Patricia C. Wrede
- Title: Caught in Crystal
- Author: Patricia C. Wrede
- ISBN: 9780441760060
- Page: 353
- Format: Paperback
This spellbinding tale of dark magic takes readers back to Lyra, the world ofShadow Magic and Daughter of WitchesERE STANDS A TWISTED TOWERhidden in the Windhome Mountains Something is 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 toThis spellbinding tale of dark magic takes readers back to Lyra, the world ofShadow Magic and Daughter of WitchesERE STANDS A TWISTED TOWERhidden in the Windhome Mountains Something is 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 stories 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.
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I read Caught in Crystal strictly because of The Raven Ring: A Lyra Novel. Unfortunately, this book doesn't measure up to Ring, or even to Wrede's other works. While the world of Lyra is interesting with racial tensions and the sense that deep change is underway, the plot of Crystal is unevenly developed. In retrospect, the setting strongly reminds me of Andre Norton's Witch World series, full of nostalgia for an era gone by, and a group of sorcerous women fighting against eagle-helmed men.Caugh [...]
Patricia C. Wrede, through Caught in Crystal(CIC hereafter), was introduced to me by my mother in 3rd grade. While having already read the Hobbit, and Dragonlance chronicles at this time, it was one of the centerpiece novels that defined and set the standards of fantasy for me. Wrede has a remarkable ability to create characters with whom you can identify, with believable intercourse where you can follow motivation. Simplistic writing in the sense that it is smooth, flows well, rolls off the ton [...]
I did not think I was going to enjoy this book because it's kind of slow at the beginning but it does build up as you go along. I like Kayl because she is a single mother (widowed) who stands her ground while trying to juggle an Inn. I also liked how they intertwine the kids in the story, it never neglected in the story that the main character was a mother. I enjoyed that she is a mother, and is trying to handle them along with the quest that was handed to her. And, her children were not just th [...]
I'm not really sure what age these books are best for. On some level, a 12 yr old might enjoy them, but then there are other aspects that I think perhaps a bit older would be best. I read them in order of publication, but I think chronology would be better. The other nice thing about this series is that the books are self-contained. You do not have to read all of the books. You can pick and choose. None of the stories rely on the others. The connection is the world of Lyra and battling darkness. [...]
The Lyra series is one of my favorites. I find them interesting, but not so convoluted that I can't keep track of who is doing what where and when. The people and situations are generally believable, and even the fantasy elements seeem to me to fit it; they don't stretch my imagination to the breaking point. I haven't read all the Lyra books, but of the three that I have, I think this is my favorite.
My brother bought an old dog eared copy of this book at a second hand books store, it was the first fantasy book I've ever read. I loved this book, I read it 5 times, but I just found out its part of a series, I'll have to check out the other Lyra books, it may be tough, I believe most of them are out of print.
Review brought to you by OBS staff member VerushkaBeware of SpoilersCaught in Crystal is part of Patricia Wrede’s acclaimed Lyra series of books, now published for the first time in ebook form. The series consists of five books that are loosely connected, but all are based on the same world – Lyra. An interesting side-note is that Wrede created a role-playing game about Lyra, and after reading this book, it’s one I would love to get my hands on.I think the hidden gem of this novel is the i [...]
What I liked best was that the heroine is a middle aged mother of two who doesn't completely fit in her leather hero pants anymore but goes out and beats the bad guys anyway. And took her kids even though they often didn't listen and argued with each other.
Wrede is very good at meshing a "current" story with the "flashbacks," giving us both stories in one book. Even though I had to get this book interlibrary loan, it was worth it. I've really enjoyed the other Lyra books, too. This is the first in the loosely-connected series.
"I enjoyed this book very much. It was one I read after I started Katherine Kurtz's novels. Most fantasy I did not care for, but this one has a bit of humanity that I often find missing in other fantasy."
Not Wrede's strongest (I'm a rabid fan of her Pioneer Magic series), but always wonderful to have a strong thirtysomething female protagonist who has children.
Now here's an interesting novel in the Lyra series: every other story in the series is concerned with a young hero or heroine, usually learning their place in the world with some subtle exploration of romance; Caught in Crystal is about a widow innkeeper and her two children who go back to explore the consequences of the big adventure of her life, when she was young.I think this feels the most ambitious of the Lyra series, in that it involves flashbacks, several different magical systems, and co [...]
Four stars for unbeatable nostalgia!
I enjoyed this book very much. Having read all the Lyra books one after the other, it is interesting to see how Ms Wrede's writing improved over the course of the series.
Good, but not my favorite Lyra novel
3.5 rounded up - because it's Patricia C. Wrede.While the Lyra books do constitute a series, as I understand it and as I remember it they are also each standalone novels. Put together, they relate the long history of Lyra; taken separately, they are perfectly readable each unto itself. I've always been a huge fan of Patricia C. Wrede, and I liked this book, a lot. But I didn't love it as much as I expected. There was nothing huge, but a handful of small things - like Kayl, on watch over her camp [...]
I liked better author Wrede's Dragon series. /review/show Widow Kayl is more worried mother than heroine. Her son Mark 9 is not cute, often arguing. She ignores caring men; Glyndon is obvious husband material, if he doesn't die first. Yet she fights like still 20 against evil creatures and human Magicseeker soldiers who want magic-users dead. She resists even the sorceress Sisterhood who took her in as an orphan.
