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The Shard

4.77  ·  Rating Details ·  92 Ratings  ·  73 Reviews
Kristina's stay at summer horse camp is horrible to say the least, and it's all because Hester and Davina are there as well, making her life miserable. When Hester's cruel prank goes terribly wrong, it's actually what sends the three girls back to the magical land of Bernovem. In Bernovem, Kristina is very excited to see her former friend, Prince Werrien. When he invites h ...more
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Published November 11th 2013 by Victoria Simcox (first published September 30th 2011)
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This is the sequel to The (Magic) Warble. Victoria Simcox has gone deeper with this book, and it is more geared to ages 13+ and she really steps up the story! It was a nice change to see. This was made easier by the fact that the main character, Kristina, is now 15.

So it has been two and a half years since she was last in Bernovem. It almost seems like a dream. Yet a a summer camp. her horse is spooked and she, Hester and Davina literally find themselves tumbling back into this magical land fil
Jennifer Hinsman
Aug 22, 2016 Jennifer Hinsman rated it it was amazing
This sequel to 'The Warble' is a wonderful follow up. Kristina, the main character, has grown up a little and finds herself unhappy at summer camp. Suddenly Kristina is transported back to the fantasy land of Bernovem along with her friends/enemies, Davian and Hester are girls we love to hate. However she is happily reunited with the Prince! There is a sweet romance that begins with Kristina and her prince now that they are a bit more mature. Kristina is faced with many choices and the consequen ...more
Sep 14, 2015 Angelica rated it it was amazing
I read and enjoyed the Warble, but The Shard which is the sequel to that wonderful tale is EVEN better in my humble opinion. I loved the time that has lapsed since the first book, allowing some growth and development in the characters and the fact that the author was able to capture these changes perfectly and speak to all of the changes in a manner which readers of the first book could appreciate but new readers also could easily pick up the story. An strange accident during horse camp will sen ...more
Aug 04, 2015 Patty rated it it was amazing
Having read the 1st book in this series, The Warble, I was compelled to read the 2nd!! It did not disappoint. I loved these types of stories when I was a young teen. As a result of a freak accident, our main character Kristina finds herself back in the magical kingdom of Bernovem. Victoria Simcox does a wonderful job dealing with issues that plague teens of today with her use of a magical kingdom. There are bullies, villains, gnomes, wicked queens and a prince! All the elements of a great story ...more
Paul Hollis
Sep 17, 2016 Paul Hollis rated it it was amazing
Victoria Simcox has done it again! In this beautifully crafted sequel to The Warble, The Shard takes Kristina Kingsly and her not so amicable classmates back to Bernovem. She is reunited with her friends in this magical land, where the fun begins again. Prince Werrien invites her on an adventure of a lifetime when they travel to his homeland of Tezerel.

Kristina again shows the depth of her character and the strength of her spirit when faced with seemingly unsurmountable evil. Along with her dwar
Juliet Aharoni
Dec 18, 2015 Juliet Aharoni rated it it was amazing
Having read and enjoyed 'The Warble' I was looking forward to book 2 in the series. It did not disappoint. Victoria Simcox's book grabbed my attention from the first page and I continued on the journey with the older Kristina to the end. What a great writer! 'The Shard' presents a darker world more suitable for teenagers than 'The Warble'.

Both Hester and Davina continue with their bullying. Their conduct is despicable. The young prince, Werrien, has fallen in love with Kristina so it's no surpri
Bl Pride
Sep 19, 2015 Bl Pride rated it it was amazing
After reading The Warble, I was really excited to start The Shard, and this is a sequel that does not disappoint. I found it even better than the first book - the plot solid, the characters well portrayed, their adventures really exciting, and their development natural, yet obvious to the reader. I love the world Victoria Simcox created. It's simply mesmerizing and it takes you somewhere far, far away. Like The Shard, I felt every young reader should experience the journey this author takes you ...more
Sharon Gibbs
Jun 28, 2016 Sharon Gibbs rated it it was amazing
Satisfying sequel
With The Shard, Victoria Simcox continues Kristina's journey in the land of Bernovem where she meets up with her prince, Werrien, yet again.
But this time, things seem to be going wrong at every turn and no matter how hard, Kristina, tries to shrug off her insecurities she is haunted by sickness and taunted by an old hag who just won't go away. Delightful vivid scenes and a wonderful ending that will have teens and the young at heart wanting more.
Nov 30, 2015 Angela marked it as to-read
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Dyanne Green
Nov 27, 2016 Dyanne Green rated it it was amazing
The Shard is Book Two of the Bernovem Chronicles and I was thrilled to return to Bernovem with Kristina and her friends! This well-written and quite magical story is highly entertaining and will keep you turning the pages. While targeted toward a teen audience, this is truly a fun story for all ages.

