The Crystal Bridge (The Lost Shards Book 1)

Written by Charlie Pulsipher

A novel that spans worlds and genres, breaking rules at every turn. Imagine Lord of the Rings meets Stargate.

Kaden’s Egg, a shell of light only he can see, transports him to dangerous distant worlds, but he’s afraid to use it. It may have saved his life once or twice, but it’s also failed him just as often. Aren’s sight reaches deep into the souls and memories of others, exposing more than she ever wanted to see.

When Aren turns her gift on Kaden, his Egg responds, sending them spiraling across the space between universes to a world where dragons, mythic creatures, and peculiar gods dwell. Separated, lost, and alone, these teens must come to grips with their unique gifts if they ever want to see Earth again.

Back home, a biotechnology company tinkers with the science of reality, hoping to cure death itself, but they will awaken something shadowy and powerful, imprisoned in the void for millennia. This dark being longs to break free and devour everything. Infinite universes would be consumed, and Kaden and Aren must decide if they can save more than themselves.

Can they save us all?

What to Expect?

  • Mind-Blowing Moments There are surprises in store: interesting worlds, compelling and quirky characters, and enough awe and adventure to satisfy just about anyone. Hold on. There are some unexpected twists ahead.
  • Sci-fi and Fantasy Playing Together Bioprinting, gene therapy, quantum computers, wormholes, cloning, nanobots, and artificial intelligence mesh nicely with gods, elves, dragons, dwarves, swords, arrows, and sorcery without the story suffering, feeling heavy, or confusing the snot out of anyone.
  • Humor This isn’t a laugh out loud from cover to cover book, like Zombies at the Door, but the author is a huge fan of Joss Whedon. He can’t help but inject some dry humor and funny moments into every book.
  • Tears and Fears Most of the tears will come in the next couple books, but you may shed a tear over the cliffhanger ending (warning you ahead of time, but you should know that the next book more than makes up for it). The dark god is also seriously creepy. You may bite your nails over the safety of the main characters along the way.
  • Late Nights The author is an evil man, stringing you along from story to story and character to character with enticing scenes, new discoveries, and growing mysteries. Once you get a chapter or two in and get used to the many characters, you may have a hard time putting the book down.


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