Thursday, December 8, 2011

Litfuse Blog Tour: "The Mirror of N'DE" by L. K. Malone

Two peoples, the rich Oresed and the poorer Ramash, live in Turris. The powerful Oresed oppress the Ramash, but the Ramash have a secret, a hope. That hope is the lost city of N'De. The hope is that one day someone will find the way to N'De and save the people. Hadley has been having dreams, disturbing dreams. A being in a mirror she can't touch, but who wants her to find a key. What is the key? Where is the key? While dealing with the dreams, the emperor calls for new trainees for the palace. This time, Oresed youth are not the only ones called. Hadley and other Ramash youth are also included. Hope! But, what training awaits them in the palace? What creatures has Zeru designed? Is this really the answer to their problems? Who is Sirach and what will he give up for Hadley? Enheduana? Come along with Hadley and the others to what is true and what is not.

I really enjoyed this book and recommend it to all YA readers. The characters face choices, the ultimate battle of good and evil, and the true meaning of trust. It was fun reading a "fantasy with a Judeo-Christian approach" as I understood the comparisons she was making. I received my review copy as part of the Litfuse Blog Tour and am happy to have been a part. I hope there are more books to come!
About The Mirror of N'de:
In the mythical city of N’de lives thirteen-year-old Hadlay and her people, the Ramash. Scorned and abused by the unloving and absent Emperor, the Ramash are poor people, placed second to the ruling class of the Oresed. Young but bold, Hadlay rages against the injustice in her city. When she is chosen for the honor of serving the Prince in the Tower, she hopes to find a way to right the wrong... but soon discovers that things are worse than she believed.

While Hadlay works to better her people’s condition, she struggles to abide with the abusive Oresed and understand the meaning of her dreams in which a fantastical white horse appears to her and speaks in riddles. When Hadlay stumbles into one of the Tower’s secret rooms, she discovers a hidden mirror that doesn’t just show her reflection, but reveals much more: the horse’s name is Sirach and he has a plan to save the children of N’de, if only Hadlay can bring them to the mirror. Hiding her knowledge of Sirach from the Prince, Hadlay sets out to do Sirach’s bidding. But when Sirach’s presence is revealed, Hadley’s life is in danger and the only way to save her is for Sirach to give up his own.

Crafting powerful narrative and creative characters, author L. K. Malone spins a compelling tale that combines exciting entertainment and the Christian story. In The Mirror of N’de, readers will empathize with the desires of an oppressed people, will anger at the affliction of a cruel adversary, and ultimately rejoice with the revelation of a Savior.
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About L.K. Malone:
L. K. Malone is an insatiable reader who devours nearly a book a day when she isn’t writing. Favorite genres include political thrillers, historical fiction, romance, and fantasy. Some of her favorite reads include the Hunger Games series and the Harry Potter books, which inspired her to try her hand at fantasy with a Judeo-Christian twist. Malone is a Colorado native with a large extended family, which includes two lovely young women who graciously let her mentor them through the Denver Kids program, and a handsome menagerie of pets. 


  1. Hey, Donna! I wanted to thank you for the review. I like that you singled out Enheduana (a very minor character). I named her after the first known author and poet - a priestess and daughter of King Sargon. She was a pagan in a time and place when not many knew the Truth, but her writings show she sought a personal relationship with her god. I like to hope HE made himself known to her.

  2. You are very welcome! I hope to hear more from these characters. =)