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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 9 May 2013
This story is so good that I asked my wife for help in writing this review. After all, she found the book and we read it aloud together.

LAKE CAERWYCH, by J. Conrad, is an enchanting tale about the friendship of a pair of fourteen-year-old girls, Briget and Celena who attend the same high school in St. Louis. Their compatability is so strong that they feel as if they have known each other forever. The first magic introduced in the story is the magic of friendship and the author creates it by the thoughtful development of the characters.The teenage dialog is very believable (and appropriate for young ladies).

One afternoon, the girls go shopping in an obscure jewelry store by the waterfront; Bridget finds and buys an old necklace with a medallion of Celtic/Welsh origin. They do some serious research to find out the artifacts history. It eventually leads them on a summer journey to Snowdonia in Wales. The magic gets serious when they embark on an adventure where they discover a circle of megalithic standing stones, and once they enter the circle with the necklace.... Sorry, I got carried away again, magic does that to me. Read the story yourself and feel the magic
as Bridget and Celena learn that their friendship has literally survived the test of time.

Here is a quote from Chapter Seven that I believe creates magic with intrigue:
"It was as though a veil fashioned of secrets, mysteries and unknowable things shrouded the very space around the megaliths."

LAKE CAERWYCH is crafted well. Excellent chapter construction; each reads like a complete episode. The description of the Welsh countryside, its inhabitants, and events is vivid, in both the past and present. Good editing and a fluid style of prose makes it easy and enjoyable to read. I would recommend LAKE CAERWYCH to anyone that loves good fantasy and the magic of friendship.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 1 April 2013
At first I didn't like how the book was written: At first it seemed written too plainly, skip to the point to quickly, explain too much and it seemed to have all the notes a writer often keep to themselves jolted down into the book. For example a long description on how the two main characters, Bridget and Celina, felt about one another. But, I could accept how it was written. We are all different after all, and I am sure many had none of my issues!

The texts began simple, I wasn't swept into the story by a complete stranger, describing the surroundings as it went on. Nor was I to get to know the characters slowly as the mystery of the story unfolded. Instead I was directly put on the story's doorstep, invited in and presented to every character like... well, an open book.

The mystery in the story doesn't lie in how the style the author choose to write it in, the mystery is in the pure brilliance of J. Conrad's plot line and research. The story IS just amazing and truly comes alive when you read it!

The book had everything I could possibly want in a story. Not just one but two heroins, suspense, surprise, and much, much more.

I started reading this book and I simply couldn't put it down!

I myself am of a pair of Bridget and Celina's. Me and my "like-sisters friend" grew up together and the shared calling of ours are writing, drawing, fantasy books and the Celts. How I wished we had read Lake Chaerwych when we were 14 years old!

Am so looking forward to the next book!! Will definitely recommend this book!

Kindest regards,
CJ Westberg
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This first book of The Copper & Cobalt Trilogy pitches the two main characters, Bridget and Celina, into an adventure that is both imaginative and exciting. Following their instincts and innermost feelings, they embark on a mission to uncover the mystery of an ancient necklace. Why do the two girls feel such a bond for one another? And why are they drawn so powerfully to the area around Llyn Caerwych in North Wales?

This novel has a strong story line that takes the reader along with the girls to a time in the past when their friendship was just as close as it is today. The portrayal of the action scenes is excellent and the narrative proceeds at a pace that keeps the reader engaged. Aimed at young adults, Lake Caerwych includes a helpful glossary, which will assist readers on both sides of the Atlantic to fully appreciate and enjoy this work. And the ending leaves us wanting to know what happens to Bridget and Celina in the next book of the trilogy. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fantasy novels - it's a good read.

[Bought as an eBook from Amazon UK Kindle Store]
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 8 August 2013
Sometimes you just want something to read that carries you along without much effort. As a wise person once said, the ease of reading is inversely proportional to the ease of writing, and this is a very easy, and engaging, book to read. I lost an entire night's sleep to find out what happened. Good job I was on holiday!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 3 October 2012
Well drafted fantasy fiction with almost druidic influence, the timeless relationships are written with skill and subtlety, dark in some respects and well paced. The characterisation is layered and deftly created. Aimed at a young adult readership, but open to appreciation also by an older audience, the 'Welshness' is well structured, and the glossery is a plus. The ending is open for sequel and advancement. Good read fr5om a first time author. Impressed.
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on 17 May 2014
Bridget and Celena are best friends in a Missouri High School. They feel like they have known each other before and fall into step with each others likes, dislikes and comfort even though they have only known each other for a few months. One day on a trip to downtown looking for some more of their signature blended Goth jewelry Bridget finds a medallion that triggers things in them both. A painting Celena makes from an image in her head helps them focus their quest for answers on a bucolic portion of Wales.

This is a great young adult novel and there is a sequel out call The Space Between Worlds. There is some violence during paranormal trips and the reader should be prepared to experience some pre-historic brutality. There is some confusion in the history blending of the background between what might have been considered before Christ agrarian society in Wales versus post Roman exodus around the end of the first millennia. If you can avoid being hung up by such things you will enjoy this adventure for the story and high quality of editing.

Four out of five enjoyment units are thus awarded to you J. Conrad. Well played.
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on 18 February 2013
Bridget and Celina are 14 year old American girls who follow their intuition to befriend each other, an ancient necklace, and amazing adventure in Wales. They both have a sense of having known each other before, dreams and memories help them put two and two together and they feel they must get to Wales to find out what is happening to them.

I liked the way the author's writing grew in confidence (I believe this is her first book) as the book progressed and for me the story really kicks off when the girls arrive in Wales. What takes place here had me gripped, I actually read until 2:20am in the morning! I'm glad I have the second part of the trilogy in my Kindle because I really want to find out what happens next
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on 28 December 2014
Utterly ridiculous, poorly written and even more poorly researched.

As a welsh speaking archaeologist this is probably one of the most preposterous books I've come across. Only got as far as the first few chapters before I had to give up so I cannot comment too much on the plot. However so far the two main characters were vacuous, shallow, and utterly self centred and the basic premise of finding a historic artefact in a mysterious shop lacked imagination or credulity.

Note to the author - just because you can use google translate does not mean you can speak welsh - all the subtlety of the language has been lost
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on 24 April 2015
Congratulations to the author for setting her book in 'a far-off foreign land!' An imaginative plot with many twists & turns that the reader never anticipates. The two main characters have such distinctive personalities that we care about them - particularly when they're threatened. Well researched - though emphasis on the chilly/atmospheric weather conditions of this rugged landscape might have helped a little perhaps? Without doubt, a book for those who enjoy fantasy novels!
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on 2 July 2014
A good exciting read and well written. The uncanny friendships and bond between Selina and Bridget is felt immediately. From the time they find the necklace and go on their jaunt to Wales, it really revs up: the sleep walking; the time travel where they experience death and go back for more, has you biting your nails. To find out what happens to these pair, I'll have to wait for the sequel.
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