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The Labyrinth Wall

(Obsidian Series #1)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  115 ratings  ·  74 reviews
Perfect for fans of J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Paolini, and Suzanne Collins, the Amazon Best-Selling Obsidian Series books offer a surprising and fresh magical labyrinth adventure.

Experience a labyrinth world from the perspective of its native people... Araina's lonely teenage life is forever altered when she witnesses a man with supernatural powers emerge through a rippl
Paperback, 2nd, 268 pages
Published February 10th 2014 by Luminous Words Press (first published November 2013)
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Dec 05, 2015 rated it did not like it
You don’t understand how hard it is for me to write this review. I had the pleasure of meeting and doing an interview with the author (Emilyann Girdner) and she is just so SWEET (check out part 1 of the interview here and part 2 here)! I loved meeting her and I was so excited to read her book… until I wasn’t.

Please don’t take all I said as your own thoughts. I am 100% in the minority of people who didn’t like this. I’m actually the only person who’s given this a 1 star review on goodreads. So PL
~ Rose ~ ☯Desert Rose❀
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4 Roses

I enjoy books about puzzles, mysteries, riddles, adventure and suspense. Some of the best books for those ingredients are stories involving a labyrinth. There aren't many books that deliver the same kind of entertainment and excitement as a well-written labyrinth adventure. This is one such book, and is one I really enjoyed.

Most stories involving labyrinths follow someone from the outside who becomes trapped inside one, trying to find their way out. A unique twist in this book, the characters t
Jan 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved it! I could imagine the characters with perfect clarity! Emilyann has brought the world of the Labyrinth to life with so many splendid details! I cannot wait for the second one to come out! Why were the Mahk created in the first place? Will they ever make it out of the labyrinth? Is it even possible to escape?

The Rotting Pass was so creepy and a particular character found here sent shivers down my spine! And the river? So very, very dark. So many other things I could rave about but I'm af
Lynda Dickson
Apr 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Ages 14+
Shelves: young-adult
The Mahk are a breed of workers brought to life by the Creators, already fully-developed. They mine for obsidian (for a purpose that is not explained) in exchange for meager food rations, and they live in the labyrinths surrounding Simul's castle, fighting and killing each other for their food. Araina is a Mahk who came into existence only two years ago but who resembles a seventeen-year-old girl. She lives in a secret spot in the Labyrinth with only Blue, a large bird with blue feathers, for co ...more
Although nearly everyone seems to appreciate this book, I regret to say that I’m among the few that didn’t like it. It confused me, I struggled to follow the storyline, and I never really connected with the characters or their world.
In a word, this book didn't work out for me.

Sep 17, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.)
I found this book interesting, but only so-so. It was written fairly well, and I like the plot and characters overall, but there were also some problem spots for me.

Trapped inside a labyrinth, which is the only home she's ever known, Araina is a Mahk, or a created human. Grown and given life by the Creators who rule the labyrinth, Araina has only been alive for two years. In that time, she tried to stay alive and stay away fr
Katie Reiler
Dec 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read an ARC version. This was a good read for me, because I like fantasy and fairytale, but while I like books like Lord of the Rings, they are a bit heavy for me. So this was nice because it did feel like I got to enjoy the fantasy elements, but at the same time it's a quick read. The world is very dark and dangerous, and I was pretty surprised by some of the twists. If I could change anything I wish more would have happened romantically. But it did feel like the story might continue on. One ...more
Crystal Collier
Mar 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, 2014
Wow. This book was engaging. It's been a while since I felt COMPELLED to keep reading, but Emilyann definitely pulled that one off magnificently. Her world was scary and I truly felt like an oblivious prisoner right along with the characters, frustrated by their circumstances and anxious to break free. Their world was dangerous and magical, and nowhere I EVER want to be. I very much loved Ariana's cold perspective of the world, and how she changed through the novel. The ending was not the one I ...more
Kathy Sebesta
It wasn't the worst book I've ever read, but it certainly ranks among those that weren't worth the time and effort to read. It doesn't help that I was reading the first edition, apparently self published by someone who doesn't understand the mechanics of putting together a book that's mechanically good to read. It also would've benefited from a good copy-editor - someone who knows that "wringing her hands" starts with a w, for example. ...more
Samantha  Anderson
A thrilling read from beginning to end. It is amazing that a first time author would be so amazingly thorough in all aspects, from characters, plots, to settings. The visuals it brought to mind of a singularly dystopian world full of magic, tyranny, and the struggle for freedom and personal independence, were simply amazing!
Jun 06, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Netgalley copy in exchange for an honest review.

