by Deborah Jarvis
Keyralithian Chronicles -The Crystal Pawn
Updated: Dec 16, 2021
Deirdre Hawes has always dreamed of meeting her father, but the reality of who he is and where he is from exceeds her wildest imagination.
The reunion certainly does not go as she had imagined when she finds herself asked to take her place as the heir to her father’s Shaper clan. Accepting the invitation, Deirdre finds herself brought a magical land on the verge of a religious war with a neighboring country, and a civil war between its magical beings and the human inhabitants.
The task requested of Deirdre seems simple: act as the heir to her clan’s magical bloodline. In order to do this, she must step into her role, including appearing to be available to marry into the royal house, thus binding the
two factions and giving the rulers of the country time to find other solutions to the pending crises. Her actual decision of what to do is nowhere near as simple. If she is truly to suc
ceed, she needs to find something that will stop the war. To that end, Deirdre must leave to find a fabled clan of shapeshifters rumored to hold the key to stopping the war. Setting off into the wilderness with a group of disenchanted nobles and magical beings, Deirdre struggles to also master her own inherent magical abilities, without which there will be no hope of success if the old tales are to be believed.
When Deirdre is ultimately confronted with her role in the future of the country and with the forces of the enemy, she must decide whether to continue her quest or to return to the safety of her own world. The choice Deirdre makes could ultimately be her last.