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The Crescent Stone

(The Sunlit Lands #1)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  389 ratings  ·  131 reviews
A girl with a deadly lung disease . . .
A boy with a tragic past . . .
A land where the sun never sets but darkness still creeps in . . .

Madeline Oliver has never wanted for anything, but now she would give anything just to breathe. Jason Wu skates through life on jokes, but when a tragedy leaves him guilt-stricken, he promises to tell only the truth, no matter the price. Wh
Kindle Edition, 448 pages
Published August 7th 2018 by Tyndale House Publishers
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Jill Williamson
The twists keep coming in The Crescent Stone, a fabulous young adult fantasy with a great cast of characters. I particularly loved Jason, whose humor, logic, and honesty will make readers eager to follow him into a sequel. I found the Sunlit Lands a fantastically engaging place to visit and grew ever more delighted as I discovered more about each culture, their knotted histories, and how the magic worked. Fantasy fans will devour it and ask for seconds.
Allison Tebo
Oct 01, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
DM if you'd like to hear my thoughts. ...more
Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
Update - Re-read

This is definitely a solid 5 Stars since it was even better the second time around. These are characters you can bond with and want to walk a mile in their shoes.

I do have to say that Jason is my favorite character since he MADE this book the 5 star read that it is. His humor and honesty win hands down, especially with his side kick Dee.

I'm getting ready to start the second book in this series but as soon as I saw the broke my heart that I will have to wait until my
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
About this book:

“A girl with a deadly lung disease . . .
A boy with a tragic past . . .
A land where the sun never sets but darkness still creeps in . . .
Madeline Oliver has never wanted for anything, but now she would give anything just to breathe. Jason Wu skates through life on jokes, but when a tragedy leaves him guilt-stricken, he promises to tell only the truth, no matter the price. When a mysterious stranger name Hanali appears to Madeline and offers to heal her in exchange for one yea
This was honestly interesting and that's all I gotta say right now.

The Crescent Stone was something new for me. Didn't know much about it but I saw that the first two books were available as audio on my hoopla app. So, I figured why the hell not? It's a new author and new series for me and I was determined to see how it was all going to play out.

Okay, first off, I'm happy that this whole thing had no love triangles or love shapes whatsoever. In it, you will meet Madeline who has moments of her b
C.J. Darlington
The Crescent Stone has one of the prettiest covers I've seen in a long time, and it's even better in the physical book (versus the ebook.) Cover aside, Mikalatos has drawn me into his stories before. I read his "The Sword of Six Worlds" and "Capeville: Death of the Black Vulture", enjoying each one with its unique milieu. "The Crescent Stone" continues in the Mikalatos tradition of imaginative, fantastical tales with humorous zest and an underlying depth that threads underneath the surface of th ...more
Nov 25, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: cybils-2018, dnf, library
There is decent storytelling in The Crescent Stone. Unfortunately, it's overshadowed by uneven writing filled with preachy messages. Jason used to lie a lot but now he tells the truth. And he likes to wax poetic, dropping major infodumps here and there. The one that stuck out to me most was his infodump on immigration and Angel Island. I'm not trying to diminish what happened to the immigrants there, but when you're in the middle of a fantasy plot and you start giving me a history lesson on some ...more
Aubrie Smith
Nov 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading this book, but some parts of it I found really frustrating. One of the things that bugged me was that the main characters in this book made some choices that were really unrealistic. Another thing is that it was very wordy is spots when it didn't need to be. Overall, I thought it was a decent book and had an intriguing plot. ...more
Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owns
I ALMOST didn't pick this book up at Bookcon, because I was exhausted and hauling two days worth of ARCs, but got talked into waiting in line, and I'm so so happy I grabbed a copy.

I'd compare this to a lighter version of The Magicians - all the fun of a magic world with the real world awareness of real people. It was fun, it was sweet, it was compelling. I'll definitely read book 2!
Abigail Smith
Nov 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
I had very mixed feelings while reading this book 😐. So, some pro’s and cons:

Pro: very engaging and intriguing plot. It kept me guessing, and I didn’t know exactly who to trust.

Pro: interesting characters with fun personalities (Jason never failed to provide comedic relief)

Con: Madeline and Jason’s lack of respect for authority figures was aggravating. Sure, maybe the authority figure was being a nincompoop, but when said authority figure has the power to kill you with a snap of his fingers, and
Reads With Rachel
Jan 04, 2022 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. I would take the goodreads reviews with a major grain of salt. I talk about that here in this video:

Why do fundies hate this Christian fantasy book?

I can understand why this pisses off fundamentalist Christians and to be honest that made me like it more. Most of the negative reviews talking about this are from Christians who complain it’s “preachy” which is hilariously ironic. It’s no more preachy than literally jesus himself, and in the same way, which is
Mike B
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Matt Mikalatos has a way of making me laugh out loud and cry quietly all within a few pages of one another! The story of an ailing teenage girl and her friends magically propelled into a fantastic adventure in another world is compelling as a story and convicting as an illustration as the themes of power and privilege and unintended consequences. I loved the development of the characters and once I got to the second half of the book I found it hard to put down.

As I found true in his book My Imag
Sep 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fantasy is always a hard genre to write in. I love reading it. Especially when the author does a great job in creating a world with a history. And Matt Mikalatos did just that. The Sunlit Lands are rich in history to the point there are legends and reasons behind why the people believe the way that they do.

I'll admit. The book dragged on at times. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed it, but there were times it was slow.

I am looking forward to reading the next one in the series because I do want to k
Jan 18, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1-star
Well. That was a uniquely bad experience.

