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

4.7 of 5 stars 4.70  ·  rating details  ·  23 ratings  ·  16 reviews
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
"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
Charles Ray
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
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
Linda Rae
4.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't Put it Down!, August 26, 2012
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
Cathy Speight
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
Riley Keith
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
R.g. Bud
RG Bud Phelps • A Realistic Fantasy, April 29, 2012
By R. G. Phelps "Bud" (Nebraska)
This review is from: Back From Chaos (Earth's Pendulum)

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
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
Phillip Frey

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
Joe Hinojosa
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
Carolyn Steele
I don't read fantasy, I just don' 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
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.
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
Ed Drury
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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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
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