There is one True World, and then there are the four mirror worlds: fire, water, air, and stone. And each has a magic of its own…
In the Fire World, seventeen-year-old Leah is the illegitimate daughter of one of the realm’s most powerful lords. She’s hot-blooded—able to communicate with the tempestuous volcano gods. But she has another gift…the ability to Call her twin “Otherselves” on other worlds.
Holly resides in the Water World—our world. When she’s called by Leah from the Fire World, she nearly drowns. Suddenly the world Holly thought she knew is filled with secrets, magic…and deadly peril.
For a malevolent force seeks to destroy the mirror worlds. And as Leah and Holly are swept up in the tides of chaos and danger, they have only one choice to save the mirror worlds—to shatter every rule they’ve ever known…
Entangled Page: http://www.entangledpublishing.com/through-fire-sea/
Author: Nicole Luiken
Release Date: Mar. 7, 2016
Genre: YA Fantasy
There is one True World, and then there are the four Mirror Worlds: Fire, Water, Air, and Stone.
Audrey and Dorotea are “otherselves”—twin copies of each other who live on different
On Air, Audrey has the ability to communicate with wind spirits. As war looms, she’s torn between loyalty to her country and her feelings for a roguish phantom who may be a dangerous spy.
Blackouts and earthquakes threaten the few remaining humans on Stone, who have been forced to live underground. To save her injured sister, Dorotea breaks taboo and releases an imprisoned gargoyle. Brooding, sensitive Jasper makes her wonder if gargoyles aretruly traitors, as she’s always been told.
Unbeknownst to them, they both face the same enemy—an evil sorceress bent on
shattering all the Mirror Worlds.
Goodreads Book Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28597398-amid-wind-stone
Barnes & Noble Buy Link: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/amid-wind-and-stone-nicole-luiken/1123387309
iBooks Buy Link: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/book/amid-wind-and-stone/id1082374406
Kobo Buy Link: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/amid-wind-and-stone
Entangled Page: http://www.entangledpublishing.com/amid-wind-stone/
After reading Through Fire & Sea, I jumped right into Amid Wind & Stone. Like the first book, I really enjoyed the writing style and the plot. Not to mention that gorgeous cover that I fell head over heels in love with! Nicole Luiken did a wonderful job illustrating an image in my mind while I was reading the story.
I did think that there were a few too many perspectives in this book. While I enjoyed that Amid Wind & Stone focused on several of the worlds, I felt like it was a bit too much a lot of the time. I found it difficult to switch from perspective to perspective to perspective. Sure, they were interesting to learn about, but it was all just a bit too much.
One thing that I really did enjoy about this book was the gargoyle aspect. I mean, seriously, gargoyles? Sign me up! I was all over that!
Again, I felt that Amid Wind & Stone, like Through Fire & Sea, fell a bit on the younger side for me. I wouldn’t technically consider it an MG novel, but it definitely has a younger feel to it. That often left me a bit confused because the covers make it seem like a slightly older YA book. Not that there’s anything wrong with that! Just a little young for me.
Overall, I thought that Nicole Luiken did a wonderful and beautiful job portraying all of the different worlds. Luiken made it easy to visualize everything that was going on and to create a clear picture in my head. However, I found the multiple perspectives a little overwhelming and wished that it had a slightly older feel to it.
About the Author:
Nicole Luiken wrote her first book at age 13 and never stopped.
She is the author of nine published books for young adults, including Violet Eyes and its sequels Silver Eyes and Angels Eyes, Frost, Unlocking the Doors, The Catalyst, Escape to the Overworld, Dreamfire and the sequel Dreamline. Through Fire & Sea, book one of Otherselves, and Amid Wind & Stone, book two of Otherselves, are her most recent releases. She also has an adult thriller, Running on Instinct, under the name N.M. Luiken and a fantasy romance series, Gate to Kandrith and Soul of Kandrith.
Nicole lives with her family in Edmonton, AB. It is physically impossible for her to go more than three days in a row without writing.
Author Website: http://www.nicoleluiken.com/
Author Twitter: @NicoleLuiken
Author Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Nicole-Luiken-50793836133/
Author Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/223320.Nicole_Luiken\
Read below for an excerpt from Amid Wind & Stone:
The lights went out, plunging the cave into absolute darkness.
Dorotea froze on her hands and knees in the tunnel. Behind her, Marta wailed. Dorotea reached back and found her little sister’s hand. “It’s all right. The lights will come back in a moment.” Despite her reassuring words, worry wormed its way into her stomach. It wasn’t unusual for one or two of the light squares embedded in the walls to burn out and stay black for a few weeks before being replaced, but every light in the whole tunnel had winked out at the same instant as if it were False Night instead of an hour short of noon.
Instinct prodded at her. Something’s wrong.
Marta squeezed her hand with six-year-old strength. “I’m scared! Make the lights come back.”
As if being eleven years older conferred magic powers. “The Elect will fix it. All we have to do is wait.”
“I’m so scared,” Marta whined.
“Crawl up closer to me,” Dorotea said. “The tunnel’s wide enough here.”
Marta squirmed up. Dorotea lay on her side and cuddled her sister’s small body. The contact comforted Dorotea, too. Marta’s presence meant Dorotea couldn’t panic.
Her eyes remained open, uselessly straining to see in the utter darkness. She’d never experienced anything like it. During False Night, each cavern had a few lights that remained on so people could find their way to the privy. This darkness was blacker than the inside of a coal seam.
Maybe only the tunnel’s lights had gone out. Maybe there was still light in the main caverns.
“I’m scared of the dark,” Marta whimpered again. “What if the gargoyles get us?”
Dorotea’s heart jumped into her throat at the thought of hands reaching up through solid stone, but she made her voice calm. “Don’t be silly. All the gargoyles are safely locked up in the Cavern of Traitors.”
“But what if they tunneled through the floor?”
“They can’t,” Dorotea said shortly. “They’re frozen in place. Why are you scared of gargoyles? You’ve never even seen one. They were imprisoned before you were born.” They didn’t kill your father, like they did mine. Marta’s father, Martin, was annoyingly alive.
Dorotea had been younger than Marta when the gargoyles rebelled. She barely remembered them except for fuzzy images of her father’s gargoyle: a very tall, silent man made of gray stone with a craggy, rough-hewn face.
The gargoyles couldn’t have caused the blackout. Could they? Surely not, but anxiety still twisted inside her, keying her nerves to a higher pitch. She shivered in the clammy embrace of the stone tunnels. The rough trousers and tunic she’d donned for weeding were better suited for crawling than her usual robes, but the material was also thinner.
Something’s wrong. Something more than a Tech malfunction.
YaReads– Review Book #1
RoloPolo Book Blog – Promo Post
Pandora’s Book Reviews – Promo Post
The Perks of Being a Book Girl – Review Book #2
Literary Chanteuse – Promo Post
Bibliophile Mystery – Guest Post
Just One More Chapter – Promo Post
Rachel’s Book Reviews – Author Interview
Long and Short Reviews – Guest Post
Roxy’s Book Reviews – Promo Post
The Book Beacon – Review Book #1
Archaeolibrarian – I Dig Good Books! – Guest Post
Phenomenal Reviews – Promo Post
Elizabeth Delana Rosa – Promo Post
Nicole Olea – Review Book #1
Happy Tails and Tales – Review Book #2
YaReads – Review Book #2
The Book Beacon – Review Book #2