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The Crimson Shard (Blackhope Enigma Series) [Kindle Edition]

Teresa Flavin
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Book Description

A visit to a private London museum takes a sinister turn when fifteen-year-old Sunni Forrest and her friend Blaise are lured through a painted doorway into the past. As a clandestine, eighteenth-century world of art thieves, forgers and bodysnatchers closes in on them, they must take their chances on the treacherous streets of the city. Can they evade their captors and keep an ancient secret from falling into the wrong hands? And will they find the key to unlock the only way home -- before it closes forever?
A gripping time-travel adventure imbued with alchemy and intrigue, The Crimson Shard is a sequel to Teresa Flavin's critically acclaimed The Blackhope Engima.

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About the Author

Teresa Flavin took three years to complete the text, plus the accompanying maps and illustrations for Blackhope Enigma. When she is not writing or illustrating, Teresa leads school art workshops, makes paintings and hand-made books, travels to far-flung places with her geographer husband, hikes in the Scottish hills and walks every labyrinth she can find.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1665 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Templar Publishing (1 Oct. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848770731
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848770737
  • ASIN: B0078XFZ2A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #542,162 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Teresa Flavin is an illustrator and author of critically-acclaimed fantasy novels for children and young people. Her debut novel, The Blackhope Enigma (Templar Publishing UK), was short-listed for a number of UK book awards and was a Fall 2011 Junior Library Guild selection in the USA (Candlewick Press). The sequel, The Crimson Shard, is published in the UK by Templar and in the USA by Candlewick Press. It was a Fall 2012 Junior Library Guild Selection and was nominated for the 2013 Teen Choice Book of the Year. Templar published The Shadow Lantern, the final novel in the Blackhope Enigma trilogy, in the UK in 2013 and Candlewick published it in 2014.

In 2013 British publisher Barrington Stoke published Yellow Rabbit (Illustrated by Rich Watson) for a reading age of 6 and in 2014 it brought out Teresa's latest novel, Jet Black Heart, a supernatural time travel mystery for teens.

American-born Teresa lives in West Yorkshire, England. She maintains a studio where she not only writes, but illustrates and makes paintings for gallery exhibitions. She also speaks widely in schools, libraries and at literary festivals.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Rowling fans have a new series to follow 26 Oct. 2011
Teresa Flavin has written a lively sequel to The Blackhope Enigma; one doesn't need to have read Blackhope to follow The Crimson Shard, but fans will go back and buy her first installment to get more of Sunni and Blaise. If you haven't read Blackhope do yourself a favor and buy both books together; as you will undoubtably do it anyway. Ms. Flavin has captured another historical era and has done her research. Young readers will be drawn to the history, and hopefully will conduct their own research to learn more. There is plenty of historical fact not generally found in standard school text, and enough subliminal gory bits to spark the interest of today's youth. A new take on time travel and the dilemmas it brings to moderns returning to times past is compounded by the youth of the travelers. Fear for their safety, anger at their tormentors and enthusiasm for their quick intelligence keeps the reader on the edge of their seat. I hope Ms. Flavin gives us more of Sunni and Blaise, as well as the characters that brought the two books full circle; there is more adventure to be had. I can feel it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Such an original time travel series. 17 Oct. 2011
By Serendipity Reviews TOP 1000 REVIEWER
If you are a regular follower of my blog, you will know that I read and reviewed The Blackhope Enigma last week which is the first book in this series. Normally I avoid reading books in a series back to back, so this was a first time for me in absolutely ages. I always worry that I will become bored of the characters if I go straight into the next book; luckily this did not happen with The Crimson Shard and I would say that I actually enjoyed it even more than the first book.

For a start, this book takes our time travellers Sunni and Blase, through a door into the 1800's, which is always a favourite period of time for me. It was lovely to see that Sunni's blooming friendship with Blase, depicted in the first book had moved onto a budding romance. I can't wait to see where their mutual admiration takes them in the future. Sunni is just a fantastic character,who never admits defeat. I loved the Shakespearean twist as Sunni is made to dress like a boy; a situation I felt she handled very well.

I was actually quite glad to see that Dean, Sunni's younger stepbrother did not feature in this book, as I did find him slightly annoying in the first book. He was just too whiny and a typically annoying young brother to me; just not built for exciting adventures through time.

Although this book is a sequel, it does not run with a tried and tested formula. It is completely different from the first book, leaving you wondering what to expect. Definitely a refreshing change to many books appearing in the series format.

I loved the way that hidden loose threads from the first book, found themselves woven into this story. The first book left no cliff hangers, yet this book actually discovered some hidden ones and brought them out into the open for everyone to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A rattling good read 16 Oct. 2011
A pacy and exciting sequel to The Blackhope Enigma, this story follows the adventures of Sunni and Blaise as they find themselves in eighteenth century England amidst art thieves, body snatchers and time travellers. The plot twists and turns, some small and delightful illustrations accompany the text, and characters are brought to life with deft language and conversational touches. Flavin chooses great names for her Hogarthian cast and the novel would be very entertaining if read aloud.
As in The Blackhope Enigma the story has a focus on art with paintings taking centre stage.
The book could be read as a stand alone, but probably works better if read as a sequel to The Blackhope Enigma - not only are the characters familiar, but several unresolved plot lines from the first novel are resolved elegantly in this follow up. Sunni and Blaise are only slightly older, and there are signs of a developing relationship - it will be interesting to see how this is tackled in later sequels - hoping that there are some!
Highly recommended for young adults (and old adults) who enjoy art, time shifts, fast paced historical action, and the slightest glimmering of romance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I thoroughly enjoyed the Blackhope series 14 Sept. 2014
I thoroughly enjoyed the Blackhope series. When I was reading the first book I thought it might make a good fantasy film. Although, the third book completes the trilogy. I still think there is potential for spin offs in different directions, possibly with new characters etc
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5.0 out of 5 stars It was a wonderful and very enthralling read. 25 Feb. 2014
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It was a wonderful and very enthralling read. I enjoyed the details the author used to describe eighteenth-century London; it made it much clearer and easier to visualize. I also liked how Sunni and Blaise enjoy drawing and art, because I felt that I could relate. I also really liked the characterization, because every character had a very distinct and different personality from one another.

Student Reviewer:Ravette
Age at time of review - 16
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