Publication Date: July 19, 2013
Origins: From Author for Review
Order Links: Amazon
Synopsis: At a very young age, Leone Verrat learned that her ability to cast simple magical spells was limited by a very peculiar handicap. Even though she earned barely passable grades in order to graduate from Blueroot Academy, a school specializing in magical studies, an unknown benefactor still saw fit to recommend her for Morgan's Ordeal, a test necessary for any respectable career.
She is soon inextricably linked to her theatrical Ordeal partner, Falchion, as they must brave the dangers of the test together. They both quickly discover that the Ordeal is the least of their concerns as they find themselves in the middle of an ancient power struggle.
The Crystal Ordeal follows Leone from her graduation day through a catastrophic magical mishap and its immediate consequences.
Review: ‘The Crystal Ordeal’ is a fantasy novel with great main characters in Leone and Falchion. Once Leone graduates from her magical studies at Blueroot Academy, she’s recommended to go through the Ordeal. The Ordeal is necessary if she wants to have a career and she must go through with a partner. She’s partnered up with Falchion, who wants nothing more than to be an archaeologist, even though he has been training as a guard. Yet their Ordeal will bring some far-reaching consequences, not only for themselves, but for their entire world.
‘The Crystal Ordeal’ is the first book in the new Legends of Leone series. Leone’s magical ability is very different than “normal” and it actually serves her very well when she and Falchion are thrust into truly life-threatening situations. The author created a fascinating new world, populated by myriad cultures and creatures, which operated very different from many other fantasy worlds. I would have liked if Leone and Falchion figured out the mystery of the crystals and their role in all of it more on their own, but it all works in the end. ‘The Crystal Ordeal’ is fun, exciting, and filled with unforgettable characters.
Legends of Leone series: The Crystal Ordeal (1)