The Story of Stone

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An adventure of fate and choice in a mythical world.

A loner by nature and handicapped by her “fits,” young Nela chooses to forgo a typical woman’s path and dedicate her life to archeology. On an expedition to discover the origins of her civilization, she falls under the spell of a mysterious black stone. Can the secrets of the past contained in the stone change Nela’s uncertain future?

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N. M. Browne is the author of Warriors of Camlann, Hunted, Warriors of Alavna, and Basilisk. A former teacher, she is inspired by a lifelong love of fantasy and Celtic lore. She lives in London with her husband and four children.

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Grade 7 Up–Two related stories weave into one in this fully realized fantasy. Jerat struggles to come of age in the dangerous world of the Chief's Brood Trove. Though an able fighter, he is set apart from his more violent brethren by his sensitivity. Interspersed chapters relate how Nela, a Findsman's daughter from many generations in the future, learns of Jerat's world. Using a magic stone, she unconsciously sees the earlier age through the experiences of a female Chief Singer, whose people fear the violent Bear-men of the Brood. When this Singer and Jerat meet, their actions bring about a powerful change for both of their cultures. Browne brings readers right into these fascinating societies, revealing them through the minds of the lead characters. It is initially challenging to keep track of the various classes and roles, especially in Jerat's uniquely structured environment, but compelling writing and vivid characters make immersion in these carefully constructed worlds quite enjoyable. The shifts between Nela's point of view and that of Jerat work very well. While the girl starts out as a curious historian, she eventually takes a powerful role in completing the story that Jerat had set in motion so long ago. Elements of mythology, family dynamics, and caste systems fill scenes with richness and depth without detracting from the compelling plot lines. This multilayered novel may be daunting for readers new to fantasy, but fans of the genre will relish the complex, but thoroughly satisfying tale.–Steven Engelfried, Beaverton City Library, OR
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