- Series: The Riddled Stone
- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Tabletop Academy Press (June 30, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1892083167
- ISBN-13: 978-1892083166
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.4 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,220,825 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Banished is a captivating fantasy story with a well-thought-out plot that would be a credit to any writer. But it is especially remarkable coming from a thirteen-year-old student who has been homeschooled all her life. However, be forewarned. When you reach the final page and find the words, "Not the End...," you will cry, "Oh! No!" I for one feel as if I simply can't wait to read the next installment to find out what happens to Chris and his friends. It's that good!
-- Wayne S. Walker, Home School Book Review
This book was enjoyable. It was a quick and easy read, and was a good story. What astonished me about this books, was the author's age. Teresa was 13 years old when she wrote this book and is now almost done with the sequel ... The plot was exciting, and the fantasy creatures seemed real. Overall this book was a worthwhile read -- Very clean and well done.
-- Katie Grace, Amazon.com reviewer
About the Author
Teresa Gaskins is 13 years old and has been homeschooled all her life. She was creating stories before she could write, and has completed NaNoWriMo the past three years. She started this book in the 2011 edition of NaNo, and it is her second finished novel, though the first one published. While Teresa enjoys a wide variety of fiction, fantasy has always been her favorite genre. Other interests include horse riding, computer programming, and making videos. She lives with her cat Cimorene (and the rest of her family) in rural Illinois, surrounded by corn and soybean fields.
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At a party for Crown Prince Tyler Coric, a man named Darwin, who is the caretaker for one of the Shards, announces that it has been stolen and shows a brooch marked with the seal of Earl Diard's house which was found at the scene. Chris's brother Anthony then comes forward to accuse Chris of the crime. Because of the evidence and Chris's inability to prove his innocence, he is banished by Prince Tyler from North Raec and given one month to get out of the country or forfeit his life. Arnold, Nora, and Terrin decide to go with him, but on the way to the Diamond Isles, Chris changes his mind and determines to start looking for evidence that might prove him innocent. But before they get very far, they are attacked and captured by a group of savage Harpies. Will they survive the attack and be able to escape? Will Chris ever find anything that will help to show his innocence? And what is his brother Anthony's motive for accusing him?
Banished is a captivating fantasy story with a well-thought-out plot that would be a credit to any writer. But it is especially remarkable coming from a thirteen-year-old student who has been homeschooled all her life. Teresa Gaskins actually wrote this book as a project for the National Novel Writing Month program. One noteworthy thing about the book is that there is no sexuality or bad language (the euphemistic interjection "Blasted" is used once), so, other than those who object to the presence of any kind of magic in books, parents can let their kids read the novel with no reservations. However, be forewarned. When you reach the final page and find the words, "Not the End...," you will cry, "Oh! No!" The story does not resolve itself at the end and then pick up in a sequel. Rather, the plot is left hanging at the end and will continue in another book. I for one feel as if I simply can't wait to read the next installment to find out what happens to Chris and his friends. It's that good!