The Black Shard by Victoria Simcox Review And Giveaway (Thankful for the Holidays Blog Hop)


This post is part of the Thankful For the Holidays Blog Hop courtesy of hosts Reviews by Molly and Romancing The Book  
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About the Book:

The Black Shard, Victoria Simcox’s fast-paced, intricately woven sequel to The Magic Warble, takes Kristina Kingsly and her schoolmates back to Bernovem … and into a thrilling, often dangerous adventure.

Kristina’s stay at summer horse camp is horrible to say the least, and it’s all because Hester and Davina are there as well, making her life miserable. When Hester’s cruel prank goes terribly wrong, it’s actually what sends the three girls back to the magical land of Bernovem. In Bernovem, Kristina is very excited to see her former friend, Prince Werrien. When he invites her to sail with him on his ship to his homeland Tezerel, putting it simply, Kristina can’t refuse.

Reunited with her gnome, dwarf, animal, fairy friends … and best of all, Werrien, things seem like they couldn’t get any better for Kristina. But when Werrien becomes fascinated with an unusual seeing stone, the “Black Shard”, Kristina is haunted by a ghostlike old hag. Struggling against suspicion, guilt, illness, and ultimately the one who wants to possess her soul, Kristina will see it’s in her weakest moment that she will encounter more strength than she has ever known.

About the Author:

Victoria, known as Vicki, was born in 1966, in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada, to an Austrian immigrant mother, and a Dutch immigrant father. She has one older sister, Jeannette. When Vicki was 7, she moved with her family to British Columbia. In her early twenties Vicki moved to Western Washington and now resides in Marysville WA. She has been married to her husband Russ, for nineteen years and they have three children; Toby, who is fifteen, Kristina, thirteen, and William, eight. She has home schooled her children for the past nine years, and she also teaches elementary school art. Vicki’s other family members are, a Chihuahua, named Pipsy, two cats, Frodo, and Fritz, and two parakeets, Charlie, and Paulie. She did have a pet rat named Raymond when she started writing The Magic Warble, but sad to say, he has since passed away of old age. Vicki enjoys writing, painting watercolors, watching movies, hanging out with her family, and chauffeuring her kids around to their many activities. Her favorite author is C.S. Lewis, and one of her fondest memories is when she was twelve. She would sit at the kitchen table and read The Chronicles of Narnia to her mother while she cooked dinner. These magical stories were very dear to Vicki and she remembers wishing, If only I could go to Narnia like Lucy and Susan. Vicki hopes that maybe, she can touch someone with her story in a similar way.


This is the second book in the series.  I highly recommend you read the first book in order to understand the full impact of the ending in this one.  (though this book can stand on its own without having read the first).

Kristina goes back to Bernovem and meets up with some old friends and some new ones.  Every thing seems fine, until she is haunted by a hideous hag who wants to harm her.  The hag is very mysterious and random, which makes this a very suspenseful story.  I don't want to give away any spoilers, but you will find out who the hag really is and why Kristina mysteriously keeps getting sick.

There are lots of surprises near the end; characters change suddenly to the opposite of what you have known them to be.  The action also makes this book a page turner!  (you may find that you stay up late trying to find out what happens next)  This is not as light as the first and has more of a dark and dramatic feel (though not scary).  Sometimes a sequel can be a bit of a letdown compared to the first novel.  But in this case, my son and I found that to be the opposite; he especially enjoyed this even more.   Although he was a bit disappointed that there was not as much humor. 

This is recommended for tweens ages 9-13.  I highly recommend reading this aloud with the tween in your life!

Where To Buy It:

You can purchase The Black Shard on Amazon

Connect With The Author:

Black Shard Facebook Fan Page

Victoria Simcox on Twitter

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Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from author for the purpose of review.  The author will provide the winner with a copy for the giveaway.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

8 comments on "The Black Shard by Victoria Simcox Review And Giveaway (Thankful for the Holidays Blog Hop)"
  1. Visited Vikki's blog and followed her on GFC. My name of GFC is Celebrate Woman (but it shows my old name on her blog as Discovery Woman)

    discovery4 at mac dot com

  2. i went to her blog and i follower her on GFC as traceyj40. thanks
    happy holidays

  3. Following her via GFC
    wdwfla at gmail dot com

  4. I followed on GFC - loverofanimals49

    I would love to read this myself, but think I would give it to my friend's daughter!


  5. GFC michelle plummer
    I would give this to my daughter

  6. Follow her on GFC Denise Calhoun

    I would give this to me:)

  7. follow on GFC-laurie1993
    and I would give to my daughter


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