The World Inside the Crystal by T.R. Preston
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is a surprisingly good YA fantasy adventure featuring the high tones of Harry Potter, some of the quirkiness of Pratchett, and the straightforward wholesomeness of a couple of kids, some mentors, and the drive to set things right.
Of course, in the later parts of the novel, it's a thinly veiled call-out to identity-fiction in general, making the character who doesn't fit in the ultimate underdog and emphasizing how cool they are despite how maligned they are by almost everyone else in the kingdom. It's kinda hard not to read between the lines here. But while this is a major feature, the full adventure is quite spritely and pretty varied.
My favorite bit will always be the library. :)
Definitely worth the read.
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