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The Stalker: The Secrets of the Home Wood Kindle Edition
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The Stalker by Julie Whitley is the second book about the mysterious world within their world that can only be entered by crossing the creek that is the portal. The story begins when Jonathon sees Gramp Matthew talking to an unseen person. Jonathon runs back to the house and returns with his already packed knapsack and hands a medallion to his grandfather. "Keep twisting it until you can understand her." The tall woman tells him that she accidentally crossed into their world, and needs to get back to her son. Just as they cross to help Amia, Jonathon's best friend Marly crosses the stream that Jonathon's grandfather had forbidden them to, and into a different world. The small group finds themselves in a dangerous situation. Amia and Jonathon, realizing the danger, erase their footprints and begin the trek to avoid the enemy forces whose odor means they have to get as far away as possible.
Julie Whitley does an amazing job of moving this story along at breakneck pace, with the genius of switching the storyline back and forth between her main characters, Gramp, Matthew, Jonathon, and Marly. Each time, Whitley leaves each character with a clever cliffhanger, to be caught back up with later on. Her characters are all well developed and very believable. As more of the inhabitants get added to the plot, so do the evil protagonists. This story was jam-packed with unexpected dangers, rough terrain, and dangerous inhabitants. Whitley's storytelling and use of cliffhangers keep the reader glued to this riveting epic adventure that can only be compared to Terry Brooks. The Stalker is a page-turning masterpiece, and I look forward to more of this family of adventurers.
From the Author
- ASIN : B089QVCJBX
- Publisher : Tellwell Talent (June 4, 2020)
- Publication date : June 4, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 2965 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 269 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,427,831 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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That resolve lasted only until they found Amia, a Northern Grue lady, wandering around in the Home Wood and trying to get back to her son. A lady in distress must be helped, right?
Marly, Jon’s best friend, didn’t like that he’d blown her off when she asked him a question that would have meant explaining the portal, so she follows him through it. Oh, boy, is her mother going to be upset when Marly doesn’t get home for dinner!
Next up are the [horribly smelly] Southern Grue, led by their giant leader Worl. Jonathon has crossed paths with Worl before, but Worl proved too slippery to be kept safe. Now he’s back and he intends to capture the queen of the Northern Grue. Or her son, whichever he can.
Inevitably the big battle draws near, and Jonathon has apparently never heard the admonition ‘Never bring a slingshot to a sword fight.’ Nevertheless, he gives a good account of himself with it – until the point at which he and Worl face each other. Worl has his great sword, and Jon is out of stones!
What happens then? You don’t expect me to give it all away, do you? Read it and find out for yourself.
For generations, the James family knew the Home Wood was off limits. And for decades, they honored tradition, legend, and rules of the family; that is, until Jonathon had to go in after his parents in story one. In The Stalker, a lost woman appears and soon it becomes apparent that Jonathon must return to the forbidden woods.
It was supposed to be an easy task to guide her back through the mystical portal. Jonathon’s grandpa, a tough-loving old coot, joins the mission. But things go awry when Jonathon’s neighbor and best friend, Marly, follows them into the woods.
What was supposed to be easy quickly turns deadly. Jonathon must protect both grandpa and Marly while escorting the lost woman to the castle where his parents are fulfilling their mission. He also must get them there in time to warn his parents of the upcoming war. I won’t give away spoilers, but in the end, the good guys (and gals) prevail! A delightful, highly recommended read!
I read book one some time ago, and now reading book two, it feels good to catch up with all my favorite characters again. What is supposed to be a quick and easy mission, quickly turns into a lengthy, dangerous journey. There's a war looming between rulers. This time, there was much more danger, and I love seeing just how much all the characters developed because of it. Their journey introduces them to not only new friends but plenty of new enemies too.
The Stalker is a fantastic sequel, this entire series a must read for those who love fantasy, drama, and suspense.
However, what I can say is this, WOW!
I have waited way too long for this one, but it was soooooo worth the wait! For anyone else about to write a review, what did you think of Grandpa? Me, I personally loved him in this book.
Side note: This book follows the first one perfectly. It is well written, full of mystery, and fun.
Top reviews from other countries
Jonathon and Marly are childhood friends now on the cusp of adulthood. Marly suspects Jonathon of keeping a secret from her and is disgruntled. A woman appears in Home Wood dressed in the fashion they’d seen in the alternate world. Jonathon and Mathew realise she is lost and in need of help. Using his translating medallion Jonathon can speak with the woman and learns she is called Amia. Responding to her desperate situation they are forced to return to the hollow tree and go through the portal into the dangerous world from which previous members of the James family have not returned while not realising that Marly has followed. On their journey to take the woman back to the castle they meet characters both good and bad familiar and new. Jonathon comes face to face with Worl a southern Grue leader who is out to cause trouble and conflict in his quest to capture the queen of the North. A fight ensues sword against stone. War looms on the horizon but out of all the turmoil relationships are strengthened and new bonds formed.
She certainly doesn't expect to be plunged into a distant land peopled with strange humanoids and riven by war. Jonathon, his double life discovered, does his best to protect her. So does his grandfather, Matthew, and their mysterious friend, Amia. Not only are they committed to getting Marly home, but they also wish to put an end to the war once and for all.
There are subplots interwoven throughout the narrative, including the rather sad story of Otis, accepting decades of maltreatment in order to protect the woman he loves. This is a many-layered story with beautiful descriptions, elaborate fantasy, exciting adventure and romance. There's never a dull moment and it's a satisfying read, indeed.
Like book 1, every chapter is split into different parts, each one from a different character’s perspective. Unlike a number of books I have read that do this, this author manages to pull it off. It isn’t confusing and lets the reader know what each person is thinking and feeling without being repetitive. When the perspective changes, the story continues forward instead of just repeating what has already happened.
This is a young adult novel, but that doesn’t mean adults won’t enjoy it just as much!