The Crimson Orb – Crystal Odyssey Series Book one
While others seek the Crimson Orb, teenage Nissa searches for her mysteriously missing magic teacher, Madoc, and discovers how little she knows about her world and herself.
Nissa has always been determined to learn all the boys are taught at Holm Manor where she grew up, and her journey gives her a chance to prove herself. Along the way, she kills a sea monster and then cooks it in a ship's galley, she befriends a prince and princess, she faces an ice bear on the Frozen Tundra of Sorn, and she eats fortune cupcakes and Meecham cookies.
But with help from Madoc's brother and sister, can they rescue him? And can they prevent his abductors from finding the Orb and using it to destroy the world?
About Joyce Hertzoff (Albuquerque, New Mexico Author)
Joyce Hertzoff is a fantasy writer who began writing fiction after a long career in the fact-based scientific literature industry.
Her novel, The Crimson Orb, the first in the Crystal Odyssey series, was first published in 2014 by the Phantasm Imprint of Assent Publications and has since been republished in 2017. A Bite of the Apple, a YA fantasy novella, was published in 2016 and won the New Mexico Press Women's fiction prize in the YA category. She has also had three short stories published in anthologies: flash mysteries Natural Causes and Say Cheese in the anthologies The Darwin Murders and Tasteful Murders, and the fantasy short story, Princess Petra, in The Way Back anthology.
She is a mentor and facilitator at Writers Village University and a member of SouthWest Writers and the National Federation of Press Women.