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Clara's Return

(Stories of Lorst #2)

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Clara, lost and disillusioned from a hard-fought war, hopes to discover some answers about her lineage and abilities in the quiet village of Bluebell, where she once lived before being sold into slavery. However, as she and the Captain of the Royal Guard make their journey, a new threat to the kingdom arises in the form of a traitor.

This new threat has been patiently brewi
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Published May 13th 2016 (first published April 26th 2016)
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Vicky
May 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, fantasy, three-stars
While the first book in the series was about getting to know the main character, Clara, how she grew up and then went on to lose her voice and how she found the strength to gain it back. The second book was about finding out more about her, not only about her past but also what makes her a person and that was a very good journey. We see a little more of the capital of Lorst and we see a little bit of how things work in the castle and lots of court politics, but otherwise, the book still is very ...more
Amanda
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
4/5🌟

The second book in the Stories of Lorst series is all about Clara finding out who she really is. Is she more than just her seer ability? Is she worthy without? There is a lot of exciting action scenes for Clara, where she is able to proves she is a badd a** and capable of standing on her own agaisnt mythical creatures.

Emmerich's character became much more human in Clara's Return. He grew on me a bit with a lot of help from his Aerial magical creature friend Niall, and the fact that by the en
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Justine
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Less love, more action

Compared to the first installment, I thought there was less introspection and more action in this middle book. Some people prefer that, some like it the other way around...I just thought there were some pacing issues, which I didn't feel were a problem in the first. I enjoyed the new characters, but the Lady introduced at the end fell flat, for having such a pivotal role (don't want to spoil it). There were a lot of questions left unanswered, which I assume will be resolved
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Angie
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mystical Battles Soothe None

I am really enjoying the opportunity to read this series. As I read, I'm expecting one outcome in the war against an unknown ememy, only to find another, better one, throughout the book. This is definitely a series to pick up!
Kristen Walker
Jun 05, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, indie
The second book in the Tales of Lorst series does show some improvement in the writing from the first. In particular, most POV changes are marked by a scene break, making it much easier to follow the narrative.

Clara also takes a more active role in this book. She can speak freely, which helps, and she's on a return trip to her childhood home to find out more about her origins so she's making choices instead of getting dragged along with an army. She's more confident in fighting and can defend he
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Tony Parsons
Jul 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Lieutenant Valliance “Val” (son, Palace Guard), & his sister Abelia “Abbey” had been bullied by a bunch of men.
They gave Abbey a letter to give to Val.
Marduck (Sorcerer) monsters remain in the forest.
The Council is purging the city of all the Male & Female Aerial’s.

King Emmerich (Lorst, former General, Captain Palace Guard) had moved up the ranks & had his own inner circle.
Bran Weston (Page, Lord Barkeley son) did not really trust Acting Captain Valiance.
Lady Clara (Tieran) & Captain Jarrett
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Laura Scott
May 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a great fantasy read. As a sequel the book picks up where the previous left off, and starts with a well done re-cap that lets you read this if you haven't read Clara (or serves as a good reminder if it's been a while since you read Clara).

Clara is a seer and her gift is important to the King. Following the war and defeat of Marduk, Clara has stopped having visions. Without her gift she really isn't sure who she is or where she fits in. In an effort to figure it out she journey's back
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Sharon
Apr 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
The book for review is “ Clara's Return” by Suzanna J. Linton. It falls in the genre of fiction and fantasy. This is volume two in the series.

Meet Clara who is the seer of the kingdom. Her visions are important to the King. All she knows prior to be elevating to this position is that she was sold as a slave at a very young age. Emmerich is now the ruler. However unknown to him his seer has a problem. She no longer sees visions of any kind.

