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The Crimson Shard (The Blackhope Enigma #2)

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  126 ratings  ·  20 reviews
A shard of crimson stone, a magical elixir, and a painted doorway that opens to the past . . .

During what seems like an ordinary museum visit, a tour guide lures Sunni and Blaise through a painted doorway, where they discover they’ve stepped into eighteenth-century London.

When they realize their "tour guide" will do anything to learn what Sunni and Blaise know about magica
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published September 11th 2012 by Templar (first published October 1st 2011)
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I love it when a sequel does something very different from its predecessor, testing familiar characters with strange situations and adding more dimensions to the world you thought you knew. I am so pleased to say that this is exactly what Teresa Flavin has done with The Crimson Shard. The Blackhope Enigma was akin to Narnia with Sunni and Blaise being sucked into a painted world but The Crimson Shard takes you on a time travel adventure to 18th century London although, of course, there are still ...more
When Scottish Sunni and American Blaise follow a stranger’s advice to visit a house of murals in London, they don’t expect to be kidnapped into the 18th century and put to work in a studio of enslaved boys producing art forgeries, but that’s what happens. Their kidnapper is actually after them because of their previous adventure with the magical paintings of the artist Faustus Corvo, and Sunni and Blaise know they need to escape and find a way back into their own world before the evil Throgmorto ...more
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If you are a regular follower of my blog, you will know that I read and reviewed The Blackhope Enigma last week which is the first book in this series. Normally I avoid reading books in a series back to back, so this was a first time for me in absolutely ages. I always worry that I will become bored of the characters if I go straight into the next book; luckily this did not happen with The Crimson Shard and I would say that I actually enjoyed it even more than the first book.

For a start, this b
The Crimson Shard (Blackhope Enigma)
Teresa Flavin
Published September 11, 2012
Available now in ebook and hardcover

Teresa Flavin follows-up The Blackhope Enigma with an unintentional journey into 18th century London that may never end for Blaise and Sunni.

Summer is winding down for Blaise and Sunni and so is their vacation in London. Blaise insists on taking a tour of artist Jeremiah Winthrop’s home even though Sunni thinks it’s cheesy. The costumed guides seem charming to Blaise as do the details
Vickie Wilson
I found a copy of The Blackhope Enigma last year and immediately fell in love with the cover. To my delight, the story was just as good, leaping through many magical paintings and meeting a whole host of strange characters! In this story, set about a year later, Dean doesn't make an appearance (yey!) but Sunni and Blaise are back and visiting London's many museums. Why, I'm not quite sure. I may have forgotten that detail.

When we meet them, Blaise has pursuaded Sunni to visit a painter's house o
First off, I do want to say I think this book and its predecessor are fun reads! The combination of art, mystery, and travel - into paintings, through time - is very neat.

The major bump I had with The Crimson Shard is that I feel like the beginning would have made more sense had it been switched with The Blackhope Enigma. Specifically, there is no indication that Sunni and Blaise had experience with walking into paintings during the first book, but they had no problem doing that after Dean disa
The Crimson Shard draws you into Sunni's and Blaise's adventure through time. Led through a magical painted door by their suspicious tour guide, Throgmorton, Blaise and Sunni find themselves in eighteenth century London. Penniless and trapped against their will in an artist's workshop, toiling away day and night, Sunni and Blaise search for a way back to their time. The only way they can get through is the magical door they came through, but only Throgmorton knows how to operate it. Throgmorton ...more
I found this book SO much better than the first book in the series, The Blackhope Enigma. For one thing, the writing was much smoother; for another, the characters were better developed. Maybe the editor was different or maybe the author learned to write with more focus, either way, the end result was MUCH better.

Actual rating: 3.5 stars, but I round up -- especially when there as been a significant improvement.

Moira McPartlin
Another book that falls into the research shelf because it is the second in a trilogy and I am writing book two of a trilogy. This time it was a real pleasure. The two protagonists Blaise and Sunni find themselves transported back in time to 18th Century London, into a world of art forgers and body snatcher. The pace was good and the historical detail just enough and interesting. Better than the first so five stars. I hope the third book is as good.
This is a wonderful and highly-recommended read. It is wonderful because it is a tale of a parallel world, a world that allows the characters and reader to escape the banality and convention of every day life. When Sunni and Blaise enter their alternate world, they discover that they may be endangered by knowing too much about certain art work. This is where the author's own knowledge of art really delivers and adds detail to the novel. The only catch to escaping to a new world is: "Can the char ...more
Although I found book 2 to be not as good as book 1, I did enjoy the story. I was just expecting more. Book 1 had more adventure and more of a story line. Book 2 was mainly about the kids trying to get back their own time and left out the main point until close to the end. There were some great characters and Ms. Flavin does a good job describing 1752 so that you get a clear picture of what the kids are dealing with. I own book 3 and will read it soon. I just hope it goes back to the main point ...more
ATOS Book Level: 4.8
Interest Level: Middle Grades (MG 4-8)
AR Points: 9.0
Lexile: 700L
Word Count: 61449

The sequel to The Blackhope Enigma, much the same concept with Sunni and Blaise again being drawn through a picture, this time though they are brought back in time to 18th century London by an evil magician who's trying to a way into the picture, and land behind the painting in the Blackhop Enigma.
Michael Fitzgerald
Better than the first in the series, probably because it is a little more focused - only two kids to deal with and they pretty much stay together the whole time. Still, I feel that this concept could have been put into one good-sized book instead of a series.
Ashley Wesner
Loved this sequel to The Blackhope Enigma. It's full of intrigue and yet another wild adventure of sorts from slipping through a painting. I honestly didn't know if I'd be a fan of a children's book like this at my age, but I can't wait for the next one!
Ms. Yingling
Perfectly serviceable; just don't need any more books about children going into fantasy realms and saving the world. Wrestling or skateboarding books, yes, but no more fantasy.
I didn't like this one quite as much as the first, but it was still good.
I think it could also bridge between middle reader and YA.
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Carlos Jr.
I definitely wanna read this series. Deep plot and I'm interested how it ends.
Review to come soon :)
3.5 stars.
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I'm a children's book illustrator who branched out into writing art-based fantasy-mystery novels for children and young people. My first illustrated novel, THE BLACKHOPE ENIGMA (Templar Publishing UK, 2010; Candlewick, 2011) was shortlisted for a number of UK children's book awards and was a Junior Library Guild Selection in the USA. The sequel, THE CRIMSON SHARD (Templar UK, 2011 and Candlewick, ...more
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“The momentary darkness gave way to scores of small glowing lights. Blaise stepped into a candlelit room filled with people and furniture.
'Where are we?" he asked Livia. "How can a whole other room be here? There were only two rooms on the top floor.”
“Somehow the painted door now stood open. Blaise was following Livia through it, past Throgmorton's outstretched arm. Sunni shed her slippers and hurried after them, still not quite believing they were walking through what she had thought was only paint on a wall.” 1 likes
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