The Crystal Stair

Good things – and quite complex stories – can come in small packages. Just watch Barrington Stoke and their selection of fully grown, but short, novels. Here is The Crystal Stair, Catherine Fisher’s sequel to At the World’s End, which was set in a dystopian near future, where the world is mostly covered in ice.

Catherine Fisher, The Crystal Stair

Caz and Will – yes, they survived – have been living safely, if boringly, in the Settlement. But Caz still wants to find out if her father has survived, and they are soon in trouble, and not long after, the two of them are out without permission, in order to see what the mystery about Caz’s dad might be.

As the plot sped ahead without stopping to dwell on unnecessary details, I was thinking how great this is; the just getting on with what we want, without any surplus padding.

Expect icy cold, slime, mystery and a satisfyingly bad adversary.

I can only imagine how wonderful it must be to be able to read this kind of thing, when ordinarily you’d never even try.


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