Caught in Crystal

Caught in Crystal

by Patricia C. Wrede
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Caught in Crystal by Patricia C. Wrede

In the magical world of Lyra, an innkeeper is forced to confront her darkest secret For more than a decade, Kayl has run a modest country inn. She opened it with her husband, and they managed it together until a summer illness took him away, leaving her alone with their two children. The three of them get by, living happily together as the years pass, but everything changes the day a sorceress asks for a room. Her name is Corrana, and by her silver brooch Kayl knows that she is a member of the order of Sisterhood of Stars, a coven of witches that Kayl left after a secret mission went horribly wrong. Kayl is sure that Corrana has come to take her back to the life she had renounced years before. Now, to save her family and her world, she will have to unlock a side of herself that she buried long ago.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781453233634
Publisher: Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Publication date: 12/13/2011
Series: Lyra Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 298
Sales rank: 698,985
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

For over twenty years, Patricia C. Wrede (b. 1953) has expanded the boundaries of young-adult fantasy writing. Her first novel, Shadow Magic (1982), introduced Lyra, a magical world in which she set four more novels. Her other series include the Enchanted Forest Chronicles; the Cecelia and Kate novels, co-written with Caroline Stevermer; the Mairelon books, which take place in Regency England; and the Old-West Frontier Magic series. Wrede lives and works in Minnesota.

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Caught in Crystal 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my favorites
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Openbooksociety_dot_com More than 1 year ago
A Wonderful Read Review brought to you by OBS staff member Verushka Caught in Crystal is part of Patricia Wrede’s acclaimed Lyra series of books, now published for the first time in ebook form. The series consists of five books that are loosely connected, but all are based on the same world – Lyra. An interesting side-note is that Wrede created a role-playing game about Lyra, and after reading this book, it’s one I would love to get my hands on. I think the hidden gem of this novel is the introduction to the Lyra series by the author. Included in the introduction is a collection of posts Wrede shared on her blog of the the first chapter of Shadow Magic, and her reasons for the changes she made. It is such an intriguing look into her thought processes as a writer, and includes comments and points-of-view that as a reader I know I haven’t thought of before. When I found myself going back and re-reading parts of the excerpts and her comments, I realized I would have to leave this part of the book until the end, because I would have these comments at the back of mind while reading, wondering what she was thinking. Kind of like watching a behind-the-scenes featurette of a movie, seeing how all the SFX are done and not being able to forget that knowledge while watching the movie. But, back to the book – the story of this novel revolves around Kayl, an innkeeper and former member of the Sisterhood of Stars, a powerful and respected coven of witches. But, within the Sisterhood, Kayl was considered a warrior, not a magic user. She left the Sisterhood years before the book begins, and after a mission that went horribly wrong. When the book opens, she is an innkeeper, a widower and a mother trying to keep her children in line and her head above water in her business – all in all, she is facing the typical issues any single mother would. Soon enough, the Sisterhood comes calling, asking her to return to its fold and to return to the Twisted Tower, the very place that she went to years before on another mission for the Sisterhood. The Sisterhood believes that whatever is currently interfering with its magic will be found there. Nothing is straightforward about that though, for Kayl can’t trust her memories of the prior mission, and Dara, her daughter is to her dismay intricately tied to the current mission despite Kayl’s best intentions of protecting her from her past. So, it would seem straightforward enough right? The best stories often are, and with this Lyra title at least (the others are on my to-read list) Wrede shows off her world-building skills, something I find that pretty much makes or breaks a series for me. Lyra is a world with four races, in conflict over different issues and experiencing very familiar biases. The Sisterhood begins the book as a coven that is looked up to, but Kayl notes their awful treatment of two beings she is close to – Glyndon (Varnan) and Bryn (Wyrd). The book includes a prologue where Wrede provides a tale of the history of Lyra and its races, its wars and while reading such histories can be a chore in some titles, Wrede has crafted a prologue that makes her Lyra history something that is interesting to read..... The FULL review and more at openbooksociety dot com
bookwyrmian More than 1 year ago
It is rare novel that makes me forget that I am reading a young adult novel. It is even rarer that I just forget that I am reading for review and just read for pleasure. This book does both. As a fan of fantastic literature, this novel caught my attention immediately, and just didn't let go. Make sure you have a free evening before you pick this one up- because you aren't going to want to put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book. This author knows her sci-fi and fantasy and suspense.
CRobertK More than 1 year ago
I bought this book about 20 years ago or so at a local library book sale. Since then I have litterally read it at least 15 times! No kidding! If I had children, I'd name them Kayla, Kevron, and Glydon after characters in the book.