Back From Chaos: Book One of Earth’s Pendulum by Yvonne Hertzberger

Back From Chaos: Book One of Earth’s Pendulum

Back From Chaos - smallBattle 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.
One minute I’m reading the book, the next I’m scrambling to make sure I downloaded the second novel. Thank God I had. Yvonne Hertzberger has a wonderful talent about her, able to create a world that doesn’t need all that much explanation to understand, and a solid plot built around characters rather than something catastrophic like many of the popular dystopian novels lining bookshelves these days. Earth, the Mother, is out of Balance and it’s up to a spy with no emotion to save her by saving a maid, Bensa, whose been brutally raped. Playing in the background is the coming-of-age story of Lord Gaelen, whose suddenly found himself ruler of Bargia by the double death of his father and elder brother, and Marja, Lady of the conquered kingdom Catania.
Their joining is looked on by some with hope. But for another, it’s a different story-one that could spell disaster and death not just for Bargia and Catania, but for the Earth as well.
Political intrigue, romance, magic, what more could anyone ask for?
I found myself falling in love with each of the characters. Especially Klast and Brensa. Both are so flawed, so perfectly damaged it makes for a beautiful love story that had tears welling.
The book zips along wonderfully, making for a quick but satisfying read. I think the only real trouble I had was getting used to the author’s writing style. It is much more direct than I’m used too and very formal. However, once I was five chapters in the narration flowed more easily until I had to force myself to put my iPad down to sleep.
The author should be proud, and congratulated for a very well written first novel that makes the reader want to do nothing else but pick up the second and get to reading!
Well written with characters you can really care about. When a writer can make me cry, I’m THERE. Klast and his tightly contained emotions is a wonderful character. He performs duties he abhors, but he does them willingly due to loyalty to the lord he serves–often at his own emotional expense. Watching the well-scripted changes in this character is enough, but there is Marja–strong and educated for a woman of her time; Gaelen–too soon in life brought to power and never having time to grieve his losses, he wears his mantle well. How does a new lord bring two formerly warring communities together under that mantle and the price he pays to do it are so well written you won’t want to put this one down. I finished it at 3 a.m. this morning and wish there had been even more.

Yvonne Hertzberger lives in Stratford, Ontario with her spouse, Mark. She calls herself a late bloomer as she began writing at the ripe age of 56. Her Fantasy/ Magic Realism trilogy, ‘Earth’s Pendulum’ has been well received and she is working on a new novel not related to the trilogy. She loves to sing, garden and spend time with like-minded people and family.
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5 thoughts on “Back From Chaos: Book One of Earth’s Pendulum by Yvonne Hertzberger

  1. Thank you so much, Glynis. What a wonderful review and spotlight. And the timing dovetails nicely with the promo I have on at ReadCheaply until Aug. 8. I am “chuffed”. Isn’t that what you Brits say? 🙂


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