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Eighteen-year-old Crystal Blue was born for a purpose: to unveil ancient sacred knowledge that will illuminate humanity, thus fulfilling a primordial contract. When she discovers a mysterious manuscript in the basement of a bookstore, an intense transformation harnesses her with unique powers, yet makes her vulnerable to dark forces that have killed thousands to keep the sacred knowledge hidden. The Fifth Age is dawning; Crystal must reveal the ancient secrets before the darkness finds her.
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.78(d)|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite Illuminating Crystal is Book One in the White Bird Series by PB Morlen. Crystal Blue doesn't realize what she's been blown into. She thought it was an escape from the cold outdoors that pushed her inside a bookstore. It was more than just the cold. It was fate and an unraveling of destiny, her destiny, past and present, that would unleash some incredibly complex and diverse chain of events. All she had to do was convince the owner, Cosmos, to hire her. Once hired, her job was not upstairs in the cosy bookstore, but downstairs in the dark, poorly lit basement. She had to unpack and inventory boxes of books and look out for one special book, one with powers that could unravel all of humanity, as well as Crystal. Illuminating Crystal is a real page-turner. Mixed in with fantasy, there is mythology and a good deal of mystery. It is convoluted and complex as the characters, increasing in numbers, all somehow connect to one another in both good and evil ways. There is subterfuge and adventure as characters are kidnapped, rescued, and obliterated. It is a very exciting plot with intense twists and turns. As evil encircles an innocent, unsuspecting Crystal and her sister, Claire, the intensity of the story thickens. PB Morlen has written a fascinating tale that weaves facts with mythology and fiction. There is a deep connection between Crystal and the bookstore's owner, Cosmos, well-named for his earthly endeavor to be well-ordered in a bookstore, no less. This is an outstanding fantasy that pitches good against evil in an endless battle for the preservation of the human race.
This is not my usual genre and I really didn’t think I would like it….but I was so wrong!! I loved this book!! I quickly fell in love with all the unique characters. Their stories all intertwined with a good mixture of fantasy and "new-age" spirituality. I’m looking forward to reading more from this author.