Saturday, January 9, 2016

Review: Caught in Crystal by Patricia C. Wrede

Synopsis: There stands of Twisted Tower...hidden in the Windhome Mountains. Something in imprisoned there - the Sisterhood of Stars does not know precisely what, but something is bound tight with a wizard's spell so that it can never escape again. Kayl is one of the few to have looked upon the Twisted Tower. She has no desire to see it again - she left the Sisterhood long ago, settling down to a quiet life. Her sword lies unused in a secret place beneath the stones of her hearth. But something evil is leaking from the Tower. And now a sorceress and a wizard have appeared on Kayl's doorstep, demanding she take up the sword again.... (from the back of the book)

Review: Wrede writes female characters who are strong, smart, complex, and believable! Kayl is no exception. Having walked out on the Sisterhood 15 years prior, she is now thrust back into the heart of the very issue that caused her to walk away. She's forced to face the reason she ran away, the reason she never went back - and the reason she failed. Watching her change and grow made the story for me. Granted, they were some cheesy parts, but they were few. And the Twisted Tower wasn't the real focus - it was Kayl's journey to make peace with her past and her future. The magic was fun and the world building solid - and given that this is a few 1,000 years before Daughter of Witches, if was neat to see that matching references. This is a vital part of Wrede's Lyra Chronicles, worth reading, if only for the fantastic female lead.

Bookmarks: 8 of 10

Awards: None

ISBN: 0-441-76006-6
Year Published:1987
Date Finished: 1-6-2016
Pages: 293

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