the crescent stoneBook Title: The Crescent Stone (The Sunlit Lands #1)

Author: Matt Mikalatos

Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers

Number of pages: 448

Genre: fantasy, young adult, fiction, christian

Release Date: August 7th 2018

Favorite Quotes:

“Good to see you all. Before anyone kill anyone. I just want to remind you that I go to the same high school with at least one of you, and I think school spirit should count for something.””

“He cleared his throat and shouted at the top of his lungs,”It’s morphin’ time!”

“”Sorry!” he shouted back at the trampled humans. “Still getting the hang of my rhinocorn!””

“”Ha,” he said. “I’ve seen your naked hands about a million times. They might not understand it here in the Sunlit Lands, but you and I were chemistry partners back in the real world. That’s a pretty tight bond, you know. Covalent, even.””

“The glory of a king comes from neither wealth nor finery but from the well-being of his people.”

“To change the world, change first a heart.”

“Stopping injustice with violence was like throwing gasoline on a fire.”

“The gears of an empire grind without respect for individuals. One does not simply throw away progress because a few people die along the way.”

“”People are the most important thing in the world. Anything else can be replaced, but people… Each one is unique, and when a person dies, they never come again. They’re gone forever. Other people might come but not that one. So we have to protect them while we can. And if it’s someone you love…you should protect them no matter what.””

“But Madeline walked with reverent wonder toward the unexpected feature against the far wall: a rustic bookshelf packed with books.”

“The scars help us remember…”

Goodreads Synopsis:

A girl with a deadly lung disease . . .

A boy with a tragic past . . .

A land where the sun never sets but darkness still creeps in . . .

Madeline Oliver has never wanted for anything, but now she would give anything just to breathe. Jason Wu skates through life on jokes, but when a tragedy leaves him guilt-stricken, he promises to tell only the truth, no matter the price. When a mysterious stranger name Hanali appears to Madeline and offers to heal her in exchange for one year of service to his people, Madeline and Jason are swept into a strange land where they don’t know the rules and where their decisions carry consequences that reach farther than they could ever guess.

My Review:

4.75/5 stars

I came across this book at BookCon 2018 at the Tyndale Publishing booth. I didn’t know anything about the book but was drawn to it because they told me there was a unicorn in the book (there was a stuffed unicorn next to the book in preparation for the author signing. Since I wasn’t sure I would be back in time for the signing, one of the people overseeing the booth had actually given me an ARC of the book. I did end up making it to the signing, so now I have two copies of it (and definitely keeping both). Now that I am done rambling about how I got the book, I am going to move on to talk about the book.

Initially I was hesitant to read this because I don’t typically go for high fantasy books. I always feel like if I’m spending time trying to remember the characters and their names, I won’t enjoy the story as much. Luckily, there was a list of names and who they were in the book. I ended up printing a picture of the names so that I could follow the characters a little easier.

I thought the idea of this book was very interesting. I’ve always enjoyed books where it’s the “underdog” who becomes the hero/heroine of the story. There are also other characters who, regardless of going thru things in the past, they’re willing to help others. Like many books I’ve read, the author did a nice job at making the story flow without leaving the reader be confused about what was going on in the story. The author also wrote the story from the third person point of view and you were able to hear a distinctive voice between each character and their individual personalities. I’ve always found it amazing how authors are able to accomplish this task.

I really enjoyed both the plot and character development. Readers have plenty of characters that they could relate to in some way. I liked Madeline, but I absolutely enjoyed Jason, Madeline’s friend. He was definitely the entertainment of the book. I liked his humor and how quick witted he was, despite what he had gone thru (obviously you’ll have to read the book). Most of his comments always had me laughing as I read.

The Crescent Stone was an easy read but also really made you think about a lot. This book goes into the idea of good vs. evil and how important it is to get the full story before making a judgement towards something or someone. After finishing the book, I basically just sat, contemplating what I just read (which is a good thing).

The only thing I didn’t like was the pacing of some parts of the middle. I felt that it was a little bit slow and not much was going on. However, it does pick up towards the middle-end/end of the book.

Instead of revealing too much of the book, I would HIGHLY recommend this to those who love fantasy. The book also had elements that reminded so much of The Magicians and Game of Thrones (the tv shows… yes I know they were books but I never got around to them). Oh, and if you like unicorns.

ANDDDD! If you read The Crescent Stone now, you’ll get to read the sequel, The Heartwood Crown (The Sunlit Lands #2), which comes out in August and will be featured at this years BookCon!!

Make sure to check out the authors pages below:

Author Websites:

Goodreads

Website

Twitter

Facebook

Instagram