Caught in Crystal is the fourth book in Patricia Wrede’s Lyra series and picks up ten years after Kayl’s husband Kevran has died. Kayl is struggling to maintain her inn and raise to two children; the work is difficult but she and her children are safe and the secret of her past life as a member of the Sisterhood of Stars is still firmly buried in the past. That is, until the day Corrana, a tall dark-haired woman with a silver star on her robes walks into Kayl’s inn and tells the innkeeper [...]
While the Lyra books do constitute a series, as I understand it and as I remember it they are also each standalone novels. Put together, they relate the long history of Lyra; taken separately, each is perfectly readable each unto itself. I've always been a huge fan of Patricia C. Wrede, and I like this book, a lot. But I don't love it as much as I expected. From small things - like Kayl, on watch over her camp at night, sitting and staring into the fire while she tries to order her thoughts, the [...]
Patricia Wrede's back-catalogue is now being published electronically. This one seems to be published as YA but certainly crosses age boundaries well.Kayl, a single (widowed) mother with two children is an innkeeper living a quiet life. Her biggest worries are taxes and a suitor she would rather have as a friend. When Corrana, a member of the magical Sisterhood of Stars arrives on her doorstep, closely followed by Glyndon, Varnan mage and her late husband's friend, her quiet life is overturned.K [...]
This review is copied from my blog, The Towering Pile. It was originally published here.Kayl is living the quiet life of an innkeeper with two children when a sorceress shows up at the inn. Kayl's old life, in which she was a warrior in the Sisterhood of Stars, has finally caught up with her, and she's being called upon to finish the mission she started 15 years ago.I enjoyed this book, because it is very high fantasy, which I don't see enough of. The characters have a mission that involves a lo [...]
Originally posted on raidingbookshelvesWebsite | | | FacebookPublication Date: 1st March, 1987Publisher: Ace BooksCountry: United StatesISBN: 0441760066Original Language: EnglishAge Group: Young AdultGenre: Adventure/Romance/FantasySource: Buy the Book: Lootability: Needs more booty.Caught in Crystal has been reworked and refurbished for its ebook release. A prequel to the Lyra novels, Caught in Crystal introduces the wizards of Varna, the Silver Sisters and the controversy of Lyra's history.Ka [...]
This is a reissue of one of Wrede's older books, one of the five Lyra novels from the 1980s.It's centuries after the Wars of Binding, and some institutions and customs are starting to break down. The Estarren alliance is beginning to come apart, with new polities and alliances encroaching around its edges. The Magic Seekers, ruthlessly determined to force the non-human races and human magic users to give their magic to them, are becoming a serious threat.Kayl Larrinar, innkeeper in the small tow [...]
Caught in Crystal is an enjoyable traditional fantasy read about a single mother (a refreshingly different kind of character to the usual fantasy fare) whose past catches up with her.Kayl and her two children run a modest country inn and have done for a decade but everything changes the day a sorceress asks for a room. Her name is Corrana, a member of the order of the Sisterhood of Stars, a coven of witches that Kayl left after a secret mission to the Twisted Tower went horribly wrong. Since the [...]
Caught in Crystal tells the story of Kayl, an inn keeper struggling to maintain her inn and raise to two children. Things seem normal until the arrival of Corrana, a member of the Sisterhood of Stars (a coven of witches). It turns out that Kayl was a member of the sisterhood too, but she left her position as one of the best fighters and strategists of the coven after a mission went horribly wrong. But now, the Sisterhood needs her to return to the Twisted Tower, bringing Kayl’s past crashing d [...]
I know Patricia Wrede through her Sorcery and Cecelia books and more recently I've read The Thirteenth Child (which I loved), so when I saw that her earlier fantasy books were being newly released as ebooks I was happy to be able to read a galley through NetGalley.Caught in Crystal is set in the world of Lyra many years after the Wars of Binding. Kayl Larriner is a widowed innkeeper whose biggest worries come from raising her two young children and keeping up with the ever increasing taxes and p [...]
An enjoyable story, with much that I liked:1. A sympathetic and competent female protagonist who isn't a young, virginal damsel, but instead a thirtysomething mother of two;2. An emphasis on mystery and adventure rather than romance (though the romance is there);3. A riveting climactic action sequence in which a number of characters, including the protagonist, play a vital role;4. The theme of second chances, the idea that it's never too late for your life to turn in new and positive directions. [...]
This should really be a five-star book, because any book I've read over and over again deserves five stars, but each time I read Caught in Crystal I become more aware of its flaws.First, the good: this is a quest book, with a captivating journey through an intriguing variety of settings. The background is well developed: Kayl's inn sounds like a real inn; the Sisterhood of Stars sounds like a real religious order; the descriptions of Kith Alunel and the Windhome mountains are vivid and picturesq [...]
Kayl is living s simple life in her community, running an inn and caring for her two children. Until one day she gets an enigmatic guest, who tells Kayl that she needs her help. Kayl is forced to revisit a painful past she was sure she had left behind 15 years ago.As Kayl learns the truth about why the woman is there, she must decide whether she wants to bring her children along on a dangerous expedition, the same she took so long ago. But if she does undertake this journey, perhaps she will be [...]
I was much more interested in this book than in the previous ones in the series, partly because the main character's tough decisions about what aspects of her life are important enough to keep under strain are really interesting. Also, finally a female protagonist.
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