Review: The Mirage by C. Warner-Thompson
Today, on Out of Control Characters, we welcome again C. Warner-Thompson with a review of her book, The Mirage.
Clemy was born in the UK in 1991 where she still lives, growing up alongside one younger and three older brothers.
Books and writing was an interest that she began to develop from the first years of secondary school, and on her thirteenth birthday, she began to plan and design the idea to write a fantasy novel. She finished secondary school with high GCSE's and then went on into further education to study English and all aspects of art and design. After six years of writing, planning and overall editing of the book, it was successfully completed, containing over 82,000 words, and self published in the first week of 2011.
With high expectations in herself, she immediately began to write a second novel in the series, while keeping her art and design a part of the process. The achievement of completing the first novel 'Purest Light,' allowed the ideas of the second to flow much easier and it was completed by early 2012. As she was writing the third and final book, New Beginnings, at the same time, the series was finished by its publication in 2013.
Writing is now a part of her every day life and she has now started her newest project, The Mirage, which is book two of three.
Abbii and her friends return with more danger, more intrigue, and a quest that might or might now tear them apart forever. The second challenge between the Light and the Shadow delves deeper into this group of people, and the reason Abbii is as she is. The choice she must make pits Abbii against those she's never fully trusted and might ally her with those she's always feared.
C. Warner-Thompson pulls the reader into the second installment of this series with an intriguing and impossible mission. Failure means the end of their world, and Warner-Thompson handles the complexities with ease. She sets up the situations, allows the despair to take over, and then pulls almost everyone out. There are disagreements, but don't those exist in real life. No plan ever goes off perfectly, and Warner-Thompson manages to extract every bit of strength and dread from her characters as they move along their set path.
The ending of this novel left me panting for more. I definitely will look for a third installment, and recommend this book for all who enjoy fantasy and paranormal books.
Tears started to fall from Abbii’s eyes as images of Shadows entered her mind. It was as if she was having a vision. Pain and emotion flowed through her at a hasty pace, but without the use of her powers, she had no control over her own emotions. Darkness was all that she could see inside of her mind. For the first time since her powers had formed, she felt helpless, alone. Jake and Nate had both left her side.
Abbii. The voice was delicate, cutting through the Darkness.
Opening her eyes as she lifted her head, Abbii felt her heartbeat began to calm.
Your friends need you.
She didn’t recognise the voice, but that was due to a slight humming which radiated through its tone. Abbii leaned her head against the wall as a small flicker of light sparked ahead of her.
Darkness feeds on your fear. You don’t need to be afraid. Come, help those in need of you.
Abbii watched as the spark of light created a hazy figure. It had no features, except a thin light which mapped out its shape. A hand extended from it, with each finger clearly made up of light.
I have faith in you. Strength comes from the heart.
Forgetting all traces of fear, Abbii extended her arm and took hold of the figure’s hand. She was pulled to her feet by a rush of energised air. The light and all evidence of the figure faded.