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"The author did an amazing job in her world-building, in crafting such a unique setting and story concept. This story seemed to have it all. It sucked me in so quickly and kept my attention riveted." -Shannon, The Tale Temptress
There is one True World, and then there are the four mirror worlds: fire, water, air, and stone. And each has a magic of its own...
In the Fire World, seventeen-year-old Leah is the illegitimate daughter of one of the realm's most powerful lords. She's hot-blooded - able to communicate with the tempestuous volcano gods. But she has another gift...the ability to Call her twin "Otherselves" on other worlds.
Holly resides in the Water World - our world. When she's called by Leah from the Fire World, she nearly drowns. Suddenly the world Holly thought she knew is filled with secrets, magic...and deadly peril.
For a malevolent force seeks to destroy the mirror worlds. And as Leah and Holly are swept up in the tides of chaos and danger, they have only one choice to save the mirror worlds - to shatter every rule they've ever known...
The Otherselves series is best enjoyed in order.
Book one: Through Fire & Sea
Book two: Amid Wind & Stone
Book three: In Truth & Ashes
"This was an amazing, spellbinding start that swept me away completely." - The Tale Temptress
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Okay i am big goner for legends and myths in a story. This one was actually amazing and super original! So basically there were two bothers, Aesok and Besok. Aesok created a wold-The True World and kept adding to it and it became beautiful. Besok got jealous and c... ...more
I received this ARC from Entangled Teen in exchange for an honest review.
This was so much more fun than I expected it to be! I'm going to try to describe things without using any spoilers!
In this book, there is the True World, and 4 other worlds. The two worlds present here are Fire, which is rul... ...more
***I received the eBook free as a review copy from the publisher Entangled Teen via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review***
For a very long time Through Fire & Sea was a 3 star book for me, because I lacked any solid emotional investment to the characters, also it was clear from the star... ...more
Through Fire & Sea is a really unique look of parallel universes. There are 4 elemental worlds like Fire and Water that the book takes place in and one True World. Someone people have otherselves that exist on these different worlds. Through mirror magic someone people can “call” their others... ...more
When is the next book? When can I see Gideon again? When can we convince Hollywood to make a Violet Eyes movie? Why can't I have my own Otherself?
These are the questions in my mind the second after the last word. Sigh. But really. When can I read about Gideon again?
Here’s the thing – I’ve fol... ...more
NOTE: I was given this book as an ARC by Entangled publishing
This was my first of Luiken's books, although on finishing I discovered that she has previously written other books which I'm sure I'll be exploring soon enough ;)
This book was AWESOME! It mixes high and low fantasy with two st... ...more
I really loved Through Fire & Sea. The worlds depicted are complex, including a Water world that very much resembles our current world except with the addition of real, siren magic, and a smaller, but equally complex Fire world, which resembles what the Medieval period have been like had it b... ...more
Leah is the illigitimate child of a Duke who has always hoped her father would acknowledge her, even if just to get a dowry. Now he has, and not in a good way. He wants Leah to pretend to be his legitimate daughter, so she will get sent away in her place.
Holly is Leah's otherhalf if the water wo... ...more
“Through Fire and Sea” is a fascinating YA sci-fi/fantasy that begins with Leah, an unrecognized daughter of a hot-blooded duke. The dukes control the volcanoes, making it safe to live on their planet, which is full of fire. Leah’s mother had her out of wedlock and tries to keep her away from her... ...more
As incredible as this story was, it wasn’t one of those that took me by the face and drowned me in a sea of epicness from page one. Instead, it was a slow drawing in, a careful engagement of my emotions as I grew to understand the characters and their situations. It subtly pulled me further and f... ...more
Received a reader copy in exchange for a fair review.
Thanks to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing for the opportunity to read and review Through Fire & Sea by Nicole Luiken! Leah is renamed Jehannah by her father, the duke, so he can send her with Queen Qeterah and spy for him. Leah is an ill... ...more
In Nicole Luiken’s new series the author introduces the YA reader to the concept of mirror worlds, worlds which differ physically but are connected by magical mirrors that allow passage from one to another. What’s more these mirror worlds are populated by mirror people or what the author calls ot... ...more
A great start to a young adult fantasy series. Nicole Luiken has written an exceptional novel filled with multiple worlds, complex characters, and an intriguing plot. Teen girls, separated by worlds, have no idea how their lives will intersect when Leah is sent from her home to spy on a witch. Fo... ...more
In this book we begin by following a girl named Leah and her life in a world full of volcanoes and dukes who can talk to them. Leah is the illegitimate child of one of these dukes and is forced by her father to impersonate his “real” daughter and leave to be an apprentice with a woman called Qetu... ...more
My Thoughts On The Book:
The Plot Of The Story:
This is an interesting idea for a plot using the thought that there is one 'true' world and four very different 'mirror' worlds and each world is like an alternate reality version of the others.
Leah lives in the 'Fire' mirror world, a world of volcan... ...more
Guys. guys. GUYS. I’ve discovered that I’m more than just a contemporary girl. After reading Through Fire & Sea and Amid Wind & Stone by Nicole Luiken, I now consider myself a fantasy reader, too (as long as it has some romance in it because a leopard can’t completely change its spots)! I... ...more
Actual rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
I'm still undecided as to who I liked better, Leah or Holly. They're both smart, resourceful and practical, which I instantly loved because I'm tired of the 'badass-but-not-really' kind of female leads. The Otherselves each have their own distinct voice... ...more
A fast-paced and thrilling tale of otherworlds and otherselves brought to a war with each other by the evil Qeturah rated at FIVE STARS.
“Why don’t I give you my cell phone number? Or you could give me yours.” Then she could text him and—He stared at the red bricks. “I don’t have a cell phone. Or... ...more
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Thanks to Entangled Teen for the eARC!
Last year, I read Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini, the first book I've read about parallel worlds and other-selves. Because I really enjoyed Trial by Fire ( review here ), I was approached to review Throu... ...more
This is an AMAZING book!! Let me tell you how freaking cool this author made this fantastic world! First, there two sets of characters we follow. They are mirror images of each other and live in parallel worlds. It's freaking cool. Then, there's bad guys who know how to be more bad than the good... ...more
In the beginning, there was the True World. It was perfect- so perfect that someone tried to re-create it. First with heat, followed by water, then by stone and finally air. These worlds were not perfect but they were our worlds- our reality. A caller is a person who after looking into a mirror c... ...more
I just finished reading this book last night, so it's fresh on my mind. This was unlike almost anything else I've read in a long time, because it was so very unique. Notice I had a little bit of trouble classifying the genre at the top of the post. It is definitely young adult, but part of the st... ...more
This is the first book in the Otherselves series. The main background to it is that there are five versions of worlds only one of which is the True World and on each version for some special people there is likely to be someone living there who is that world’s version of them. This story concerns... ...more
This was the first book of the author I've read and I'm glad to say I enjoyed it. It includes the elements but what is unique that it represents the worlds and the true world as well. It also has dragons and merfolk in it. I can't wait to see the other worlds.
The story is kind of dragging but it... ...more
It 's a thrilling fantasy novel with a plot unique, original and intriguing and likeable characters.
The author is very good at mixing fantasy world with the real world. In this story there are four different worlds and the history of their creation is very beautiful and mythological. Our world is... ...more