Common: Tales of the Mystics, Book One

Common: Tales of the Mystics, Book One

by Laurie Lucking

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Overview

Only one person knows of the plot against the royal family and cares enough to try to stop it—the servant girl they banished.

Leah spends her days scrubbing floors, polishing silver, and meekly curtsying to nobility. Nothing distinguishes her from the other commoners serving at the palace, except her red hair.

And her secret friendship with Rafe, the Crown Prince of Imperia.

But Leah’s safe, ordinary world begins to splinter. Rafe’s parents announce his betrothal to a foreign princess, and she unearths a plot to overthrow the royal family. When she reports it without proof, her life shatters completely when the queen banishes her for treason.

Harbored by an unusual group of nuns, Leah must secure Rafe’s safety before it’s too late. But her quest reveals a villain far more sinister than an ambitious nobleman with his eye on the throne.

Can a common maidservant summon the courage to fight for her dearest friend?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781943788279
Publisher: Love2ReadLove2Write Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 02/14/2018
Series: Tales of the Mystics , #1
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 809,776
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.68(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Laurie Lucking has always loved diving into imaginary worlds through books, but she didn't start writing her own stories until she left her career as an attorney to become a stay-at-home mom.
Laurie is the secretary of her local ACFW chapter and co-founder of www.landsuncharted.com, a blog for fans of clean young adult speculative fiction.
When she gets a break from playing superheroes and driving wind-up cars, Laurie enjoys reading, singing, connecting with other moms, and writing young adult fantasy, always with a central love story to satisfy her inner romantic.
Find out more about Laurie and her writing adventures by visiting www.LaurieLucking.com.

