BOOK REVIEW: Amid Wind and Stone by Nicole Luiken



Title: Amid Wind & Stone

Series: Otherselves #2

Author: Nicole Luiken

Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC

Publication Date: March 7, 2016

Format: E-book

Number of Pages: 357






“Behind the mirror lies your otherself…


There is one True World, and then there are the four Mirror Worlds: Fire, Water, Air, and Stone.


Audrey and Dorotea are “otherselves” – twin copies of each other who live on different Mirror Worlds.


On Air, Audrey has the ability to communicate with wind spirits. As war looms, she’s torn between loyalty to her country and her feelings for a roguish phantom who may be a dangerous spy.


Blackouts and earthquakes threaten the few remaining humans on Stone, who have been forced to live underground. To save her injured sister, Dorotea breaks taboo and releases an imprisoned gargoyle. Brooding, sensitive Jasper makes her wonder if gargoyles are truly traitors, as she’s always been told.


Unbeknownst to them, they both face the same enemy – an evil sorceress bent on shattering all the Mirror Worlds.”




My thoughts:


*Review contains spoilers.

I am a great fan of fantasy and I know that this book was just really made for me! It was definitely a fun fantasy ride! No doubt Amid Wind and Stone deserves a solid 5 stars.

Amid Wind and Stone is the book two of the Otherselves series by Nicole Lukein. Yes BOOK TWO, and I haven’t read the book one yet. It is so annoying reading the book two without reading the book one yet but the good thing here is, this book is a stand alone. The beginning of the book may just leave some questions inside your head but the ending will definitely not leave you hanging.

It is written on third person’s POV.

Dorotea from the Stone World did a terrible mistake that caused danger not only to her life but also to her whole entire world for the sake of saving her little step sister’s life who is in a state of coma. Dorotea is a loving and caring step sister and daughter. She is willing to do and gamble everything just for the sake of her family specially her little step sister Marta. But despite of that, Dorotea has the tendency to be cruel and merciless.

Audrey from the Air World accidentally ruined his brother’s life just because she wanted to help and have a little fun or escapade. Audrey is expected to be prim and proper. But Audrey is boyish and a great craver of adventure which is not quite suitable for a young lady like her especially that her father, The Admiral, strongly disapproves it. Audrey is strong and brave like a man.

The book two of Otherselves series is more focused on the Wind and Air World still with Leah on the Fire and Holly on the Water.
The characters of this book has a strong voice. The changing of worlds and the differentiation of the four main characters are so good. They can be perfectly and easily distinguished from each other. Each is unique and flawlessly written and separated from each other.


”I don’t want money or baubles.” His voice dropped. “I want another kiss.”
”A kiss?” she squeaked.
“Yes. A kiss from you is worth more than a few measly old diamonds.”

I really love the romance in this book. It always makes my heart beats faster. It is just mild and perfect for the young adults. Surely every girl out there will dream of having such a love story like theirs.

Dorotea and Red Jasper, Audrey and The Phantom, both pairs has a unique way of making and telling their own true love stories.

And the way Nicole Lukein created the new worlds was splendid. The building of worlds are so intense. It will really drag you into it. And honestly speaking, I haven’t seen any other fictional worlds yet that is well built and established just like Nicole Lukein did. There is nothing wrong I can see. All I can see is pure perfection and a whole completely different world . It is as if I was being transported into some new, completely strange place.


”All right,” she said faintly. Was this really happening?”


Ugh. WAS THIS REALLY HAPPENING? I really don’t know what to say about how this book has ended. It was so unfair. I love it and hate it at the same time. I love it and I’m happy for both Stone and Air World.

But what about Leah in the Fire World? WHY? Why did Leah have to be there? To be left alone? Sure, the Mirror Worlds are safe. But still..


”Nevertheless, she wrapped herself in a blanket and sat on the bed. She felt closer to Gideon here.”

Why did Leah have to be there alone, longing for his dead soul mate?

Everybody is happy, I know Leah also feels the same way. But deep inside, I also know that she’s not. Being left alone in a dead and burning world will never ever make you truly happy, right?

Everything that happened just made me crave for book three even more.

There is nothing that I hated or disliked about this book but except for one. Dorotea. She is so annoying. Yes, Dorotea loves her family so much and she is so loving and caring but she is also so impulsive. And I really hate the part where she ordered a gargoyle to die which happened to be her only formidable ally at that time. Sometimes, she forgets how to use her brain first. Or sometimes she’s just using her brain without even considering her heart.

I love reading this book and I really didn’t wish for it to have an end. I just couldn’t say anything bad and wrong about this book. There is nothing I could say. This book literally made me gasping for air like for so many times. I’m so happy that it still had another one.

I really hate reading the first book for the first time after reading the middle book/s in the series but I badly need to read Through Fire and Sea!

This book is just perfect for fantasy readers like me.






5 of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐




About the author:




Nicole Luiken wrote her first book at 13 and was published at 16. She lives with her family in Edmonton. It is impossible for her to go more than three days in a row without writing.




Find her on:


Twitter: @NicoleLuiken







Thank you!

-Karina 😊

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