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Review: Elora of Stone by Jaime Lee Mann

Title: Elora of Stone, Legend of Rhyme Series Vol1 Book1Elora of Stone

Author: Jaime Lee Mann

Publisher: Blue Moon Publishers

Size: 208 pages

Release Date: December 1st, 2014

Rating: 4/5

My Review:

I was intrigued by the description of this children’s Science Fiction/fantasy novel and couldn’t resist reading it myself. I’m glad I did!

This story is apparently based on bedtime stories the author originally made up and told her two daughters. It has a great range of characters, both good and evil – and some where using these categories you’d be wrong as they aren’t all what they seem and their motives make some actions considerably more understandable – but only when you’re near the end of the book! 

There are fairies, gnomes, heroes, heroines, magic, mystery, danger and double crossing to enthral children reading it. It is targeted at nine to twelve year old readers, though I suspect younger able readers will be equally entertained by it. It has a fast pace, with plenty of action, twist and turns to keep them interested. I can think of quite a few children I’ve taught who would have loved this story and that’s how I judge such books, would it encourage children to get lost in the story and in this case I believe it would.

There are a few aspects I’d question as an adult (no spoilers but things like marriage contracts and magically created love) but I don’t think these would worry most children. The way the perception of characters as good or evil changes as more is revealed is actually a brilliant consideration for children and could be used for some great discussions – sometimes someone’s actions may seem inappropriate until you know all the facts! Keep an open mind and enjoy escaping into this new fantasy adventure!

Thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley, too, for letting me read an ARC of this book in exchange for this, an honest review.

Synopsis:

Four-year-old Asher Caine vanishes while playing near the woods one day with his sister Ariana. Eventually, his family believes him to be dead.

In the Kingdom of Falmoor, twins are cursed. Ever since the evil sorcerer Larque turned the good witch Elora to stone, all twins in the Kingdom are doomed to separate, either through death or mysterious disappearances.

Now about to turn thirteen, Ariana learns that her brother is alive, and she must find him in order to save Falmoor. With their magic blood and powerful bond, the Caine twins must release Elora from her stone imprisonment. Only then will Larque be stopped from spreading darkness throughout the kingdom.

Will the twins find each other in time? Can they save Falmoor from evil and remove the curse of the twins forever?

This book is available from a variety of sources including

amazon.co.uk           amazon.com          barnes and noble

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