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Reviewed by Tammy Ruggles for Readers' Favorite
The Legend of Pendyne and the Crystal Stone by Debra A Karr is an imaginative, award-winning Young Adult fiction novel you can't forget. It's about a young man on a quest to find the king's stolen horse and how he meets adventure and challenges along the way. Jump back in time to the days of knights and kings, and you will lose yourself in a good way in this mysterious and evocative time in history. Stories don't always have or need to have a message, but this one does in the form of a battle-weary knight who now tends the king's horses. When the king's horse, Pendyne, goes missing from the stables, Master Albert takes his young orphaned apprentice Donegal with him, and together they face pirate thieves, a curse, prophecies, gypsies, a ship named Delight, and other dangers. But there is much more to this story than the basic plot. It has heart and wisdom, as the main character, Master Albert, demonstrates character and integrity too.
This story embodies themes that could be considered old-fashioned by today's standards: Duty, honor, loyalty. Those things still mean something to Master Albert, and it shows. Though most YA novels are centered around younger people, there is something sweet and endearing about Master Albert being an older gentleman. Karr brings this character wonderfully to life, and you will feel as though you are going on the quest by his side. The author's beautiful turn of phrase transports you into Master Albert's realm, and the scenery, settings, characters, and action become exceptionally real. Her descriptions are tactile, and the points she makes are touching. I like that the story launches in the first page or two, and quickly progresses from there. This book is on the brief side, but lacks nothing and has a satisfying ending. The Legend of Pendyne and the Crystal Stone by Debra A Karr is a compelling read until the end.