Tumbling Books Crystal Shade Review

Thank you, David and Tumbling Books for your honest approach and review that takes us beyond the very short YA segment
into the real story of an adult kickass quardian angel.

For the full review check out…


Crystal Shade Readers Speak 4

Another sneak peek review. This one is by Shana at Book Vacations. Thank you, Shana for your wonderfully crafted words.

Be sure to stop in at Shana’s blog at:  http://bookvacations.wordpress.com/2011/10/11/sneak-peek-crystal-shade-angeni-by-istvan-szabo-volume-1/

Synopsis: 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 the 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 say, 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.

Crystal Shade: Angeni, Volume 1, explores the early life of a young daydreaming soul who is destined to reveal the forgotten past of her home world and to seek the answer for the eternal question: what the legendary Crystal Shade really is.


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.    

For more information, check out the websites below, and don’t forget to add Crystal Shade to your list of books to read!


The first volume of Crystal Shade, Angeni will be available on November 11, 2011 via Smashwords, Amazon Kindle and other electronic platforms.
Volume 2 and 3 will be available in 2012.

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

Comments and suggestions are always welcome from our fans, those who are soon to be and all those curious souls who see life just a little different from most.

Orlanda Szabo



Crystal Shade Readers Speak 2

My first reader, Kathryn Dahlstrom, the author of Children of Angels, which is soon to be published, has written a wonderful review on the first 70 pages of Crystal Shade: Angeni.

Here is her review in its entirety.

Book Review: Crystal Shade: Angeni

 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/


Orlanda Szabo

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