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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
From the language to the plot to character development, Catherine L. Avizinis' Calya Journey-Wise: Follow the Crystal Path had me completely engrossed, lost in contemplation of the world she’s created and the path the protagonist has to travel to retrieve the Seed Crystals that would redeem her world from the curse of the devil that is Csdrel. A splendid blend of fantasy and adventure, the reader is irresistibly drawn to Calya, a gentle soul who is called to confront a damaging darkness. The High World of Gwalish may be losing its power and the key to redeeming the realms is in the Seed Crystals, some of which have been hidden in magical creatures buried alive by Csdrel. How Calya will retrieve these Seed Crystals is a mystery for the reader to find out.
Catherine L. Avizinis’ writing seduced me, literally. It’s the first book of hers I have read and it is the kind that you read and want to read again. I experienced the same sensations I had while reading Harry Potter. I love to be transported into exotic worlds, I love reading about strong conflicts, I love original and well-developed characters I can follow, and this book seems to contain it all. The plot is daring, unique, and masterfully spun. The writing leaps off the pages like magic, with strong imagery, and plot-driven and insightful dialogues that contain a lot of wisdom. The names of characters and places have a magic feel to them. I was lost in these pages, reading with a lot of excitement as I discovered the twists in the plot. The author even insinuates that the man the protagonist is in love with could be the devil she is fighting to destroy, and this helps to heighten the sense of the tragic, the intrigue, and the overwhelming conflict. Calya Journey-Wise: Follow the Crystal Path is one of those rare books we all want to watch on screen.