Not too long ago, we received Victoria Simcox’s new book, The Black Shard. It is the sequel to The Magic Warble, a book The Divine Miss M really enjoyed. She enjoyed The Magic Warble so much in fact, that when she saw the cover for The Black Shard, she exclaimed, “No one can read this until I do because I don’t want anyone to spoil it for me.”
Our review of The Magic Warble outlines this book that captured a seven-year-old’s heart.
The Black Shard Book Review
The Black Shard by Victoria Simcox
The Black Shard has the same characters all in a world of fairies, gnomes and dwarfs. Simcox spins a tale of fantasy with suspense that has The Divine Miss M wanting to read. In this book the story takes place three years after The Magic Warble. Kristina is now fifteen. Bernovem is found again after Kristina falls from a horse. The handsome prince, Werrien, whom Kristina had a crush on in The Magic Warble, is now 17 and far more handsome than she remembered.
The adventure begins when Prince Werrien invites Kristina and her two nemeses, Davina and Hester, to sail with him to his home in Tezerel. The story captures the same twists and turns with an evil queen, the black shard (a magical stone) and is enhanced by the plague, a hag and true to fantasy; nothing is what it seems.
I encourage you to read The Magic Warble first and continue the story with The Black Shard. Both books are availabe through Amazon and would make a great addition to any holiday gift list.
The Black Shard Synopsis:
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.
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 with her husband and 3 children. Her other family members are, a Chihuahua named Pipsy and 2 cats, named Frodo and Fritz. For the past 12 years, she has home-schooled her children. Besides being an author, Victoria is also an elementary school art teacher. Victoria enjoys writing, reading, painting watercolors, hiking, good movies, and hanging out with her family and friends. Victoria is the author of The Magic Warble.
*We received The Black Shard in order to facilitate an honest review. The opinions, where expressed are our own and were in no way influenced by the sponsor. Others experiences may vary.
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