Friday, September 8, 2017

The Labyrinth Wall by Emilyann Girdner

YA Friday! And the end of the first week of school out here in Washington. Yahoo! Today I have a review of The Labyrinth Wall by Emilyann Girdner. It is book one in the Obsidian Series.

The Story-
Araina's entire life consists of turning in pieces of Obsidian for food and staying alive within the deadly labyrinth where she and the other Mahk live. Her only joy is her pet bird Blue. One day Blue leads her through a wall of vines to a beautiful new place, the gardens of the castle, where the Creators live.

 There Araina sees something unbelievable, a man shimmer through the wall of the Labyrinth. Suddenly she has knowledge, knowledge that there is more to life than where she lives and that it is possible to escape, but her knowledge comes at a cost. When the Creators discover her, she is forced to flee back into the maze, one that has now been turned into an even deadlier death trap, to kill all Mahk, especially her.

Araina teams up with a rag-tag group of other Mahk to escape the maze and find the hole in the wall.

My Thoughts-
This is a good sci-fi fantasy read. Our heroine is different from other Mahk, she has a good soul. As the story evolves, so does she. Araina learns that it is okay to leave her lonely existence and depend on others. She learns to exist within a group and put the good of the group at the head.

I enjoyed the story for the mysteries it brought to life and continued reading for the answers. Who are the Creators? Who are the Mahk (they seem to be brought to life mid life span or perhaps just their old memories are wiped and they think they have been created?) What is this labyrinth that turns out to be one maze inside another?

There is action and adventure, plus some intriguing magical elements like the ability to heal another. I got to the end of the book, and unfortunately none of my questions were answered. :( This is a series, so I know there is more to come, but I always like it if at least one of the mysteries is solved in a book, that way I feel like there is a reward for reading the whole book. At some points, I felt like there was something missing in the story, but could not put my finger on it. You'll have to read it for  yourself. I'm giving this book 4 stars! There is a Goodreads giveaway for a copy of this book-

The second book, The Haunted Realm, is now out from Macmillan.

1 comment:

  1. I never read sci-fi fantasy, but you make this sound intriguing. Thanks for the review.