Saturday, February 28, 2015

Earth's Pendulum Series by Yvonne Hertzberger

I am delighted to be sharing Earth's Pendulum, a heartwarming series by talented author Yvonne Hertzberger.

These books are well-written and full of humanity and heart. Certainly worth the great escape I had while reading all three books.





Back From Chaos:  Earth's Pendulum
 Book One

Battle and bloodshed have upset the Balance, crippling the goddess Earth’s power to prevent further chaos. Unless it is restored more disasters will ensue: famines, plagues, more unrest and war. 
Four chosen: Lord Gaelen of Bargia, Klast, his loyal spy and assassin, Lady Marja of Catania and her maid Brensa. Each is unaware of the roles they must play in restoring that Balance. 
Most important of these is Klast. It is he who must rescue the kidnapped maid, he who must unmask and bring to justice the traitor who threatens all their lives. It is also he who must deal with the scars from his tormented and abused past before he can accept the final part he must play in Earth’s recovery. But he is a most reluctant and unlikely hero and time is short. 


Bloodshed cripples the godess’s power. Four chosen must restore it. Klast, assassin and spy, unlikeliest of heroes, damaged by his tormented past, must recue a maid and bring a traitor to justice, unaware of the role he is destined to play and why his connection to her is essential. Time is short.

My Review

Back From Chaos by Yvonne Hertzberger is a fascinating start to your Earth's Pendulum series. An epic tale, this story sparked my interest from the very first page. The author knows how to tell an unusual, compelling tale and does so with a great imagination and a full vision.

This is a very smooth read that captivated my attention all the way through. An adventurous story that was both emotional and full of life. The characters were realistic and their plights moving. I was easy pulled into their emotional circumstances and enjoyed their celebrations. The suspense kept me going as I didn’t know how things would turn.

I have to credit the author for her creativity and clear writing style. This is quite an accomplishment, as this story plays out like a moving picture on a movie screen.

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"Now, as he faced the possibility that he might lose her, he could no longer deny that he had been running from himself. And even more, that he no longer wanted to run ... or to be alone. The solitude that had for so long seemed hid sanctuary now felt more like a prison."



Through Kestrel's Eyes: Earth's Pendulum Book 2

Through Kestrel’s Eyes, the sequel to Back From Chaos in the Earth’s Pendulum trilogy begins seventeen years later. The peace that followed the end of the Red Plague is shattered when the lords of Gharn and Leith are toppled by traitors, throwing the land into chaos 

Liannis, the goddess Earth’s seer, her apprenticeship interrupted by the death of her mentor, must help restore the Balance. Until it is, Earth’s power is weakened, preventing Earth from sustaining the rains needed for good harvests. Drought and famine result. 

Liannis battles self-doubt and the lure of forbidden romance and deep loss as she faces tests that take her to the brink of her endurance. 

But Earth sends a kestrel that allows Liannis to see with her eyes and a white horse to carry her, both with the ability to mind-speak. 


Time is short. The people with starve if Earth cannot heal and the Balance cannot be restored.

My Review

"I fear it is our nature to take by force what we cannot have by right. It has always been thus."

This story does not skip a beat as I was drawn right back into this amazing series, Earth's Pendulum. Book two, Through Kestrel's Eyes. Author Yvonne Hertzberger tells a rapturous tale that is smart and yet easy to follow. The characters come alive on the pages and I felt their emotions. I loved the twists that kept me guessing and the intimate details that were shared throughout. Made me feel like I was a spy, seeing things that I shouldn't.

There is a sophistication to the writing that takes you along at a pace that is smooth and steady. This second book in ways is better than the first because I can see how the authors craft has improved, not that it was lacking in the first place. Usually, you fall in love with the first book in a series and often the second book disappoints. Not the case here. In a way, it was a more rewarding experience because I already felt tied to some of the characters from first book, Back From Chaos.

This is a beautiful series that is full of surprises, fantasy and adventure.



The Dreamt Child: Earth's Pendulum
 Book Three

Liannis, the goddess Earth’s seer, can no longer deny the meaning of her recurring dream. She must join with Merrist, her devoted hired man, and bear a child – one with great gifts. Earth has decreed it. But the people resist the changes, bringing danger to the pair and strife to the lands. Both Liannis and Merrist must face tests, sometimes without each other, to fulfill their destiny and bring The Dreamt Child forth into safety. They must succeed if they are to initiate the new era of peace and balance so desperately needed.

My Review

The Dreamt Child by Yvonne Hertzberger has a satisfying ending to the mesmerizing Earth's Pendulum series. By the third book I was anxious to know how the author would wrap up such a complex epic drama. Just enough fantasy to make this story sparkle with a great deal of true-life trials and tribulations. The turns kept me excited to imagine what would come next and wonder if the Balance could ever be restored? I came to know and love the characters. Even Kira, the little kestrel with the special powers that offered unconditional love melted my heart.

This is a moving series with a down home feel that made me as a reader feel welcome.

I love how the author writes a beautiful, fulfilling story without trying to be too fancy or over the top. It reads clear and relatable, making it so easy to get absorbed into all three stories. The adventures kept coming, layer by layer as my emotional investment continued to rise.

Would highly recommend taking a visit to Earth's Pendulum.


Bio

Yvonne Hertzberger is a native of the Netherlands who immigrated to Canada in 1950. She is an avid student of human behaviour, which gives her the insights she uses to develop the characters in her writing. Hertzberger came to writing late in life, hence the self-proclaimed label 'late bloomer'. She began writing at the 'old' age of 56.

Her first Old World Fantasy novel "Back From Chaos: Book One of Earth's Pendulum" was published in 2009. The second volume "Through Kestrel's Eyes" is available and the third and final volume The Dreamt Child is now published. Hertzberger has contributions in "Indies Unlimited: 2012 Flash Fiction Anthology" and "Indies Unlimited: Tutorials and Tools for Prospering in a Digital World". 
She is a contributing author to Indies Unlimited.

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