanced copy for an honest review**
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