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Down a Lost Road

(Lost Road Chronicles #1)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  284 ratings  ·  55 reviews
Summer was supposed to mean sun, family, and fun…

…not undead warriors, mythical creatures, and trees that glow.

But that’s exactly what 16-year-old Merelin gets.

Merelin’s family has always been a little odd, but ever since her father disappeared four years ago, life has been pretty boring.

Then her world gets yanked out from under her.


As if waking up in the desert
Kindle Edition, Revised, 379 pages
Published August 21st 2017 by SisterMuses (first published May 1st 2011)
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Lynne Stringer
Oct 19, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
The first half of this book moved along brilliantly. I enjoyed the world, and I liked Merelin herself. Yatol was particularly intriguing and the story seemed more alive when he was in a scene. Their travels were enjoyable and intriguing. However, the second half of the book dragged a bit, with a lot of travelling and then meeting new people, arguing with them, and fighting with the Ungulion, which happened over and over again. I think if this happened a couple of times fewer than it did, the boo ...more
J. Bralick
May 09, 2011 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
You all know that I don't review my own books, but I'm updating my "review" to make an announcement... In a few short weeks, I will be releasing the Extended Edition of DaLR, and along with that, I will be releasing a revised version of the original DaLR. The ending is significantly changed, and the whole book has gotten a style update, but I believe the heart of the story is still the same. I am super excited to share the new version with you!

If you haven't read the book yet, you mi
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book’s exciting storyline, surprisingly funny moments, sweet romance, and skillful writing style! I’m looking forward to continuing Merelin’s story in the next 2 books. :)
Sea Grace
May 03, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
In brutal honesty I tried to finish this book simply because I didn't want to get in the habit of writing reviews for incomplete reads. Okay fine, I might have wanted to see what happens with Yatol, either way, it was a struggle and after putting it down too many times finally I just couldn't bring myself to pick it up again.

I really don't want to write bad reviews as honestly, it makes me feel ridiculously mean but I can't pretend I loved it if I didn't and the fact I couldn't force myself to f
May 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own
This books was definitely a quick easy read and I found that every time I went to set it down, I couldn't and had to pick it right back up to read more! Yatol was such a strong and well rounded character, but i'm not sure that I felt the same way about Merelin. I felt as though she was always rushing from one emotion right into the other, which was sometimes hard to keep up with or comprehend what she was thinking. I absolutely loved the world that J Liegh created! I love how it was inter weaved ...more
Did not finish.

It wasn't badly written, it just wasn't to my taste.
Carol Cripps
Mar 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. In some ways, (good ways) it reminded me of Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle In Time. I felt the same sense of wonder that there might be more to the world than I'd imagined, and that hasn't happened for a long time.

Merelin is a wonderful heroine feisty and fearful by turns, and not afraid to wear her heart on her sleeve. Yatol, on the other hand, plays his cards close to his chest. The relationship between the two is not a given, not at first, and it's enjoyable watchi
Dawn Goodall
Apr 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This book is a proper epic! Fantastic story, some characters that are likeable, others hateable, battles, a life debt, heroes, really creepy villains. What a great imagination this author has. I can't remember the last time I enjoyed a book so much. Absolutely wonderful!
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
loved this fantasy world
Christine Howard
Sep 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: moonmaid2017
This was a YA book which is not my usual fare. It wasn't bad but I wouldn't choose to read more in the series ...more
L.S. Palafox
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is really fantastic.
Jun 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great fantasy read! Such a cool world you get immersed into!
Dale Ibitz
This really is 3.5 stars...if I was able to give a 1/2 star.

What a world, what a world! J. Bralick portrays such a vivid, imaginative world that is easy to visualize. The characters are memorable, believable, lovable, hatable (is that a word?), and strong. The writing is very, very good, descriptive without being over-bearing.

The male characters are just so...male. The female character (really, there's only one to speak of through most of it), is both weak and strong. Strong politics, though may
Dec 28, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
#1 Lost Road Chronicles

This was a hard book for me to review. There were parts I certainly liked, and parts where I really felt lost. Lost in: like I get like I had skipped pages, but I knew I hadn't. I never like stories where characters are introduced and then disappear without explanations, this happened three times in the story and it really bothered me. I'd rather be dropped down in the middle of something (which I sort of was, but then it didn't play out that way;) and then progress from t
I have so many good things to say!!

First of all, I like the the cover. It betrays little or nothing of what actually happens in the book. So, for those of you who judge a book by its cover--don't do that for this one!

On to the actual book. Through the whole beginning, I kept thinking "This is pulling me in with so many questions! It's so intriguing!" I like the way you kind of make it mysterious at the beginning, building up to the entrance into Arah Byen. It's still mysterious after this first
Michelle Mcroberts
Feb 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: private-review, arr
I was provided a free copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.

I really liked this book. The story weaving was nice, the character revelations were done mostly through show rather than tell, and the plot was original, yet connected to familiar and favorite classical mythologies - especially Tolkien's. I enjoyed the level of action and the interpersonal relationships that were developed in the story, and while there is an opportunity for a love interest, it certainly does
May 09, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This book made me really rethink what a forest can be. That's my favorite part of the book actually. I liked the idea of the clinging grasses too.

I was fascinated by the idea of trees forming a dwelling. It left me wondering how long it took to grow and if the current inhabitant was the one who grew it. I was also curious to know if it was a common practice there.

