Thursday, January 31, 2013

Giveaway and Review: The Black Shard by Victoria Simcox

About the book:

The Black Shard by Victoria Simcox

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.

My review:

The Black Shard by Victoria Simcox continues the story of Kristina and the magical land of Bernovem. Kristina is now 15 and the awful Hester and Davina are still tormenting her. The girls have completely forgotten their time together and gang up on Kristina while at summer camp. A prank sends the three of them, literally, rolling back into Bernovem and Kristina and Werrien find themselves on another thrilling adventure.

Kristina is thrilled to be back in Bernovem with her friends, including Raymond, Clover, Looper and Ugan. She soon learns, however, that everything is not exactly as it seems when she begins to feel ill and is plagued by visions of an old hag. What is worse is that everyone around her seems completely unaware that anything is wrong.

The story is action packed from the get go and ends with a cliffhanger, leaving the reader anxiously waiting for the third book. The Black Shard is listed as a middle grade read but readers of any age will enjoy this exciting adventure. Readers who enjoy a little romance with their action will also enjoy watching the sweet relationship between Kristina and Werrien unfold. I would suggest reading the Magic Warble first as the story in the second book will be much easier to understand.

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