Strong start to the Obsidian series, this book is fascinating by its world itself. The world-building is incredible, unsettling and intriguing thanks to the author's clever and vivid descriptions. There's a lot of action, a lot of tension, and the prose is easy to read and rich - a great mix to keep the readers entertained!
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun read. Was the plot simple? Yes. Were the characters something absolutely new? No.
But damn it, I enjoyed myself reading this. Sometimes we need to read books that aren't as complex as others so we can have some breathing room.
The Labyrinth Wall by Emilyann Girdner is a fantasy novel and book one in her Obsidian series. In this book we are introduced immediately to Araina. Araina is a Mahk. She is a human given life by the Creators. She was made and thrust into the Labyrinth and told to find obsidian to pay her tax in order to be given food and water to survive. She is not told why she has been made or what she is there for. She along with other Mahks lives in the labyrinth. It is survive by any means necessary and so ...more
Nov 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was given a copy of The Labyrinth Wall the coloring edition.
Sometimes the hardest thing to do while reading a book is trying to picture exactly what the author is describing to you. The Labyrinth Wall Illustrated Coloring Novel Edition really breaks that barrier. But it isn't just the vision barrier that Emilyann Girdner breaks in this book.
We've all been there, invested in a book but you get to a kind of reading lull. Well there's no lull in The Labyrinth Wall because we are also given some
Kat Jones
I won this in a goodreads giveaway

It's an interesting story in need of editing. There were times I read a section over a few times thinking that surely I was just too distracted by the day's events and blanked out something. Nope, it's like they had an idea and wrote it out before they forgot it, but didn't remember to go back and work in how things got to that point at times, so it gets a little confusing here and there.

The first half flies by, the last half has more action and character develo
Dorine White
Sep 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Araina's entire life consists of turning in pieces of Obsidian for food and staying alive within the deadly labyrinth where she and the other Mahk live. Her only joy is her pet bird Blue. One day Blue leads her through a wall of vines to a beautiful new place, the gardens of the castle, where the Creators live.

There Araina sees something unbelievable, a man shimmer through the wall of the Labyrinth. Suddenly she has knowledge, knowledge that there is more to life than where she lives and that i
Chris Sanford
Sep 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Araina is far from a normal teenager. To sya she has trust issues is an understatement. She is not actually even human but was created a teenager and not understanding who, what, or where she was made from she lives in an elaborate labyrinth where every moment is a fight for survival. Her only true friend is a blue bird like creature. She must constantly steal, fight, hunt, and even murder for food. Most of the water in the Labyrinth is acidic and other creatures, humans, guards and monsters ar ...more
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A really engaging and creative young adult fantasy novel.

What I enjoyed most about this read is how fast it took off. You literally start off at a dead sprint with Araina and her life in the labyrinth. Emilyann's world building is absolutely incredible and she does a marvelous job of planting seeds of information early in the exposition while simultaneously keeping the reader guessing.

**light spoilers below**

I loved Araina, faults and all. While at times I was frustrated with her lack of rela
Shanell Meek
Sep 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Full of page turning fantasy.

The Labyrinth Wall is an interesting young adult fantasy book. It’s a little twisty turns and the characters have many different layers that unfold as the story goes on. One moment you may love a character and the next you may be hoping they get eaten by a cannibal or a saber toothed creature! The main character is portrayed to be in her late teens, but I had a hard time picturing her as older than 12 or 13 for some reason. Either way the plot was interesting and it
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Labyrinth Wall is a captivating fantasy story about being born into slavery, compelled to fend for oneself without regard to the wellbeing on one’s own kind. It is you or death trying to survive in a harshest of environments. Araina has been successful in surviving for two years since her creation, she knows no other way of life. Her only companion, who loves her unconditionally, is a Blue bird. She meets another of her kind, whom she doesn’t trust, but is willing to journey with him to fin ...more
Sep 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have mixed feelings about this novel. While the premise, an oppressed society trapped in a mysterious labyrinth and a chance to escape it albeit into an unknown other option, sounded intriguing and innovative, I found the execution lacking. There were a few odd phrases in the use of language and the dialogue was heavy on exposition. I did like the main character, a strong and rounded girl, but thought the side characters were a bit flat and exchangeable. One could argue that some of the plot p ...more
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a very cool book. I enjoyed the lively journey that the main girl, Araina went on. At first, the story is about her solitary life with her pet bird, Blue. They are in survival mode, prisoners in a labryrinth place that is run by distant, harsh creators. Every day is a fight to live and work for a meager amount of food. It seems a lonely existence for the girl, but apparently she's smart and doesn't automatically kill other people for their food as some do. When she starts encountering ot ...more
Sep 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
***I voluntarily am reviewing this book and will provide an honest review for the author.***

