Greek Cypriot with a penchant for dark myths, good food, and a tendency to settle down anywhere but at home, Chrystalla likes to write about fantastical creatures, crazy adventures, and family bonds. She lives in Cyprus with her husband and her vast herds of books. Her stories can be found in Alienskin magazine, Lorelei Signal, the Shine Journal, Encounters Magazine, and Bards and Sages ezine i.a. She is also an author for MuseItUp Publishing where you can find her YA Urban Fantasy novella Dioscuri.
Here is the link to Chrystalla’s writing blog where you can find short stories, samples and link to other longer works:
on Oct. 19, 2013 :
Dreamwater is comprised of 3 short stories. The writing is good, but the concepts are a little lacking.
Indra's Return --- A young warrior returns to avenge the wrongful death of his beloved. But is surprised at what he finds. I liked this story with the surprise ending. Even if I realized what was happening shortly before the big reveal.
World of Shells --- Young man set out to find girl before night sets in, despite the terrors and difficulties he must face. I didn't care for this one. It was a bit boring. And the ending really didn't make sense to me.
The Wolf Game --- Werewolves, werefoxes, and werelions: Where is the line for taking it too far? Not very good in my opinion. Concept not a total lose, but need to be done better.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
on March 08, 2012 :
An amazing collection of short stories that will capture your imagination and make you want more. Well-developed characters, situations, and storyline. I must admit each short story would make an awesome novel all by itself. If you enjoy a story that can be read in one sitting this is your book. You can finish these stories relatively fast but I suggest relishing them one at a time.
(reviewed 42 days after purchase)
on Feb. 25, 2012 :
Dreamwater is a collection of three short fantasy stories. The first, Indra’s Return
is the story of a noble who returns to take revenge on the Elven King for the death of the woman he loved. The second, World of Shells is about a boy who bravely sets out to find his sister is a world where deadly giant lizards and hungry birds of prey make being out after dark fatal. The Wolf Game is a story about Mara, a shadow woman enslaved by a ghoul and a werewolf who may or may not be on her side. These stories are all short but even so, the worlds the characters inhabit are well developed. Thoma is a promising writer and worth keeping an eye on. It would be interesting to see what she would do with a longer format.
(reviewed 30 days after purchase)
on Feb. 15, 2012 :
This was a wonderful collection of three short stories. I was delighted to win this from Library Thing. She is such a talented author, the reader will find themselves emerged with the characters with her details and descriptions. I wish these three stories would have been longer. I definitely recommend others give these a try, you won't be disappointed.
(reviewed 20 days after purchase)
on Jan. 30, 2012 :
This is a collection of 3 fantasy short stories. It was a quick read...took me just over an hour to read them and left me wanting more of each story. Each story was told so well and so descriptive that I could picture all these characters. Two of the stories had a little twist in the end. I could see each of these stories developing into a novel with more background on each of these main characters. The first story had elves, the second had Shell People and the third had shifters. I will definitely be looking for more from this author.
I received this free ebook through LibraryThing member giveaways in exchange for an honest review.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)