The Gemstone Chronicles Book One: The Carnelian Kindle Edition
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The book combines all the elements specific to the genre in an innovative way. The author avoids copying tried-and-tested schemes and adds a detail I've never encountered before - gemstones. His expertise in that field can't be denied and the symbolism I spotted adds another interesting layer to the story.
I loved the narrative that seemed very soft to me and the pacing. The elements that resembled Narnia a little bit made me travel back in time when I got my first fantasy novel and felt like reading more about imaginary worlds.
I'd recommend this book to any reader seeking entertainment and cleverly placed life lessons that we tend to forget about.
There were a few great things in this book:
– A strong family. More often than not, the hero or heroine are from a broken home or something tragic happens to a family member as the impetus for an adventure. Not in this book. I liked how Stuart placed a family with strong values and good relationships in the centre of his tale. It was neat to see how they worked together and leaned on each other.
– Light and Dark elves. It was an interesting premise and I like how the issues of today were explained by the “fall” of the light elven community.
The rest, I am sorry to say, I really didn’t enjoy. For me the story felt a bit long-winded at times, and not descriptive enough in other places. For example, the grandfather has a lot of knowledge about survival in the wild, and here Stuart goes into great detail. But when we are introduced to the elves, and other magical creatures, he leaves off the description and just gives names that are hard to pronounce.
I also felt that this book needs even more editing. I’m not talking about small grammatical errors that sometimes appear. The story is choppy with events happening at one point, and the necessary information to digest the event happening in a later chapter. We learn only near the end of the book that the grandfather was in the military and that’s how he knows so much. Also we learn only after the fact that the grandson knows karate.
I also found the name that had been given to the grandfather rather odd. I could not reconcile a skilled survivalist with the name Bebop. I just called him grandpa while I read. It is not until the end that we learn how he came to be called Bebop – from his Grandkids. But the whole time he refers to himself as Bebop, and I couldn’t take him as a character seriously.
As this book wasn’t to my liking I very much doubt I would read the rest in the series.
Reviewed on Whispering Stories Book Blog
*I received a free copy of this book, which I voluntarily reviewed
A very charming beginning to series. I really enjoyed many aspects to the characters, history, and backgrounds. I found the concept fascinating and unique. A great read for young adult. I will definitely check out the next book in the series.
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