The Labyrinth Wall: Map Edition

The Labyrinth Wall: Map Edition

by Emilyann Girdner


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The Labyrinth Wall: Map Edition by Emilyann Girdner

The fantasy charm of Eragon meets the gritty flare of The Hunger Games in the Amazon Best-Selling Obsidian Series books which offer a surprising and fresh magical labyrinth adventure.

Imagine a labyrinth world from the perspective of its native people... Araina’s lonely teenage life is forever altered when she witnesses a man with supernatural powers emerge through a rippling wall into the dark and deadly labyrinth she calls home. Araina must solve many mysteries surrounding the newcomer and the labyrinth she thought she knew so well. And, as a result of the stranger’s arrival, Araina’s creators have unleashed a series of attacks against the labyrinth inhabitants. She must decide if she will trust potentially deceitful allies in order to survive.

“It is a book that all fantasy lovers will find addictive and thrilling.” — Readers’ Favorite

An Amazon Best-Seller

A Dante Rossetti International Award Finalist

Reader’s Favorite 5 Star Rated

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780991531264
Publisher: Luminous Words Press
Publication date: 10/01/2017
Series: Obsidian Series , #1
Pages: 274
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.62(d)

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The Labyrinth Wall: Map Edition 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
BooksDirect More than 1 year ago
The Mahk are a breed of workers brought to life by the Creators, already fully-developed. They mine for obsidian (for a purpose that is not explained) in exchange for meager food rations, and they live in the labyrinths surrounding Simul's castle, fighting and killing each other for their food. Araina is a Mahk who came into existence only two years ago but who resembles a seventeen-year-old girl. She lives in a secret spot in the Labyrinth with only Blue, a large bird with blue feathers, for company. One day Araina witnesses a man in white shimmer through the labyrinth wall, and she follows him to Simul's castle to seek answers. This is the beginning of an extraordinary adventure, as Araina and some new-found friends struggle to find their way back to the wall. But will they find something better on the other side of the labyrinth wall? This is a totally engrossing book; however, too many sentences begin with dependent clauses. As the book progresses, either this stops, or I stopped noticing as I became more involved in the narrative. Darith's colloquial speech is annoying, especially as it is so different to the formal tone set by the author and the precise language of Araina and the rest of the Mahk. (I'm hoping Darith's speech variation may become relevant in a later book.) The story is also a bit repetitive, and there is too much introspection from Araina (but I thought the same of Katniss in The Hunger Games; interestingly, the author cites Suzanne Collins as one of her influences).  Despite these flaws, this is an action-packed adventure, full of interesting characters, thrilling encounters, and the all-important quest. The author has created an imaginative land full of horrors: hunger, discomfort, hard work, Mahk killing Mahk for food, the cannibalistic Nabal in the Blood Caves, the Darktouch flowers that can turn you to stone, hidden booby traps, the Rotting Pass with its poisonous mist and saber-tooth mutts, the dog-like Sir Riddles, a lava-spewing volcano, the giant snake-like Buyu, and the remorseless Creators themselves. Some scenes are quite gruesome, making this unsuitable for younger readers. While this episode is complete, further adventures in the labyrinth will follow. I look forward to reading them. I received this book in return for an honest review.
EDL85 More than 1 year ago
"The Labyrinth Wall" is a dystopian YA fantasy set in a bleak society: Creators use beings called Mahks to gather obsidian, and in exchange they give them barely enough food to live on. This creates a deeply divided, antagonistic society not only between Creator and Mahk, but between the Mahks themselves who must compete to survive. Araina is one such Mahk, and she rebels in her own way by keeping a pet bird, Blue, who could easily be a meal but who she loves too much to eat. A bigger rebellion is in her future, though, when she sees a man cross the labyrinth wall and is thrust into an adventure she hadn't planned on, forced to trust fellow Mahk Darith and others to survive in the face of not only Creator corruption, but the existence of cannibals, the vile Sir Riddles, and other dangerous creatures. Though I think at times the prose is a little clumsy (the sentence structure doesnt vary a lot, especially at the first of the book), I enjoyed "The Labyrinth Wall" and found it an interesting, engaging entry into the popular genre of YA dystopian fiction. Araina is a strong and capable heroine, and her dilemma of who to trust is a large part of the suspense; as a reader, you are just as worried as she is. I also thought the creation of the Labyrinth and the creatures/encounters that occur within and without its walls were creative and inspired. I would recommend "The Labyrinth Wall" to readers who like YA fantasy, especially the sub-genre that deals with corrupt societies.