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Common: Tales of the Mystics, Book One 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
ABook_ADay 9 days ago
The book Common by Laurie Lucking was anything but common. Leah, the main character, is a servant within the royal palace. She appears to be a common servant but she has a secret friendship with the prince, Rafe. Their friendship began in unusual circumstances, but it is continuing to grow. There seems to be some confusion when the prince becomes betrothed to a princess. Leah feels as if she has to let go of the prince but in her attempt to walk away, she is brought closer and closer to the situation. The plot begins to thicken and right when you think it will be resolved, it keeps getting thicker! I was instantly swept into the book and had a hard time putting it down. The title mentioned Tales of the Mystics but somehow I was so caught up in the book that the mystics in the book caught me by surprise. From the beginning of the story, I did not expect the love story to include fantasy. It wasn’t a bad way that it was addressed, just a little unexpected. As I got towards the end of the book, I was still wondering how it was going to resolved. I love books that are unpredictable all the way to the end. This one definitely held my interest as I wondered if Leah would remain common. She had already showed through her character that she was extraordinary in bravery and courage. I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own and I was not required to leave a positive review.
Erin_Slocum 9 days ago
My Thoughts on Common: This was a good read. New author to me and I liked her style of writing. Definitely written for young adults and fits that category to a tee. I would let my almost 15-year-old daughter read this book. I loved getting to know Leah and finding out more about her and who she really is. The country is definitely needing a new leader and I think Rafe has his head on straight. Sam is annoying and Ned is his sidekick. Whether Leah welcomes it or not Sam likes her and doesn’t quite know how to show it properly. Ned and Gretchen seem to be good friends and Gretchen hopes to marry him. Leah doesn’t understand how Gretchen would settle for someone without loving them! Leah finds herself banished while her best friend, Rafe, who is also the boy she loves and a prince has a threat against him. She can prove that there is a plot against the royal family but no one is willing to let her. Sheltered with the nuns she has to figure out what and how she should deal with this. While this book doesn’t talk about God it does have a God figure the Luminate. I’m not quite sure how I feel about this. It also contains mentions of magic and curses. With it being a fantasy book I knew to expect that they would have some sort of dark versus light going on in it. I would recommend this book. It’s a fast fairytale type read. I don’t find it full of substance and suspense, but it’s a good short read for young adults. Though there are some mentions of kissing and death it’s not graphic and it doesn’t go beyond a kiss. I have voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from Celebrate Lit. All views expressed are only my honest opinion. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC regulations.
amybooksy 12 days ago
Common begins the Tales of the Mystics series by Laurie Lucking. I enjoyed this delightful, fun and magical story. I loved Leah from the start. I could relate to her and understood some of what she was going through. I found her to be a reserved and shy girl who needs a little bit of boost of confidence. Her friendship with the Prince was sweet and her love for him was so unconditional. It was great that she would do whatever it takes to help her closest ally, even if she has to go outside her comfort zone to do so. I did not find the plot to be predictable and was excited to keep turning the pages to find out what was going to happen next. Common is getting four and a half stars from me. I look forward to the next installment from the Tales of the Mystics series. I can not wait to find out what will happen next. I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
5643437 13 days ago
What a story Common is! With royalty, servants, banishment, and apparent plots to kill a royal family, this book has a lot to offer. Leah and Rafe grew up together in the palace and became friends event though she was a servant and he was a prince. The strength of character and determination Leah showed even though she was young command my attention while I was reading. The relationship between Leah and her mother touched my heart. I also appreciated the relationships Leah had with Clara (the head housekeeper) and the other girls she worked with in her different jobs. The nuns who took Leah in after her banishment added a depth and dramatic side to this story. I had a feeling more was true about the nuns than what I knew. I loved how this story ended, but I refuse to ruin the ending for you. So if you want to find out if this story has a happily ever after ending or not, check it out for yourself. I received a copy of this book for my fair and honest review.
Becca_Tews 16 days ago
At first glance, this book might seem like the “common” forbidden love story cliché that has been used in many literary works throughout the centuries. And while it does contain some of those aspects, it is still unique in many ways. It’s a Christian novel, with God known as the “Luminate”. Mystics (nuns who receive messages and visions from the Luminate) are involved, as well as sorcery. Leah is a kind and self-less heroine, although I didn’t feel like I could connect with her. I still felt for her, though, when she was banished and I commended her for her bravery in her ventures. I did, however, fall in love with Prince Raphael. His friendship with Leah is quite sweet, and the reader can tell how much the two care for each other. This young adult fantasy, overall, is a cute story that will both make you laugh and make your heart pound in anticipation. It’s not a book filled with a lot of action, but it is wholesome and a good reminder that even the most ordinary people can be used for the most extraordinary purposes.
Deana0326 18 days ago
The author is new to me and I am indeed happy to say I have found a new author to follow. The story is nothing short of enchanting with Kings, Queens and a handsome prince. The Prince Rafe is charming, humble and happens to have feelings for Leah. I loved how the author shows readers that just because we think of our ourselves as common, we are definitely more than that. Leah is a chambermaid with hair that shines and a heart that is filled with hope. When I think about the title I remembered what someone said to me once. I was a teacher for the Children's ministry and was asked to step into the role of Children's Pastor. The elders of the church saw something in me that I didn't. I explained to them that I was just a teacher and couldn't possibly take a position like that. One of the elders looked at me and said, " Never say you are just a teacher or mother etc. You are a child of God and He sees your heart for children. He laid your name on our hearts and called you to lead children to Christ. You are more than to Him." In this book Leah and others think of themselves as just common. They don't consider themselves worthy to be in the presence of royalty. Leah was not afraid to work hard and took on any responsibility given to her. Her humbleness gets her a new position that will change her life. What would you do if you overheard a plot to kill someone? I loved how brave Leah was and her willingness to put her life in danger in order to protect the Royal family of Imperia. The story follows Leah on her journey to get evidence of the evil plot to destroy the leaders of Imperia. I loved how the author gave us twists in the story and interesting characters that became very important on Leah's journey to find the truth. There is danger, intrigue , romance and an ending that will please everyone. I do look forward to the next book in the series and hope the author publishes it soon. I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
