Two gods. A world divided. One man and one woman destined to decide which god will control humanity’s destiny for the next 1,000 years. For Mirah, who has a mind of her own and a will far outweigh her slight stature, her late father’s general supply shop was the world. Then came a simple knock on the door one cold, winter night following an exhausting day. Her only goal is to dismiss whoever it was so she could get to bed, she answered it. Unfortunately, the two Knights on the other side had orders that would ultimately shatter her world. In the blink of an eye, she’s ripped from the only life she’s known and riding headlong into a destiny for which she was not prepared. A destiny she shares with a man named Rasmussen who seems bent on killing her. Through dark forests, scorching deserts, snow-covered mountains, and cursed land, she and her Knight Protectors; the arrogant Commander Roenin, patient Colonel Alyen, and fiery, red-headed Captain Samone; first learn about then struggle to fulfill the demands of a secret held by the Temple for the last one thousand years. A secret that will not only change Mirah’s life forever but the world as well.
“A lengthy but unforgettable novel, well worth your time!! by Chloe”
The Crystal Key by T. L. Howard was quite an undertaking for me as I rarely read such long books, but I was spellbound and found this read difficult to put down. The Crystal Key is a mesmerizing tale of a young woman named Mirah, who has a mind of her own and a will far outweighing her slight stature. For Mirah, her hometown of the provincial capital of Bryston and her late father’s general supply shop was and would always be the world. However, one cold, late winter night following an extremely long exhausting day, her world was shattered by a knock on the door. She opens it to find the world’s two highest-ranking Knights of Deceris standing there. They are carrying an enigmatic summons for her from the Archprelate, the most powerful man in the world of Chiram. In the blink of an eye, Mirah is ripped from the only life she’s known and thrust into the company of the two Knights, one of who possesses enough conceit and arrogance for the entire universe. She is soon fighting for her life when a man she’d never met, tries repeatedly to kill her as she rides headlong to meet a destiny for which she was not prepared. A destiny she shares with this man trying to kill her, Rasmun.
Throughout her journey through dark forests, scorching deserts, snow covered mountains, and cursed land, Mirah and those who would become her Knight Protectors; the arrogant Commander Roenin, patient Colonel Alyen, and fiery, red-headed Captain Samone; discover soul-binding friendship and love amidst sacrifice and duty as they learn a secret held by the Temple for the last one thousand years. A secret that would not only change Mirah’s life forever, but the world as well.
The writing of T L Howard shines bright in this out-of-the-box fantasy adventure that anyone, tween and up, can read and immensely enjoy. The trials and tribulations Mirah and her compatriots experience are easily recognizable by the reader. Each character, no matter how slight, is full and engaging while some have lives that are intertwined by a common, tumultuous past. I can’t wait to read the sequel, Corryn’s Stone.