Inside the labyrinth, cruel Creators make their creations, known as Mahk, scrounge for food and water, mine obsidian for an unknown reason and treat them worse than wild animals.
Araina, the lead character in Emilyann Girdner's The Labyrinth Wall, is seventeen...or so she thinks. She doesn't know. She's solitary, finding friendship with a beautiful bird she named Blue, because she knows that other Mahk are ruthless and have to kill just to get enough to eat.
One day she runs into another Mahk named Darith and they witness a strange man coming through the Labyrinth wall like magic and they vow to find him and escape...even knew kills them.
What a book! The Labyrinth Wall is a fast read for upper-YA and older. Before I knew it, an hour and a half had passed and I'd gotten 300 pages into the book!
The story is straightforward, about captivity, survival and trust amongst the emotionally wounded. Mahk are almost slaves, browbeaten and starved. Creators are evil, but very complex. Each page brings about new information about the labyrinth and its inhabitants (aside from the Mahk...like the cannibalistic Nabal and the creepy canine-like man Sir Riddles).
The characters are all unique and each have their good and bad points, including our heroine, Araina, and the other Mahk she meets up with. Korun is kind with a strange healing ability, Soll is odd-looking but a great leader and little Keelie is too adorable for words.
There is violence, action, danger and vivid escape plans, making this a book that will tantalize your mind and hold you captive till its done.
This book is not just a journey to freedom, but an emotional journey teaching about trust, betrayal, survival, the brutality of people and, most of all, friendship. You don't have to be a teen to enjoy this! A wonderful book that will leave you wanting more!
5/5--A must-add for your TBR list!
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