So the whole world building too a little bit for me to get into. In the very beginning I was completely confused and thought the book was set in the underworld or something and when I finally understood where it was taking place and what was happening I was well into like 15% of the book. I did like Araina's character though, she was a well developed character that despite being faced with fantastic circu
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story was a bit slow to start but soon I was eager for more as Araina starts to build relations with the people she encounters. The Labyrinth is a deadly trap and her group is set on getting out of it, or die trying.
The heroine is at first very isolated even when she is surrounded. Her loneliness and trust change step by step when she discovers that her people might be more than heartless killer for survival sake. Slowly she and the other characters discover more of their worlds and themsel
Dec 20, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Two Stars - It was OK

What I liked: The fast pace. This book starts and immediately gets you into the adventure and mystery. You're never left with a dull flat moment. It keeps up this momentum almost continuously throughout the book. That was nice. I also enjoyed the idea for this story, the maze, Creators vs. Mahk, etc. Interesting and entertaining.

What didn't I like: A lot of the time the plot or actions of characters was highly predictable. Not too many twists or turns that I didn't see comin
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review, great-reads
The Labyrinth Wall (Obsidian Series)
Author: Emilyann Girdner
The story of Adriana and Blue is a great story of survival, It is an adventure with all kinds of unforeseen dangers lurking around every corner. It is the story of a young woman living in a Labyrinth there are others of her kind but to interact with them could cost her life.
Adriana has no memory of any life before the one she currently lives, just the last two years surviving as she dose mining obsidian and dependant on the Creators
Kate Brackett
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was pleasantly surprising! Araina is a wonderful character who teams up with a few others to try to fight their way out of the labyrinth. Life within the labyrinth is terrible. (Think of Hunger Games and life in the districts if you have read or seen it. ) Their fight for survival and for a life outside of this decaying world is tangled with suspense, emotion, bad guys, and much more. The book does leave many questions unanswered, but that is what the sequel will be for. The settings a ...more
Shannan Williams
Wow! This book was intense! Danger lurked around every corner for Araina and her team as they tried to find their way out of the labyrinth. One day a mysterious man came flying out of a sudden hole in the wall!! The hole closed up and Araina and her team spend the remainder of the book trying to get back to that hole and get to the other side, in hopes that life is better on the other side of the wall. This book had all the feelings...humor, sadness, scariness, shock, excitement, etc... I thorou ...more
Monica DePaul
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the world building in this book! It's extremely unique, a bit like a video game in the form of a one big dungeon crawl, with plenty of intrigue about how the characters got there and if they could ever escape. My only two complaints are that the formatting leaves a ton of wasted space that inflates the page count and therefore size of the book and that the ending is admittedly pretty anticlimactic. I realize that this is a series, but each book should do more than prepare for the next. S ...more
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I voluntarily read and reviewed this book.

This book started out like “Soylent Green” for me. It moved on to possessing serious elements of the “Hunger Games” in that the characters are in a lifelong struggle with the upper classes and feud amongst themselves for what they need to survive.

Araina is a truly likable character and I wanted her to succeed from the start.

The book was fast paced from start to finish and I can't wait to finish the series.

5 stars
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Emilyann Allen (pseudonyms include Emilyann Phoenix and Emilyann Girdner) is an American author, artist, and business innovator. In the literary world, she is best known as the creator of the Coloring Novels™ book format and the author of Amazon Best-Seller, Dante Rossetti Award Finalist and Reader’s Favorite 5 Star rated young adult fantasy novel, The Labyrinth Wall (Obsidian Series). Some of her ...more

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