The Crystal Shore
Killian O’Shea is a charlatan who masks his painful past with a smirk and a shrug. One night, the neurotic Ren Thorncliffe walks into his life and changes it forever. Ren’s father is dying, and the only thing that can save him is an enchanted artefact hidden on an uncharted island. According to Ren, Killian is the only person who can find it, and he’s willing to pay handsomely for his services. Killian agrees to help, seeing it as a way to make amends for his past by saving a life to pay for the two he lost.
Killian seeks out untouchable pirate captain Lily Rothbone for convenient transportation and inconvenient feelings. They share a turbulent history, but as long as they can keep from bickering about it, the mission should be easy. She will become rich, and he will put the ghosts of his past to rest by doing something good for once in his life.
After discovering the artefact locked away, Killian’s only choice is to throw himself into a hole in the ocean, known as the Demon’s Drop, to find the key. He awakes alone and in another world where he’s forced to prove his worth to a mysterious race by completing increasingly dangerous tasks. Failure will guarantee Ren’s father’s death and Killian’s too. A lonely death without redemption.
Cover illustration by Thea Magerand
Awards & Highlights
First place in Epic Fantasy, and first place in Magic, Myths and Legends in the Spring 2023 Book Fest awards.
Praise for The Crystal Shore
Adult but fun, humorous but with great emotional maturity, this tale will take you on a journey, not just through a richly described fantasy world, but also through the thoughts and emotions of the characters therein, in such a skilful and evocative way, that it whisks you away from the humdrum of this life into another, in a most excellent way.
De-Lancey’s writing weaves together emotional depth, beautifully descriptive language, and razor-sharp wit that makes the characters and environment really stand out as something special.
De-Lancey’s world was brought to life through her fascinating descriptions, world building, and backstory, all of which were weaved seamlessly into the story without being clunky or jarring.
You are taken on a whirlwind of an adventure with this crew and are exposed to wonderful characters, magic, and unknown worlds. This is but book one in a multi-part series and I anxiously await the next installment so I can fall back into this amazing world.
This book has so much going for it, action, adventure, a little will they/won’t they romantic tension, decent world building, characters that you get to know gradually who actually evolve with the story, by the end they felt like old friends.
I couldn’t put this book down and now I’m impatiently waiting for the next! Certainly worth reading and I wish I could give more than 5 stars.