Author: Victoria Simcox
Publisher: Two Harbors Press
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Review Copy: e-book received in giveaway sponsored by author.
All opinions expressed are solely my own.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Kristina's stay at
summer horse camp is horrible to say the least, and it's all because
Hester and Davina are there as well, making her life miserable. When
Hester's cruel prank goes terribly wrong, it's actually what sends the
three girls back to the magical land of Bernovem. In Bernovem, Kristina
is very excited to see her former friend, Prince Werrien. When he
invites her to sail with him on his ship to his homeland Tezerel,
putting it simply, Kristina can't refuse. Reunited with her gnome,
dwarf, animal, fairy friends ... and best of all, Werrien, things seem
like they couldn't get any better for Kristina. But when Werrien becomes
fascinated with an unusual seeing stone, the "Black Shard," Kristina is
haunted by a ghostlike old hag. Struggling against suspicion, guilt,
illness, and ultimately the one who wants to possess her soul, Kristina
will see it's in her weakest moment that she will encounter more
strength than she has ever known.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
There are plenty of twists and lots of fun characters. I especially like the talking animals. The characters are diverse enough to be interesting with enough depth for me to care about them and their choices both good and bad. Like many fantasies there is plenty of magic, good and bad to go around, but it felt like a fresh take on the fantasy quest standard plotline. I recommend this book for middle grade readers who enjoy a good fantasy quest with plenty of challenges for our heroes to face, including their own weaknesses. Note: It's clear that this is not the end of the story, like many second books there are a lot of questions left unanswered.
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