by Sandy Kirby Quandt
In The Crescent Stone, a young adult fantasy, author Matt Mikalotos tells the tale of Madeline, a girl with a terminal lung disease, her friend, Jason, the Elenil, Scim, and Black Skulls in the Sunlit Lands. A land where everything is not what it seems, and comes at a price Madeline and Jason never imagined.
Offered the ability to breathe in exchange for a year’s service to the Elenil, Madeline agrees to go to the Sunlit Lands. Not wanting his friend to travel alone, Jason strikes a bargain which allows him to accompany her.
With twist and turns up to the very last page, The Crescent Stone winds its way through a fantastical land with fantastical characters as it unravels Madeline’s story to the reader.
The Crescent Stone is populated with a wonderful diverse cast of likeable characters. While I agree understanding our history helps us make sense of our present, to me, the author’s repeated recounting of the past wrongs inflicted on multiple ethnic groups at the hands of the privileged stopped the flow of Madeline’s story.
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Tyndale provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for a fair and honest review, which is exactly what I gave.
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