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Calya Journey-Wise: Follow the Crystal Path

Author ~ Official Site ~ Catherine Avizinis

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Calya Journey-Wise Trilogy

Whoever holds the Seed Crystals, holds the Magickal essence of the Realms.
Whoever possesses them controls their power and knows their secrets.
Calya has them. Csdrel wants them back.

Crystal Path book

Calya Journey-Wise: Follow the Crystal Path -

...an epic hero's quest with a female leading the way.
paperback - 379 pages - 113,687 words - 5x8inches

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What if the hero chosen to save Three Worlds is a dutiful princess who can't bring herself to kill and whose Magickal power is being sweet and gentle kind and true? How can that save her people from the invading Csdrel, the vile reverse empath who makes others live the evil he feels?
Is Tolus, her Soul-Mate, really Csdrel after all?

In Follow the Crystal Path, the Journey-Quest to restore Magick continues, but it is soon evident that memories are muddled, history hoaxed, and Calya's worst fears are true; there is something dreadfully wrong in the High World of Gwalish, no help is coming from the aDrohl; and, unseen, Csdrel walks among them.

Because of the Elder's Long Spell, Calya is actually on a Crystal Path. Not only restoring Magick, but retrieving the forgotten Seed Crystals Csdrel stole long ago and hid in the Between Times with the Magickal Creatures, who he 'buried alive in darkness'. But Pink Crystal was hidden in Calaith, just as Calya was. He couldn't get at it, until she arrived in Hammeril wearing it around her neck.

"Sweet and gentle, kind and true. What kind of power is that?"

Truth is a twisted knot tied by Csdrel.

  • great writing - deep insights
  • characters with weaknesses and strengths you'll recognize
  • strong plots - unforeseen twists
  • richly detailed Magickal worlds you won't want to leave…


Reviewed By: Romuald Dzemo for Readers’ Favorite
Review Rating: 5 Stars - Congratulations on your 5-star review! 5 Stars

From the language to the plot to character development, Catherine L. Avizinis' Calya Journey-Wise: Follow the Crystal Path had me completely engrossed, lost in contemplation of the world she’s created and the path the protagonist has to travel to retrieve the Seed Crystals that would redeem her world from the curse of the devil that is Csdrel. A splendid blend of fantasy and adventure, the reader is irresistibly drawn to Calya, a gentle soul who is called to confront a damaging darkness. The High World of Gwalish may be losing its power and the key to redeeming the realms is in the Seed Crystals, some of which have been hidden in magical creatures buried alive by Csdrel. How Calya will retrieve these Seed Crystals is a mystery for the reader to find out.

Catherine L. Avizinis’ writing seduced me, literally. It’s the first book of hers I have read and it is the kind that you read and want to read again. I experienced the same sensations I had while reading Harry Potter. I love to be transported into exotic worlds, I love reading about strong conflicts, I love original and well-developed characters I can follow, and this book seems to contain it all. The plot is daring, unique, and masterfully spun. The writing leaps off the pages like magic, with strong imagery, and plot-driven and insightful dialogues that contain a lot of wisdom. The names of characters and places have a magic feel to them. I was lost in these pages, reading with a lot of excitement as I discovered the twists in the plot. The author even insinuates that the man the protagonist is in love with could be the devil she is fighting to destroy, and this helps to heighten the sense of the tragic, the intrigue, and the overwhelming conflict.

Calya Journey-Wise: Follow the Crystal Path is one of those rare books we all want to watch on screen.

Reviewed By: Ruffina Oserio for Readers’ Favorite
Review Rating: 5 Stars - Congratulations on your 5-star review! 5 Stars

Calya Journey-Wise: Follow the Crystal Path by Catherine L. Avizinis is the kind of fantasy that recalls the beauty of fairytales and the enchanting world of Efland. Listen as the words sing in your heart with their unique magic: “Ago and away… Ago and away… and once upon a time in the land of Gwalish, far above the mists of the Sacred Mountains and far beyond the edge of the Cloudless Sky, there lived Thalos and Fahal.” This begins the second book in a spellbinding series. In these pages, we find an enthralling drama of the struggle between good and evil, crafted with style and in a setting that is unique, a story that stands apart in light of its beauty and originality.

