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Blood Crystal: a novella (Under the Mountain Book 2) Kindle Edition
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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The main line of conflict keeps tension tight throughout the narrative, greatly supported by the author’s considerable talent for description. Vivid description is outstanding in this book, but also there are standard themes to engage the attention of anyone who appreciates good fantasy.
There is the initial threat, to be resolved through quietly heroic action, then come the perils of the quest, and a climax where those of good heart defeat the opposition. All this is meat and drink to the young adult reader, but it will appeal to the mature mind as well.
Through the pages of this novella, one meets the perennial difficulty of fantasy and sci-fi nomenclature. Some readers prefer names and vocabulary reasonably related to our contemporary language, while others relish new naming as part of the world being built. In “Blood Crystal” there are certain words which may be a little difficult to hold on to, but they do not pose a serious interference with the energetic pace of the narrative.
A high editorial quality, the author’s stylish and attractive writer’s voice, the creation of engaging characters, and an adventurous and energetic storyline, make “Blood Crystal” a novella to be recommended to all readers of fantasy.
The plot is fantastic and pretty much explained by the title. The crystal is failing and blood could be the answer - not just any blood, children's blood. O'Hagan adds in a lot of fantasy elements and adventure making a fun read. Tween and teen booklovers would gobble this up and ask for more.