YA Guest Reviewer: Andrew Roberts
Title: The Stone of Destiny
Author: Jim Ware
Publisher: David C. Cook
Release Date: June 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: YA Fiction/Fantasy
Publisherís Age/Grade Recommendation: 12 and up
OUARís Age/Grade Recommendation: 14 and up
Year/Setting: No time period referenced, could be now, could be the past
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: N/A
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Very Mild
Violent Content Rating: Minimal
Jim's Website/Blog: None found
Morgan Izzak is a typical teen in some ways. He hates school and doesnít care if he does well at school or not. In other ways, he is not your typical teen. He is totally engrossed in reading his fatherís really old books about alchemy. So when he reads about a magical stone hidden in his town, he knows he must find it. You see, Morganís mom is dying from cancer. Morgan knows that this magical stone could cure heróeven though she prefers to believe in her doctors and in prayer.
His only friend, Eny Ariello, totally understands how important this stone is to Morgan. She has her own ideas, though. So when they begin to search in earnest for the Irish Stone of Destiny, Through a lot of mistakes, they start to wonder if they will ever find the stone. And, when rivals are looking for the stone as well, they might not survive the evil being unleashed at them.
I did like the book and found the story to captivate me, but it took me a really long time to read it. Iím a good reader and a middle schooler, but the author uses a lot of words that are not used much today or that are harder words to understand. I spent a lot of time going back and forth to the glossary trying to figure out the meanings of words and then having to reread to understand it. I could identify with Morgan and his intense desire to find the stone. If my mom was dying and I thought this was her only hope, I would probably do the same things he did. He makes some big mistakes with his friend along the way and that made me sad. I didnít like what was happening with Morgan and Eny. I donít want to spoil the ending, but youíve got to read it to believe it!
Overall, it was an exciting book to read and Iíd like to read more in the series. You just need to be warned that you should use the glossary and possibly have a dictionary nearby to understand all the words in the book. I really liked the way Jim Ware was able to share that magic and the belief in magic can lead to a lot of heartache when Jesus is all you really need. He shared a great message without preaching. It was a way to see his point without a lecture.
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