Sunday, December 16, 2012

Spotlight/Giveaway: THE BLACK SHARD by Victoria Simcox

About Book

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.

Excerpts: Chapters 1-3

Where to buy: Amazon, Barnes & NobleIndieBound

About Victoria

Victoria was born in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada, to an Austrian immigrant mother, and a Dutch immigrant father. She now lives in Western Washington with her husband, Russ and their three children, Toby, Kristina, and William. Her other family members are a Chihuahua, named Pipsy, and two cats, named Frodo and Fritz. Besides being an author, Victoria is a home-schooling mother of twelve years and an elementary school art teacher of eleven years. In her spare time, Victoria enjoys managing her two older children’s Celtic band. She also loves reading, painting watercolors, hiking, good movies, and just simply hanging out with her family and friends.


Heidi Grange wrote a Four Star Review which she is sharing on this post.

In The Black Shard, the second in the Magic Warble series, we find Kristina returning to the land of Bernovem. At first she is excited to see all her old friends again, especially Werrien, the prince. But something seems off, and she soon finds herself plagued with doubts and questions while Werrien obsesses over a black stone that gives her the chills. The book heads into the action quite quickly,

There are plenty of twists and lots of fun characters. I especially like the talking animals. The characters are diverse enough to be interesting with enough depth for me to care about them and their choices both good and bad. Like many fantasies there is plenty of magic, good and bad to go around, but it felt like a fresh take on the fantasy quest standard plot line. I recommend this book for middle grade readers who enjoy a good fantasy quest with plenty of challenges for our heroes to face, including their own weaknesses. Note: It's clear that this is not the end of the story, like many second books there are a lot of questions left unanswered.

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December 18 - 22

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