What made this difficult for me to read was my inability to connect to the protagonist. Merelin has older siblings and a twin brother.
Denae Christine
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Angie Taylor
I liked this book. It's the first in a fantasy series centered around Merelin and her family and their connection with a parallel world to earth. Her father was from this world and came through a portal to earth and was able to go back and forth gaining knowledge to help understand how the two worlds are connected.

Mer's father has been missing for the last four years, and she has no idea about the other world until one day she is taken there. She learns she is part of the race from that world an
S. Usher Evans
I read all three books in just about one sitting, so my comments take the longer-term view.

I am a HUGE fan of the author's other book, The Madness Project, which you can read my review of on that book. This one, I actually do have to agree with some of the other reviewers that some scenes left me very confused as to what was happening in the books. But the overall story was good and the series is definitely worth a look - especially for books 2 and 3, which improved both the descriptions and th
Cheryl Landmark
Actual Rating: 3.5 stars

All in all, this was a relatively well-written, creative and very descriptive fantasy novel. Ms. Bralick did an excellent job of painting a picture for the reader of the strange and dangerous alternate world that Merelin found herself thrust into.

However, there were some parts that left me in a state of confusion and seemed to serve little purpose. An inordinate amount of time was spent on running through sand dunes and through forests. Many secondary characters suddenly
S.K. Valenzuela
May 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I believe that when an author takes the time to develop a story, focusing on even the smallest details, the result is truly beautiful. Down a Lost Road is a gorgeous story. The descriptions are rich and lovely -- when you leave the world of the story, you can picture it again in your mind. But more than setting, the author is able to capture and represent inner landscapes as well: fear, hurt, confusion, courage, sorrow.

It's also not often that you find an author who can actually invent a languag
Chanelle Solomons
Feb 25, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
OMG! Where the hell do I start!

I highly disregard anyone from reading this book! The characters are not explained clearly so a connection between the characters, eg the sphinx character profile is not explained till a few pages later! I know that should have not pissed me off but shortsighted it did.

The use of description on other features in the book is very minimal! It is hard to imagine the protagonist in most the settings she described.

After reading 24% of this novel I gave up!

I wish the pr
Mar 01, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
not really worth it for me

This took me several tries to get through. Once I was able to get past the first few chapters--it's frustrating because *everything* is an unexplainable mystery--I realized that even the people who are trying to help Merelin, who keeps getting pulled back&forth from Earth, don't really know the answer they are seeking, or even the question they are asking. Which makes it hard to understand what the quest is.

My curiosity was piqued enough to finish the whole book, but M
Apr 20, 2015 rated it liked it
... this is YA fantasy so I wasn't expecting Dostoevsky, but there are precious moments in the novel(s). The main character is delightfully flawed, tedious and teenage. I didn't begrudge the author this at all. It certainly evoked my gawky teenage memories. The hero in the novel(s) is a stereotype quasi-sword carrying manga character and definitely has issues staying in one piece. But heck, its fantasy and I adore him. He spends half the novel(s) half-dead however. And there were clichéd tropes ...more
Robert Walsh
This book was a slow read for me. At times, I felt as though I had missed something; from one paragraph to the next, I thought a section had been left out. In one case, three characters are talking. Suddenly, a new character comes charging through the woods. The newcomer is not identified, but one of the original three is now gravely wounded. I can't see how that happened. Regardless, the story was OK. I'm curious about the numerous references to Tolkien. Is there more to them than simple name d ...more
Kara Prem
This book was...ok. The overall idea was wonderful - worlds linked together, some truth in myth and Tolkien. However, there were many sections in the latter half of the book where I was utterly lost. A new character sprang into action, a main character made a decision that made no sense, I had some trouble following it. Additionally, Merelin, the main character was "in love" with the main male character Yatol - barely spent time with him, yes it was intense, so maybe she liked him - but love, re ...more
May 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
This was an enjoyable read, not what I was expecting but in a good way. Down a Lost Road is a great fantasy book but is not similar to any other fantasy book I have read. I enjoyed the characters and the setting of the book. The main character was believable in the actions and emotions she displayed. The supporting characters were well developed and just as interesting as Merelin. The plot of the story was very good and moved along well. At some points I got lost but that was only due to the se ...more
Kristin Wallin
Jun 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like the way this books gives us an alternate world to explore and of course the Tolkien tie-in was very nicely done.
I will be honest in that I tended to find the action scenes a bit hard to follow and found myself going back and rereading them to make sure I knew what was going on.
That being said, the world that is created and its joining with our modern one is quite fascinating. The characters and their backgrounds are intriguing and one can certainly relate to the main character. I
I promised an honest review for a free copy of this book. I'm not sure how to write it, though. The idea was very intriguing. What i didn't like was the confusion it was causing me.; I had no idea what was going go most of the time because Merelin didn't either. She just went with it, without question. She seemed pretty cool but i would have liked some more description of her thoughts, and not - one moment she's saying or doing something and the next she doesn't know what the hell happened. And ...more
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J. Leigh Bralick is a fantasy author by day and an RN by night...or vice versa, depending on the day. She originally got her bachelor's in medieval history and MA in political philosophy, but decided on a career change when she realized she didn't want to teach, and no one was going to pay her exorbitant sums of money to use her learning to invent fantasy worlds. (She still holds out hope on that ...more

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