It’s been a little over two years since Kristina has visited Bernovem where she is reunited with Prince Werrien. He and Kristina are attracted to each other, but this causes upset and jealousy with
Tom Fallwell
Jan 16, 2017 Tom Fallwell rated it really liked it
Kristina returns to Bernovem and continues her adventure in the magical land. While I find the writing superb and the characters wonderfully imagined, this story was not quite as good as the first book in the series, The Warble. Although, I still think it is an excellent tale for children. The author continues a solid storytelling style that children will love, and I still enjoyed reading this book very much. There is less action and adventure in The Shard, the story focusing more on the growing ...more
Dec 04, 2011 Crystal rated it it was amazing
I loved The Magic Warble by Victoria Simcox, so when Victoria contacted me a little over a month ago to let me know that The Black Shard was being released and would I like to review it, I quickly agreed. First let me let you in on a secret, I don't keep many books, most of my review books I offer up as giveaways when I am done with them. When I read The Magic Warble, I kept it. The Black Shard will join it there as well. That should tell you something about the books right there. They are delig ...more
Barbara Brooke
Jan 04, 2017 Barbara Brooke rated it it was amazing
After reading “The Warble,” I was excited to dive into its sequel, “The Shard.” Victoria Simcox definitely delivered on this continuing tale of fifteen-year-old Kristina Kingsly. Kristina came alive the moment she was transported to Bernovem where she was reunited with her fairytale-like friends … especially her prince. It was fun to see the chemistry stir between Kristina and Werrien, now that time has passed and both have grown older.
The author was fantastic at weaving imagery of this enchant
Jun 25, 2014 Marie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-done-good
I was terribly anxious to get the sequel to the Magic Warble. I originally wanted it for my 13 yr. old granddaughter who kept bugging me are ya done yet? Are ya done yet? I finally finished Ms. Simcox's Magic Warble & gave it to her, and we talked for days and hours over this wonderful story. I haven't told her about the second book yet because I'm going to surprise her for Christmas, but she keeps asking did she finish writing the book yet? Did she finish yet? What an amazing story, and the ...more
Michele at A Belle's Tales
Apr 03, 2012 Michele at A Belle's Tales rated it it was amazing
Full review and giveaway at: A Belle's Tales

Victoria Simcox has outdone herself with her sophomore novel, The Black Shard. The second book in her Magic Warble series was exhilarating and as enchanting as the first book. This book is written for middle graders, but I thoroughly enjoyed it and believe it is fun for all ages. I love the world and characters that the author created, but what I love most is how perfect this book is for middle grade kids. My daughter adores it! It’s so wonderful and
Catherine Mesick
Oct 26, 2015 Catherine Mesick rated it it was amazing
Kristina Kingsly's Marvelous Journey Continues in The Shard!

In The Shard, Book 2 of Victoria Simcox's enchanting series, The Bernovem Chronicles, we meet up once again with the charming and resourceful Kristina Kingsly, now 15. It's been a little over two years since Kristina's initial visit to Bernovem, and she's starting to doubt whether or not her trip to that magical land ever happened—she thinks the whole thing may have just been a dream. What isn't in doubt, however, is how difficult her s
Mar 30, 2013 Diamond rated it it was amazing

I'm rating this 5 stars. I'd really like to share my thoughts on this book (and how it relates to the first book, The Magic Warble).

We start with Kristina (the perfect heroine, in my opinion, I'll get to that later); and her bout in summer camp. She's lonely due to the fact her best friend (hamster) was left in the magical land of Bernovem. Now, if you haven't read the first book that's ok because things are filled in quite naturally. Things quickly progress and Kristina is taken back to Bernov
Beverly McClure
May 10, 2013 Beverly McClure rated it it was amazing

By Victoria Simcox

Have you ever dreamed of living in a magical land of fairies, serpents, gnomes, and other fascinating characters? Even better, what if this land also has talking horses, a Seeing Crystal that shows the Wizards where whatever they want to see is, and a handsome prince that seems to think you’re pretty awesome? If you’d like to journey to such a place then come along with me to Author Victoria Simcox’s latest MG/Tween novel, THE BLACK SHARD.

My favorite characters
Natalie Miles
Jun 14, 2016 Natalie Miles rated it it was amazing
She thought that the world of Bernovem was just a distant memory to which she would never return. But luckily for Kristina Kingsley if you wish for something hard enough then it is sure to come true.

When I finished the delightful tale of 'The Warble' I was overjoyed to discover that there was a sequel.

I could not wait to delve back into the world of Bernovem and follow Kristina, Werrien and even Davina as they continued their adventures against a truly magical backdrop.

Just like 'The Warble' the
Lynn Worton
Jul 15, 2013 Lynn Worton rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

This is the second book in a fantastic series for middle grade children. I loved it!

Kristina Kingsly is a wonderful character. I really liked her when I met her in The Magic Warble. She is full of spunk and is braver than she realises. When she finds herself back in Bernovem, she is very happy, but danger lurks around the corner!

