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Product Details

  • Paperback: 380 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1475225075
  • ISBN-13: 978-1475225075
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,800,717 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Drayton delivers an epic tale of an ancient civilization confronting the present…explorers are torn between their respect and reverence for the land they’ve discovered and the potential cures they could bring back to the world, transforming this fast-paced adventure story into a much deeper and more complicated tale…A unique, engaging story of star-crossed love, history and mythical magic.”—Kirkus Reviews

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“Drayton has fashioned a dynamic story that echoes classic time-and-space travel odysseys. Drayton develops her ideas through the characterizations she dramatically, and, on occasion, poetically, brings to life…it grips readers with its focus on the dilemma of imperiled explorers and star-crossed lovers, and the contrastingly serene, enviable lives of the Ashais. The interplay between ancient African culture, seen here at its apex, and modern civilization, which still includes slavery, disease, and warfare, makes this fantasy click. Readers will no doubt be enchanted by Drayton’s atmospheric descriptions of the magical world of Ashaise.”—ForeWord Clarion Reviews

One thing may be apparent above others, on a firstreading of The Crystal Bird: we’re in the hands of someone who has consideredher historical fiction carefully, and with no shortage of passionateinvestment. The story charts the adventures of two archaeologists who stumbleacross a fascinating find in the late nineties, one that leads them to interactwith a sequestered civilization, the Ashais tribe. As a far more advancedsociety, the Ashais are in possession of secrets that could change the face ofboth medicine and warfare. Herein lies a moral dilemma, however, do thearchaeologists honour the private, proudly-guarded traditions of the Ashais, orsmuggle this chemical bounty back to the outside world? The innate lyricism ofDrayton’s language is evident in her two poetry collections, Brown Doves and Passages II Brown Doves. She brings this wordplay to bear in the compositionof The Crystal Bird, and bolsters her attention to language with the developmentof a uniquely-visioned epic….A spellbinding account of what happens when twocivilizations collide, mixed in with views from the present time and days ofyore, Helen Drayton’s first novel is unmissable for those who like theirhistorical fiction relevant, emotionally resonant, and page-turning—Shivanee Ramlochan

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Interesting characters and storyline.
Bonnie St Clair
The descriptions the author uses to describe the landscapes and the feelings of the characters are vivid and lively.
Mothertreesa
It was very well researched and written.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Shinealightonyou on January 29, 2013
Format: Paperback
I had no idea what a delight this book would have been when it was gifted to me. A unique work combining vibrant imagination and historical fact and underpinned by a sense of pride for worlds fast being forgotten. If you are looking to escape for several hours with a book you cant put down..this is it. Should be considered to be part of any schools reading list for contemporary fiction as well.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mothertreesa on August 12, 2013
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******WOW****I want to travel on the rays of the sun!********

This book is one of the best books I have read. I love the way this book transports you to another world. The descriptions the author uses to describe the landscapes and the feelings of the characters are vivid and lively.

The story line is brilliant and teaches a moral truth! The ending is sooo heartfelt that I was almost in tears. I absolutely loved this story. Some of the other reviewers complained that the African names were an issue for them but I thought that the names of the characters added dimension to them. After all, they were in Africa and giving the characters African names seemed fitting to the storyline.

This book is a brilliant masterpiece and I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to have read it. Anyone that is into historical fiction would love this book, it also has a touch of spirit that brings it to life.

This story starts out in the 1400's when a tribe is running from slave captors. The tribe goes up the mountain and is transported to another dimension. This world is similar to ours but very peaceful and untouched by pollution and greed. The newcomer tribe makes friends with the King and when the King is faced with a hardship the newcomers help. They are asked to stay and make this new place their home. Mbtani eventually becomes King and his descendants carry on their peaceful ways of life.

The book fast forwards to 1999 when a team of archaeologist are looking for new discoveries of ancient civilizations. They stumble into this cave and are transported to this other dimension. They are welcomed by the King and are given everything they need until they can go home. Some of the team are untrustworthy and are only interested in their resources.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By nginaa uzoma on August 19, 2013
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Great reading. Excellent writing. Should be compulsory reading for students and teachers of African history alike. Hollywood has influenced too many into believing that it began in Egypt
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jumalewis on May 23, 2013
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The Crystal Bird is a fantastic story. It is the perfect convergence of history, fiction, action and romance. The author has crafted the story in a manner that keeps it moving at a fantastic pace, while vividly creating the screenplay for the movie in your mind. The burst in descriptive details are well timed throughout the novel, so as not to overwhelm, but to provide clarity and inspire the imagination of the reader. The story embeds new historical discoveries about the continent of Africa with ramifications and revelations that are very exciting as we as a society piece together the history of our modern civilization. Helen has spanned a career that included banking, politics and passions for painting, artistic beauty and education. I thought the story was a wonderful journey that stimulated much internal reflection. I look forward to other works by this author.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Julie Richardson on August 9, 2013
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You just get to following one group of characters and the book jumps to another completely different group. Very hard to follow.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mary Camps on June 20, 2013
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This story left me in a world between childhood fairy tales and an effort of combine historical data and sometimes it worked and sometimes it just left one dangling. It was a good read however and I have no reason not to recommend it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Margaret P on April 17, 2013
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This is one of the most refreshing and unique stories I have ever read. The Crystal Bird is a blend of fast-paced adventure, treachery and touching and memorable romance. The author pulls you into the story, so I smelled the market place: "The marketplace hummed with vendors from the east and west plying their trades in ivory, animal skins, gold, silver, and humans. A variety of essences mixed with sweat, rotting animal flesh, vomit, excrement, and the slick, oily greed of merchants filled the air." Then later in this intriguing and unpredictable story: "Suddenly the sky cracked into veins of light before the sonic boom of thunder's roar ushered in tinselled drops that drenched everything." I was lost in the mythical land of Ashaise. This is an enjoyable and excellent read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bobbie Linton on November 24, 2013
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I tried 3 times to read this book and ended up moving on to something else. I love mysteries, romances and fantasy but this one was hard to get into.
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