Sunday, July 3, 2011

Lor Mandela Destruction from Twins by L. Carroll

FYI:  I received this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. 

My Summary:

So there’s this power grab happening on Lor Mandela.  It doesn’t go well and a lot of people die.  Not so good for the planet either because the magic used in the power grad corrupts the magic holding the world together.  The good news is that the child of balance has the power to restore the balance.  The bad news is that well, she isn’t even born yet. And skip to Maggie living on Earth in a boring little town in the mid-west.  She would love some excitement in her life.  That is until she gets some.  She keeps finding herself pulled onto Lor Mandela where they believe she is the child of balance.  With time running out and no one seems to be able to stop it, will Lor Mandela survive?  Will Maggie figure it out in time to save herself and the ones she loves?  Good questions. Like I'm going to tell you. =)

My thoughts:

4 stars- a great read

Okay, before I tell you my thoughts, I need to explain a few things about my reading.  I read paranormal, urban fantasy, steampunk, and sometimes a little dystopia.  I normally do not read epic fantasy.  Not that it’s not good, it’s just that I get bored and overwhelmed by all the world building.  Now with that said, I do like Eragon and am waiting, not so patiently, for book four.  (Where has that boy been anyway?)  But I’m not a Lord of the Rings kind of girl.  It’s hard to wade through the many new creatures, cultures, strange names and such.  Whereas the books I read normally have the setting at least in some world that I recognize and can relate to.  Then they add a few weird things and I can deal with that.  There’s usually equal amounts of world building and character development.  I’m comfortable in those kinds of books. So with that in mind, let me tell you about Destruction from Twins.

This book is more epic fantasy than not.  There is a lot of world building.  Lots magic going on and creatures I don’t know about.  There are strange names and titles.  So before you run away, I loved this book.  While the world building was there, it wasn’t overwhelming just different than what I’m used to.  I slipped through 50 pages in nothing flat.  I began to try and figure out when we would see Maggie (I learned about her from the back of the book).  Then I tried to keep up with the twists and turns.  Let me just say that I have never had an author kill off so many main characters so quickly.  Wow.  And the plot was a winding twisting maze that I really enjoyed.  Usually, I can predict what’s coming or at least the direction of what’s coming.  Not this time.  I finally quit trying to guess and just held on for the ride.

My one complaint would be character building.  From someone who is used to lots of that, this book fell short there.  There were too many people falling in love that had really only known each other for a short time.  Umm no.  But I still enjoyed the story. 

Lucky for me, I have the sequel in hand.  You should be watching for the cover reveal for book two, Four Hundred Days right here July 7th.

 Don't forget to check out the Blog party for Four Hundred Days and the creature drawing contest to win $25 iTunes card and a signed copy of Four Hundred Days.

Now, I’ve decided to share the love here.  So I’m going to give away the copy of Destruction from Twins that L. Carroll gave me to review.  If you’d like a chance to win it, fill out the form below.  Normal rules apply.


  1. Thank you for this wonderful opportunity!

  2. Thank you for the giveaway - I loved the cover reveal for book two - it is really beautiful. I cannot believe I am turning into a cover snob - something I swore I would never do :)