The Crystal Crux

Betrayal Volume 1

Fiction - Fantasy - Epic
318 Pages
Reviewed on 03/31/2016
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Author Biography

Author of the Historical Fantasy novel 'The Crystal Crux - Betrayal', the first of a series.
I'm a fan of Jack Whyte, George R.R. Martin, J.R.R. Tolkien, Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman, Lloyd C. Douglass, C.S. Lewis, Michael Crichton and Herbie Brennan.
I'm nuts about sports watching everything. I still play and watch a lot of soccer. I'm heavily influenced by the imagery of rock music, my favorites ranging from the Scorpions, Kansas and Dio to Rise Against, Symphony X and Nightwish.
I am married. My wife Susan and I have three beautiful daughters and a growing stable of grandchildren. We are Christians with a Sacred Name Home Assembly.
The Crystal Crux series is worked out in its entirety but will require a lot of labor to bring the rest of it to fruition. I hope you enjoy the first book - Betrayal - and stick around for the rest of the ride!

    Book Review

Reviewed by Chris Fischer for Readers' Favorite

In a novel of truly epic standards, The Crystal Crux: Betrayal, Volume One by author Allen M. Werner is a story that readers will not soon forget. Follow the story of Pero de Alava, a man dealing with paranoia and hallucinations to such a degree that he believes he is losing his mind. He loses his fiancee, his best friend can't seem to help him, and he can't seem to get past his jealousy of the wicked people who are prospering in Greek society. Will Pero be able to fight the demons that plague him, or will he slip deeper and deeper into madness? You'll need to read the book to find out.

I very much enjoyed The Crystal Crux: Betrayal, Volume One. Author Allen M. Werner has written a complex, intricate and highly engaging tale that will enthrall his readers from the very beginning and will keep them obsessively turning the pages until the very end. The author's abilities in world creation are simply second to none and readers will feel as if they can slip through the pages to the landscapes that he paints with his words. The characters are vividly drawn and realistic, even in the fantastic environment, a mark of an excellent author. Any reader who enjoys a great work of fantasy, a little bit of romance, or just a creative work of fiction in general should absolutely give The Crystal Crux: Betrayal, Volume One a read. I am pleased to be able to recommend this book, and hope that I see more by the very promising author, Allen M. Werner, in the very near future!

From Author Ellie Midwood

From author Ellie Midwood (The Girl From Berlin novels)

“Crystal Crux” is a truly epic adventure that combines both historical fiction and supernatural. The story begins with a deceitful Fabbro brothers’ atrocity, committed against their own parents, and the new rule, taken by force can never bring anything good. And yet, the most ruthless of the brothers in his lust for power turns to black magic with the help of Sinibaldus, a creature devoid of almost everything human.
I loved how multiple stories were interweaved together, creating a complex mosaic of characters, knights’ lifestyle and paths, spiritual searching, especially one of Pero de Alava, who seemed to lose his faith not only in God, but in himself and the world around him as well.
The world, masterfully created by the author, pulls the reader right in and refuses to let go. The prose is imaginative, and the action scenes are vivid and breathtaking in their brutal honesty.
All in all, “Crystal Crux” is one of those epic novels that are impossible to put down. Meticulously researched, this gritty, compelling story is definitely worth five stars! A great read.

Christopher Patterson

I have a serious love for historical fiction and fantasy that is clearly well researched and adds a new spin on our history. Don't get me wrong, I love good ole classic fantasy as well, but its nice to read something that is different, new, and refreshing, and The Crystal Crux does not fail in this area.

Werner does an excellent job of research. The historical elements of The Crystal Crux were meticulously researched. In addition to the excellent research, the then fictional and fantastical elements of the novel seemed to fit right in with the actual history, as if it was . . . this isn't fiction, this really happened and somehow my history classes just missed these facts in history. Whats more, Werner uses actual historical figures and infuses them into his fantasy, and he does it in an almost seamless way.

Werner's vocabulary is excellent as well. As I read the kindle version, there were times I found myself highlighting words. Now, I think that's a good thing. It expands my vocabulary as a reader and shows me this author really knows how to write. His ability to not only convey an exciting story while using intricate, flowing, and beautiful language only added to the story itself.

This was an enjoyable read and I would suggest it to anyone who enjoys history, historical fiction, or fantasy adventure. Thank you and HAPPY READING!!!