Stardust_Fiddle 21 days ago
For the most part, I am not a fantasy devotee. My go-to genre is historical fiction, but I challenge myself to read outside of my tried-and-true Christian fiction categories in order to develop a more broad level of experience and hopefully connect more readers with more authors. When I signed up to review “Common”, I went mostly by the cover and only briefly skimmed the description because, as I’ve previously mentioned, I prefer going into books without knowing the plot beyond the bare minimum. I also apparently didn’t pay attention to the series title. As a result, I was surprised when this book turned out to be a young adult Christian fantasy romance—the first I’ve read in this genre to date! With “Common”, Laurie Lucking begins the Tales of the Mystics and weaves a tale that seamlessly blends multiple genres. The fantasy elements are mostly subtle, and it took some time before I began noticing them. Likewise, identifying a time period for the novel’s setting is not straightforward because the locations are fictional, but it seems to be late Medieval. As a side note, a search into the term “Trellan” (in the story, someone from Trellich) appears to be translated at times as, roughly, “homestead near the church”, which is very apropos. Overall, this ambiguity serves the story well, and in my opinion fits well with the plot itself and the fact that “Common” reads much like a fairy tale. This lends it a timelessness, and the focus remains on the characters and on the unfolding action. The romance component is rather predictable but still tension-ridden enough to be interesting. The characters run the gamut from good to neutral to evil. Leah narrates the story in the first person, placing the reader into the unexpected changes occurring in her life shortly after she reaches Maturation at age 16. As a palace servant in Imperia, her friendship with Crown Prince Rafe is verboten, and when Rafe becomes betrothed to a Trellan princess, Leah learns of a plot to assassinate the royal family. Making the king and queen aware of it upends her life and, to me, also brings to mind Jesus’ teachings that the world will hate us for speaking the truth. John 15 succinctly summarizes Leah’s situation. In “Common”, God is referred to as the Luminate, and although Leah does not put much stock in Him initially, whispers of faith echo as she faces heartache and the loss of the life she once lived. The story exemplifies Proverbs 29:23: “A man's pride shall bring him low: but honor shall uphold the humble in spirit”, and serves as a reminder that if God is for us, it doesn’t matter who is against us (Romans 8:31). While the target audience is young adult, I also recommend “Common” to adults who enjoy a clean, adventurous fairy tale, as well as for fans of Hannah Currie’s “Heart of a Royal.” May we all seek to remember that the Lord will never leave us or forsake us, and that He has wonderful plans for all of us, nobles and commoners alike. I received a complimentary copy of this book through CelebrateLit and was not required to post a favorable review. All opinions are my own.
Phyllis_H 22 days ago
A wonderful young adult fantasy! Ooh! I'm so excited to have found Common! I really enjoy reading well-written young adult stories and this certainly fits the bill. Leah was such a great heroine! She was humble and never thought her work was beneath her. In fact, her only reason for seeking a position as lady's maid to the princess was incredibly self-sacrificing and noble. Then, when she was banished, she still cared so much for the future of the kingdom (okay, she cared what happened to Rafe as well!), she was willing to risk everything to gather the evidence needed to foil the nefarious plot. Rafe was so adorably clueless. Though he tried to understand Leah's concerns, he really didn't. His surprise at her reaction to the gift he gave her made me laugh. I enjoyed how in love with Leah he was. I can't think of anything that I didn't enjoy about the story. It was compelling, romantic, and sweet with plenty of intrigue and conflict. I have noticed over the years that some authors seem to dumb down young adult books to the point that they are boring. The content here is completely appropriate for a middle-school level and the language is still full of rich descriptions and vocabulary appropriate for the intended audience. Young adults and older adults who enjoy romantic fantasy will want to be sure to read Common! Read my review of Common by Laurie Lucking at AmongTheReads.net I was given a copy of this book. I was not required to give a favorable review nor was any money received for this review. All comments and opinions are my own.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Trisha Dawn for Readers' Favorite Common by Laurie Lucking is about a chambermaid named Leah Wellstone. Unbeknownst to everyone (not her mother and even her best friend, Gretchen) she had been enjoying a secret friendship with Raphael, the Crown Prince of Imperia. When she stumbled upon a plot to overthrow the royal family, she faced the king and queen, only to be banished for treason. However, this did not stop her from worrying about Rafe (as she would like to call the prince). With the support of her new found friends, Leah went out of her way to find any evidence that would expose the traitors and ensure the safety of the crown. She bravely did all of this, but had to face someone much more sinister, which meant either life or death for her. Reading Common was like being on a roller coaster. Laurie Lucking created these wonderful twists and turns that made you anticipate, but would still manage to successfully catch you by surprise. It kept me on my toes even past midnight! The world of these kingdoms was depicted so realistically that it’s easy to imagine being a part of it. As for the characters, they were easy to love or hate, depending on who is up for discussion. Leah, just like any other teenager, is naive but is full of pure love. She’s such an inspiration. Rafe, on the other hand, would make any girl swoon. He is a gentleman and has the makings of a great king. His unwavering love for Leah will tug at readers’ heartstrings. The entire reading process was a magical journey in itself. Readers will find it difficult to stop reading, just as I did. Common makes you want to go on and on until you realize you have reached the end of the story. It just has that kind of magical pull. It would be unwise not to include this in your reading list. Common is very uncommon, after all, and readers should not pass up such a magical adventure.
EMarieH More than 1 year ago
I was completely swept away by Laurie Lucking's debut novel. With a gentle start, guiding us into the lives of her captivating characters, we become acquainted with the land called Imperia, where young Leah works as a servant in the palace. But Leah has a secret. Her friendship with the Crown Prince, Rafe, is one of the few things she holds dear. She simply didn’t realize how dear he was to her until shortly after her birthday. Now with something more than friendship blooming between them, Leah’s heart and dreams are shattered when Rafe’s betrothal to a princess from another land is announced. My emotions were whirled up in a tornado over and over as I journeyed through this beautiful tale of love and courage. We walk with Leah down castle corridors, hide with her in a closet with a handsome prince, and travel with her to distant lands. We experience Leah’s desires and fears; her hopes and dreams. And when everything seems to be falling apart? Oh my poor, poor heart! I loved every bit of this story. The sweet romance, heart-pounding adventure, and the gentle lessons weaved throughout about God’s love for us, all comes together in the best fantasy romance I’ve read in quite some time.