||June 21, 2007
An enchanting new Fantasy Fiction book! Discover how Fairies earn their wings and spark a long-forgotten prophecy that will change two worlds forever!
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Danai is determined to get her wings. Although she may die trying. Unless her best friend can seduce her into another dimension first.
It is a time of anticipation and fear, of changes and self-discovery. In this enchanting and sophisticated fantasy adventure, young fairies must earn their wings by completing nine increasingly difficult – and dangerous – coming of age rites... the Rites of Krisalys.
As Danai and her fellows struggle to survive an ice dragon, fire demons, a Truthing Well, and even their own Loremaster, strange events foreshadow great changes to the Fairy folk - with Danai at the epicenter of a long-forgotten prophecy that crosses dimensions.
Receiving great reviews, this exciting fantasy adventure is suspenseful and full of unexpected twists and turns... a truly wonderful read for ages 12 and up!
“Eshel’s rasping voice cried out. “A prophecy this day has come true. One has come to us from Lampion, a realm rich in those things that Nonetre deserves. He has chosen to embrace our realm, and lead us down new paths of enlightenment, challenge our old way of doing things, make us leader among realms, even daementions. Give all hail to Tvashtar Tizón, anointed firelord of Nonetre!” The air quivered under the onslaught of fire daemons’ shrieks of gladness. Beside Eshel appeared a tall, glowing figure. Hidden in the shadows, Danaí stifled her dismay. It was …”
“I give a resounding “Wow!” for Claudia Newcorn’s new book, “Crossover,” a light fantasy with substance. This intelligently written adventure story involving old grudges, ambition, love, and other dimensions of existence, also speaks to the difficulties of growing up and making independent, responsible choices.
The story follows the personal growth of Danai and her possible importance to the future of her people. Danai and the other young sprytes undergo the rituals of Krisalys in order to obtain their feyree wings. However, it quickly becomes apparent that each of the Rites involved is going to be far more dangerous than the sprytes realize, as not everyone wants them to succeed, or notice that a dark time in feyree history is about to return. I have to admit that the abundant descriptions, invented vocabulary, and the thee/ye speech on the first few pages made me wonder if I would have the patience to finish the book, but by mid-chapter, I was hooked. The tightly written characters and adventures in this volume were engrossing, and although the story can easily be continued in future books, Scroll 1 is complete and satisfying on its own.
Even though I am not a feyree kingdom enthusiast, the terrific storytelling in this book has certainly made me a fan of its author. “Crossover: Krisalys Chronicles of Feyree: Scroll 1,” by Claudia Newcorn, will appeal to a variety of ages, and is a good choice for those who think, as I did, that feyree-world stories are generally too fluffy. Interesting and unique, this is simply a wonderfully written, action-filled, thoughtful fantasy book.”
Nick Pena, Editor - Chart Magazine
“With Crossover, Claudia Newcorn has crafted a truly imaginative and breathtaking fantasy realm. Her engrossing storytelling and great attention to detail put Crossover among the top tier of fantasy books, on par with the infamous works of Tolkien.
Her research and well laid groundwork have really paid off, as her fantasy world seems surprisingly realistic. The physics are believable, magic has its rules and limitations and every action has a consequence. She brings much needed rhyme and reason to the otherwise “anything goes” genre of fantasy. Newcorn has even developed a wholly original language system for her characters and fictional world, raising the bar yet another notch.
But the real heart and soul of the book are the characters, which are as lifelike and engaging as any you will ever find. The way the characters interact with each other is so natural and real, it’s easy to forget that they’re only fictional.
Newcorn’s debut novel has set the bar so high that it’s difficult to imagine what levels the forthcoming installments in the series will achieve. ”
Ken McCall, Editor - Stanislaus Magazine
“This fantasy adventure by an unproven author turns out to be a real page turner for me. It’s a fairy tale with a hard edge that often surprises you. Just when you think you can predict what’s going to come next, you find the author has the creativity to catch you off guard and move you deeper into this fantasy world. It’s good fun and you hate to see it end. Looking forward to the rest of the series from her.”
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