· Eons ago magic users were unguided and undisciplined. There were those that applied magic intelligently, those that were unscrupulous, and worst of all, the amateurs. Magic ran rampant in the land. Those pure of heart came together to form a standard of discipline, they formed The Crystal into which the hearts, minds, and souls of hundreds, eventually thousands, gave their special talents.
Those powerful from the beginning, corrupted by the black arts, coveted the power of The Crystal and would try again to posses it, their previous attempt thwarted. But that battle used powers beyond control and the effects were devastating. Crystal Warriors, scarred by that battle, were scattered throughout the land.
But now the call goes out for their return, The Crystal is under attack, the need is urgent. Principal among those Crystal Warriors are Tarina, known as Awiel of the Dance, a beautiful veil dancer, Crystal Seeress, and wicked with a blade, far away in the southern lands.
Rowan, former Captain, psychically scarred, hiding far away in a place where there is little magic, disguised as an old man selling firewood.
Macon, a drunken sot who must pull himself together to become the powerful Crystal Warrior he once was.
Tarina, known as Awiel of the Dance, a sought after veil dancer and powerful Crystal Seerees, and wicked with a blade.
They and many others are forever attuned to The Crystal and hear its call. They must heed the call and travel thousands of perilous miles to do battle with overwhelming forces. An epic tale of magic and warriors, but more importantly, of flawed human beings overcoming adversity and personal demons to do what must be done.
About the Author
R.L. Kiser is the author of the Tales of the Crystal trilogy, The Prophecy of Tara (A Mystical Fantasy), the Educated Injun series, and Exile-A SciFi Adventure, which received a 5 star review and made the first cut in the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. (www.rlkiser.com) Born in Idaho, raised in Arizona, grew up in Los Angeles he's a Vietnam Veteran, been a musician, a Hollywood taxi driver, a computer programmer, a single parent, and ran his own Internet marketing business. He holds an associate's degree in computer science. He currently resides in Sparks, Nevada with three computers, three bicycles, a recumbent trike, and an '02 Mercedes SUV (no, that does not stand for Small Ugly Vehicle). He's currently hiding from the ATF, CIA, DEA, DHS, DMV, DOD, DOT, HUD, ICE, IRS, ONI, SPD, and FBI, but the NSA knows where he is.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
She padded in, sighing softly.
"My name is Wolfheart." She meowed. "Nice to meet you."
I would like to be Deputy, he says. I have credentials.
Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite Crystal City is one of the world’s wonders and a neutral meeting place for the rulers of different realms powered by the Crystal, the center of all civilizations. Now the Crystal and the city are under attack by some unknown force. Rowan, the former captain of the Crystal Guards, and the other warriors are needed yet again after their last devastating battle. Written by R.L. Kiser, Crystal Fire is the first installment of Tales of the Crystal series. I was intrigued with the story from the very beginning and absolutely love how Rowan – who is living his life in disguise – is introduced. Who is this mysterious ‘old man’ that possess some magic in him? What is his story as someone who defended Crystal City several years before? R.L. Kiser has written chapter one so deftly to reel in readers’ curiosity to keep reading. Subsequently, we are taken on a fun little voyage where we meet the other warriors who are also living their lives secretly amongst the ordinary folks. Of course, no fantasy novel is complete without ethereal beings and Crystal Fire is no exception. Characterization is superb; both heroes and villains have flaws which also lead to humorous moments. As a fan of the fantasy genre, the premise of the story is rather familiar to me. However, the way the plot is developed is fresh, coupled with unpredictable and interesting twists. Kiser’s flawless writing style helps keep the plot tight throughout the story as well as maintain a good pacing. On the whole, a satisfying read and a great start for a series.