The Black Shard by Victoria Simcox with a SIGNED giveaway!

As if Summer for a girl without many friends is not hard enough, Kristina’s parents are thrilled when Hester’s parents invite Kristina along to spend time at their horse camp.  Yes, Kristina adores horses… but everyone seems to not be getting the clue to is that Kristina and Hester pretty much loathe each other.

When a cruel prank goes wrong… Kristina finds that somehow she has found her way back to Bernovem, the magic land she has experienced before but was beginning to think that perhaps it had all been a dream.  Her friend, Prince Werrian is there to take her hand and show her around and when a chance to sail with Werrian to his homeland of Tezeral, Kristina thinks maybe this summer will not be so bad after all…

 

 

It has been over two years since I read The Magic Warble, the first book in this series.  I remember I was excited by Victoria Simcox’s writing and enjoyed her book very much.  When Victoria contacted me to read this second book I immediately said yes. 

There are several things I like about this book.  One is that immediately I get a sense of Narnia.  What I mean is I get that “other world” experience as Kristina and Werrian connect again to share an adventure.  Werrian is very “Prince Caspianish” and that.. is a good thing.  :D  I also enjoyed the story behind the Black Shard, a mysterious stone that gives off images of things happening in other places… And of course I am a sucker for the talking horses, mice, dogs and more that make this an overall delight to read. 

When I finally did get the time to sit down and read this book in the midst of the busy season, I only meant to read a little of the book.  What actually happened?  I sat down and read it from beginning to end in one sitting… finding no place safe in the book to stop reading as something was always happening ad I had to know why…

Why was Kristina constantly feeling ill?

Why was Hester so mean ALL THE TIME?

What was going to happen once they arrive in Tezerel?

WHAT is up with that crabby gnome Elzwur???

If you were ever a fan of Narnia, these books will take you back.  Be warned… I believe there is another book (there must be!) coming.  In the end – all is not resolved and while it was a fulfilling read… I find myself wondering excitedly what will happen next.

Author Victoria Simcox has graciously offered a signed copy of The Black Shard to be given to one of my readers!  Leave a comment here and you will be entered into the giveaway.  I will choose a winner later this week.

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The 2011 WHERE Are You Reading map has been updated to include The Black Shard

 

I received this book from the author

About Sheila (Book Journey)

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Posted on December 27, 2011, in Book Review and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 18 Comments.

  1. This sounds like an interesting series I am not familar with but will be looking for at my local library.

  2. This sounds intriguing! (And yay for no snow in MN :)

  3. sounds like a great book and great giveaway

  4. I would love a copy for my niece – after I read it first, of course. ;)

  5. I’m new to this series. I do love books that have you eagerly waiting for the next.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

  6. I still love the Narnia series.

  7. I would love to have a chance to read this book. Would love to read the first one as well. Love when a book takes you on a journey.

  8. I am going to be honest here. I have never read Narnia. *gasp* :) I am going to try and venture out into this genre of fantasy and give it a try. What better way than to win this book??????? :)

    Shannon

    http://extremereadingandwriting.wordpress.com/

  9. great giveaway

  10. I have the first book! Would love to win the second. :)

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