Crystal Traveler

Book 1 of the Crystal Message Chronicles

Fiction - Action
806 Pages
Reviewed on 03/10/2020
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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite

“'Return to Dr. T. Amundsen, SGI, Menlo Park, CA, USA’. Care to enlighten me who would be sending you a crystal message from 11,000 BC?” When it concerns the metaphysical, Trell is a skeptic. Yet, he can’t ignore the mystery of a 13000-year-old crystal with his name in it. His experiment on the crystal shockingly sends him back through time to Atlantis. Found and aided by Lyra, high priestess of the Temple of the Moon, she warns him to keep his identity a secret. Atlantis is as fascinating and impressive as one could expect but turmoil is starting to destabilize its society and time is running out. Lyra believes Trell is the key to escape from Atlantis's doomed fate. Crystal Traveler is the first book of the Crystal Message Chronicles by Breighton Dawe and Kathleen Dawe.

Stories that include time travel as one of its themes never fail to fascinate me, and Crystal Traveler is no exception. The fact that it involves the legendary Atlantis makes Breighton and Kathleen Dawe’s literary adventure much more exciting. The plot is extensive but well-paced. The settings are well-described; the City of Poseida is impressive and imaginative. Extraterrestrial races have their imprints in the Atlantians' history and technologies that no doubt will engage the interest of sci-fi fans, and the existence of mythical beings further elevates the fantastical aspect of the story. The characters are complex and carry the storyline wonderfully. I easily gravitated towards protagonists Trell-known as Ta-rel to the Atlantians-and Lyra, rooting for their relationship and mission against formidable obstacles from start to finish. All in all, this is a fascinating tale and a great start for the Crystal Message Chronicles.

K.C. Finn

Crystal Traveler is a work of fiction in the action and science fiction genres, aimed at all audiences, and was written by author duo Breighton Dawe and Kathleen Dawe. The book is an action-packed thrill ride in which a modern scientist is sent back in time to the fall of Atlantis through mysterious and unknown methods. Fighting against time to save Atlantis from the fate recorded in mythology, he finds a kindred spirit in the Atlantean High Priestess who aids him in the race against the clock to preserve Atlantis’s legacy. Amongst the resistance they face both political and otherworldly, the question keeps being asked - what will happen to the history our hero remembers if Atlantis doesn’t fall when it ought to?

As the opening novel to the Crystal Message Chronicles, this epic-length work certainly offers an extensive and immersive setup to the far-flung world of its setting. Wildly imaginative even from its opening pages, author duo Breighton Dawe and Kathleen Dawe bring a multi-layered genre novel that encompasses action, adventure, romance, suspense, thrills and interpersonal drama within its science fiction setting. Atlantis is beautifully set with strong atmospheric language and plenty of time devoted to the traumas and threats to its magical existence. Ta-rel and Lyra, as our central protagonists, are exceedingly well developed to be realistically placed at different parts of the timeline, each offering complementary wisdom and personality to the other to make a great match. Overall, I’d definitely recommend Crystal Traveler to readers seeking a truly epic and action-packed time travel read.

Christian Sia

Crystal Traveler is the first book in the Crystal Message Chronicles by Breighton Dawe and Kathleen Dawe and it is a compelling science fiction story with themes of time travel, romance, intrigue, and mystery. When a modern scientist, Ta-rel, is unwittingly transported through a crystal generated portal, he finds himself in the distant past, in Atlantis. It is a world that is unique and operates with its own rules. To blend in, he must learn the ways of this world and fortunately, he meets Lyra, the High Priestess of the Temple of the Moon. The attraction between the two becomes inevitable as Lyra guides him through life in Atlantis. They fall in love. But the upheavals in Atlantis threaten everything they hold dear, and to find an answer, they have to combine Ta-rel’s scientific knowledge with the unique technology of Atlantis to find a solution. But can they withstand the historical consequences of the experiment?

Crystal Traveler by Breighton Dawe and Kathleen Dawe is just brilliant. The author combines myth with science to craft a tale of romance that is engrossing and absorbing. Time travel is a theme that is beautifully developed and readers are transported into imaginative worlds. It is interesting to find Ta-rel in a completely new world, disoriented and struggling to find his way, a man full of questions. The encounter with the priestess is one that opens a new event in the plot. The setting is deftly handled and readers have a clear idea of the world of the characters. The descriptions of Atlantis with the people, the culture, and its characteristics give strong imagery. The descriptive character of the prose is one of the strengths of this novel and is so clear that readers can easily imagine where the scenes take place, geography that can be located in the reader’s imagination when they are done reading the story. Crystal Traveler is a page-turner and a gorgeous treat for fans of science fiction with hints of romance. The story is rich in plot, fast-paced, and featuring a conflict that is as complex as it is strong.

Rabia Tanveer

Crystal Traveler is book one in the Crystal Message Chronicles by authors Breighton Dawe and Kathleen Dawe. Ta-rel is an intelligent man, he understands things much faster and better than most people, but even he has no idea how he was caught in a time portal and landed in Atlantis of all places. He knows this isn’t a bad dream and he needs to quickly find a way to get back to his own time before he stands out too much. However, blending in was not as hard as he thought it was going to be. Atlantis is surprisingly advanced and the guidance from the High Priestess of the Temple of the Moon is very useful. But Lyra is more than an ally, there is something between them that transcends time. But Ta-rel knows Atlantis isn’t going to last for long and he has to do something to help Lyra before it is too late. Should Ta-rel mess with the past or was it all meant to happen?

I can imagine the headaches, anticipation and the excitement the authors would have gone through to research Atlantis and its advancements. The descriptions and the attention to detail are magnificent; I was transported to where Ta-rel and Lyra were and experienced everything they did first-hand. They work like a team that understands each other well. Don’t get me wrong, they had off-the-charts chemistry and they understood each other really well, but the way they worked together was incredible. The descriptions of Atlantis were so beautiful; the imagery was so vivid and rich that I had no trouble picturing everything. Authors Breighton Dawe and Kathleen Dawe used the tension and race against time unbelievably well with Ta-rel and Lyra’s relationship and mixed it all together to further the plot. I was dreading the angst and the heartache I knew was going to be at the end, but they surprised me. This is an extraordinary start to a series and I can’t wait for the next novels.

Romuald Dzemo

Crystal Traveler is the first book in the Crystal Message Chronicles by Breighton Dawe and Kathleen Dawe, an exciting narrative that readers will enjoy. Ta-rel is a scientist who ineluctably finds himself transported through a portal to a time in the distant past. But the experience has a toll on him. Arriving in Atlantis, he has to adjust to a world that is different yet strangely familiar. Lyra, High Priestess of the Temple of the Moon, and her sisters help him to heal his body. As Lyra educates him on their language and everything he needs to know for him to integrate into their culture, a very strong connection develops between their souls, a connection that leads to love. When dark clouds begin to hover over Atlantis — Poseida, the City of a Thousand Lights —Lyra and Ta-rel will have to combine their unique skills to fight for the city.

This is an interesting novel and a compelling opening for a series that has a strong appeal to fans of fantasy. I was gripped from the beginning to understand what the channeled voices were leading to and then the holographic memories. The author combines myth and science — and there is a union between the two in the relationship between the key characters, Ta-rel and Lyra — to create a story that is compelling. The setting that is predominantly in the latter days of the fictional city of Atlantis is well-imagined and written with skill. The author captures details and the magic of the place with finesse. The characters are rock-solid and watching the relationship between the key characters evolve is a delight. Crystal Traveler is intriguing, written with multi-layered conflict and strong plot points. Wonderful prose. Great characters. An exciting setting.