A Throughly Enjoying Readby Living with Purpose
Author L.K. Malone knocked it out of the park in her debut novel, The Mirror of N’de. Take a little excitement and danger, add a little intrigue and mystery, toss in a whole bunch of random animal “mixes” (like a Nuppy: Newt + Puppy), and a few unexplained occurrences and you have the makings for one addicting page-turner! Honestly, I could not put this book down. I finished it in one sitting.
In The Mirror of N’de, L.K. Malone creates a fantasy world that is easy to slip into. While I may have been intimidated at first by the preface of Names (2.5 pages of pronunciations, associations and brief descriptions), I quickly found myself absorbed in the story right from the beginning. The characters are rich and hearty, the plot moves quickly, and as with any good novel, there are many layers to dissect.
More than a coming of age story, The Mirror of N’de finds main character, thirteen year old Hadlay Mivana, on a quest to save her people, the Ramash, from the oppressive Oresed rulers. Hadlay is one of a handful Ramash selected by the (Oresed) Emperor to apprentice at the castle Early on in her arrival Hadlay unassumingly catches the eye of the Emperor’s son and a friendship develops–a vantage point that may benefit her people.
More than a quest to save her people, Hadlay finds herself pursued by a mysterious Being, who through the medium of dreams predicts the future. Hadlay realizes while the fate of the Ramash rests upon her ability to gain the Prince’s trust and favor, her destiny is tied to the predictions and riddles presented by the Being.
Through circumstances hardly primrose or sanitized, author L.K. Malone explores complex themes. I appreciate Malone’s willingness to fully explore the consequences of actions, both intentional and unintended. Good & Evil. Love & Betrayal. Trust & Deception. Illusion & Reality, The Mirror of N’de has it all thrown in there, mixed-up whirled-around and served with a dollop of “Sort of suspected that but you kept me guessing” and a side of “Woah! Holy Cow! Did not see that coming!” (A note to parents of tweens: this novel contains two scenes that are quite graphic and might be unsuitable for children younger than age 11.)
Overall, Malone has delivered a thoroughly entertaining debut novel. I honestly uttered an audible “NO! That’s it?” at the turn of the last page. I certainly hope there is more in store for these characters!original review