First Chapter Review: The Black Shard by Victoria Simcox


The first chapter of this tween fantasy novel was sent to me by the author Victoria Simcox.


BLURB: 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.

COVER: Love it. The covers for both novels in this series are exquisite. They speak to the genre, the characters, and the setting.

FIRST CHAPTER:  Stuck at a summer horse camp, Kristina is having a hard time dealing with Hester and Davina. The girls make her so miserable, she ends up wanting to leave camp. As she prepares to leave, she runs into Graham Kepler a kid she has known since kindergarten, who works at the camp.  Now she’s even more eager to leave.

KEEP READING:  You bet. Fantasy isn’t my favorite genre, but one of the great things about this series is Kristina is an average girl dealing with regular issues. There are the mean girls (Hester and Davina) and the dreaded summer camp experience. Combine that with  Kristina’s memories of the magical world of Bernovem and her friend Werrien and you have an engaging novel filled with characters you want to journey with.

Publisher Two Harbors Press (October 4, 2011)
Language English
ISBN-10 1937293149
ISBN-13 978-1937293147

File Size: 2330 KB
Print Length: 268 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1937293149
Publisher: Two Harbors Press (September 30, 2011)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English

I received a copy of book from the author. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

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