The Crescent Stone

The Crescent Stone

by Matt Mikalatos

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The Crescent Stone 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Jason_Joyner 7 months ago
The Crescent Stone is an imaginative portal fantasy with a powerful message of power having a price. Madeline and Jason are two teens from our world who are drawn into a new magical world. Since Madeline has a fatal lung disease that is slowly killing her, she takes an offer to serve in the Sunlit Lands for one year in exchange for her complete healing. Jason agrees to go to help Madeline, in exchange for pudding. As the two learn to work with the Elenil, the people who brought them over to help with their constant battle against the Scim, they discover the amazing world around them. But they also learn that power comes at a price, and they will have to make choices that have drastic consequences for themselves and the people around them. Mikalatos has created an in-depth world, complete with a smattering of folktales and poems in the appendix. Madeline and Jason are characters you care about, and Jason especially steals the show. With tension, drama, and moral quandaries, he makes you think beyond a simple fantasy adventure. You may agree with his conclusions or not, but it is a quality book that brings questions along with a whole lot of entertainment. Highly recommended for fans of fantasy and young adult fiction.
Judy_D 8 months ago
From my 11-year-old grandson: The Crescent Stone was a great book! I liked the character’s personalities. Jason was hilarious and Madeline was super serious. There were a lot of funny and unexpected turns in the story.
amandainpa 9 months ago
Although fantasy is not my “go-to genre”, I enjoyed this story. The world that the author created was very unique, with different types of creatures and a lot of tensions between them. I loved the theme of having humans visit a fantastical world…it makes it easier to picture when seeing things through the humans’ eyes. The characters were great in the story. I loved Jason (as I’m sure most readers will)…he added fun and humor to the story and was definitely a typical teenage boy. Madeline was also a good character…my dad suffered from the same lung disorder that she has and I could understand her desperation to be able to breathe “normally” again. I enjoyed the scenes surrounding the history of the world and learning about the magic system the most. There were a lot of battle scenes towards the end that I found to be a bit tedious and caused me to lose some interest. Overall, this was an excellent YA fantasy story. I highly recommend this one to all teens. The content is very clean and appropriate. My Rating 3 stars I received this book from the publisher to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
ksnapier475 11 months ago
The Crescent Stone (The Sunlit Lands Book 1) by [Mikalatos, Matt]The first three lines on the back cover were enough to bring me into this novel. "A girl with a deadly lung disease... A boy with a tragic past... A land where the sun never sets but darkness still creeps in..." This setup was ideal. The Crescent Stone is a fantasy novel by Matt Mikalatos. Madeline Oliver is the girl with the deadly lung disease. Jason Wu is filled with guilt that leaves him deciding to always tell the truth. They both end up in the land. A place they don't know anything about except each decision will touch others more than they could have anticipated. This story is imaginative, deep, filled with humor and fantasy. It left me pondering things after I had finished it. Having never read a book by this author before, I look forward to more of his works in my future.
SemmieWise 12 months ago
Matt Mikalatos’ “The Crescent Stone” is a delightfully inspiring and at times heartbreaking venture into a fantasy world full of light and dark — both literal and figurative. Madeline Oliver is a human teen living on Earth, suffering from a terminal disease that leaves her unable to breathe. When she collapses at school, her chemistry lab partner, Jason Wu, rushes her to the hospital, where the two are visited by a mysterious man named Hanali. The man claims to represent the Elenil people from the Sunlit Lands, a place from a different realm. If Madeline will vow to come to the Sunlit Lands and fight the Elenil’s enemies, the Scim, they will instantly and permanently cure her of her disease. As Maddie agrees, Jason, who is overcoming his own painful past, insists he pledges loyalty to Maddie and travel along and protect her. So the two make their journey to the Sunlit Lands and enter the Elenil society. With the help of several others, including Maddie’s human roommate Shula and Baileya, a desert-dwelling Kakri warrior whom Jason just might have a crush on, the duo must learn whom to trust and determine what the true battle is. “The Crescent Stone” is not only a great fantasy novel of battles, magical items and powers, a Court of Far Seeing with a magical Crescent Stone, mysterious beings and shape-shifting creatures, but it also offers many life-applicable lessons, like overcoming trials and deceptions; dealing with life’s “scars” helps up remember where we came from and to face what is coming; questioning our and others motivations and decisions; dealing with deception; and reminding us that things aren’t always what they seem. Three other major themes that run throughout the novel deal with loyalty, having the courage to face life’s battles, and facing the injustices in life — at what cost are things worth it, and should justice come through injustice? Mikalatos does a great job developing characters, giving a glimpse into what motivates them, from the major characters like Maddie and Jason to others like Hanali, the healer Gilenyia, and the Elenil leader Thenody. And readers will fall in love with the adorable Delightful Glitter Lady, who just might be a unicorn! Mikalatos also briefly mentions the mysterious Kharobem creatures, which reference angelic beings found in the biblical book of Revelation. He is also a very descriptive writer, drawing the reader in to his scenes with phrases like the garden was “an oasis of near-magic” and “a racking army of coughs marched across her chest.” “The Crescent Stone” is very reminiscent of works like Tolkein’s “Lord of the Rings,” C.S. Lewis’ “Chronicles of Narnia” and his “Space Trilogy,” L. Frank Baum’s “The Wizard of Oz,” the Sofi Snow novels by Mary Weber, and Suzanne Collins’ “Gregor the Overlander series.” I even found the Elenil world slightly similar to The Capitol in the Hunger Games. So fans of any of these types of stories will enjoy “The Crescent Stone.” The book ends with an Appendix, filled with poems and parables from the Sunlit Lands, to supplement the reader’s knowledge from the story. I look forward to the series’ next installment, “The Heartwood Crown,” due out in Summer 2019. Five stars out of five. Tyndale House Publishers provided this complimentary copy for my honest, unbiased review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a young adult fantasy. And while I'm not often a fan of fantasy in general, I did enjoy this read. What got me curious? The cover. For me, this felt like a good book to take on vacation or when relaxing at the beach. The story felt slow at first, but it really picks up, especially toward the end. There's a lot of world building, which was probably why it felt slow to me. But that building was necessary to the story. The story revolves around Madeline Oliver. I don't remember if the book called it specifically, but her symptoms reminded me of interstitial lung disease. A slow progressing yet fatal lung disease. As time continues, each breath becomes more work and more precious to her. Madeline is offered a chance to breathe normally again if she would agree to service for one year in the Sunlight land. Seems like a no-brainer. Except that things are not always what they seem in this strange new world. And trying to figure out who is telling the truth and who is lying becomes more and more difficult for her. Madeline is accompanied by a friend from school, Jason (aya Su Wong). For me? Jason was a great character addition. I'm so glad the author included him. He was a character with internal conflict and yet at the same time funny and entertaining. From the start, Jason was the character that kept me invested in the story. Plus, nightmarish warriors at night, and other fascinating creatures. Not to mention Dee, the loveable, uh, "unicorn". :) A story with some tough questions and moral dilemmas, The Crescent Stone helps open the eyes and hearts of its readers to see beyond our day to day and look to those that are truly suffering. The author has carefully crafted this story into an entertaining format and at the same time offers contemplation as the Sunlit Lands mirror our own and the pain and torment within is no different from that seen throughout our world. I received a complimentary copy from Tyndale in exchange for my honest opinion.
Luke_Kibby More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent adventure, with great pace, that effortlessly entwines a strong fantasy narrative (with nods to Narnia), depth and humor in the characters, and prejudices and injustices in our world and a way we can address them. This book is strongly recommended from young teens to adults that can stir passions and deeper conversations.