The Mirror of N'De

Monday, December 17, 2012
The Being (it seemed wrong to call him a creature) stepped closer, his eyes liquid and warm. “Choose me as I have chosen you, and I will give you all your heart desires.” What did he mean? She wanted desperately to please him, but how? And why would he choose her? No one like this, so beautiful and perfect, would ever wish to know a lowly girl like her. He seemed to see her doubt, for his eyes turned silvery with tears, and his image began to fade. “No, please! Don’t leave me!” His voice now came to her as a whisper. “There is a key that will bring you to me, but you must first take hold of it.”

Book: The Mirror of N'de: A Novel by L.K. Malone, Kregal Publications, 2011

Genre: Allegory
Target Audience: Girls 14+
Subjects: Salvation, truth, pride, judgment
Summary: As children sleep at night, they dream of a Being, someone wonderful and great. And they dream of N’De, the land spoken of in the legend taught to children of the Ramash. Hadlay is one such dreamer. Time and time again, the Being appears in her sleep and tells her to seek the key. But during the day things are much different. The Oresed rule over them in the Emperor’s absence, a cruel, torturous rule. Then the Emperor himself returns, along with his son. Great things are promised. Equality among the Ramash and Oresed. Ways for the poor to be free of the tax burden placed on them. Ramash children chosen to serve in the tower. Hadlay is one of the children chosen and in fact is chosen specifically by the Emperor’s son to be his friend. He personally assists her when the Oresed attempt to torment her and promises great help to her, her family and her friends. But her dreams tell her she is getting farther away from the key, rather than closer to it. What is this elusive key and how does she find it?
Notes: Written as an allegory, this book tells the story of a Being who created the world, loved those in it, sent them away from their perfect home when they sinned, and who even now seeks a way to bring them back to Him and willingly gives His life in payment for them. At the same time it feels like a mix between fantasy with all the magic occurring in it, and a medieval story with the characters working in all the rooms of the tower made to sound like a sort of castle. It does an excellent job showing how hard it is to find the Kingdom of Heaven. The characters start to believe that the evil one, is actually the great Being. They start to wonder if the tower could be N’De. The truth is polished over so it looks appealing and attractive to them, hiding the evil darkness behind it. It shows how hard it is for a person to follow truth and the sacrifices that come from it. I highly recommend this allegory for showing a picture of the Gospel message!
Spiritual Content Recommendation Scale:5/5
Reviewer: J:-)mi

Matthew 16:19 – I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.


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