This is the first time I've read a book that has made me go from 'this is interesting and has promise' to 'I am indifferent at best' not even halfway through, before finally dropping me, very unceremoniously, off at the final stop of 'dear lordt who do I have to pay to have this experience end faster'.

It started off decent—not spectacular or riveting by any means, just pretty solid for a book being marketed as a YA fantasy. I did find the writing clunky a
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. For me this is way better then Narnia, (blasphemous I know) it had a great cast of characters and a well crafted and thought out fantasy world. Personally speaking I preferred Jason over Madeline, both were well done, but Jason was much more likable and Madeline just didn't ask many of the important questions or question anything about the world. The magic is a lot different from anything I've read before and the magic toilets sounded fascinating. Will definitely be reading the ...more
Cassie James
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Amazing book

Another amazing YA Fantasy gem! The Crescent Stone is an adventure to not be missed. I happily recommend it to everyone.
Aug 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a young adult fantasy. And while I'm not often a fan of fantasy in general, I did enjoy this read. What got me curious? The cover. For me, this felt like a good book to take on vacation or when relaxing at the beach. The story felt slow at first, but it really picks up, especially toward the end. There's a lot of world-building, which was probably why it felt slow to me. But that building was necessary to the story. The story revolves around Madeline Oliver. I don't remember if the book ...more
Aug 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Mikalatos gives readers a thought provoking fantasy adventure in the style of C. S. Lewis. There are allusions to Christian truths in the story and the plot contains many ethical decisions. There are unusual creatures inhabiting many kingdoms. There are intense battles and life and death situations. There are complex loyalties and underlying motives that made me wonder who the good guys really were. Perhaps like reality, the good and evil motives in beings were often hidden.

The characters are we
Ann-Marie "Cookie M."
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Mar 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
*no (major) spoilers*
The Crescent Stone opens up by introducing us to Madeline Oliver, in her senior year of high school, who has a fatal lung disease that gives her extreme difficulty breathing and will kill her in a few more months. One day when she’s at school, she passes out in class. Her chemistry partner, Jason Wu, and her ex-boyfriend Darius Walker, rush her into the hospital. While fighting for her life, a strange man appears and freezes time. He tells Madeline his name is Hanali, and he
Jason Joyner
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Crescent Stone is an imaginative portal fantasy with a powerful message of power having a price.

Madeline and Jason are two teens from our world who are drawn into a new magical world. Since Madeline has a fatal lung disease that is slowly killing her, she takes an offer to serve in the Sunlit Lands for one year in exchange for her complete healing. Jason agrees to go to help Madeline, in exchange for pudding.

As the two learn to work with the Elenil, the people who brought them over to help
Audra Watts
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

4.5 stars

Cleanliness: Very Clean (No cursing. Topics to consider: terminal illness, blood, war, and death.)

With mystery, magic, humor, and even history, The Crescent Stone is a very fun book to read! In a land where everyone keeps their word (except when they don't...), the Law of Conservation of Matter and Energy is taken to the extreme. You have to remember, there are always two sides to a story.

The story began with very tough, real-life and developed qu
Chaya Edelman
Aug 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Matt Mikalatos has created such a fascinating land that I was completely drawn into. The landscapes, the architecture, the magic, and most especially, the people and their cultures. The Elenil, The Scim, The Kakri... Along with being an adventurous epic fantasy, this book confronted many social issues. Mikalatos had an amazing way of weaving past and current American injustices into the story. Jason and Madeline were great main characters and they both grow and develop in unique ways. Jason had ...more
This is a very woke fantasy novel that humanizes and showcases some of the atrocities perpetuated by humankind. It speaks to privilege and lack there of. It has so many culturally aware moments that it's pure magic. I recommend this book to EVERYONE!! ...more
Jun 16, 2021 rated it liked it
A modern fantasy, set in a land where everything comes at a cost. Excellent world building and compelling characters, I especially loved Jason's honestly and humor that helps keep the books moving. At times the book was slow. The book has messages of Social Justice, talking about wealth, race, and privilege inequality. ...more
Luke Kibby
Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent adventure, with great pace, that effortlessly entwines a strong fantasy narrative (with nods to Narnia), depth and humor in the characters, and prejudices and injustices in our world and a way we can address them. This book is strongly recommended from young teens to adults that can stir passions and deeper conversations.
Robbie Cansler
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book tremendously. It was one of those stories I couldn't put down, and I've already recommended it to others. ...more
Kathy Baker
Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I found that Jason, the supporting character, lived for me more than Maddie. I am very attached to him. It is definitely an interesting world. I like where he is going with it and will read the next book.
Art Enyedy
May 08, 2021 rated it liked it
The Crescent Stone is the first book in the Sunlit Lands trilogy. The heroine is Madeline Oliver, a teenage girl who has a degenerative disease that is slowly killing her (Cystic fibrosis? I am not sure the specific disease ever identified). Madeline is trying hard to be a normal girl attending high school, but she just isn't strong enough to survive a day walking around. Madeline collapses, but another student, Jason Wu, rushes her to the hospital. As Madeline lies in her hospital bed, facing d ...more
Yvonne Glasgow
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was absolutely enthralled by this book. The author is an amazing storyteller - you feel as though you are whisked away into the story itself. You feel like you're there fighting the Scim. You feel like you're having difficulty breathing right along with Madeline. You can see the mirrors. You can hear the buzz of the birds flitting by your head.

Be careful - it's hard to put down.
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Matt Mikalatos writes in a variety of genres, and also writes for film and TV. He lives in the Portland, Oregon area with his wife, three daughters, and a gigantic rabbit named Bruce.

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