This is a fantastic sequel to the The Warble. Once again, I found myself being transported
Phaedra Seabolt
Jul 22, 2012 Phaedra Seabolt rated it it was amazing
The Black Shard is the sequel to The Magic Warble (check out my review at Both stories are labeled as being for ages 9-13, but being that I am much older than that, I can honestly say it is wonderful read for 9 and up. It's 255 pages with two pictures per chapter. I found nearly every picture to enhance the story tremendously. What I mean by that is that the pictures seemed to be about and place at points where I might otherwise have trouble picturing w ...more
Feb 11, 2013 TheCosyDragon rated it liked it
This review has been crossposted from my blog at The Cosy Dragon . Please head there for more in-depth reviews by me, which appear on a timely schedule.

I originally read and reviewed The Magic Warble, the first book in this series, and said it reminded me of Enid Blyton's 'The Faraway Tree'. This novel is listed as a 'middle-grade' read, ages 9-13. It has 1-2 images every chapter.

Kristina is getting older, but she still remembers the fun times she had in her fantasy land Bernovem. Even as she wr
Aug 15, 2012 Kate rated it it was amazing
The story begins two years and five months after Kristina’s last trip to the magical world of Bernovem and it seemed as though she had convinced herself that her adventure there had just been a dream.

Again there were fabulous illustrations dotted throughout, this was something that I particularly enjoyed from the first book and once again I found myself looking forward to coming across each and every one. Also like last time, my six-year-old daughter wanted to be informed whenever an illustratio
Sheila DeChantal
Dec 27, 2011 Sheila DeChantal rated it really liked it
It has been over two years since I read The Magic Warble, the first book in this series. I remember I was excited by Victoria Simcox's writing and enjoyed her book very much. When Victoria contacted me to read this second book I immediately said yes.

There are several things I like about this book. One is that immediately I get a sense of Narnia. What I mean is I get that "other world" experience as Kristina and Werrian connect again to share an adventure. Werrian is very "Prince Caspianish" and
Dec 11, 2011 Jessica rated it it was amazing
This book is fast paced. One the characters arrive in Bernovem the adventure never stops. If you read The Magic Warble (and you will really want to read it first so you can have the background on Bernovem and the characters) you will find much more romance in this book.

We pick up 2 years later, Kristina is now fifteen and Werrien is seventeen and there is a lot of romantic tension between them. Neither character seems to want to completely admit to what is between them.

In The Magic Warble you kn
Angela Hall-Averre
Nov 30, 2015 Angela Hall-Averre rated it it was amazing
The Shard is book two of the Barnovum Chronicles. It is an excellent series. Victoria Simcox is a wonderful author who has written a fantastic fairy tale. I enjoyed book one ‘The Warble’ and this one I think is even better. Kristina is a loner at her school and is sent to horse camp, where she is bullied by Hester and Davina as she was in the last story. The girls do not remember their time in the magical land of Bernovum and make fun of Kristina when they read her diary. While riding their hors ...more
Marc Secchia
Nov 30, 2015 Marc Secchia rated it really liked it
The Shard whisks us back to the magical world of Bernovem with Kristina and Prince Werrien, picking up where they left off so abruptly several years before. The storytelling remains whimsical but darker-edged elements creep in, foreshadowing what is to come and creating a level of tension which is sustained throughout.

It is difficult to write a main character who is insecure yet likable, but the author has done an admirable job here. Kristina has depth and sensitivity yet never succumbs to those
Dec 05, 2011 Atticgirl rated it it was amazing
This is the second book in the series. I highly recommend you read the first book in order to understand the full impact of the ending in this one. (though this book can stand on its own without having read the first).

Kristina goes back to Bernovem and meets up with some old friends and some new ones. Every thing seems fine, until she is haunted by a hideous hag who wants to harm her. The hag is very mysterious and random, which makes this a very suspenseful story. I don't want to give away any
Jessica Bronder
Feb 25, 2014 Jessica Bronder rated it really liked it
Kristina is the only one that remembers her adventures in Bernovem which she is starting to thing that it was all made up. Hester and Davina are still bullies and constantly torment Kristina every chance they get. Through an accident, all three are returned to Bernovem. The meet up with Prince Werrien and sail with him to Tezerel. But this is not a simple trip.

Kristina is plagued by the image of an old witch and seems to get sick every time she eats anything. Werrien is excited to have Kristina
Christina Matson
Sep 03, 2015 Christina Matson rated it it was amazing
I first read ‘The Warble” and so thoroughly enjoyed the book that I quickly purchased the sequel “The Shard”. I took the book with me on a business trip to Australia. Lucky for me, this involved a 4 hour flight and 5 hour train trip both there and back. This gave me the opportunity to relax and read a thoroughly enjoyable story. Victoria Simcox skilfully brings the characters of “The Warble” back to life in “The Shard”. Kristina is back in the mystical land of Bernovem. It was like greeting old ...more
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I was born in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada, to an Austrian immigrant mother, and a Dutch immigrant father. I now lives in Western Washington with my husband, Russ and our three children, Toby, Kristina, and William. Beside being a writer, I am a home-schooling mother of thirteen years and an elementary school art teacher of twelve years.

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