Genre: YA Dystopian Science Fiction
Publisher: Luminous Words Press
Release Date: November 9, 2013
Pages: 308 pages
About the Book:
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. She is left to solve the mysteries of who he is, why he has special abilities and what is on the other side of the labyrinth wall through which he came.
The Labyrinth Wall is part Hunger Games, part The Maze Runner, with just a smidge of Dante’s Inferno thrown in for good measure. And even though I caught glimpses of all three of these amazing books, The Labyrinth Wall does not feel derivative in any way.
Araina is, in large part, an everyteen. She is that gangly bundle of angst that all of us embody at some point in our formative years. Her journey of discovery is our own revelation of feelings, abilities, knowledge, self-awareness and empathy.
The cast of characters Araina meets up with along her journey each embodies a different trait which Araina is trying to manifest in herself. Darith, her first friend, is recklessness. Rase, the castle guard, is secrecy. Korun, the healer, Keelie, the creative, Sol the strong, even Sir Riddles the brutally clever – all make up a part of Araina’s whole. The more she discovers about each of these, the more she discovers about herself.
The Labyrinth Wall has an immense amount of emotional intelligence, but it is also an exciting adventure story. I gasped a few times in the story, wondering if all the characters would survive their trials. I laughed, cheered, talked back – all the things an engaged reader does with a really good story.
There are so many things
we can’t explain,
Yet it is so true.
If we open our eyes, they are so very plain.
I give The Labyrinth Wall five stars. I LOVED the story and can’t wait to read The Haunted Realm, book two in the Obsidian Series.
I received a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of review. All opinions are 100% my own.
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About the author:
Though she was born in Germany and raised in Turkey until the age of five, Emilyann Girdner spent the majority of her grade school years in Tallahassee, Florida. She discovered early she had a love for stories. Reading books, watching movies and then acting them out with friends or toys gave living an extra flavor. This is likely why she spent the first part of her college career studying Creative Writing, before switching to Graphic Design and then graduating with a BFA in Digital Art from Missouri State University. Her writing has appeared on websites and blogs including Center for Work Life, Easter Seals Florida, MU Museum of Art & Archaeology’s Musings and Examiner.com. She is best known for her Amazon Best-Selling novel, The Labyrinth Wall. Emilyann is now living and working in Florida.
Given her three focus transitions as an undergraduate, it isn’t a shock that she is a multi-medium lover, exploring writing, digital art, photography and design. She finds that her creativity is most fluent when given the opportunity to bounce between artistic outlets.
To truly understand this Author, there are two things to know about her. Emilyann hopes to share a love for others and God in all she does. She believes that imagination sparks beauty in the soul.
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