Sign of the Crescent

Sign of the Crescent

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by Debbie Federici, Susan Vaught
     
 

Teenagers are mysteriously disappearing in Tucson, Arizona, and other cities. One night, seventeen-year-old Taryn nearly becomes one of them when a revolting, unearthly creature attacks her. The touch of a Zumar warrior should render her unconscious, but Taryn has the strength to fight until a young man with a sword comes to her rescue.

This is how Taryn, an

Overview

Teenagers are mysteriously disappearing in Tucson, Arizona, and other cities. One night, seventeen-year-old Taryn nearly becomes one of them when a revolting, unearthly creature attacks her. The touch of a Zumar warrior should render her unconscious, but Taryn has the strength to fight until a young man with a sword comes to her rescue.

This is how Taryn, an orphan with Ménière's disease, meets Erick, a Haro Knight from another world. His job is fighting the Zumar who are kidnapping and enslaving oldworlders (Earth people). It is forbidden for Erick to socialize with oldworlders, but he can't ignore the strong attraction between them . . . and Taryn seems different from other Earth people. When she's abducted by the Zumar and taken to their evil sorcerer leader, Taryn is confronted with shocking truths that explain her strange dreams and special powers.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-Teens from Tucson are disappearing at an alarming rate so Taryn, a high school senior, and her friend Jen rally at City Hall, hoping to get more of the community involved in solving the mystery. In a parallel world, Zanea, also called Newold, the Knights of Haro know that denizens of Zumar (yet another parallel world) are responsible for traveling through portals to Oldworld (Earth) and kidnapping locals to serve the evil Lord Synomea. Every evening Erick and the other Haro knights enter Oldworld to fight the Zumarians, but it's a losing battle, as the number of kidnappings is increasing. When Erick and Taryn meet, it's love at first sight even though the Newoldian rules are very clear about fraternizing with Oldworlders. When she is kidnapped and learns the truth of her parentage and her ties to Zumar, a happy ending seems unlikely. Overwrought, overwritten, and melodramatic, this book is predictable and shallow. Characterization is nonexistent. Erick and Taryn's romance is rushed and unbelievable, and their various friends are nothing more than names on the page. The different worlds are simply a mishmash of fantasy clich s and the few magic principles included make little sense.-Sarah Couri, New York Public Library Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738708089
Publisher:
Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
Publication date:
10/01/2005
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
5.24(w) x 7.92(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Debbie Federici (Arizona) and Susan Vaught (Tennessee) have worked together for years as writing partners. Debbie contributes fiction and nonfiction for use in standardized tests. Susan is a psychologist and has recently published a historical fantasy novel in additon to other short works.

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Sign of the Crescent 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
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I completely agree with the critics. I also find it quite annoying that the entire book is written in the present tense and disappointing that the descriptions are so short and the characters so flat. Very predictable, abrupt and really meant to be read by younger teenagers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The story line was very good, an interesting plot, however, the writing was flat and lifeless with the characters merely two dimensional things. The writing style felt forced and rushed, as if the author hadn't had time to reread and rewrite parts of the book. Everything was told, not shown and certain parts felt very forced. A great plot line, but I would suggest getting someone who has read the book to tell you what happens instead of reading it yourself. It's quicker that way.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i loved this book soo much i reread it several times...i highly recommend it to young adults
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought the book was really good. It kept me hooked and I was up until 3:00 in the morning reading it. But I didn't really like the ending so that kinda ruined the book for me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sign of A Cresant was emotional, touching, romantic, sad, and sweet 5 stars book!!!! A great teen love story!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was excellent. I could not put it down. I really loved the way she described the love between Taryn and Erick. The story was great and i love the dad being a sorcerer, im a soceress thing. It was awesome. But with the way the ending was im thinking sequel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
You definitally have to read this great book. It includes romance, fantasy, and adventure. I read this book over a month ago and it still is as fresh in my head as if i had just finished it yesterday. The charcters are strong and witty. Willing to do whatever it takes to accomplish their taskes. They make sacrifices along the way but overall the ending is sooooooooooo satisfing and rewarding.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book.It was so awesome. Taryn and Erick had great chemistry And it was full of adventure and stuff that were literally out of this world I couldn't have asked Debbie Federici for a greater book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just looooove this book. It's really exciting. Perfect for people who love action/adventure and romance!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book alot. I read it in one day it was that good, but i do read alot and quickly so thats' not really saying much, but this is definately one of my favorite books!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was soo good! fantasy or no fantasy love and epic battles it was great i think i might even read it again!magic and strength andall thats inbetween! it was just great!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutly loved this book! i was totally spellbound while reading it i just couldnt stop till it was done....and now im sad because im done reading it but i would like everyone to kno that this is a great book so i recomend u try it!