My 11yo daughter ripped through book 2 in a day. You could not pry the book out of her steely hands. In her own words, "the characters and plot kept me wanting to turn the page and find out what happened, at the end I asked my dad when book 3 was coming out because I had to know."
In The Shard, the sequel to The Warble, Kristina returns to Bernovem, the charming Prince Werrien's home.
In this fast-paced magical adventure, Kristina is two years older and at age fifteen is growing into a beautiful young woman. Prince Werrien is now seventeen and the lighthearted young romance between these two character grows even deeper in this second installment of The Bernovem Chronicles. Kristina encounters more trials as she finds herself sick more than once and isn't sure who she can trust.
If you love The Lion, Witch, and Wardrobe, you'll enjoy The Warble and The Shard. You'll be transformed into the magical land filled with fairies, gnomes, and dwarfs. Packed with friendship, young love, and life lessons, this children's/young adult fantasy adventure will warm the hearts of young and old alike. Fast-paced, Thrilling, & Magical
The Shard is Book Two of the Bernovem Chronicles and I was thrilled to return to Bernovem with Kristina and her friends! This well-written and quite magical story is highly entertaining and will keep you turning the pages. While targeted toward a teen audience, this is truly a fun story for all ages.
It's been a little over two years since Kristina has visited Bernovem where she is reunited with Prince Werrien. He and Kristina are attracted to each other, but this causes upset and jealousy with the two girls who traveled with her. But are they really her friends? Will her sudden and frequent bouts of illness be her demise, or is there a way to lessen them? Can they be cured completely? Prince Werrien doesn't seem to be affected by the strange illness so why does he borrow the Shard?
There are several twists and turns along this enchanting journey, and Ms. Wilcox is skillful in guiding the reader down each one, pausing at the most interesting and curious stops along the way. This series is reminiscent of the Narnia books and I believe The Bernovem Chronicles will continue to delight readers for a long, long time.
Kristina returns to Bernovem and continues her adventure in the magical land. While I find the writing superb and the characters wonderfully imagined, this story was not quite as good as the first book in the series, The Warble. Although, I still think it is an excellent tale for children. The author continues a solid storytelling style that children will love, and I still enjoyed reading this book very much. There is less action and adventure in The Shard, the story focusing more on the growing relationship of Kristina and Prince Werrien, though there are subltle hints about things throughout that are easily missed. As a personal preference, I tend to enjoy action more, but this was still a fun read.
As with The Warble, I can easily see reading this story to a child and envision the fascination on their faces as it is read aloud. It is the perfect kind of story of magic, fairies, gnomes, dwarves and other fantasy creatures that is just plain fun to read. I'm giving this 4 stars, as it seemed a bit slow to me, but that is a personal preference. The writing and story are solidly executed and portrayed.
The real surprise comes in the last quarter of the story, when things really start happening, and I have to say it ended far too soon, and I'm now anxious to read the next book in the series. The last part was very exciting.
In The Shard, Kristina is back, along with the less-than-friendly Hester and Davina. What starts out as an innocent trip to summer camp turns into a wild journey through the mystical land of Bernovem.
In her travels, an older, more mature Kristina meets up with old friends and enemies. The charming Prince Werrien captivates our heroine's heart once again.
Overall, this installment of the Bernovem Chronicles is a work of art. From the interesting beginning, to the heart-stopping final page, it's an exhilarating spin through a land reminiscent of Narnia or Wonderland!
Although it's a Young Adult book, readers of all ages will be touched by the author's powerful prose.
Victoria Simcox's ‘The Shard’ brings us – as the first book in ‘The Bernovem Chronicles: The Warble’ did a new and what I believe will be a beloved fairy tale, by weaving together seamlessly a great folk tale and myth to create a fantasy that children as well as adults will enjoy through the ages as much as ‘The Wizard of Oz’!
Though years have passed between first and second books, and the children have gotten older, they are very much as we discovered them to be. Now, however, once they are again whisked into the land of fairies and scares choices play out in a more meaningful way making this a tale of loves first bloom for our hero and heroine and for one of the other children, much like in 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factor', a cautionary tale, which I applaud, for I believe the best novels show that choices have consequences.
Yet, here again - since this is all make believe reminiscent of 'Peter Pan' - once back in their real world the children continue to mature as their nature leads them, or do they? Plagued by this question, I've already downloaded Book 3 of ‘The Bernovem Chronicles’ titled 'The Medallion' and know you will do that as well after reading the first two books!
Paula Rose Michelson writes Christian Inspirational Fiction, Nonfiction & Self-help. Her books are available on Amazon.
The Shard is a wonderful continuation of the series that began with The Warble.
In this first book, I was introduced to the characters (most especially Kristina) and to the world of Bernovem. As expected of a novel meant for children, the narrative style is simpler than I’m used to, but as someone who has a daughter and is looking to figure out what sort of books to put in her hands, I was very pleasantly surprised by the writing and by the story itself.
I confess that there is something about the characters of this series that reminds me of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. As “the good”, we have Kristina, Prince Werrian and a whole host of indigenous creatures of that world. As “the bad”, we have Queen Sentiz and her troop, and the dark creatures of Book II. As “the ugly”, we have Hester and Davina. I am satisfied to find this concept in a book meant for children, for bullies are firstly to be understood, not demonized.
The Shard, as a continuation of this story, is written with a slightly more mature audience in mind. As such, I found myself enjoying it immensely. I expect that children from twelve to fourteen will be right at home reading this series, although many outside this age group would certainly benefit from getting familiar with Bernovem.
In the first book in the series, The Warble, twelve-year-old Kristina has a difficult time at school. The other kids tease and bully her. The only bright spots are Raymond, her pet rat, and her favorite teacher. When Ms. Hensley gives Kristina a Christmas present the last day before the holiday break, Kristina’s adventures began.
In The Shard, Kristina’s adventures continue two years later. She attends a teen girls riding camp…with her tormentors Davina and Hester. The bullies steal and read Kristina’s diary, laughing about her memories of Bernovem.
Later, a cruel joke by the bullies leads to the three girls ending up in Bernovem.
Victoria Simcox has created a wonderful world of fantasy. As a nice surprise, the first two chapters of the third book, The Medallion, is included at the back of the book.
This sequel to 'The Warble' is a wonderful follow up. Kristina, the main character, has grown up a little and finds herself unhappy at summer camp. Suddenly Kristina is transported back to the fantasy land of Bernovem along with her friends/enemies, Davian and Hester are girls we love to hate. However she is happily reunited with the Prince! There is a sweet romance that begins with Kristina and her prince now that they are a bit more mature. Kristina is faced with many choices and the consequences that accompany them, it was fun to see her become stronger with all she faces in book two. If you enjoyed 'The Warble' you will really like book 2, 'The Shard'. There are all the elements in this book that made the first one a wonderful fantasy adventure. I highly recommend this read and look forward to reading book three in this series.
"The Shard," is every bit a tantalizing sequel to the first book, "The Warble." Victoria Simcox has an imaginative way of engaging her readers, and drawing them into the magic realm known as the Kingdom of Bernoven. However this is more than just a fantasy tale that inhabits fairies, mystical beings, and intrinsic talking animals. Fifteen year old Kristina Kingsley faces many challenges and obstacles in her endeavor to reunite with her prince, while striving to understand the consequences of actions in a fantasy land perceived in the real world. I love the writing style, the fascinating story, and the principles indoctrinated. A highly recommended read all ages, and anyone who believes in a touch of magic and mystique.