The Black Shard

The Black Shard

by Victoria Simcox

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ISBN-13: 9781937293147
Publisher: Two Harbors Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/04/2011
Pages: 255
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 9 - 13 Years

About the Author

Victoria was born in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada, to an Austrian immigrant mother, and a Dutch immigrant father. She now lives in Western Washington with her husband, Russ and their three children, Toby, Kristina, and William. Her other family members are a Chihuahua, named Pipsy, and two cats, named Frodo and Fritz. Besides being an author, Victoria is a home-schooling mother of twelve years and an elementary school art teacher of eleven years. In her spare time, Victoria enjoys managing her two older children’s Celtic band. She also loves reading, painting watercolors, hiking, good movies, and just simply hanging out with her family and friends.

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The Black Shard 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
JBronder More than 1 year ago
Kristina is the only one that remembers her adventures in Bernovem which she is starting to thing that it was all made up. Hester and Davina are still bullies and constantly torment Kristina every chance they get. Through an accident, all three are returned to Bernovem. The meet up with Prince Werrien and sail with him to Tezerel. But this is not a simple trip. Kristina is plagued by the image of an old witch and seems to get sick every time she eats anything. Werrien is excited to have Kristina around but he is also has The Shard, part of a seeing stone, that is starting to draw more and more of his attention from her. Of course Hester and Davina are just horrid and make Kristina’s life more miserable at every chance. I really enjoyed this story. It’s was great to be back on an adventure with Kristina again. I was a little frustrated with the fact that no one seemed to realize how sick she got; that everyone was always in their own little world. I also didn’t feel as close to this story as I did with The Magic Warble. There was something that kept me from getting completely sucked into the story. But the surprise ending has me anxiously waiting for the next story. This is a great story for middle grade kids to adults. It’s a wonderful fantasy and just keeps drawing you back in. I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
Beverly_Stowe More than 1 year ago
THE BLACK SHARD By Victoria Simcox Have you ever dreamed of living in a magical land of fairies, serpents, gnomes, and other fascinating characters? Even better, what if this land also has talking horses, a Seeing Crystal that shows the Wizards where whatever they want to see is, and a handsome prince that seems to think you’re pretty awesome? If you’d like to journey to such a place then come along with me to Author Victoria Simcox’s latest MG/Tween novel, THE BLACK SHARD. My favorite characters, Kristina Kingsley and Prince Werrien, from THE MAGIC WARBLE, the first book in the series, are back with more adventures, intrigue, and surprises. While attending a riding camp for girls, an accident lands Kristina in Bernoven, where she met Prince Werrien two and a half years earlier. Davina and Hester, the bullies that do their best to make Kristina’s life miserable, are also there. Kristina has no idea what happened, but she’s happy seeing old friends, along with new ones. Everyone is not friendly though. Some want to harm Kristina, and her courage is soon tested, along with her trust in Werrien. Like Kristina, I enjoyed renewing acquaintances from the first book. Davina and Hester are just as mean to Kristina as ever. Prince Werrien is two years older, as is Kristina, and their romance is hesitant, and tender, and just right. Who wouldn’t fall for a guy, prince or commoner, that made you feel like a princess? The little girl, Jabela, stole my heart. Besides characters that come to life, Victoria Simcox, has a way of bringing the reader into the setting, making you feel as though you’re with the characters, feeling the waves toss the ship up and down, hearing the wind whistle around you. Or visualizing the image in the mirror and shuddering. Black-and-white sketches throughout the novel provide just the right touch. As much as I liked the first book, I think THE BLACK SHARD is even better. I wasn’t ready for the story to end and hope the next book in the series will soon be out. I recommend Ms. Simcox’s novel for fantasy lovers, adventure lovers, and everyone that enjoys a good read with a touch of danger and a gentle romance. And you don’t have to be a tween to read it; adults will enjoy Kristina and Werrien’s story, as well. ###
notrow1 More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review. This is the second book in a fantastic series for middle grade children. I loved it! Kristina Kingsly is a wonderful character. I really liked her when I met her in The Magic Warble. She is full of spunk and is braver than she realises. When she finds herself back in Bernovem, she is very happy, but danger lurks around the corner! This is a fantastic sequel to the The Magic Warble. Once again, I found myself being transported to the magical land of Bernovem. I loved meeting up with some familiar faces, especially Werrien. I also loved meeting some new ones too! I missed these characters, I must say! There is something about them that has captured my heart! Although, I must admit that I have no love for Sentiz - she is her usual creepy, cruel self! I also have no love for Hester and Davina either - they are bullies, pure and simple! I did have