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- Print Length: 286 pages
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- Publication Date: December 8, 2013
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00BWIJBEK
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Crystal is again transported from the ordinary world to the Kingdom of Nine Winters. There we adventure with her amongst old friends and some fascinating new ones. Her dashing, magic-wielding father, Bridgemear, and her beautiful Elven mother Amella now rule the kingdom and the wicked sorcerer Elveria is still plotting his grasp for power. We meet the mysterious Niculmus, dashing, yes but is there something dark lurking behind that handsome face? A lonely Wanderer appears and we wonder how his story will play out. The tragic shape-changer, Clump is a mis-happen near-ogre by day and ferocious timberwolf by night--is he Crystal's friend or foe? My only regret was that we had so little time with the majestic firebird.
Through a sumptuous use of language Ms. Creswell brings her world vividly to life. Her characters are achingly realistic, facing immediate critical dangers and her plot sweeps along at light-speed. Not so fast, however, that we don't sup deeply of this richly drawn world where "a dark cloud of misery wrap(s) itself around the magician like an unwanted cloak of doom" . . . or water lilies are gem-encrusted . . . and "woodland paths scurrying beneath tall, lush trees remind (us) of long, milk-chocolate fingers."
This is a book for young and old alike. I already bought Defenders of Magic and can't wait to begin reading it.
Most Highly Recommended--all readers of fantasy.
Some brilliant new characters appear. Watch out for the lovely Windigo, Clump, the best character in the book.
One of my favourites had to be the funny little mining troll, Elwid. I think we've all known an Eiwid in real life and I can bet Lynette has based him on someone she has met in the past hehe. I so loved the description of his clothing.
I didn't think there could be any better characters than Bracken from Sinners of Magic but Lynette delivered, thank you.
So excited to start Defenders of Magic now, although I'll try to read this a little slower as I don't want the book to end.
The protagonist, Crystal found her way back to the magical realm after her father fetched her from the mortal world. She and Matt (her special human friend) were at odds before she left, she only wanted what was best for him, and that was his safety.
Back in the Winters Kingdom, Queen Amella was reunited with her daughter, just in time for the Festival of Four Quarters, where there had been the so-called Trial of Apprentices. There she met the brooding, excellent and mysterious mage, Niculmus. Although their first encounter ended up with a kiss and Crystal in tears, things turned differently when they saw each other again as apprentices of Professor Valentine. I actually liked Niculmus... a lot! I liked him way better than Matt who was my first choice in Book 1 (Sinners of Magic).
Crystal's life in the magical realm proved to be quite challenging and full of obstacles. Aside from being able to sense danger or see certain visions, she discovered her new ability to heal using her fingertips. It was fun to see old characters again like Amafar, Voleton, Arhdel, Tremlon, Bridgemear and even Lilura! There were new interesting characters introduced, new allies and villains and mythical creatures. I loved how The Wanderer was initially described: a prisoner like no other, someone to be afraid of.
The kelpies, the firebird, the plainwalker, the dragons and elves, all with striking personalities that kept me interested. There was also the Satyr, and Clump, the Windigo, who was very likeable. Although windigos or changelings were supposed to be monstrous and conniving, I couldn't help but like Clump, who is very different from the rest. He served Crystal well, and when it was time for him to go, I cried alongside the princess.
Elveria, the cunning traitor mage, was every bit of a villain, no wonder I never liked him even in the first book. The twist in the end made me hate him more. Sorry, I know Hate is such a strong word, but when you get to read this book, I assure you, all your emotions will come out. That's how effective Lynette Creswell's storytelling is.
Betrayers of Magic is an enthralling sequel that would bring you to tears, make you sigh, give an evil eye, mutter incomprehensible words, and will have you scream for more. It was definitely worth every penny. This had been a marvelous sequel and I cannot wait for Book 3. I'm giving Betrayers of Magic 5 stars!
This author has the rare ability to turn fantasy into reality. You may start off "knowing" that a parallel world to our own where Elves, Mages, Witches and other unlikely beings live, isn't a possibility but within a few pages I can guarantee that you'll be a believer!
This book is filled with adventure, betrayal and emotion. Once more, the central character is Crystal, the daughter of an Elvin Queen and a Magician, who has been brought up from infancy in our "ordinary" world. Again she travels to the "Land of Nine Winters", and finds herself embroiled in a quest to save the reputation and indeed life, of her mother.
Along the way she meets Clump, a Windigo.....you'll have to read the book yourself to find out more!
Lynette Creswell justly deserves the plaudits she is now getting. Her third book. "Defenders of Magic" beckons!