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Laporta, Mark. Mirror at the Heart of Time: The Changing Hearts of Ixdahan Daherek, Book 3.

4Q * 4P * S

Laporta, Mark. Mirror at the Heart of Time: The Changing Hearts of Ixdahan Daherek, Book 3. Chickadee Press, 2017. 21 Op. $12.99 Trade pb. 978-0-9913274-8-5.

In this concluding volume in the series, Ixdahan Daharek has gone from a spoiled son of a Snaidrialooran aristocrat to the inadvertent defender of his exiled home of Earth to an equally inadvertent savior of the Seven Galaxies to an incorporeal being with powers beyond imagination. Throughout this time, he has found himself increasingly devoted to Lena Grabrilowicz, an Earth teenager who first helped him adjust to that most horrifying experience: high school. Now, Ixdahan and Lena must face their greatest challenge yet: a race of fanatical Zoktylese, dedicated to manipulating time and space in order to bring their miracle diet to the Universe. Will Ixdahan and Lena save the galaxy yet again? Will they be able to resolve their feelings towards each other? Will they discover the secrets behind the "Multisense," a mysterious, multiversal being whose aspects have come into this universe?

This is the third book in a series, and while the author provides a basic background at the beginning of the story, it is best read by those familiar with the previous installments. The book is told from several alternating perspectives, ranging from Ixdahan and Lena to various Zoktylese to the aspects of the Multisense. While this provides for a broad scope of the action, it could be confusing to some readers. The characters are well created and as plausible as possible given the setting. The writing shows a subtle sense of humor that will generate chuckles from many readers. Laporta deals with issues of responsibility, romance, and the uncovering of falsehoods. This would be a fine addition to many high school libraries, especially those that have the previous installments. --Jonathan Ryder.

Mirror at the Heart of Time is a bit difficult to understand at times due to heavy science-fiction lingo that had already been established in the earlier volumes. It does catapult the reader into their world of intergalactic space war and crime, however, while maintaining a light-hearted, simple story and tone. Ixdahan is relatable to teens for his internal conflicts, particularly those pertaining to Lena, his forbidden human love. Overall, this book is good, and it contains mildly suggestive themes and some difficult language. 3Q, 4P. --Lucero Rios, Teen Reviewer.

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Author:Ryder, Jonathan; Rios, Lucero
Publication:Voice of Youth Advocates
Article Type:Book review
Date:Jun 1, 2017
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