Saturday, April 21, 2012
Crystal Shade: Angeni, Volume 1 by István Szabó Ifj.
Seven year old Grace always dreamt of becoming a guardian angel; like those who guarded and guided her people and prepared to bravely fight in a dreaded mythical event, the Crystal Shade - which never came. It's not like Grace ever wanted to see Demons. Or wants to know what evil and darkness is - things that no one ever faced on her world and as the legends says, the Crystal Shade carries within -, nor does she want to die to be reborn as a guardian. But she thinks the mysterious life of angels is so noble, a fable that it sounds exciting - until it actually happens.
A story about a girl who is an angel in training. This story unravels from training sessions into more intense battle scenes and along the way we learn the story of the Crystal Shade.
At about 350 pages it was a detailed, descriptive and imaginative fantasy story that the reader. The author is an artist as well, if you take one minute to look at the website you will tell immediately there is a lot of detail and passion in his work. His writing is like art put into word form. It is descriptive in a way that will allow you to picture the world in your mind as colorful imagery and a blur between light and dark.
The main character is Grace, her greatest wish is to someday become an angel. When she dies and begins her angel training, she imagines all of her dreams coming true. She is living in a beautiful world, learning to do all the duties that you would imagine an angel would encompass. But everything cannot be perfect for long. As the story unravels and the reader learns of the Crystal Shade and the ever lurking darkness that lies outside her current realm, the story becomes more intense and darker. For there cannot be the good without the bad.
This book was not a fast read, it was something that I had to have complete silence for and completely shut off myself from the world to become immersed in it. The writing style is one that needs a concentration to read through, both detailed, imaginative it will consume you for the duration.