Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The Black Shard/A book review

Last February I posted a review of a young adult fantasy fiction book by Victoria Simcox, called The Magic Warble.  (click here to go back and check out that review)  I really enjoyed that read, so when Victoria contacted me and asked me to review the next in the series, I jumped at the chance!
                         ( click here to see how to order both books!)

Although the story could stand alone, I would recommend reading The Magic Warble first.  This story in the Black Shard takes place three years later when the main character, Kristina, is 15.  

At a summer horse camp with her two nemeses, Davina and Hester, a fall from a horse sends Kristena tumbling down a slope and back to Bernovem, the land of talking animals, fairies, dwarfs, gnomes and the handsome teenage prince, Werrien, on whom she had a crush when she was 12 and he was 14.  He, too, is  now older; he's 17 and even more handsome than she remembered.

Kristina would be happy to be reunited with Werrien, but for the fact that Davina and Hester are also in Bernovem.  Prince Werrien invites the three of them to sail to his homeland Tezerel, and the real adventure begins.  Of course, their are complications:  an evil Queen, a magical stone (the black shard), a deadly plague, a haunting old hag, and characters who are not what they seem.  

Once again, I was drawn into the story and captivated by the fantasy world that Simcox weaves.  The story is exciting and enthralling.  And there is just a little romance.  Kristina's strength and endurance are put to the test and when the story ended, I wanted more!  And the door is definitely left open for the next book!

Both books are available through Amazon by clicking on the links above or below, and both would make excellent Christmas gifts for the young readers on your list!  I gave The Magic Warble to my 10 year old grandson last year, and when I told him I had the sequel a few days ago, he asked if he could have it after I finished with it; what more of an endorsement could you ask for than that!



Kelley said...

That sounds like an interesting book! I love to read. I need to put this on my Christmas list. :)

River said...

These stories sound perfect for 10-12 year olds. I may get them and put them aside for when my youngest grand daughter reaches that age.

Brian Miller said... son would probably love this...will check it out...

Emily said...

Thanks for the review. You know a book is good when you want more after you've read the last page.

I know a few kids that would love this series.

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Terri Sonoda said...

Awesome book review! You certainly have a knack for reviewing. Makes me want to read this book and it's not even the type of book I would normally read. Nice job Eva!

Sue said...

This sounds like a lot of magical fun. My grandkids would love it. (And I could read it first...)


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