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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Illuminating Crystal is Book One in the White Bird Series by PB Morlen. Crystal Blue doesn't realize what she's been blown into. She thought it was an escape from the cold outdoors that pushed her inside a bookstore. It was more than just the cold. It was fate and an unraveling of destiny, her destiny, past and present, that would unleash some incredibly complex and diverse chain of events. All she had to do was convince the owner, Cosmos, to hire her. Once hired, her job was not upstairs in the cosy bookstore, but downstairs in the dark, poorly lit basement. She had to unpack and inventory boxes of books and look out for one special book, one with powers that could unravel all of humanity, as well as Crystal.
Illuminating Crystal is a real page-turner. Mixed in with fantasy, there is mythology and a good deal of mystery. It is convoluted and complex as the characters, increasing in numbers, all somehow connect to one another in both good and evil ways. There is subterfuge and adventure as characters are kidnapped, rescued, and obliterated. It is a very exciting plot with intense twists and turns. As evil encircles an innocent, unsuspecting Crystal and her sister, Claire, the intensity of the story thickens.
PB Morlen has written a fascinating tale that weaves facts with mythology and fiction. There is a deep connection between Crystal and the bookstore's owner, Cosmos, well-named for his earthly endeavor to be well-ordered in a bookstore, no less. This is an outstanding fantasy that pitches good against evil in an endless battle for the preservation of the human race.