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crystal shade angeni vol 1Crystal Shade: Angeni – Book 1

Created by Istvan Szabo, Ifj
Co-written by Istvan Szabo, Ifj & Orlanda Szabo
Edited by Orlanda Szabo

Seven year old Grace always dreamt of becoming a guardian angel; like those who guarded and guided her people and prepared to bravely fight in a dreaded mythical event, the Crystal Shade – which never came. It’s not like Grace ever wanted to see Demons. Or wants to know what evil and darkness is – things that no one ever faced on her world and as the legends says, the Crystal Shade carries within –, nor does she want to die to be reborn as a guardian. But she thinks the mysterious life of angels is so noble, a fable that it sounds exciting – until it actually happens.

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David’s Review:

I normally don’t read fantasy this in depth. Though when Istvan Szabo contacted me to read his book, I figured, why not?

Anyway, I can’t say too much about the plot, because I dont want to give it away. But I will say that this story is told by an old man with an omniscient point-of-view. He is speaking to two young children who apparently have the attention span of gods. (I’m just saying, if I was their age, I would have lost interest and asked for a grilled cheese.)

Anyway this old man is telling the story of Grace who really, really, wants to become an aresian guardian with big white wings. Unfortunately, Grace dies and thus rises Angeni, Graces true form.

She trains, and learns, and grows. Eventually being awarded the one thing (after the wings that is) that she has wanted most, the legendary crystal blade. What happens after this, besides some pretty cool fighting? Well its up to you to find out. So read the rest of this review, then read it.

Istvan created each character with a distinct personality. And I could perfectly see the sceneries he crafted and could practically taste the ice fruit Grace sampled in the market. The transportation crafts were awesome, and I understood why Angeni needed to learn what she did.

That being said, I think the author has amazing talent when it comes to creating whole worlds. But I wish things were a little more fast paced. At times I was blown away, and secretly jealous that he could easily make all these things so vivid and beautiful. At other times, I wished he’d move on and and just get back to the story. I mean common, I only have the attention span of a 22 year old. Need I say more?

The Good

  1. The main character dies but that isn’t the end.
  2. Beautiful writing.
  3. A story line that is well thought out.
  4. Distinct characters, no confusing who is who.
  5. Can you say good sequel?

The Bad
(Dun Dun Duuuunnn)

  1. Slow placed too often.
  2. I wish there was more fighting.
  3. Im confused on a couple things from the beginning but by the end of this book, I dont remember what they are…. I just know I am…..

7/10

- Tumbling Books, March 9, 2012


This book is a change from everything I’ve read recently. The story itself unfolds more gently, the action moving at a slower pace most of the time. The writing is beautiful. Elegant, even.

I love the way every person has their own guardian angel, who not only protects them, but can float around them as a tiny ball of light, hide in plain sight, make a flower blossom.

4/5 stars

- The CrooKed WorD, February 4, 2012


If you have ever read any of Ursula K. Le Guin‘s epic Sci-Fi masterpieces then you will love, Istvan Szabo and Orlanda Szabo (ProSeries Alumni), Crystal Shade: Angeni.

A beautifully written saga of a young girl who learns she is in fact as ancient as time. After living seven years as a child she is transformed. Her rebirth foretold through legends, allows her to become a young Guardian; protector of all. But she isn’t the only one spoken of in legends and all are not who they appear to be.

Will she able to protect and guide mankind against the coming of Crystal Shade, whose shadow is able to make all vanish?

You’ll have to read it and find out.

- by ML Gemmill of Urban Fox Studios


Istvan Szabo was extremely gracious in allowing me a sneak peek of his upcoming novel, Crystal Shade, co-authored by Orlanda Szabo, and I must say, I’m very interested.

The novel opens with an elderly man reminiscing about his past, thinking of the past wars and the crystals that have come to mean so much to him. He seems to live very much in his past, speaking aloud to his memories, and one, about the a beautiful girl, especially haunts him. He is interrupted in his musing by two young children, children that remind him of someone he knew long ago, and, after a little coaxing, he begins to tell them the story of Grace and the Crystal Shade.

