Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The Black Shard by Victoria Simcox...Review!

This past summer I had the pleasure of being introduced the very talented author Victoria Simcox.  I was able to review her first book targeted to children aged 9-13 called The Magic Warble.  It was a delightful trip to a fantasy world that I would have ADORED as a youngster and enjoyed even as an adult.  When Ms. Simcox told me she had her sequel to The Magic Warble coming out I was so happy when she offered to let me review it.  Here is the scoop on the newly released sequal to The Magic Warble, The Black Shard...

The Black Shard, Victoria Simcox’s fast-paced, intricately woven sequel to The Magic Warble, takes Kristina Kingsly and her schoolmates back to Bernovem … and into a thrilling, often dangerous adventure.

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.

The Black Shard is a wonderful follow-up to The Magic Warble.  Once again, Ms. Simcox know just what to do to keep tweens and teens (and this Mom!) interested.  She writes with incredible imagination while keeping the characters relatable.  This is a fantasy sort of book however the focus is still on real life issues and emotions.  I love that!  I think Victoria Simcox has a true gift for writing and has her finger on the pulse of what kids would like to read these days.  In this age of screen time, I think it is a treasure to find a book that has the excitment and magic to transport children away to a fantasy world and Simcox does this perfectly.  Keep the tween and teen in your life reading and pick up a copy of The Black Shard today on Amazon...

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