Lisen of Solsta

Young Adult - Sci-Fi
316 Pages
Reviewed on 04/08/2013
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Author Biography

D. Hart St. Martin (her real name, honest) opened her eyes to life in La Jolla, California during the baby boom. She grew up in the Los Angeles suburb of Pomona where she served as editor of her high school yearbook. She also played the grandfather (gender switched to grandmother) in "Guys and Dolls" as there were barely enough "guys" for Nathan Detroit's band of merry thugs. Throughout high school, she and her best friend constantly made up stories and sometimes even wrote them down. In her late twenties, she devoted three years to writing the very first draft of her very first book. She continued to write, finishing what was then a very different trilogy from today's version as well as working on a rock-and-roll Faust which she hopes to rework and publish one day. Now, thirty-five years later, she has published "Fractured," volume 1 of the "Lisen of Solsta" trilogy. "Tainted," the second volume, is due out in 2014.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite

Lisen Holt’s quintessential life as a seventeen year old teenager from Woodland Hills abruptly changed when a strange monk-like woman abducted her. Now she has to deal with a foreign world of Garla – her original world, her real home. But Lisen doesn’t feel that way, even when she gains back her old memories and her true identity as Lisen of Solsta. Lisen has enough on her plate with the mind-blowing turn of events, but clearly Eloise, the hermit that took her in the first place, has different ideas. Lisen of Solsta has to deal with a bigger destiny.

"Fractured" is one of the best fantasy books I have read so far and I feel absolutely fortunate to find this book. D. Hart St. Martin is my new favorite author. Lisen Holt is no damsel in distress. She is a bright, brave young woman with a wry sense of humor, dragged from one world to another to confront her destiny. This is refreshing and inspiring for a female reader like me, and tagging along in her quest is truly a blast. The other characters – Eloise, Titus, Flandari – are amazingly developed characters, each having his or her own pertinent place in the story. The enchanting fantasy world of Garla is believable and well-written. Imagining the story is delightfully easy, like watching a film. Not to mention the marsupial-like body; a funny and somewhat gimmicky human anatomy's revision that works for the story.