The story he begins to tell is extremely interesting, and I found myself captivated by the world Szabo creates in his novel. It is a unique world complete with a sapphire sun, winged guardians, goddesses, and even mechanical birds as transportation. Though I was only allowed to read the first 70 pages or so of the first volume, the novel really whet my appetite for more, and I am excitedly awaiting the release of the full novel on November 11, 2011.

- Book Vacations, October 11, 2011


Sorry for missing Friday. I did so for two reasons: a) I had a midterm exam that day and b) I was hard at work revamping my review of a good friend and critique partner’s novel, Crystal Shade: Angeni. While I’m not the best at writing reviews, I’m flattered that he asked for my opinion and I’ll do my best not to let him down.
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If there’s one thing that shines brighter than all the rest in CSA, it’s the imagery. It’s very wordy as a whole, but for every one time that works against it, there are many where it works in its favor. The world is vast and varied, and its people are myriad. Where some novels simply give a general sense of the surroundings, CSA paints a picture as detailed as a photograph, giving the world a sense of depth not often seen.
The world of Eecrys Aredia is a perfect utopia filled with a masterful sense of mysticism, where everyone is at peace and perfectly happy. Tales of an old forgotten war are widely thought of as myth, for the idea of imperfection and strife is alien there. The young heroine, Grace, has never known anguish or fear. But it soon becomes clear that nothing is clear, and that everything Grace knew was false is soon to become reality—for under the Crystal Shade, nothing and no one is what they seem.
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I hope that was up to snuff. Anyway, there you go, folks: Crystal Shade: Angeni, an epic fantasy novel by István Szabó, Ifj., and co-written by Orlanda Szabo. The first volume of three will be available on November 11th, 2011 (a month from today) via Smashwords, Amazon Kindle and other electronic platforms. Volumes Two and Three are planned to be released in 2012.

- Will Foley, October 11, 2011


Crystal Shade: Angeni, by author and co-author Istvan Szabo lfj and Orlanda Szabo, is a highly imaginative and ambitious first volume of a science fiction/fantasy epic. I found the language beautiful and the descriptions evocative. It’s rife with the imagery and symbolism that fans of this genre love.At the novel’s beginning we meet Grace, a precocious and daydreaming 7-year-old who longs to be a Guardian Spirit for her planet’s people. Yet even as she dreams of having angel’s wings, she fears them. She’s haunted by strange dreams that warn her of a pending darkness–a cold evil. She foresees the death of her beloved family and the end of her own life. And why should a little girl see such visions? Unless she’s more than a little girl….Szabo and Szabo do an excellent job of creating a life that Grace loves, only to make its loss all the more poignant. Her human life has to end in order for her new life as the angel Angeni to begin. She must help her people overcome the devouring darkness that threatens her world and her own soul.

Crystal Shade: Angeni is a powerful and ethereal work and a masterful beginning of a great series.

- Kathryn Dahlstrom, author, screenwriter and now producer, is the author of soon to be released, Children of Angels. Please visit Kathryn’s blog at: http://www.kathryndahlstrom.blogspot.com/, October 8, 2011


Crystal Shade: Angeni is an upcoming epic fantasy novel by István Szabó, Ifj., co-written by Orlanda Szabo. I was given the chance to preview the first seventy pages of the text, and what I found is an intriguing world with many layers that promise to be unfolded over the course of three novels, the first due out in November. From the little I read, I can say that the author has a very descriptive style, with scenes and images springing to life on every page. The pacing early on is rather slow, so it remains to be seen just how long or how action-packed the final product will be, but early signs are promising.

- W. Brondt Kamffer, October 2, 2011


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Written and Illustrated by Istvan Szabo, Ifj
Edited by Orlanda Szabo

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