Crystal Promise Crystal Promise is an urban fantasy story set in a nation that is reminiscent of Mediterranean Europe in the 1930s. Instead of magic or mundane, imagine a world in-between: an alternate energy source, the crystals, has changed the course of technological advancement and is closely tied to a powerful church. It's a subtle mix of personal drama and political intrigue - with a dash of fantasy thrown in.
The Book has been published via the small Indie Publisher Branch Hill and is available as eBook and Paperback - released in July 2012 - 448 pages.
About the Book
The country of Novem is in a dire state of affairs.
Still recovering from a great war in which they were the aggressor, an economic depression has swept the continent and leaves Novem in the throes of poverty. The republic struggles to hold back a revolution, but strong socialist sentiments threaten Novem’s stability, and many seek to return Novem to its former glory as a powerful totalitarian empire. Novem runs on crystals mined from the ground, but many consider them to be more than just a power source.
The Church of Novem worships a ‘Great Crystal’, which is thought to be a liaison between the gods and humanity. Those who can alter crystals at will, known as crystal-speakers, are an important part of that link between the earth and the divine. For finishing school students Jacoby, Timori, Racquela and Crystara, concerns about revolutions and the church are overshadowed by school, dances, sports and summer vacations.
But when the Great Crystal selects its arranged marriages that year, a chain of events is set into motion that threatens to upset the entire nation. Betrothal promises are made with rings of crystal, but if they shatter, hearts are not the only things that will break...
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- A blend of urban fantasy, romance, and a setting
inspired by 20th-century European history -
About the Author
James Funfer likes to write fiction that is character-driven and that explores social issues. Crystal Promise represents a blend of these, with a fantasy twist. He prefers fiction that is inspired by history, where characters are flawed and driven rather than passively heroic. Most of his fiction work runs along an 'urban fantasy' kind of style, but he also writes works in science fiction.
Crystal Promise is James Funfer's debut novel. He is currently working on a sequel, Crystal Empire, as well as a science-fiction story, Chasing Lucifer, which will be available soon on Kindle.
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Link to the Book Crystal Promise (The Shattered Crystal) with Excerpt on Amazon.com