To work this out she set off on a journey, with Jarrett a
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Dana Busenbark
Mar 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Emmerich is now the King, having taken care of Murduk in the first book. Clara is off on her journey to 'rediscover' herself and who she is, what she is and how she can be a productive member of society. Jarrett is sent with her, as she heads to Bluebell, where she came from, when Emmerich first met her. What sorts of things do Clara and Jerrett see on the road? What does clara do in the middle of the night after telling Jarrett to go home to the King, who needs him? What sorts of things does sh ...more
Linda Levine
May 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The journey continues for Clara as she is determined to learn more about her past. The war may be won but it has not resolved her pain and leaves her with a strong desire to revisit her childhood home. The kingdom faces many challenges. Emmerich finds that being a king is not an easy role for him and wants Clara there to help him adjust to his new life.There are real threats to their being together.

I enjoyed this second book in the series and seeing Clara continue to grow in strength. She needs
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Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
Clara's Return starts where Clara finished. She is on her way back to her home as she tries to find out just who she is. Is she 'just' the King's Seer, or is there more to her than that? Clara is an wonderful character who has grown in these two books. She is quiet, happy to stay in the background, but she won't take any prisoners either. Stubborn as a mule, un-trusting and sometimes cynical, she is also loyal, quick-witted and warm. Clara and Emmerich spend most of the book apart, but that does ...more
Amy
May 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-fiction
Though I found the first book "Clara" to be a little choppy at times, this book blew me away. In fact, it made me rethink the first book a great deal! The characters continued to be well-developed, the intrigue kept the pages turning quickly as I sought to see if I could figure out what would happen next. The magical world that has been created is truly amazing and could easily be imagined. I hope to someday see it onscreen and that's not something I say often. I am now following this author and ...more
Tequila
Mar 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I recieved a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

While this could be read as a standalone novel, I highly suggest reading the first book because you'll get so much more out of this book if you do.

This book continues Clara's journey as she tries to find out about her past and who she really is. I feel Clara shines so much in this book. I fell in love with her during the first book but fell even more in love with her. Linton has created such a fantastic world filled with adventure, magic,
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Jonah
Feb 20, 2016 added it
Shelves: for-work, fantasy, ya-na
A great book. Fast paced, action-packed, and filled with intense, well-imagined characters and some swoon-worthy romances and unrequited love. The cherry on the top is the quiet, kick-butt-take-names protagonist, Clara who makes her first appearance in the prior book of the series. These could be read as standalones since the antagonist in each book is different, but the story about the antagonists and their reasoning is explained more thoroughly if read as a pair, which I'd recommend. The endin ...more
Teri
Apr 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
I liked the first book and yes they can be read as a stand a lone but then you would cheat yourself of the background of how Clara got to where she is I loved this one because throughout Clara shows she is strong and resilient and yes stubborn. The intrigue and action has Clara right in the midst of it all and finding out who she really is. The story line is strong as the characters and you find yourself lost in the story until the very last page. I want more!
Vickie Raynor
May 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The adventure continued in this sequel to Clara. This book was amazing! The fight scenes and the display of magic was off the charts exciting. The characters really came to life for me in this addition. Clara and Simmering and the rest of the people were spot on! Provided by Raven PA Booktours in exchange for an honest review.
Shelly
Apr 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This second book is just as great as the first. With the complex characters and fast paced storyline. This time we get more into some of the people's lives after the first book. Clara is wanting to find out about who she is and is feeling like she can't help the King. I'm hoping their are more in this series. Must read book
Sharon
Jun 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Magic and adventure from start to end

What an absolutely wonderful world and characters that Suzanna J Linton has created again in this book
I really like the Aerials especially Niall and hope that there will be more to the series in the future
Gay
Apr 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Awesome book! Unrequited love, intrigue, espionage, and magic abound. It kept me on the edge of my seat. Great job Ms. Linton!
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Suzanna J. Linton grew up in rural Orangeburg County. At age eight, she tried to read The Secret Garden by herself. After following her mother around for a day, asking questions about the Yorkshire accent, she gave up, but that didn't deter her in developing a deep appreciation for books and the worlds to which they open. A few years later, she wrote her first poem, which eventually led her to try ...more

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