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Series: Otherselves #2
Title: Amid Wind & Stone by Nicole Luiken
Authors: Nicole Luiken
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Published: March 7th, 2016
This is the second novel in the enthralling “Otherselves” series. The series concerns five versions of worlds, one is the True World and the other four are Fire, Water, Air and Stone. On each world there are some special people who are mirrored on the alternative worlds. The first novel concerned the Fire and Water Worlds and was entitled ‘Through Fire and Sea’. I read and thoroughly enjoyed that so was very happy to discover this, its sequel. This time the focus is on Air and Rock, though mirror characters – and the villain of the story – from Fire and Water worlds are also featured.
This is another well written, engaging, fantasy with great characters. It is told from the point of view of a strong female character who is mirrored on the different worlds. Leah (from Fire) and Holly (from Water) were the leads in the first novel and do play significant roles in this one, too, but the main leads in this are Dorotea (from Stone) and Audrey (from Air). They are parallel stories as they endeavour to prevent Qeturah from succeeding as she strives to destroy each of them, their soul mates, Red Jasper and The Phantom, and their world.
The stories on the different worlds are brought vividly to life in the reader’s imagination. The characters aren’t perfect, they grow and mature with their experiences throughout the story, making it easier to relate to and empathise with them. The adventures are fast paced and action packed. I’m impressed how the author has managed to have different scenarios on each world and then to skilfully interweave them to show readers an evolving evocative tapestry of events leading to a single outcome. Whilst the characters are mirrors of each other, they still have their own distinct personalities influencing their actions and reactions.
This is a great fantasy series. Each chapter ends on a cliffhanger, keeping the whole novel a real page turner. I thoroughly enjoyed it and have no hesitation in highly recommending it for anyone who enjoys strong, feisty young ladies determined to protect those close to them, usually with the help of their soul mate – though they don’t always realise the connection to start with! This may well be targetted at Teens but I left my teens decades ago and still found this a fantastic read, so I recommend it to adults as well as teens.
Many thanks to the publishers and NetGalley for gifting me an ARC of this novel with no obligation. This is my honest review.
Behind the mirror lies your otherself…
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 Mirror Worlds.
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 are truly 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.