The tears of the goddess Mirge must be found.
Thousands of years ago the beings of Naor, forced to stand against Hodgorn, god of darkness, won. Yet evil survived and now the empire prepares for the final battle. Hodgorn is determined to return, conquer, and rule in place of his brother Ulse, god of light. As he gathers his forces, the only hope is Ainara, Mistress of Crystals, a girl with a pure soul, chosen by the gods to rule the power of the Agarniles, the diamond tears, Mirge’s legacy.
Divided between the Elves, Dwarfs, and Humans to safeguard them, the Arganiles must be reunited and the Mistress must harness their power. Supported by a priest, the Pharaoh’s son, two protector warriors, Ainara sets forth on a dangerous quest which will demand sacrifice and all her courage, insight and tenacity.
But as with every human soul, Ainara is not absolutely pure and the Arganiles will not tolerate any evil or imperfection. Ainara is in danger.
Author: Justyna Plichta-Jendzio
Publisher: Rebel epublisher
Release Date: 27/06/2017
My Chosen Format: Kindle
My Rating of ‘Mistress of Crystals’: 2 out of 5
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Writing negative reviews isn’t something I enjoy doing, but I can’t wax lyrical about how much I enjoyed a product if I simply didn’t enjoy it as much as I would have hoped.
When the author approached me to read and review ‘Mistress of Crystals’ I was told it would suit the style of books I enjoyed reading. I, however, felt the book leaned more towards a younger audience than the dark fantasy I regularly read. I will stress that the book is by an author whose first language isn’t English, so some of the drawback I found may be due to nuances of the author’s writing being lost along the way in translation, but I can only review the product I have in front of me.
There were two main drawbacks that stopped me from enjoying ‘Mistress of Crystals’ as much as both myself, and the author, would have hoped. The first being the writing style. It simply isn’t a style I am used to reading. I am used to being shown a world where my mind can run wild with what it’s taking in. In ‘mistress of Crystals’ everything was matter of fact. The reader is told everything rather than shown. Very little room for romanticising an image in your head as you are given exactly what is there down to the exact thoughts every character is having. My second drawback was the overuse of unnecessary adjectives. For instance: they walked through the opulent door’. What makes the door opulent? Why do I need to know it is opulent? A lot of the time it felt more like padding than necessary description.
Those two drawbacks being so frequent throughout made the reading process far slower for me.
The whole reading process wasn’t entirely negative for me. There were aspects of the story, and book as a whole, that I enjoyed. Menfer’s character was perhaps my favourite. I did not feel the characters were overly fleshed out but I thought his character was by far one of the more intriguing. I also enjoyed the whole basis of the story, I just felt that very little happened. Action scenes were present, they were just few and far between which gave it the feeling more of a novel about talking and court intrigue/politics than it did about a dynamic plot.
I also felt the first two chapters were a very strange fit for the book as a whole as, technically, the story starts in chapter three. The first was a chapter where an elf and a man are being chased by hellhounds. I honestly did not see how it added anything to the story for the rest of the novel. At first, I thought it might be introducing a character for later, or showing that hellhounds exist. But neither seemed apparent. Chapter two was literally just a whole chapter detailing the backstory of the world’s religion. Such info is important, but it could have been drip-fed to the reader throughout rather than as one huge info dump as its own chapter.
Considering the book has been edited into English, I do feel bad about the negativity in my review but, as I said above, I can only review the product that is in front of me, not the product as it was meant to be.