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Back from Chaos, Earth's Pendulum Book One (Earth's Pendulum #1)

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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 Bala ...more
Paperback, 338 pages
Published November 2nd 2011 by Yvonne Hertzberger (first published August 10th 2009)
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Lynne Cantwell
Jan 17, 2013 Lynne Cantwell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: epic-fantasy
"Earth's Pendulum" is a classic fantasy series. You've got warring nations, political intrigue, criminals, and magic. In this case, much of the magic is Earth-based. The Earth in this world is sentient -- an actual Goddess -- and not only does She feel pain when Her children act against Her wishes, but She has the power to enact retribution on them. Unfortunately, this Divine retaliation often affects people whose actions are only tangentially connected to the wrongdoers. And when a nation goes ...more
K.P. Ambroziak
May 16, 2016 K.P. Ambroziak rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first work of Yvonne Hertzberger I have read, but it will not be my last. I picked up the free read from Amazon without knowing what to expect, and was pulled in from the opening pages. Hertzberger writes with an uncommon elegance, lending her story important details without weighing it down in extraneous prose. The pace is close to perfect, and the narrative moves its reader along without effort. Despite the simplicity of the story, I was wholly absorbed and rapidly turning pages fr ...more
R.G. Phelps
Jun 20, 2016 R.G. Phelps rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Yvonne Hertzberger's fantasy novel was a very refreshing story that could have been billed as historical fiction with special terminology. I had not read a fantasy novel for some time and really didn't know what to expect, but was delightfully surprised with the author's development of her story. It was obvious to me that she wanted the reader to understand her characters, and therefore was very careful in their development - starting with a summary of the names (which when you first read them m ...more
Brian
Aug 02, 2012 Brian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yvonne Hertzberger has crafted a wonderful fantasy tale full of great characters and plot.

The story begins with Gaelen being thrust into an unexpected leadership role when his homeland of Bargia invades Catania. From this exciting beginning, Gaelen is faced with the task of unifying the lands while being undermined by a traitor that may be closer to him than he knows. As he takes his new wife, he must also fight to keep her protected. Klast, a spy/assassin for Gaelen finds himself on a rescue mi
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Cathy Speight
Jun 16, 2012 Cathy Speight rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to be perfectly honest—the fantasy/sci-fi genre isn’t at the top of my reading list. It’s on the list, yes, but it just doesn’t take first place. However, this book by Yvonne certainly made me question why I start each fantasy book with a little reservation, because this one very definitely confirmed how much I do enjoy the genre.

What did we have in this book? We had romance, war, spies, traitors, an epidemic, rape, politics, prediction, troubled souls, tragedy, patience and understandin
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Riley Keith
Jul 05, 2012 Riley Keith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Time is certainly 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 ...more
Charles Ray
Mar 04, 2014 Charles Ray rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A good sword and sorcery novel has to be a combination of the fantastic with the believable if it is to work. Yvonne Hertzberger’s Back From Chaos, the first book in her Earth’s Pendulum series, has just that – a fantasy world of seers and magic described in a way that makes suspending disbelief an easy task.
I received a free review copy of Back From Chaos, which I started reading on one of the coldest days of this winter, and just after a March snowstorm and plummeting temperatures left me stra
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Brenda Perlin
Jun 04, 2015 Brenda Perlin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 thei
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Linda Rae
Aug 26, 2012 Linda Rae rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't Put it Down!, August 26, 2012
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This review is from: Back From Chaos (Earth's Pendulum) (Kindle Edition)
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 c
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Greta Burroughs
I like fantasy books, but I'm picky about the ones I read. I don't care for the ones that get too far out and hard to follow. I prefer fantasies that follow the traditional path and have elements of magic, conflict and a story that keeps my interest. "Back From Chaos" totally filled the bill.
The characters and the story were very well developed. I could picture the scenes as I read the book and I have to admit, I cried a little in a few spots. When I get totally absorbed in a book and don't want
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Carolyn Steele
Jul 18, 2012 Carolyn Steele rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't read fantasy, I just don't...at all. But I decided to break the rule and read this one, since I'd heard a lot about it via the Indies Unlimited blog. I thoroughly enjoyed being taken to another place and found all Yvonne's characters to be so engaging that I actually want to know what happens to them and may have to read the rest of the trilogy. So maybe I do read fantasy now, thanks Yvonne.
Shawna Hansen
Jul 15, 2012 Shawna Hansen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed Back from Chaos: Earth's Pendulum. Lots of great characters evolve from a story about two countries and their people who must come together. The final scene introducing the new character, Liannis, is wonderful. Can't wait to read the other books.
Shelley
Mar 15, 2012 Shelley marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Joe Hinojosa
Aug 22, 2014 Joe Hinojosa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-reviews
I stayed up late last night, reading today’s novel, Back From Chaos by Yvonne Hertzberger. Back From Chaos is the first book of the Earth’s Pendulum series, which I believe is a solid foundation to begin with.

