Title: Sinners of Magic
Author Lynette Creswell
Kindle Edition; 282 pages
Published July 2012
Summary from Goodreads.com
Crystal is no ordinary sixteen year old girl. Ever since she was a small child she’s been able to sense things, feel when danger approaches and now she’s gone one step further and saved a boy’s life by summoning a supernatural being. Little does she know it but her natural parents are powerful immortals. Secret lovers in a magical land where procreation outside of their own realms is forbidden, the Elders punish Amella and Bridgemear by banishing their new born child to the world of mere mortals. Years have passed and dark times have descended upon the Elf Realm. Crystal is visited by a shape-changer and tricked into believing if she returns to the Kingdom of Nine Winters, she will find the answers regarding her newly revealed birth right. Soon she is caught up in dangers greater than anything she could have ever imagined while those who fight at her side, battle to protect her from a wicked sorcerer gone insane and one who is willing to take her to the very edge of destruction.
This is truly a great enchanting read. Watch out Harry Potter! A new hero is here, and she’s not wearing glasses. Be ready to get transported into another realm, where magic unfolds right before your eyes.
Imagine having been born to the mortal world, only to discover that you belong to another place where mythical creatures like elves, witches, shape-changers, wood sprites, warriors and mages dwell and conquer each other. Get ready to be fascinated, amazed, intimidated and frightened with the creatures of the Kingdom of Nine Winters. That’s where Crystal was transported to, where she got lost, captured and rescued. But amidst all these experiences, she learned the truth about herself, she discovered who her true friends were and she embraced her destiny.
I love so many things in this book. First, the characters. Crystal is one feisty daughter of Bridgemear, the magician, and Princess Amella, the banished daughter of King Gamada. She’s incredibly brave and loyal, who wouldn’t think twice in saving her friends, even if her life is in danger. She even got transcendental magic she never knew of. And there’s Matt – a mortal who became Crystal’s friend after she saved her from drowning and getting killed by an evil force (Abbadon) and who accompanied her to the Magical world.
Among the other characters I liked in the book are:
Bracken – the naughty wood sprite who was caught stealing Bridgemear’s food
Tremlon – the trusted King’s envoy and shape-changer who told Crystal about her birthright.
Amadeus – a strong, loyal and brave elf warrior
Nekton – the good-hearted innkeeper of the Fortune’s End, who thirsts for adventure
and of course – King Forusian – the evil and cunning King of the Nonhawk, who captured Crystal and wanted to copulate with her to start his bloodline
I also liked how modern technology was somehow incorporated in the magical world. Like, imagine a room that can magically transform into a place of your liking by just using a room dial. Or being able to open a particular magical door by using an authorized thumbprint. Amazingly, the author was able to define the characters and the story in a readable and engaging manner, that’s why I had a great time reading the book. I admit, I had high expectations with the book, as I am a great big Harry Potter and LOTR fan. But as I continued reading, I found myself easily absorbed into the magical world and all my expectations were definitely met. Truly an amazing feat for a debut.
I recommend Sinners of Magic to those who may have missed Harry Potter. I recommend this book to fantasy lovers like me. I recommend this to those who want to feel good during and after reading. I recommend this to everyone!
I can’t wait to read Book 2 – Betrayers of Magic! My rating for Lynette Creswell’s masterpiece – 5 bookmarks!