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Most Helpful Favorable Review

11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

An AWESOME Read!

This is a very well written novel. I'm not exactly sure what I was expecting; I've read Blodgett's other book, Death Whispers, and I knew she was a great writer, but she still blew me away with this novel. It's completely different from Death Whispers and, if I didn't...
This is a very well written novel. I'm not exactly sure what I was expecting; I've read Blodgett's other book, Death Whispers, and I knew she was a great writer, but she still blew me away with this novel. It's completely different from Death Whispers and, if I didn't already know that Blodgett wrote them, I'd never think that the same writer was responsible for both novels. They are so completely different, yet both beautifully written.

What I really love about this novel is that Blodgett keeps the story fresh and original-I've never read anything like it-and she maintains an almost archaic tone throughout the prose and dialogue, never straying into modernization or slang, which I've noted a lot of authors do accidentally when trying to write a novel from another time period. It is obvious that Blodgett has put a lot of time and love into this novel, perfecting the language and causing the reader to transport to another world entirely, becoming lost within the pages of this epic novel.

Although the story takes place in the future and is superior in terms of technological advances (a sort of steampunk novel), the society seems to have backtracked as well, at least in terms of language, giving it a historical feel while at the same time lending itself to both the paranormal and fantasy genre. I thought it was ingenious that 19 states in the USA are kingdoms within themselves, set inside a sphere, as the outside air is tainted and savages roam the land. Although the background concerning the Guardians/Evil Ones is not fully disclosed, including how the divide between the sphere and the outside world truly came to be, the story will maintain reader interest through the constant action and fascinating love triangle of sorts-and the sequel is set up to answer any ensuing questions one might have.

While more of a romance story than that of suspense, Blodgett still captures the reader and creates suspense in terms of character actions, withholding key information until the perfect time to drop it upon the reader. On more than one occasion I found myself fretting for Clara, the kindhearted princess subjected to abuse from Queen Ada and her betrothed, Prince Frederic. These two characters set my teeth on edge and their interactions within the novel made me cringe. Yet, juxtaposed with these two evil characters is a cast of dashing young men forever at the aide of Clara, and I honestly cannot pick a favorite. I think I switched loyalties at least five times within the novel, constantly going back and forth between the characters as new information was provided. And as of yet, I still haven't decided where my loyalties lie!

Blodgett does not end her novel hanging by a thread, but she does leave it open for a sequel, for which I am very excited, as there are new mysteries waiting to be solved. I cannot wait to find out who Clara chooses and how the Guardians/Evil Ones come into play, forever changing the earth. This novel, set to release June 16th, is completely different and a truly wonderful read that you won't want to miss! Four stars!

posted by Read_A_Book on June 17, 2011

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Most Helpful Critical Review

2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Can't finish

I fear the prose and dialogue are both too stilted and ridiculous to bear. Alas, having reached only the page fifty-one, I find I must lay me down upon my fainting couch and rest my weary sensibilities, my reader's heart and mind unrequited and dissatisfied.

posted by Anonymous on April 17, 2013

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  • Posted June 17, 2011

    An AWESOME Read!

    This is a very well written novel. I'm not exactly sure what I was expecting; I've read Blodgett's other book, Death Whispers, and I knew she was a great writer, but she still blew me away with this novel. It's completely different from Death Whispers and, if I didn't already know that Blodgett wrote them, I'd never think that the same writer was responsible for both novels. They are so completely different, yet both beautifully written.

    What I really love about this novel is that Blodgett keeps the story fresh and original-I've never read anything like it-and she maintains an almost archaic tone throughout the prose and dialogue, never straying into modernization or slang, which I've noted a lot of authors do accidentally when trying to write a novel from another time period. It is obvious that Blodgett has put a lot of time and love into this novel, perfecting the language and causing the reader to transport to another world entirely, becoming lost within the pages of this epic novel.

    Although the story takes place in the future and is superior in terms of technological advances (a sort of steampunk novel), the society seems to have backtracked as well, at least in terms of language, giving it a historical feel while at the same time lending itself to both the paranormal and fantasy genre. I thought it was ingenious that 19 states in the USA are kingdoms within themselves, set inside a sphere, as the outside air is tainted and savages roam the land. Although the background concerning the Guardians/Evil Ones is not fully disclosed, including how the divide between the sphere and the outside world truly came to be, the story will maintain reader interest through the constant action and fascinating love triangle of sorts-and the sequel is set up to answer any ensuing questions one might have.

    While more of a romance story than that of suspense, Blodgett still captures the reader and creates suspense in terms of character actions, withholding key information until the perfect time to drop it upon the reader. On more than one occasion I found myself fretting for Clara, the kindhearted princess subjected to abuse from Queen Ada and her betrothed, Prince Frederic. These two characters set my teeth on edge and their interactions within the novel made me cringe. Yet, juxtaposed with these two evil characters is a cast of dashing young men forever at the aide of Clara, and I honestly cannot pick a favorite. I think I switched loyalties at least five times within the novel, constantly going back and forth between the characters as new information was provided. And as of yet, I still haven't decided where my loyalties lie!

    Blodgett does not end her novel hanging by a thread, but she does leave it open for a sequel, for which I am very excited, as there are new mysteries waiting to be solved. I cannot wait to find out who Clara chooses and how the Guardians/Evil Ones come into play, forever changing the earth. This novel, set to release June 16th, is completely different and a truly wonderful read that you won't want to miss! Four stars!

    11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2013

    HELLO!!

    To Anonymous January 10, 2013 ---- Cross your arms in front of you and place your hands on your elbows. It's really not that difficult -- no acrobatics required!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 10, 2013

    I very much enjoyed this book and think its well worth reading.

    I very much enjoyed this book and think its well worth reading. There were however a lot of errors in grammer and puntuation along with sentences that did not make sense. I would love to know how a man could possibly rest his hands on his "elbows".
    I would read more by this author.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 6, 2012

    I really liked this book. Beautiful descriptions without being o

    I really liked this book. Beautiful descriptions without being overly so. The author really took the time to develop her characters, I really got involved in the story line and can't wait to read the sequel. Great job! I will definitely get Death Whispers now to see what the differences are, any author that can totally change her style of writing has got some talent!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2014

    Toxic Future

    Very interesting take on the future where the world becomes toxic. The privileged have survived in isolated domed communities. Others have managed to eak out a living in hunter gather style.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2013

    The Pearl Savage

    Great story

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