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The Mirror of N'de by L.K. Malone

Reviewed by Grace Bridges

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"A good read and definitely full of excitement."

Strange beasts, an oppressed underdog race, magic-wielding overlords, and a benevolent young prince and his father. All is not as it seems in the world of thirteen-year-old Hadlay Mivana. In her dreams a white horse speaks to her, things the overlords must not hear of. Dire punishment looms for any word out of turn, and Hadlay's life is turned upside down when she is chosen as a servant of the Emperor and is taken to the Tower.

There is a constant threat of danger and judgement; hate from the ruling race, pranks gone wrong and escapades with undesired outcomes. The tension never lets up, and the nature of the allegory is hidden until right near the end. As it goes along, the tale takes surprising and progressively stronger twists into the realms of horror. Not one for the overly sensitive.

The Christian imagery is thoroughly apparent by the end, though it was well concealed to begin with. It might come as a decent shock to discover who the real players are here. A good read and definitely full of excitement.

Grace BridgesGrace Bridges is a sci-fi author (Faith Awakened, 2007, and Legendary Space Pilgrims, 2010) and owner of Splashdown Books, an independent publisher of inspirational sci-fi and fantasy. She's a Kiwi of Irish descent living in beautiful New Zealand, and a chocaholic cat-lovin' Trekkie, Jesus freak, web designer, and all-round DIY gal who also takes care of the Lost Genre Guild blog. Tweets: @gracebridges - or visit www.gracebridges.com for more.