lizasarusrex More than 1 year ago
Obsidian Series Book #1 I knew instantly that this was going to be a book of great adventure. Araina is a Mahk, otherwise known as a created human, is trapped in a labyrinth. She makes a great main character that adds a lot to the plot of the story. As you read through the book, you see her becoming more and more of a person with substance.  She experiences enough conflict throughout the book, keeping you on your toes. The plot itself will keep you on your toes, since the whole book is a giant puzzle.  The writing style was interesting, considering the amount of thought and research that went into the book. It doesn't quite fit into the dystopian category of books, but it doesn't fall into sic-fi or paranormal either. Its a bit of both and will definitely give you a action, betrayal, and suspense.  Overall I would rate this book at a 4/5. 
MikiHope More than 1 year ago
I was kind of confused when I first started this book-it made no sense to me. Then after a few pages I caught on and read it straight through! I believe this book is geared to teens but honestly I think parents should read it first. There is a bit of violence. But plenty of lessons that our children should learn as well. Although this is truly a fantasy world where the Creators literally created the workers and threw them into a dark and troubling world-as an adult I could not help but make some comparisons about the world we live in today where a few have it all and the bulk have next to nothing. I loved how they all learned (the good guys anyway)to over come their differences and band together to find a better life then the one they were living. I have a feeling that I will be reading the rest of this series just to find out how the escapees make out!!
JulieGB More than 1 year ago
Araina lives in a world made by the Creators. She is of a race called the Mahk also their creations. While the Creators live lavishly inside a castle, Ariana’s world is a labyrinth of starvation, greed, barrenness, and no one is to be trusted. One day while fighting with Darith, a fellow Mahk, they both witness a strange man being pursued by guards, burst right through the stone labyrinth wall. This begins a journey that Araina could never have imagined and changes her life forever. This was a world I could not imagine. I could feel how lonely Araina was, and the helplessness of her situation. There was one spot that I didn’t understand and it never was explained. How was Sir Riddles in the tree with Araina? I thought it would be revealed later, but it wasn’t. I can see how this story can continue into the next phase. I don’t know if Araina and friends are any better where they ended up, but I look forward to finding out, and learning more about Korun and Vickon.
Ebienic More than 1 year ago
Like all other Mahk, Araina lives in the Labyrinth and spends most of her days hunting for obsidian to pay her taxes and tries to avoid being killed by other Mahk for food. But Araina has a secret friend, a bird named Blue. Blue would normally make a tasty meal, so Araina carefully hides and protects her, and in doing so finds some measure of comfort and friendship. Blue has a secret too, and when she reveals it all of a sudden Araina finds hope to escape her miserable existence and fight the Creators, who put her people in the position to only just barely survive. Will she be able to trust some other Mahk she comes across or are they just using her? Will they breach the wall and if so, what’s on the other side? The Labyrinth Wall is the first in the Obsidian series, and as a fan of fantasy literature I think the series has huge potential. Author Emilyann Girdner has done a fabulous job of setting the scene and setting up really interesting and relatable characters without revealing all of their secrets just yet. Given the nature of the labyrinth and the potential for conflict between not just the Creators and the Mahk, but internal conflict and the violent nature of the culture of the labyrinth, I am eagerly anticipating the rest of the series. I think there are many hidden spiritual undertones as well, and am looking forward to putting those pieces in the puzzle, or maze as it were.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago