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Caught in Crystal (Lyra, #4) (Lyra #4)

3.73  ·  Rating Details ·  1,324 Ratings  ·  92 Reviews
This spellbinding tale of dark magic takes readers back to Lyra, the world ofShadow Magic and Daughter of Witches.

hidden in the Windhome Mountains. Something is imprisoned there--the Sisterhood of Stars does not know precisely what, but something is bound tight with a wizard's spell so that it can never escape again.

Kayl is one of the few to
293 pages
Published (first published March 1st 1987)
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I read Caught in Crystal strictly because of The Raven Ring: A Lyra Novel. Unfortunately, this book doesn't measure up to Ring, or even to Wrede's other works. While the world of Lyra is interesting with racial tensions and the sense that deep change is underway, the plot of Crystal is unevenly developed. In retrospect, the setting strongly reminds me of Andre Norton's Witch World series, full of nostalgia for an era gone by, and a group of sorcerous women fighting against eagle-helmed men.

Rickford Miller
Jan 06, 2010 Rickford Miller rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Patricia C. Wrede, through Caught in Crystal(CIC hereafter), was introduced to me by my mother in 3rd grade. While having already read the Hobbit, and Dragonlance chronicles at this time, it was one of the centerpiece novels that defined and set the standards of fantasy for me. Wrede has a remarkable ability to create characters with whom you can identify, with believable intercourse where you can follow motivation. Simplistic writing in the sense that it is smooth, flows well, rolls off the to ...more
Jul 05, 2009 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 14-and-up
I'm not really sure what age these books are best for. On some level, a 12 yr old might enjoy them, but then there are other aspects that I think perhaps a bit older would be best. I read them in order of publication, but I think chronology would be better. The other nice thing about this series is that the books are self-contained. You do not have to read all of the books. You can pick and choose. None of the stories rely on the others. The connection is the world of Lyra and battling darkness. ...more
Isaac Timm
Nov 25, 2008 Isaac Timm rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
My brother bought an old dog eared copy of this book at a second hand books store, it was the first fantasy book I've ever read. I loved this book, I read it 5 times, but I just found out its part of a series, I'll have to check out the other Lyra books, it may be tough, I believe most of them are out of print.
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Caught in Crystal is part of Patricia Wrede’s acclaimed Lyra series of books, now published for the first time in ebook form. The series consists of five books that are loosely connected, but all are based on the same world – Lyra. An interesting side-note is that Wrede created a role-playing game about Lyra, and after reading this book, it’s one I would love to get my hands on.

I think the hidden gem of this novel is the introdu
May 09, 2012 Jori rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: women-author
I did not think I was going to enjoy this book because it's kind of slow at the beginning but it does build up as you go along. I like Kayl because she is a single mother (widowed) who stands her ground while trying to juggle an Inn. I also liked how they intertwine the kids in the story, it never neglected in the story that the main character was a mother. I enjoyed that she is a mother, and is trying to handle them along with the quest that was handed to her. And, her children were not just th ...more
Aug 23, 2008 Dwer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: f-sf
The Lyra series is one of my favorites. I find them interesting, but not so convoluted that I can't keep track of who is doing what where and when. The people and situations are generally believable, and even the fantasy elements seeem to me to fit it; they don't stretch my imagination to the breaking point. I haven't read all the Lyra books, but of the three that I have, I think this is my favorite.
Nov 16, 2013 Ryan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What I liked best was that the heroine is a middle aged mother of two who doesn't completely fit in her leather hero pants anymore but goes out and beats the bad guys anyway. And took her kids even though they often didn't listen and argued with each other.
Feb 29, 2008 Martha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, adult
Wrede is very good at meshing a "current" story with the "flashbacks," giving us both stories in one book. Even though I had to get this book interlibrary loan, it was worth it. I've really enjoyed the other Lyra books, too. This is the first in the loosely-connected series.
Mar 10, 2008 Tanya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, favorite, fantasy
"I enjoyed this book very much. It was one I read after I started Katherine Kurtz's novels. Most fantasy I did not care for, but this one has a bit of humanity that I often find missing in other fantasy."
Mar 05, 2012 Aerin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Not Wrede's strongest (I'm a rabid fan of her Pioneer Magic series), but always wonderful to have a strong thirtysomething female protagonist who has children.
Mar 16, 2012 Tracey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, netgalley, 4-star
3.5 rounded up - because it's Patricia C. Wrede.

While the Lyra books do constitute a series, as I understand it and as I remember it they are also each standalone novels. Put together, they relate the long history of Lyra; taken separately, they are perfectly readable each unto itself.

I've always been a huge fan of Patricia C. Wrede, and I liked this book, a lot. But I didn't love it as much as I expected. There was nothing huge, but a handful of small things - like Kayl, on watch over her camp
May 01, 2012 RoloPoloBookBlog rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of fantasy, magic, young adult
Shelves: young-adult
Caught in Crystal is the fourth book in Patricia Wrede’s Lyra series and picks up ten years after Kayl’s husband Kevran has died. Kayl is struggling to maintain her inn and raise to two children; the work is difficult but she and her children are safe and the secret of her past life as a member of the Sisterhood of Stars is still firmly buried in the past. That is, until the day Corrana, a tall dark-haired woman with a silver star on her robes walks into Kayl’s inn and tells the innkeeper it is ...more
Sep 04, 2009 Tracey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While the Lyra books do constitute a series, as I understand it and as I remember it they are also each standalone novels. Put together, they relate the long history of Lyra; taken separately, each is perfectly readable each unto itself.

I've always been a huge fan of Patricia C. Wrede, and I like this book, a lot. But I don't love it as much as I expected. From small things - like Kayl, on watch over her camp at night, sitting and staring into the fire while she tries to order her thoughts, the
Jul 23, 2012 Jacey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
Patricia Wrede's back-catalogue is now being published electronically. This one seems to be published as YA but certainly crosses age boundaries well.

Kayl, a single (widowed) mother with two children is an innkeeper living a quiet life. Her biggest worries are taxes and a suitor she would rather have as a friend. When Corrana, a member of the magical Sisterhood of Stars arrives on her doorstep, closely followed by Glyndon, Varnan mage and her late husband's friend, her quiet life is overturned.

Lianne (The Towering Pile) Lavoie
This review is copied from my blog, The Towering Pile. It was originally published here.

Kayl is living the quiet life of an innkeeper with two children when a sorceress shows up at the inn. Kayl's old life, in which she was a warrior in the Sisterhood of Stars, has finally caught up with her, and she's being called upon to finish the mission she started 15 years ago.

I enjoyed this book, because it is very high fantasy, which I don't see enough of. The characters have a mission that involves a lo
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Publication Date: 1st March, 1987
Publisher: Ace Books
Country: United States
ISBN: 0441760066
Original Language: English
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Adventure/Romance/Fantasy
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Lootability: Needs more booty.

Caught in Crystal has been reworked and refurbished for its ebook release. A prequel to the Lyra novels, Caught in Crystal introduces the wizards of Varna, the Silver Siste
Lis Carey
Dec 18, 2011 Lis Carey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: f-sf, fiction
This is a reissue of one of Wrede's older books, one of the five Lyra novels from the 1980s.

It's centuries after the Wars of Binding, and some institutions and customs are starting to break down. The Estarren alliance is beginning to come apart, with new polities and alliances encroaching around its edges. The Magic Seekers, ruthlessly determined to force the non-human races and human magic users to give their magic to them, are becoming a serious threat.

Kayl Larrinar, innkeeper in the small tow
Tahlia Newland
Feb 03, 2012 Tahlia Newland rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Caught in Crystal is an enjoyable traditional fantasy read about a single mother (a refreshingly different kind of character to the usual fantasy fare) whose past catches up with her.

Kayl and her two children run a modest country inn and have done for a decade but everything changes the day a sorceress asks for a room. Her name is Corrana, a member of the order of the Sisterhood of Stars, a coven of witches that Kayl left after a secret mission to the Twisted Tower went horribly wrong. Since the
Caught in Crystal tells the story of Kayl, an inn keeper struggling to maintain her inn and raise to two children. Things seem normal until the arrival of Corrana, a member of the Sisterhood of Stars (a coven of witches). It turns out that Kayl was a member of the sisterhood too, but she left her position as one of the best fighters and strategists of the coven after a mission went horribly wrong. But now, the Sisterhood needs her to return to the Twisted Tower, bringing Kayl’s past crashing dow ...more
Jan 20, 2012 Jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I know Patricia Wrede through her Sorcery and Cecelia books and more recently I've read The Thirteenth Child (which I loved), so when I saw that her earlier fantasy books were being newly released as ebooks I was happy to be able to read a galley through NetGalley.

Caught in Crystal is set in the world of Lyra many years after the Wars of Binding. Kayl Larriner is a widowed innkeeper whose biggest worries come from raising her two young children and keeping up with the ever increasing taxes and p
Kelley Ceccato
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Juniper Shore
This should really be a five-star book, because any book I've read over and over again deserves five stars, but each time I read Caught in Crystal I become more aware of its flaws.

First, the good: this is a quest book, with a captivating journey through an intriguing variety of settings. The background is well developed: Kayl's inn sounds like a real inn; the Sisterhood of Stars sounds like a real religious order; the descriptions of Kith Alunel and the Windhome mountains are vivid and picturesq
Carrie Ardoin
Kayl is living s simple life in her community, running an inn and caring for her two children. Until one day she gets an enigmatic guest, who tells Kayl that she needs her help. Kayl is forced to revisit a painful past she was sure she had left behind 15 years ago.

As Kayl learns the truth about why the woman is there, she must decide whether she wants to bring her children along on a dangerous expedition, the same she took so long ago. But if she does undertake this journey, perhaps she will be
I was much more interested in this book than in the previous ones in the series, partly because the main character's tough decisions about what aspects of her life are important enough to keep under strain are really interesting. Also, finally a female protagonist.
Mar 28, 2012 Heven rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Caught in Crystal is a good fantasy read. It is packed full of wizards, warriors, demons, kings and queens. There are even a few non magical beings that grace the pages with their ongoing presence.
When even the most powerful users of magic are unable to successfully use their magic, they recruit Kayl, a single mother of two to assist them in returning magic to all.
Kayl is approached by Coranna, a sorceress with the Sisterhood of the Stars to help restore the magic being lost by all. She is also
Jul 28, 2014 E.L. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This one was so hard for me. I wanted so badly to love it, as it featured a thirty-six year old widowed mother of two as its protag, someone who used to be a respected warrior and was now living a simple life as an innkeeper. What's not to love? Even if the plot is terrible, with a protag like that, it has to be a fantastic story!

Except ... Kayl is, frankly, a terrible mother. She pretty much lets her children run rough-shod over her, and when she finds out (view spoiler)
rating this is so hard! on one hand, i loved rayl and the fact that she was a mother of two kids. there aren't many fantasy protags that are mothers, and i loved reading about her interactions with her kids and how she had to bring them with her on her questing, and how they were sometimes annoying but also brave and mostly pretty obedient. her kids were great! definitely better than all the other secondary characters. (although i have to admit their names didn't really fit well with all the oth ...more
Jul 11, 2012 drey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2012-reads
I really enjoyed the characters and the storyline in Caught in Crystal. This is classic fantasy, with a group of main characters, a quest, magic, baddies, and dusty traveling. I liked the main character, Kayl, who gave up a life of adventuring when she lost her closest friends to a warped magic on their last quest.

Now she’s an inn-keeper with two children to care for and an overzealous provincial secretary to fend off. Then adventure comes a-calling again, and Kayl’s reluctance to go haring off
Jan 29, 2012 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, fantasy
I haven't read any of Wrede's other Lyra novels, so I can't say how this one compares to others, but I can say that I enjoyed it. The introduction is a very interesting look, especially for those interested in the craft of writing, at how Wrede edited the first chapter of Shadow Magic. She shows us what she cut, what she added, and her reasoning for the changes. It was a little strange to read that before getting into the actual story, but it was neat nonetheless.

On to the actual story of Caught
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Patricia Collins Wrede was born in Chicago, Illinois and is the eldest of five children. She started writing in seventh grade. She attended Carleton College in Minnesota, where she majored in Biology and managed to avoid taking any English courses at all. She began work on her first novel, Shadow Magic, just after graduating from college in 1974. She finished it five years later and started her se ...more
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Lyra (5 books)
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