The Forgotten Locket by Lisa Mangum

Posted August 22, 2011 | 2 Comments

The Forgotten Locket by Lisa MangumThe Forgotten Locket
Author: Lisa Mangum
Series: Hourglass Door #3
Published by: Shadow Mountain
Publication Date: May 30, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 368
Source: Won

The only way to rescue the future is to alter the past.

When Abby stepped through the hourglass door, leaving her beloved Dante blind and bleeding on the other side, it was in full faith that she could find a way to repair the damage to the river of time and restore him—as well as her family. It was a desperate chance that seemed worth taking.

But Zo had other plans.

Now Abby is trapped in a full-fledged battle for her own mind and life and heart. Even worse, Zo's evil intent reaches beyond simple revenge against her and Dante. The whole world is in danger of collapsing unless Abby can summon her courage and undertake a journey that will lead her beyond the origins of the hourglass door.

The Forgotten Locket is the final book in The Hourglass Trilogy.  Instead of having to wait a year between each book, I was able to read all three in the span of three months, so my memory of the books were still fresh.  After reading The Spiral Staircase (book two), I was hoping the Author would pull everything together in this one, and she pretty much did.

I don’t think I could say that I liked this book better than the first two.  Honestly, the second book is the best in the trilogy, in my opinion.  Mangum writes beautifully, and I love the use of songs and poems in the book, but it seemed like the majority of the book was filler.  It just kept going on and on with Dante and Abby saving each other – back and forth.  It wasn’t until maybe the last 6 or 7 chapters that it actually got to the point of why they were there (I won’t say exactly where).

Even though everything connected to the first and second book, there was something that was never really explained.  I wanted to know who Sofia was so badly, because she was mentioned a few times mysteriously in the first two books.  When she was mentioned in this book, I thought finally it will be explained, but no… all I got was an indication of who it might be and then they shrugged it off.  AND if it’s who they kind of suggested it could be, then that doesn’t even make sense with what was said in the first two books.  That kind of stuff annoys me.

Something I really liked about the book was how all the characters who went through the hourglass door had their own unique abilities.  For instance Abby could speak the language of time, Dante could see the future in the river of time, and Valerie had the ability to see how peoples’ stories would play out depending on the choices they make.  Valerie was my favorite character – what can I say, I like them a little crazy.  I also love how Orlando refuses to make wishes because he feels like they are just reminders of what you don’t have.

So… I liked the book because it ended the story and brought closure to the first two books, except for the blasted Sofia issue.  As for the trilogy, overall… it was pretty good.  I’m glad I read them.


2 responses to “The Forgotten Locket by Lisa Mangum

  1. Great review. I have been toying with the idea of reading this trilogy. I think I am going to.

    AND you should motivate yourself and read Goddess Test, just be forewarned its a lil silly and unrealistic in the begining but the characters start to grow on you and you get over it.

  2. Yeah, you should read it. Magnum does write beautifully, but sometimes I just want the story to get to the point. Still a good read though.

    I probably will read Goddess Test, but just not very soon. I don't mind silly and unrealistic …. most of the time ;D

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