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In the mythical city of N'de lives thirteen-year-old Hadlay and her people, the Ramash. Scorned and abused by the unloving and absent Emperor, the Ramash are poor people, placed second to the ruling class of the Oresed. Young but bold, Hadlay rages against the injustice in her city. When she is chosen for the honor of serving the Prince in the Tower, she hopes to find a wa ...more
Paperback, 328 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by Kregel Publications
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Faye
Well written and mysterious, The Mirror of N'de draws one into its spell, weaving a haunting, yet quirky enchantment.




Reading this book, the pages turned steadily, though at times certain things struck me as wrong. But as I read this began to be clearer and clearer. This is certainly a book that causes one to think!




The Mirror of N'de is one of those books where things get a bit strange, and things don't seem right at first, but if you keep reading a hidden jewel awaits. I know that as I read ce
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Trish
I greatly enjoyed this book on a number of levels. It is an enjoyable “coming of age” young adult novel with intriguing characters–some likable, some not, some human, some not (or not exactly, anyway!). The allegorical setting is based on the plight of the Jews living under Roman rule, but also pulls in some of the more ancient beings from history.

It is hard for me to talk about this one without giving away anything important, so I will simply say that as a former young adult and a former and cu
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Heavensent1
Dec 05, 2011 Heavensent1 rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Heavensent1 by: ARC from publisher
The Mirror of N'De is a YA Science Fiction/Fantasy novel.

Hadley Mivana is a thirteen year old Hamash who lives in N'De where the Oresed are the upper ruling class.

The Hamash are treated as a slave race, owing everything to their "owners", the Oresed. On the day that Hadley and her friends, Alila and Nomish Rakam, are old enough to be apprenticed, the three believe it to be the happiest day of their lives. However when Ba'ar, Hadley's nemesis, walks into the shop they are working in, their antics
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Hattie Norman

Kregel books/Litfuse
Just beginning to appreciate this one. I've not read much Fantasy. I am caught up in the story because of Nomish and Hadlay. They are two young people with other young people from another clan who are forced to live with the Emperor. Although he is powerful, he lacks the values of the Ramash. The Emperor, his son and the people in the palace are Oreseds.


The book makes me think about the importance of family and the place called home. So many oppressed people are taken faraway
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Kaylea
Looking for something to fill your reading "void" now what you've graduated with Harry Potter, or completed the Hunger Games trilogy, you might want to pick up The Mirror of N'de, the freshman release by L.K. Malone.

The book, set in the mythical city of N'de, focus on the lives of 13-year-old Hadlay and her people, the Ramash. Like the Hunger Games series, the book finds a group of people (The Ramash) who are oppressed by the ruling party and the government (the Oresed). It also focuses on a gro
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Donna
Two peoples, the rich Oresed and the poorer Ramash, live in Turris. The powerful Oresed oppress the Ramash, but the Ramash have a secret, a hope. That hope is the lost city of N'De. The hope is that one day someone will find the way to N'De and save the people. Hadley has been having dreams, disturbing dreams. A being in a mirror she can't touch, but who wants her to find a key. What is the key? Where is the key? While dealing with the dreams, the emperor calls for new trainees for the palace. T ...more
Elizabeth Baker
Christian Fantasy With an Edge

For lovers of fantasy, The Mirror of N’de by L. K. Malone will be a welcome addition to a genre that can be too predictable. The author demonstrates unusual skill with both plot and character development resulting in a page-turning drama that will appeal to teens as well adults.

The heroine, Hadlay Mivana, is a thirteen year old coming of age in a class bound society. Her father has managed to move from slavery but poverty, a totalitarian ruler, and vindictive upper
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Valentina
A great cast of characters along with a quirky and fun story make this a great read for children and adults alike.
The atmosphere in the novel is what captured me at once. There is a sense of thinly veiled violence that sets up a good mood. The characters are very entertaining, with Hadlay as a heroine who, though sometimes whiny, is fun to follow. With my penchant for liking villains, it’s no surprise that I found Zeru to be the most interesting of the bunch. I do wish more background on him and
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Taylor
When I swiped this book from my friend, I didn't know what to expect. The Christian personification and metaphors lured me in, and the edge of mystery made me desperately seek to uncover this plot. I did find this book one of excitement, but it often felt like a roller coaster. While the action was present, it was late in its coming, and the droning of average life with the addition of magic made for a uphill climb until the action began again.

The story follows the adventures of a girl named Had
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L_manning
Hadley lives in a world that is beautiful yet cruel. Her people are treated as underlings and slaves, forced to live very hard lives. The one thing that keeps her people going is a bedtime story passed through the generations about a beautiful city they once inhabited. Things are changing though. First, Hadley begins having dreams about a creature calling to her. Next, the mysterious emperor reappears and frees her people. Then Hadley and her friend Nomish are chosen to learn to serve the empero ...more
Elle
I had the pleasure of reading this book during its development, and I can't recommend it enough.

