The Crimson Shard
The Crimson Shard (Blackhope Enigma)
The Crimson Shard
A shard of crimson stone, a magical elixir, and a painted doorway that opens to the past . . .During what seems like an ordinary museum visit, a tour guide lures Sunni and Blaise through a painted doorway, where they discover they’ve stepped into eighteenth-century London. When they realize their "tour guide" will do anything to learn what Sunni and Blaise know about magical paintings, they attempt to flee and encounter body snatchers, art thieves, and forgers in this gripping sequel to The Blackhope Enigma. Can they evade their captors and figure out how to get back home before it’s too late? Or will keeping their secret safe mean they’re stuck in the past forever?

Book Details


  • Historical Fiction

Age Level: 

  • 12 and up
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In The Crimson Shard, by Teresa Flavin, the main characters, Sunni and Blaise, go to tour a seemingly normal museum and discover what secrets lay within. Upon entering, they first see that nearly everything inside is painted; things such as cabinets, pets, and other household supplies. Their tour guide, Throgmorton, tells them it's referred to as trompe l'oeil, which is French for "fool the eye."  They continue on the tour, all the while, Blaise carries his sketchbook, drawing things that catch his interest.

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Sunni and Blaise were simply touring London, visiting the house of famous painter Jeremiah Sterling. Suddenly, they find themselves walking through a magical painted door and being transported through time to eighteenth-century London!

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