(Guest Review) The Crystal Warrior by Mike Cooley

Title: The Crystal Warrior

Author: Mike Cooley
Format: eBook
Publication Date: March 10, 2011
Overall: 3/5
Source: From author for review.
Larissya’s life changes forever when her Grandmother gives her a magic crystal that shows her glimpses of the future. Hunted by mercenaries and an evil group known as the Triad, she is rescued by a large brute of a man named Talos and his band of diminutive followers.

She soon discovers that everyone thinks she is the one referred to in legend as The Crystal Warrior. And that her destiny is to gather the magic crystals and lead an epic battle against the Triad. A battle that will determine the fate of Agorai itself. But she doesn’t yet believe that she is the one.
 The Triad has other plans. Plans that involve capturing the crystals and using their powers for themselves. Plans that involve murder, madness and pain. They have been waiting a long, long time for the Warrior to awaken.      
From the magic swords Shakari and Antare, to the gigantic reptilian bird known as Taradahn, to the mysterious worm of power called Ishak, to the magnificent tree city of Frizl, Larissya’s story is full of wonder—and darkness.

Will she triumph over the forces of evil? Will she obtain the power of the crystals? Will she be able to save her friends? Or will they die at her side?
 Jenny’s Review:
This book is about Larissya and the struggles that she faces when her grandmother gives her a magic crystal. Larissya does not know of the legends that surround the crystals, and struggles to come to terms with the fact that she is no longer the farmer’s daughter she thought she was. Her world is turned upside down when her grandmother gives her the crystal on her death bed. This is the start of Larissyas adventures, finding new friends and allies whilst trying to stay out of the way of the triad. Larissya is rescued by many people along the way who all end up helping her to search for the rest of the crystals, and make all the legends come true. The triad has other ideas and wants to find and use the crystals for themselves, all leading to battles along the way. Will Larissya win in the end, will she loose her friends and allies along the way and will the legends come true.
I must admit at first I found this book very slow, and found it hard to get immersed in Larissyas world. The book itself was well written, and once I got past the first part I found I was immersed in her world and wanted to find out what will happen next.
I particularly enjoyed the interaction between the main characters, as well as the back stories that were given for everyone. I found that the book and the story grow on you and you were interested in the outcomes of all the characters.
Overall I gave this book a 3/5 as I did enjoy the writing and the story in the end, what let it down in my opinion was that it didn’t grab me from the word go. I feel the book is aimed at the YA reader and that they will enjoy reading Larissyas story and the trouble she gets in to. I would definitely look at a sequel to find out what is going to happen next and would look forward to reading it.
**Please Note: This review is an honest opinion and no monetary compensation was received.**
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Reviewed By: Jenny Needham