The story is set in a fantasy world based on Babel/Babylon. The heroine, thirteen-year-old Hadlay Mivana, is nearly killed in a riot when she makes the mistake of laughing at a girl from the ruling race in her city. Days later, she and her best friend Nomish are drafted to serve the prince in the huge Tower that dominates the city's horizon. Frightened at first, she finds herself in a new and magical
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Susan
Author L.K. Malone knocked it out of the park in her debut novel. Take a little excitement and danger, add a little intrigue and mystery, toss in a whole bunch of random animal “mixes” (like a Nuppy: Newt + Puppy), and a few unexplained occurrences and you have the makings for one addicting page-turner! Honestly, I could not put this book down. I finished it in one sitting.

Malone creates a fantasy world easy to slip into. I quickly found myself absorbed in the story right from the beginning. The
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Darthyoda6
The Mirror of N’de was a really good fantasy book that was hard to put down. You constantly wanted to know what was going to happen next. There were some references to Biblical stories but re-written to fit this world, which is always interesting to see how different authors handle doing. There was also some science-fiction of mixing the DNA of different animals to get new types of animals. As it says on the cover recommended ages are starting at 13. I wouldn’t recommend younger kids in most cas ...more
Jill Williamson
Review by Jill Williamson

Thirteen-year-old Hadlay and her people, the Ramash, and looked down upon by the ruling class of the Oresed. When Hadlay is chosen for the honor of serving the Prince in the Tower, she hopes to find a way to right the wrong, but the emperor and his son are not as wonderful as she first believed.

The Mirror of N’de is a strong debut from L.K. Malone. Brave and courageous Hadlay and the mystery of the Tower will draw readers into this tale about an oppressed people. This bo
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Freda mans
This, by far, was an interesting story. It had so many wonderful elements going on, though for some maybe too many.
I had thought to myself at one point while reading this book, that it's a mash up of Harry Potter starring a girl instead, mixed with Roman and Greek Mythology and a dash of paranormal.
Then I wondered if it was too much, and decided not for me! I loved it!
A lot of great lessons learned throughout the story for Hadlay, and they resonate into the reader also.
Great storytelling and one
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Charlene Amsden
Best book I've read this year! Don't let the cover fool you, this is no kids book. L. K. Malone has created a vivid and powerful story that will resonate within the heart of anyone who reads it. If you've ever been betrayed, struggled making choices, or regretted a decision that forever changed lives, you'll have no trouble identifying with Hadley Mivana as she comes to realize her life impacts the lives of everyone around her, and her decisions can save or condemn an entire race.
Amanda
This book surprised me. I thought it would be a quick juvenile/young-adult fantasy story. What I found was a very interesting Christian allegory of Jesus. Some of the parallels where quite obvious, but other parts of the story were unique to the story and did not relate to Christianity. It is not for young children, as parts of it are quite dark and violent, but overall it was a good, enjoyable book, and I recommend it.
Larry Baden
Malone is a master storyteller, and weaves a fascinating and captivating tale. Well worth reading for the whole family.
Chrystal Mahan
This was a truly wonderful book. You can read my review on selfemployedwriter.com
Tess Votto
Enjoyed and appreciated the Biblical allegory and research that went into this book.
Atticgirl
I am a bit of a fantasy fiction fan. I enjoy great stories like The Chronicles of Narnia or The Lord of the Rings because of their great plots, genuine characters, and magical worlds that whisk me away from ordinary reality.

I chose this book to see if it would entertain my 12 year old voracious reader (who is an even bigger fantasy fiction fan).

This story did not disappoint.

The author has detailed descriptions of each class (inferior class and higher class) and gives many details of the living
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Carol R.
Apr 23, 2013 Carol R. rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: older teens
L.K. Malone creates a fantasy about a young teen who has a series of dreams that foretell her role in saving her people from oppression by the ruling party.

In The Mirror of N’De, thirteen year old Hadlay is disturbed by dreams of a mysterious Being. When she shares the dreams with her parents, they counsel her to remain quiet. Hadlay and her people – the Ramash – live under the oppressive rule of the Oresed. When Hadlay is selected to serve the Emperor’s son, she is determined to right the wrong
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Sarah
Really great allegory. I read it and then had my 9 year old daughter read it. It was an amazing piece of writing AND a little history to boot!
Karlene Linford
Goog read

would like more of the story. didn't want to put it down. the book was to short. is there a book two
Lyuba
This was a Christian allegory, very heavy towards the end.
Anagha
Nov 14, 2012 Anagha rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: dnf
Couldn't finish :/
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As a child, L.K. Malone liked to make up episodes of her favorite TV shows when she was supposed to be napping. Her favorite pastimes include reading, writing, and enjoying time with her large extended family, which includes a handsome menagerie of pets and two lovely young women she met through Denver Kids.
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