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Crystal itself, the source of all magic through its connection to the World Stone conduits of energy, is behaving disturbingly erratic. No one seems to know why the fighting begins, or even where the masses of enemy soldiers come from, but Rill is soon torn apart by worshippers of a god of decadence and deceit, and everyone is frantically searching for somewhere to wait out the storm. Seventeen years have passed since an oracle of Laman Da foretold of a key to the future of all life in Rill and the world beyond, but no one understood the significance or the gravity of the prediction.
Now it might be too late, because whichever side controls the key. Follow an unlikely band of friends, a halfling pyromaniac with sticky fingers, his human warrior buddy, and their beautiful wizardess companion they met in jail, as they attempt to make their way to safety and discover their roles in the sudden events erupting around the world. However, when the gods, believed long dead, unexpectedly turn their attention to a world in conflict, no one seems to know where their roles will take them.
So begins Crystal Beginnings , the first book in the tale of the Fall of Crystal. See All Customer Reviews.
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Sign in to Purchase Instantly. Overview The frontier city of Crenshaw falls under siege to sinister forces led by a devotee of a long-forgotten god. Product Details. Average Review. Write a Review. Related Searches. A Spiral of Time: Book One of the. When twenty-two-year-old Deacon Rainer takes a blow to the head from a falling tree limb, Thank you! Hunted by vengeful KKK into a neglected cavern, Nathan passes through a waterfall into the vast, incredible subterranean world of Thuromest. Here, pious Hebrew-speaking tribes fashion just about everything out of ubiquitous mineral crystal and have no knowledge of their origin before being brought to this place a few millennia ago.
In hot pursuit of Nathan is the Klan leader and Aryan warlord Karl—but straightaway both have an even bigger villain to face: Krytor, a bat-winged devilish menace. Krytor was freed from his rock prison on the Earth side a few decades ago and now, having built up his armies of orcs, er, Gromms, plans to resume his ancient campaign of conquest of the worlds both below and above.
The only weapons foretold as able to foil Krytor are three mystic gems. The most obvious of the latter is the no-goodnik bully-racist Karl poised to redeem himself or…will he? Action rarely lets up, and readers with a taste for retros-style pulp adventures set in exotic hollow-earth worlds will be tunneling through the final pages eagerly and looking forward to the next installment. Generous action and a nonpreachy but Scripture-compatible spirituality uplift this Tolkien-esque journey.
There was a problem adding your email address. Nathan, a 17 year old boy in possession of a mysteriously powerful crystal pendant and being pursued by a rogue leader of the Ku Klux Klan, flees through the massive underground labyrinth of the Mammoth Caves in an effort to save his life. Plunging deep underground, he discovers an incredible race of people living secretly under our world.
Hailed as either their prophesied hero or the harbinger of great doom, Nathan becomes embroiled in a battle against an ancient enemy bent on the destruction of their world, Thuromest, and of Nathan's home above. With almost no options left, he must somehow find the faith within himself to master the power of the key, elude the leader of the Ku Klux Klan, and destroy the most powerful creature this world has ever seen.
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Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Nov 08, Amberwoods rated it it was amazing. The story revolves around seventeen year old Nathan who badly needs a life-style change. He gets off a bus in Brownsville, Kentucky, and quickly finds himself on the wrong side of some nasty characters loved these guys!
To save his life, Nathan flees deep underground into an unexplored part of the Mammoth caves and eventually comes out in a remarkable underground world. The land of Thuromest is well described and totally believable, as are the characters who live there. Nathan has conflict riding with him when he enters the Crystal Realm and there is nothing he can do about it. Some people see the crystal pendant he is wearing and believe he is a long-predicted hero who will save them from their mortal enemy, Krytor one really mean creature! Nathan believes neither and that brings us to one of the main themes flowing through this epic book.
How do you believe in yourself and what you can become in the face of overwhelming opposition? The reader follows Nathan along a journey as he learns to trust in the hardest person of all — himself. The story grows as Nathan gathers friends and faces challenges and dilemmas. One of my favourite characters is Adamanta, the witch from the Desert of Tears not a real witch, mind you; this is a fantasy book without the usual vampires and goblins, thank goodness!! I thought the story was a bit slow for the first few chapters, but once the scene is set, the pace quickens appropriately and then the action never stops.
There are many unanswered questions at the end of the book, but seeing that this is a trilogy that is to be expected. In short, I loved it, and I loved the strength and life of the characters. I quickly got caught up in the narrative, and this book is on my list of favourites. Come on CJ — I want book number two! View all 3 comments.
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This was given to me by Goodreads First Reads This book, in a word, is abrupt. Straight forward, to the point, 3rd person omnipresent, there you go, take it or leave it.
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The writing was abrupt, the style was abrupt, the characters were abrupt. Events would come and go so casully and so quickly I literally thought I'd dozed off. The only thing that didn't seem abrupt was the description of the realm and the crystal which may be why I rated the setting over character and plot. I must say that adventure is not one of my favourite genres, especially coupled with fantasy says the girl who LOVES Game of Thrones but I did enjoy the idead of their adventuring across the realm.
And that, right there, is the problem We saw all the destinations, but none of the journey! That's how I'd describe the book: an adventure book full of destinations but not many journeys.
Yes, literally, they went on a few journeys but the only time we encountered them actually travelling was when something pivotal to the central main plot happened. Because of this, the characters lacked in depth and a lot of the relationships felt forced especially Axel's and Nathan's. Nathan was a likeable main character and did experience some worthy self doubt but it felt like he always knew everything and that he just happened to always have the answer. Everyone liked him and the only character he reacted badly to was, well, the Klu Klux Klan leader.
He just felt like a Mary Sue at times I think the saviour for him was that he came across as a good person who did have inner conflict, and we weren't subjected to overly long, overly obssessive descriptions of him infact I don't think we got ANY descriptions of him
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