I've added a new book to my to-read list, and you might want to do the same. The Lost Shards trilogy by Charlie Pulsipher spans worlds and blends my favorite genres, and it just sounds like a cool book series! So I'm sharing it here today on my blog, so you can check it out too.
Crystal Bridge is the first installment of the trilogy.
Kaden could use his Egg, a shell of light only he can see, to transport himself across the emptiness between universes to distant worlds, but he’s afraid. This Egg may have saved his life once, but it failed to save another and the worlds it leads to are full of hidden dangers.
Aren’s sight reaches deep into the souls around her, exposing more than she ever wanted to see in friends, family, and strangers alike. When she turns her gaze on Kaden, his Egg responds, sending them spiraling across space and time to a world where dragons, elves, dwarves, and peculiar gods dwell. Separated, lost, and alone in a world on the brink of war, these teens must come to grips with their unique gifts if they ever want to see Earth again.
Back home, a biotechnology company tinkers with the science of reality, hoping to cure death itself, but they awaken something shadowy and powerful, a being imprisoned in the void for millennia. This dark god longs to break free and devour everything, its hunger insatiable. Infinite universes would be consumed. Kaden and Aren must decide if they can save more than themselves.
Can they save us all?
What to Expect?
Jaw-dropping fun. There are surprises in store: interesting worlds, a ton of compelling and quirky characters, and enough awe and adventure to satisfy just about anyone.
Sci-fi and fantasy playing together. Bioprinting, gene therapy, quantum computers, wormholes, cloning, nanobots, and artificial intelligence meshed with gods, elves, dragons, dwarves, swords, arrows, and sorcery without the story suffering, feeling heavy, or confusing the snot out of you.
Humor. This isn’t a laugh out loud from cover to cover book, like Zombies at the Door, but the author is a huge fan of Joss Whedon and he can’t help but inject some dry humor and funny moments into every book.
Tears and fears. Most of the tears will come in the next couple books, but you may shed a tear over the cliffhanger ending (warning you ahead of time, but you should know that the next book more than makes up for it). Rho is also seriously creepy and you will bite your nails over the safety of the main characters too.
Late nights. The author is an evil genius who strings you along from story to story and character to character with enticing scenes and new discoveries. Once you get a chapter or two in, you will have a hard time putting the book down.
"Brilliantly written! If Harry Potter and Luke Skywalker met, the Crystal Bridge would be the place of their encounter. From the first page to the last, I was held in suspense of needing to find out what happens."-takaylmae
"Why do you read? This book is every reason." -Aften
Get it: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, as an audio book
If you want to get in touch with the author, you can stalk him on Facebook, Twitter, and his own site.