The Black Shard Review and Giveaway

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.

My Review

It took me a little bit to get around to reading this, the second book to The Magic Warble. I was immediately drawn back into Kristina’s story. She’s stuck at horse camp with the horrid Hester and Davina. These two really are my least favorite characters. They remind me of not so nice girls I used to know when I was in school lol. Every time I read about their snide little antics my nose would wrinkle a little lol. On a horse ride after lessons, Kristina, Hester and Davina find themselves thrown (quite literally) back to Bernovem. Kristina has been missing Bernovem and Werrien for 2 1/2 years so she’s thrilled to be back. I was really impressed with the puppy love between Kristina and Werrien, it was perfect for the age this book is geared towards. There was nothing over the top, it was very sweet and endearing. I loved reading about Looper, Clover and the other familiar characters again and meeting some new ones. Unfortunately trouble seems to follow Kristina into Bernovem. She has to draw on an inner strength she wasn’t sure she had in her to deal with trouble and illness. There’s more adventure, danger and intrigue in this book, and a serious (and frustrating lol) cliffhanger that has me impatiently waiting for the next part of the story.

Author Bio

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

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