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The Crescent Stone

(The Sunlit Lands #1)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  125 ratings  ·  64 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. W
Kindle Edition, 448 pages
Published August 7th 2018 by Tyndale House Publishers
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Jill Williamson
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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!
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
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
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
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Jason C.
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
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 was 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
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jul 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-books
My comfort zone typically resides FAR outside of the fantasy realm, however the gripping cover design and terminally ill character within The Crescent Stone caused me to pick this one up, and I am so glad that I did.  As the first book of The Sunlit Lands series we are introduced to a teenager, Madeline, as she battles the final months of lung disease.  Madeline, and her comically relieving side kick Jason, exchange a year of service in the Sunlit Lands for her health and the promise of a puddin ...more
Amanda  H
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book that I have read by Mikalatos, and I thoroughly enjoyed it! The characters are well written and come to live with their wit and struggles. I felt the pain that drove both characters to embark on their adventures. I felt like the underlying messages were encouraging and thought provoking, leaving the reader to think on the story after the final page is read. I look forward to reading the next book in the series! I only wish it were already out, so I could continue the story ...more
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A fun, new fantasy world with an engaging cast of characters, some knotty moral dilemmas, and some to-be-explored origin story. A fun and funny read. Timely in speaking to the power of teens to create big change.
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Get ready to be transported to an epic new world.

Madeline was a normal girl --- until a deadly lung disease made even breathing a challenge. As her time on Earth dwindles, she receives a visit in the hospital from a stranger. He offers an exchange: one year of service to his people in a land she’s never heard of and when she leaves, she will be healed.

Jason Wu, or Wu Song, his formal name, never took life serious
Sara Wise
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
** “You can’t save people forever, but if you can do it today, you should. People are … People are the most important thing in the world. Anything else can be replaced, but people … Each one is unique, and when a person dies, they never come again. They’re gone forever. … So we have to protect them while we can. And if it’s someone you love … you should protect them no matter what.” **

Matt Mikalatos’ “The Crescent Stone” is a delightfully inspiring and at times heartbreaking venture into a fanta
Meagan Myhren-bennett
The Crescent Stone
The Sunlit Lands #1
By Matt Mikalatos

Madeline Oliver is dying - each breath is a struggle, each minute takes that much closer to the end. At seventeen she is not ready to die but there is nothing more that can be done. A year ago she had everything until her lungs stopped working. Still, she struggles to have as normal a life as she can, going to school when she is able - though making it to graduation is unlikely.

On that fateful day when she collapses in chemistry, it seems her
Gail Welborn
Aug 20, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviews
***Captivating fantasy with heavy-handed message of socialism***

Oregon author, Matt Mikalatos releases his new fantasy series “The Crescent Stone” August 7 with a story set in “The Sunlit Lands” where the sun never sets.
It’s a young adult tale of adventure, magic and fantasy wrapped in the lure of promises, bargains and healing for Madeline, a high school senior whose been given three months to live. The story is very good; however, the underlying theme of socialism often intrudes and overtake
Aug 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: christian, fantasy
The Crescent Stone is a decent fantasy novel of the Narnia subtype: two people find themselves entering a mysterious new world, where there’s magic, strange new people, and a battle to fight. Along the way, they discover things aren’t what they seem. The worldbuilding is good in terms of lore; there are all sorts of things in the appendix to help establish that. I wasn’t swept away in wonder, but I found the fantasy world interesting, for the most part.

Less good is the heavy-handed way that Mika
Karyl Ahn White
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely brilliant! I loved everything about this book- the plot, the characters, the dialogue, and the theme. It is suberbly written. I have never read anything by this author before, but I plan to read more of his work. He is meticulously descriptive, which makes the story come alive. This is always a plus for a fantasy lover.
The first in The Sunlit Lands series, this book introduces us to Madeline Oliver and her friend Jason Wu. Madeline is a teenager with a terminal lung disease that make
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'll admit this book sounded a bit weird to me, but I requested it because it also sounded interesting. And it is a bit weird, but a good weird.

This is a fantasy novel written for teens, but I have found that books written for teens can be very enjoyable reads, and this one definitely was. I would put this book in the category of the Chronicles of Narnia. As with the Narnia books, one can spend too much time trying to find spiritual applications and allegorical truths where there are none. I s
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads, fantasy, ya
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