Fable by Lisa Fender and Toni Burns

Fable: Book 1 of the Lorn Prophecy (Volume 1) by Lisa Fender and Toni BurnsImagine two dimensions sharing one world. At one time in the far-away past, the world was shared by both populations, but one took the road of science and technology while the other held tightly to the natural order of the elements. With the help of the elements and magic, a portal to another dimension was created and the Djen left and soon their very existence was remembered only through myth and legends about genies, elves and fairies.

The life of the Djen should have been idyllic as they lived in concert with earth, air, wind and fire, but a rebellion was fermented by those known as the elves of lore. As the rebellion grew, wars and raids took their toll until there were no living Guardians left and a threat arose to the very existence of both dimensions. But there is a secret known to only a few Djen-–there is one last living Guardian, hidden away in the other dimension and soon to come of age and her powers. And this Guardian may be the one prophesied by Lorn, born to save them all.

Stevie thinks of herself as a normal teenager, with a loving mother, a dog, and two best friends. Soon she will be graduating from high school and is feeling a bit adrift as she has no solid plans for her future. A series of frightening events occur that throw her normal life into chaos. Her birthmark begins to grow and glow, taking on a new shape in agonizing bursts. Her mother is attacked at work by strangely-garbed thugs and Stevie feels as though she is being constantly watched.

As it turns out, she is being watched over by Colton, who has patiently watched her grow for eighteen years, waiting for the moment that she is ready to take her place as Guardian and to take him into her heart. But there are others searching for her, and he has to be vigilant to ensure that she remain hidden, and if found, that she survives. The fate of the world and the two civilizations that share it are at stake. Stevie will have to give up all to save any of it.

Fable is book one of the Lorn Prophecy. It is a new take on old myths with a fascinating premise and intriguing, well-thought-out characters. The authors do an excellent job of world-building, complicated by the challenge of creating two worlds in one. They also do an outstanding job blending Fantasy and Urban Fantasy and really break new ground.

The fantasy dimension of the Djen is written in a lyrical, flowing manner that one expects of fantasy. Steve’s modern world is edgier, raw and fast-moving as one expects in Urban Fantasy. The transition between the two styles can be a bit jarring for the reader as the tale moves back and forth between the two and that sensation beautifully solidifies the atmosphere and challenges for the characters as they make the transitions. This first book in the series absolutely hooked me.

Book Stats:

  • Paperback: 442 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (May 13, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1484143515
  • ISBN-13: 978-1484143513

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Books in the the Lorn Prophecy series in the order they should be read:
Fable

Imagine two dimensions sharing one world. At one time in the far-away past, the world was shared by both populations, but one took the road of science and technology while the other held tightly to the natural order of the elements. With the help of the elements and magic, a portal to another dimension was …

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Summary : Fable is Book One of the Lorn Prophecy. It is a new take on old myths with a fascinating premise and intriguing, well-thought-out characters. The authors do an excellent job of world-building, complicated by the challenge of creating two worlds in one. They also do an outstanding job blending Fantasy and Urban Fantasy and really break new ground.

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Storm Reyes has been reading paranormal, science fiction and fantasy books for over 50 years and writing reviews for 3 years. She recently retired from her position as Executive Assistant for the Pierce County Library System and now spends her time doing whatever the heck she wants to do. She's a Puyallup Indian, living on an urban reservation and so has the best of both worlds. Storm also spent 40 years as a human rights activist and public speaker. Her future plans include learning Tai Chi and making a dent in her stack of books to-be-read.

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  1. Thank you so much Storm for your wonderful and detailed review of our book! This means so much to me and I appreciate you!! Thank you, Thank you!!

  2. Lisa and Toni have started off a true fantasy epic with the publication of Fable. The review makes a point of stressing the “two styles” of fantasy writing, urban and general, and it’s unusual to see them blended as well in a single epic as I’ve seen in the first two books of the Lorn Prophecy. Very much looking forward to seeing how the initial segment of the series culminates in the third tale that’s currently in production, and looking forward even more to seeing where the authors go from there in the rich world that they’re sculpting!

    - MJM

  3. Absolutely spot on review! Thank you for eloquently describing the beautiful yet discordant coexistence of these worlds.

  4. Lisa, this is one of those times when I can sincerely say ‘it was my pleasure’ writing the review. :)