The Haunted Realm is the thrilling sequel to Young Adult Fantasy novel The Labyrinth Wall (Tweeted by Sean Astin from Lord of the Rings, Dante Rossetti Award Finalist, 5 Star Reader's Favorite Rated and Amazon Best-Seller).
In this riveting continuation of the story, Araina again faces a series of seemingly impossible magical obstacles. As Araina and her friends search for answers about their Creators and their magical labyrinth world, their journey becomes rife with peril when Araina falls victim to illness. Despite heart-pricking losses in the labyrinth swamps, vengeful ghostly attackers in the Blinking Willows, and many other dangerous obstacles, Araina is determined to succeed. If Araina can’t solve the mysteries of the haunted realm and find a cure for her sickness, she and her friends may never escape the labyrinth, or even live to try.
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This is the second book in the Obsidian series, written by Emilyann Girdner. Araina, a girl in her late teens who has escaped from Segment One of the labyrinth in which she was created, discovers there is more to life than simply fighting for survival. I saw a considerable amount of symbolism in this story as Araina develops a deeper awareness of her emotional self. Her sensitivity to the needs of her companions is a key element in the plot. She learns the pleasure in forming relationships while dealing with the pain of losing a cherished friend. The strongest point of suspense, in my opinion, in this sequel to The Labyrinth Wall, was Araina’s strange illness. What was causing it, how would she survive it, and what would be the effects on her emotional well-being? The answers provided a delightfully interesting plot twist. I enjoyed the group dynamics that evolved as the characters faced danger from enemy threats, insecurity about who outside of their circle to trust, and uncertainty about each other. The bonds that formed, the friendships that were built, and the reliance on each other’s strengths that developed in this fantasy world paralleled what people experience in the real world. All of the characters were well crafted and easily visualized by the reader. This dystopian world was presented in a realistic fashion, allowing the reader to enter into its fantasy existence and be carried along through Araina’s journey and that of her companions. I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I look forward to further works from this author.