The book begins with Marja, daughter of Cataniast, lord of Catania, hiding in the castle. Bargia, a country which borders Catania invaded and managed to overthrow Cataniast. Marja only thought was of survival, but also gave thought to killing herself to save herself the terror of being capt
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Linda
Sep 07, 2013 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an engrossing story that includes war, espionage, politics, spirituality, and a bit of romance to boot. There are several characters in this book that are listed at the beginning. I found this list intimidating but plowed ahead hoping I could keep up with all of them. The story centers on Gaelen, second son of the King of Bargia, who is thrust into power after the death of the king and his oldest son during a battle at the beginning of the story, and his advisors. As the characters were ...more
L.K. Evans
Ugh! I hate it when I’m in the minority regarding my like or dislike of a book. I always feel I’ve missed something, but I have found that I’m a finicky reader, much to my own annoyance. Sadly—very sadly, I might add—this book didn’t hold my attention.

This review isn’t going to be very detailed as I sadly skimmed quite a bit. The story itself was a nice idea: An invasion by a neighboring land and the transition to this new ruler, who was a very likable guy. There’s some intrigue in there, a heft
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Phillip Frey
May 26, 2014 Phillip Frey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enthralling

This is the first Sword and Sorcery/Fantasy book I have ever read, and that includes never having read a Harry Potter book. I became curious about the genre and took on “Back From Chaos: Book One” to see what makes the genre so popular. Upon finishing the first page I doubted that the rest of the book would hold my interest (give me a good old crime book and I’m yours for life). Not being a literary agent, I didn’t toss “Back From Chaos” aside after the first page. Yvonne Hertzberg’s
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Lynne
Sep 06, 2015 Lynne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers of fantasy
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Shelves: fantasy
I chose this book because of the amazing reviews that it received, but honestly the story line did not pull me in. Most of it's characters seemed flat (good thing Gaelen and Marya didn't remain the main characters for long - gah!), and Earth's connection with its people and the significance of their actions could have been included/explained more. The "chaos" part of the story was not significantly explained. What does warring between two nations or the need of an heir have anything to do with c ...more
Ey
Oct 30, 2014 Ey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I find it funny how so many of the reviewers stated "fantasy is not something I read, but" Well, I am one of those. I usually run from the genre not wanting to get lost in things so far out of my sense of reality. I felt connected to this novel because it basically shows how everything helps or hinders something or someone else. In my mind the title has many meanings and it shows in the lives of the characters.
The storyline is easy to follow, the complexity of the characters (though sometimes ha
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Ed Drury
Jun 13, 2014 Ed Drury rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Back From Chaos is an excellent sword and sorcery fantasy novel most remarkable for its wonderful characters. There are two essential love stories contained within the larger epic which are both endearing. One is the classic prince and princess fairy tale that retains its charm in spite of the obvious happily every after cliché. But the other, more interesting one is between a spy and a lady of the court and is most surprising and engaging. For fans of the sword and sorcery genres, as well as ro ...more
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