Tuesday, December 22, 2015

The Bernovem Chronicles Continues

The Shard by Victoria Simcox

ISBN: 978-1495260124

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Blurb:   The Shard, Victoria Simcox’s fast-paced, intricately woven sequel to The 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.

     Victoria Simcox is a new author that has captured my interest. This is the very first series that I have ever read by her and all I can say is wow. The story is fantastic! I shall have to wait patiently for the next book in this series as I definitely want to know how The Bernovem Chronicles ends. The Shard in a way reminds me of the book, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. I must say, Victoria's writing style captured my attention right away as she drew me into the story.

     This is the second book in the series and it just keeps getting better and better. The Shard starts out with the main character, Kristina, going off to summer camp with a girl who she doesn't even like. Sounds like a summer of disaster, right? You will be pleasantly surprised by the events that take place. You will, however, have to read the book for yourself to find out what happens.

     This book is well written and the author captivates the reader from the very beginning. Her descriptive style allows you (the reader) to picture in your mind the things taking place in the book. This is one series that I will definitely be reading until the very end. I recommend this book for anyone no matter their age that loves a good story.

I received a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review. 

About the author:

     Victoria was born in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada, to an Austrian immigrant mother, and a Dutch immigrant father. She now resides in Western Washington. Besides being an author, Victoria is also an elementary school art teacher. Victoria enjoys writing, reading, painting watercolors, hiking and good movies. Victoria is the author of The Warble and The Shard.

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