Seed Crystals are the key to controlling the Magickal essence of the Realms. In this epic fantasy, the High World of Gwalish no longer functions as it used to and there is no hope that things could get better. Calya is on an arduous mission to restore the magic that would save the three realms, but then the evil Csdrel prowls the land unseen, sowing pain and darkness. Can the one whose magic is gentle and kind be able to stand up to the cruelty of the son of darkness? And what if the man she loves is the source of the evil that could destroy their worlds? Unknown to her, her journey has begun and she is retrieving the Seed Crystals that have been hidden in magical creatures buried alive by the evil one.

Calya Journey-Wise: Follow the Crystal Path is a mesmerizing tale and the writing contains magic. It evokes seasons of awe and wonderment, delighting readers with the insightful and intelligent dialogues, the breathtaking actions, and the mysteries it proclaims. The characters are awesome. There are very beautiful lines that reflect a healthy philosophy of life. One of such lines which I loved most was: “Sometimes it is not about what you try to get, but what you give.” I am stunned by Catherine L. Avizinis’ creative and effusive imagination and I am a sure fan of her stories.

Reviewed By: Rabia Tanveer for Readers’ Favorite
Review Rating: 5 Stars - Congratulations on your 5-star review! 5 Stars

Calya Journey-Wise: Follow the Crystal Path by Catherine L. Avizinis is the second novel in this series. The novel follows the kind, gentle and comforting Calya, the young princess who has the power to rule the three worlds, but is she capable of doing it? Her life is not easy, especially when she has such a strong adversary trying to fight her every step of the way. She is a dutiful princess and she knows that she has to try to restore Magic, but it is not easy when she has her suspicions that the High World of Gwalish has something terribly wrong with it.

Calya is not receiving any help from them and she knows that this has something to do with the evil Csdrel. He walks among them, unseen by anyone, but he and his evil powers are there, Calya knows it. But there is one more thing that she is afraid of. Her love, Lord Tolus, is hers, but she has no idea if he is actually the evil Csdrel? There are suspicious rumors, however, and no one knows for sure. Now, Calya is on the Crystal Path and she has to do something fast or else she will lose it all and so will the subjects of the three worlds.

Catherine L. Avizinis is a really good writer, she knows the power of her words and she knows how to use them. She used them really well and this is the reason why we have a very strong and determined lead in Calya. Her world is very well-developed and created; Catherine draws some very real pictures with her words. The whole novel became very real for me and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Somewhere, deep within us, dwells a light.

It is a glow of hope that somewhere, afar off, dwell beings who know the end from the beginning, who see the worth of all our troubles, efforts, and heartaches, and have only our very best interest glowing in their hearts.
Beings who, if they chose to, could change the course of events in worlds or our own small lives, by the power that bursts from their will and sparkles from their fingertips with a simple wave of their hand.

And somewhere, within that light of hope, dwells the belief that somehow, we are like them.
We, too, if given the chance, could change the course of events in worlds or our own lives. We could bestow healing and goodness, exact justice and retribution by the very power of our will sparkling from our fingertips with a wave of our hand, if we could just remember how; if we could only just remember our Magick.

Calya Journey-Wise: Follow the Crystal Path Are you coming?


'Like the gossamer wing of a dragonfly, truth is elusive; changing... shifting with the light, even when you are sure you know what you know. Truth hides, even in the brightest light.
Truth shifts even when you are looking right at it... because everyone lies.'
Dithero, Scribe to Calya


Calya Journey-Wise is a Magickal Fantasy novel presented in three books.

1. The Keeper of the Realms


Magick is real… and it is waiting just beyond the sealed gateway for someone to bring it back. When it is announced by the King of Calaith that his unsettled daughter, the aging Princess Calya, is the One Who is Found for the task, it sets into motion her journey-quest to find the truth concerning her magical heritage, mystical destiny and the real meaning of forever love. Calya is Ascending.

Every culture tells wondrous tales of heroes who undertake a Mystick Quest; from Brendan the Voyager to Hercules, from Frodo to Harry Potter.

And the Quest is always the same; to gain hidden Wisdom, Other-Worldly Understanding and prove Self-worth, usually to themselves. Often times they show weakness, cowardliness, confusion and they even fail; but it is the Journey that is important. For even the greatest victories of any Mythic Hero are only temporary. Time passes... Life ends... and a new generation takes on the task of proving themselves all over again.

We are all on our own Journey-Quest. We are all the Hero of our own Mystickal Saga; seeking Wisdom and selflessness, winning battles and loosing, filled with darkness and light.

Take time to listen to the tale another has to tell... so many stories...so little time!


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