Palace of the Three Crosses

Palace of the Twelve Pillars 2

Christian - Fantasy/Sci-Fi
270 Pages
Reviewed on 09/22/2013
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Author Biography

Christina Weigand’s a writer, wife, and mother of three grown children and a middle school daughter. She is also Nana to three granddaughters. She lives with her husband and youngest daughter in Pennsylvania, returning there after a short sabbatical in Washington. Currently, she’s working on fantasy novels and inspirational writing. Through her writing, she strives to share the Word of God and help people young and old to realize the love and mercy He has for everyone.
When she’s not writing, she’s active in her local Church as a lector, Bible Study, volunteering at her daughter's school helping the children develop a love for reading and writing. Jesus fills her home with love as she shares Him through her writing.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Bil Howard for Readers' Favorite

Palace of the Three Crosses, by Christina Weigand is a dark fantasy involving deep conflicts between three different species as they struggle for control of the land. Twins Brandan and Joachim return from being held captive by a darkness that has left them deeply scarred. Upon their return, they are forced to continue on following the death of their father and separation from their mother, while attempting to heal from the damage that was done deep inside them. As each of them struggles to find their bearings, and healing and restoration with Asha, they are forced into ruling the kingdom. With new wives, each is being drawn into a different direction by the woman at their side and the churning turmoil inside of themselves. The forces of Sidramah are leading Brandan further away from Asha through his wife, Magda (of the Mation species), while the forces of Asha are trying to restore and keep Joachim from being overtaken as his wife, Maeve (of the Kningrad species,) fights by his side to keep him from again falling into Sidramah’s darkness. Their kingdoms stand in the balance as the inner battles affect those around them.

Christina Weigand does a wonderful job of painting a portrait of the darkness that surrounds evil and, the often times, dim hope that sometimes is all that is left of goodness. Through this story of two brothers struggling to be restored to the goodness that once was theirs, the author examines deeper issues that often overwhelm those who can only see goodness dimly lit. Those around them become essential in helping them to find their destiny and true goodness. The character development and plot will have the reader hooked and turning pages with eager anticipation for the next fatal twist. Suspense and intrigue are thick throughout this novel, but always lingering about the surface is a feeling that goodness and hope will certainly win out.

Jean Hall

This lush, medieval fantasy world is both good and evil, beautiful and grotesque. Twin princes Joachim and Brandan vie for the hand of the lovely princess Maeve. Christina Wiegand in Palace Of The Three Crosses continues this thoughtful, young adult Christian series. The setting of this book has wild, deep forests and grand palaces where the kingdoms are ruled. There are sword battles and dragon rides, and even a bit of magic. Joachim and Brandan are like two sides of the same coin. But Brandan falls under a magical spell and he becomes a threat to the kingdom which they have both fought to protect. But Princess Maeve is the true heart of this fantasy world.

Christina Wiegand has created a wonderful fantasy world to immerse yourself in when you want an entertaining escape from the ordinary. There are some religious overtones but the characters and the plot can stand alone. Palace Of The Three Crosses by Christina Wiegand gives imagination flight with strong characters and ghostly haunts.

Stefan Vucak

Returning from the Battle of Harable Valley, princes Brandan and Joachim of the kingdom of Caro, arrive home to attend the funeral of their father. One would be crowned the king of Caro and marry princess Maeve of Kningrad, and the other would be crowned king of Mahorg. When it is announced that prince Joachim would marry Maeve, Brandan protests, saying he is the Anointed One. This sets into motion suspicion and rivalry between the two brothers, helped with a strong dose of magic to confuse things.

Seeking to destroy Caro and Mahorg, the king of Mantion orders his shape-shifting daughter to take on human form, beguile Brandan, and marry him. Steps were taken to befuddle Joachim, leading to the downfall of both. The Mantions would then rule the human kingdoms. Attacking Caro, Brandan’s Mantion wife reveals to him her true self, promising destruction on him and his brother. In Mahorg, evil spells haunting his castle, a sage reveals to Joachim the rise of the Chosen One, who would free the kingdoms of evil.

With Palace of the Three Crosses, Christina Weigand takes the reader into lands of magic, dragons, palace intrigues, and evil forces. It is a well-written book, but readers will find the proliferation of kingdoms, characters and sub-plots difficult to unravel if they have not read Book 1, and you will need to read book 3 to get the full story. Nevertheless, for lovers of magical fantasy, Palace of the Three Crosses is an entertaining read.