Sinners in Magic
by Lynette Creswell
The protagonist in this work is a teenager named Crystal who has suffered though her years knowing she was different but not why. Having visions and being able to cause stuff to happen when she wears a certain piece of jewelry that her mother found in the crib with her as a baby are just the glamour on the surface. Just wait and see what she self discovers once she ventures out of the ordinary world.
I’m really impressed. Thank you very much Lynette for world building, creating an epic coming of age journey for a reader to be carried away with in a more meal sized package. Other than a few point of view shifts that muddle unless you immediately reread the passages I feel that this is a well thought out story and worthy of reading for ages nine and up.
On a more mature literary note it is amazing how we can develop fantasies and display questions or views of race relations. I felt that it was going to get a bit preachy but the topics were presented as an undercurrent throughout the book and resolved to a side by the end. The manuscript could use another pass by an editor but so could several works I have read from Tor and Random House.
I recommend this book not only for personal entertainment but as a book for discussion in groups of readers as they challenge each other to find all the plots and ideas.