one quibble with this story. It didn't seem to have the intensity of the first one. The danger was strangely distant. However, this doesn't mean that the story wasn't good - it was. It just means that the reader got to know the characters a bit more, as they journeyed to the land of Tezerel. There are also some fantastic drawings that depict specific scenes in the story. These drawings are extremely well done and show the characters and situations exactly as I envisaged. There is a twist right at the end of the story that I didn't see coming, and it left me gasping in disbelief! I am now wanting to read the next book in the series to find out what happens next! Victoria Simcox has written an amazing series of Children's adventure books that will enchant young readers. Her writing style is fast paced, but not overly so as to feel rushed. Her attention to detail with regards to the description of the characters, scenery and clothing is exceptional. I could "see" them so clearly in my minds eye!  I think this series is aimed at girls, but I recommend this book to everyone (adults included) who love fairies, gnomes, dwarves and talking animals in their fantasy novels. - Lynn Worton
JenZuna More than 1 year ago
It took me a little bit to get around to reading this, the second book to The Magic Warble. I was immediately drawn back into Kristina's story. She's stuck at horse camp with the horrid Hester and Davina. These two really are my least favorite characters. They remind me of not so nice girls I used to know when I was in school lol. Every time I read about their snide little antics my nose would wrinkle a little lol. On a horse ride after lessons, Kristina, Hester and Davina find themselves thrown (quite literally) back to Bernovem. Kristina has been missing Bernovem and Werrien for 2 1/2 years so she's thrilled to be back. I was really impressed with the puppy love between Kristina and Werrien, it was perfect for the age this book is geared towards. There was nothing over the top, it was very sweet and endearing. I loved reading about Looper, Clover and the other familiar characters again and meeting some new ones. Unfortunately trouble seems to follow Kristina into Bernovem. She has to draw on an inner strength she wasn't sure she had in her to deal with trouble and illness. There's more adventure, danger and intrigue in this book, and a serious (and frustrating lol) cliffhanger that has me impatiently waiting for the next part of the story.
ChelesBells1 More than 1 year ago
Victoria Simcox has outdone herself with her sophomore novel, The Black Shard. The second book in her Magic Warble series was exhilarating and as enchanting as the first book. This book is written for middle graders, but I thoroughly enjoyed it and believe it is fun for all ages. I love the world and characters that the author created, but what I love most is how perfect this book is for middle grade kids. My daughter adores it! It's so wonderful and gives me such peace of mind to know she isn't reading anything too mature and that the content is 100% suitable for her age. Not only did my kiddo love it, but she has read it twice now, and I'm still seeing her carrying it around everywhere she goes. This does a mother's heart good! Thank you so much for helping to make readers out of today's tweens and teens, Victoria! Because of my daughter's devotion to this story, I'm going to turn this review over to her so you can get a real middle grader's opinion: I love when I am able to read and finish a book within hours of starting it. This is how it was with The Black Shard. I am in love with this book! There are no words good enough to describe it, but I'll do my very best. In the second installment of this lovely series, the two main characters, Kristina and Werrien, meet again in the magical land of Bernovem. Soon after, Kristina begins to feel odd and sick... . Something isn't right, and no one knows what it could be. Kristina keeps seeing an ugly, old hag in the mirror when she looks at her own reflection, and, at one very interesting scene in the book, she sees the hag in the water and almost drowns. She soon learns that the old hag is trying to possess her soul and will not stop until she has. When I read The Magic Warble (the first book by Victoria Simcox) I was intrigued by the storyline and knew that I wanted to read the second one soon. At the end of The Magic Warble, I was hoping that, in the next book, there would be a bit of romance... and I was very pleased that there was! Don't worry - the romance is very innocent and very age-appropriate. Victoria Simcox has written yet another wonderful book, and I have fallen in love with her work all over again. There were so many pages that I marked because of a certain scene or a quote. I must have three dozen flags sticking out of the book right now. I wish I could give The Black Shard ten stars! I adored it that much! I think one of the reasons is because the characters were a little older in this one, and I could really relate to them. I loved this book so much that the day after I read it the first time, I read it all over again! I still read some of it every day. There were many parts in the book that had me giddy with excitement! There is so much more I could say about this amazing story, but I don't want to give too much away! The Black Shard feels more intense and even more exciting than The Magic Warble (if that's possible), which is a big part of why I loved it so much. I needed more of these wonderful characters and this incredible book, and I was not disappointed in the least. The ending included a major cliffhanger, and I will be anxiously awaiting the third installment of this wonderful series.