- Adventures In Reading
- Beauty In Ruins
- Best Fantasy Books HQ
- Bitten By Books
- Bookworm Blues
- Charlotte's Library
- Civilian Reader
- Critical Mass
- Curated Fantasy Books
- Dark Wolf's Fantasy Reviews
- Edi's Book Lighthouse
- Everything is Nice
- Falcata Times
- Fantasy & SciFi Lovin' News & Reviews
- Fantasy Cafe
- Fantasy Literature
- Far Beyond Reality
- Genre Reader
- Jeff VanderMeer
- King of the Nerds
- Layers of Thought
- Neth Space
- Only The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy
- Pat's Fantasy Hotlist
- Rob's Blog O' Stuff
- Smorgasbord Fantasia
- Speculative Book Review
- Stainless Steel Droppings
- Tez Says
- The Antick Musings of G.B.H. Hornswoggler, Gent.
- The Bibliosanctum
- The Book Smugglers
- The Nocturnal Library
- The OF Blog
- The Speculative Scotsman
- The Vinciolo Journal
- The Wertzone
- Tip the Wink
- Val's Random Comments
- Voyager Books
- Walker of Worlds
- ► 2016 (112)
- ► 2015 (136)
- ► 2014 (155)
- ► 2013 (260)
- ► 2012 (287)
- GIVEAWAY: Win a SIGNED SET of Night Shade Books’ M...
- FBC's Interview with Night Shade Books’ Bradley P....
- "The Testament of Jessie Lamb" by Jane Rogers (Rev...
- "By Light Alone" by Adam Roberts (Reviewed by Livi...
- “Devil’s Cape” by Rob Rogers (Reviewed by Mihir Wa...
- "Into the Hinterlands" by David Drake and John Lam...
- Superb New Book Trailer for "The Black Prism" by B...
- NEWS: Robert V.S. Redick Unveils the UK Cover to “...
- "Der Sternvolker" by Christopher Meyer (Reviewed b...
- “The Taker” by Alma Katsu (Reviewed by Robert Thom...
- PRESS RELEASE: M. R. Mathias announces “Cold Heart...
- Three Novels on the 2011 Booker Longlist, Alison P...
- "The Rift Walker" by Clay and Susan Griffith (Revi...
- “First Frost” by Jennifer Estep w/Bonus Q&A (Revie...
- "Final Days" by Gary Gibson (Reviewed by Liviu Suc...
- “Slums of the Shire” by Daniel Polansky
- “Ghost Story” by Jim Butcher (Reviewed by Mihir Wa...
- The Not the Booker Longlist and The NPR Top 100 SF...
- "The Crown of the Conqueror" by Gav Thorpe (Review...
- "The Forgotten Locket" Book Three of the Hourglass...
- “Hammered” by Kevin Hearne w/Bonus Review of “A Te...
- "The Key to Creation" by Kevin J. Anderson (Review...
- NEWS: Updates on the Forthcoming Ilona Andrews Nov...
- “A Shot in the Dark” by K.A. Stewart (Reviewed by ...
- See NPR's Choices for Top 100 SFF and Vote for You...
- “The Third Section” by Jasper Kent (Reviewed by Ro...
- "The Last Four Things" by Paul Hoffman (Reviewed b...
- “Low Town” by Daniel Polansky (Reviewed by Robert ...
- "Heart of Iron" by Ekaterina Sedia (Reviewed by Li...
- ▼ August (29)
- ► 2010 (346)
- ► 2009 (466)
- ► 2008 (376)
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Read FBC's Review of The HourGlass Door Here
Read FBC's Review of The Golden Spiral Here
Visit Lisa Mangum's Website Here
OVERVIEW: Abby walked through the black door at the end of the Golden Spiral (book 2 of the Hourglass Door Trilogy). The decision to walk through the door meant that she had to leave Dante, Abby's one true love, behind. However, it is the only one that can help her save her family and stop the river of time from being destroyed by Zo. If the river of time is destroyed the past, present and future will be thrown into pure chaos and everyone's future will be uncertain.
FORMAT: The Forgotten Locket is the third book in the Hourglass Door Trilogy. It is a YA novel that contains a mixture of time traveling, romance, magic and action. Events within The Forgotten Locket pick up right where The Golden Spiral left off and it is imperative to read the previous novels before starting this final book. The Forgotten Locket stands at 416 pages and was published May 30, 2011 by Shadow Mountain Publishing.
ANALYSIS: The Hourglass Door Trilogy has slowly become one of those series I couldn't wait to read the next book in. When I read the first novel, The Hourglass Door, I was a little taken aback. I loved the characters and the plot but there were some elements, mainly the time traveling and river, that left me a little confused.
Jump ahead to the second book, The Golden Spiral, and things really picked up. There was action, adventure, and the characters continued to grow and develop right before my eyes. The one downside? It ended in a cliffhanger and like every fantasy reader cliffhangers just make me want to read the next book immediately.
So now, we've come to the end of the Hourglass Door Trilogy and I have to say that The Forgotten Locket is the perfect ending to a wonderful and amazing series.
Lisa Mangum absolutely knows how to take a story, develop it right before your eyes and wrap it up with no loose ends. Everything that I loved about the previous two books, mainly the characterizations and plot line, continued throughout The Forgotten Locket. Abby, Dante, Zo and Valerie continued to become fleshed out characters that are multi-dimensional. So many authors get wrapped up in ending the series that they forget to let the characters continue to grow. Luckily for readers, Lisa Mangum seized the opportunity to let her characters grow while finishing the series.
The Forgotten Locket is just as much a page turner as the previous books in the series. However, I did start to feel the novel drag a little towards the end but this could be because things were wrapping up and the plot was starting to come full circle.
One of the elements that I was still a little confused about, the river of time, really did come together in the end. After reading all three books it makes sense. It still might be a little confusing if you just take it at face value in the first or second book, but when you put all three together it just fits.
While I really enjoyed the characters and plot development, what I absolutely loved about The Forgotten Locket was the way that Lisa Mangum tied everything together. Little clues that were dropped in previous novels are brought back and explained in further detail. I thought this was a nice touch and a great way to acknowledge the previous novels without rehashing everything for the readers.
Overall, I thought this was a perfect way to end the series. In fact, I couldn't think of a better way to end it if I had written it. There was just the right blend of sweet romance between Abby and Dante, and heart pounding action between Dante, Zo and Abby.
I really believe that because this series bares the stigma of "YA romance/fantasy" it is overlooked by many people who would enjoy it. Lisa Mangum is an amazingly gifted author who really hit the fantasy scene with an outstanding debut. While the door for this series comes to a close, I really can't wait to see what new door opens for Lisa Mangum as I am almost certain that this will not be the last we hear from her.
12:01 AM | Posted by Cindy | | Edit Post