Review: The Forgotten Locket by Lisa Mangum

28 Jun

The Forgotten Locket by Lisa Mangum
Shadow Mountain (June 9, 2011)
Hardback: $18.99
ISBN: 978-1-60908-049-5

There are spoilers included in the book’s blurb and the review posted below.

Favorite Lines: “Because the truth is I chose life–with all its unpredictability and impossibilities and messiness, and with all its joy and beauty and love. I chose you, Abby. I want to be where you are. I want to be by your side as your life unfolds.” (Withholding the page number to leave you in suspense. lol)The only way to rescue the future is to alter the past.

When Abby stepped through the hourglass door, leaving her beloved Dante blind and bleeding on the other side, it was in full faith that she could find a way to repair the damage to the river of time and restore him–as well as her family. It was a desperate chance that seemed worth taking.

But Zo had other plans.

Now Abby is trapped in a full-fledged battle for her own mind and life and heart. Even worse, Zo’s evil intent reaches beyond simple revenge against her and Dante. The whole world is in danger of collapsing unless Abby can summon her courage and undertake a journey that will lead her beyond the origins of the hourglass door.

The Forgotten Locket is the final book in Lisa Mangum’s Hourglass trilogy. If you haven’t read the first two books, do not attempt to start the series with this book.

At the end of book two, The Golden Spiral, Zo blinded Dante and Abby entered the hourglass door. The Forgotten Locket opens with a prologue told from a mystery man then Abby’s perspective while inside the time machine. Mangum manages to place a damp blanket over the reader’s senses while conveying each and every emotion felt inside the hourglass door. As the story progresses that blanket is lifted like the curtain on the final act of a great theatrical production.

The story features:  Abby the brilliant, caring and determined heroine who travels back in time to save her family and Dante. Dante is the wounded hero who is deeply in love with the heroine; he’s also known as the River Policeman. Abby’s damaged friend Valerie is a mentally ill oracle whose small moments of clarity are heartbreak worthy. Dante’s big brother Orlando plays a major role in this book. Finally, there is Zo the Pirate King/bad guy willing to destroy the world.

The lines are clearly drawn, Zo against the world. The menace pours off of Zo whenever he appears on the page. I dreaded his appearances so bad my stomach clenched whenever he entered a scene. He is a bully and the dark apparition who will destroy anyone or thing he cannot own. With him, it’s never a physical terror. What I mean is there was never any fear that Zo would bodily attack Abby. It was the apprehension of his ability to unravel and remake events that scared the crap out of me. I kept wondering what he was going to do next. Things would calm and then he’d pop up and destroy all he could.

The Forgotten Locket is a time traveling story about young lovers triumphing over evil. It is an arduous journey written around the idea that love will triumph over evil. It’s the conclusion to a well written series that has not received enough attention. (I seem to be stumbling on several good series lately.) It’s a complex, easy to read young adult series with no mention of sex.

My suggestion: Buy all three books and read them back to back. Each book gets better than the last and I am not disappointed with the ending to Abby and Dante’s story.

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