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Stones of Abraxas Paperback – April 1, 2012
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"Grade 5-8–Amanda Stanhope is an average eighth grader living an average life in a suburb near Chicago; her brother David, a sixth grader, is pretty much the same. So it's a surprise when, cleaning out the attic, they find a ruby that launches them into Abraxas, a medieval-style fantasy world full of knights, elves, and dragons under attack from a nasty magician called Adrian the Deceiver. What makes this novel different from most other fantasies targeted at this age group is that their parents travel with the children to battle Adrian and his gnome and troll minions. Unfortunately, there's nothing else about this fantasy that's innovative or interesting; the plot is leaden, and the dialogue and characterizations are hard to swallow. There is no feeling of otherness, and very little magic, in the air of Abraxas." –Walter Minkel, New York Public Library
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"K. Osborn Sullivan has the magical touch when it comes to writing great young adult fantasy." - Harriet Klausner for Reviewcentre.com
*Review for 2006 Medallion Press edition
"The characters are so vivid they walk off the pages....The action is ongoing and the dialogue snaps." - MargeAnna Conrad for Novelspot.net
*Review for 2006 Medallion Press edition
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David and Amanda Stanhope are a pair of very normal, fun-loving young adults living the life that one would expect of early teens in Chicago. When David accidentally discovers the last jewel hidden in a trunk in his attic, he mistakenly triggers the magic and transports Amanda, his mother and himself to Abraxas. When Adrian and his minions discover that the fifth jewel is, at long last, finally within his reach, David's and Amanda's lives hang in the balance. They are in mortal danger as Adrian will stop at nothing to regain control of the final jewel and exert his dark dominion over two worlds, one of which is not even aware of his evil intentions.
K Osborn Sullivan has done herself and the fantasy genre proud with her debut novel! In an atmospheric world which any dungeons and dragons style fantasy author would be justifiably pleased with, Sullivan has created a story that cleverly weaves high speed derring-do adventure with the normal teenage lives of two very likable young people. David and Amanda obviously love their parents but they'd never admit to it. Just as we were at that age, they're utterly shocked and embarrassed by the nonsensical behaviours of their parents who, as adults, really ought to know better! Amanda, experiencing that first blush of adult femininity definitely likes the boys but David, like most ten year old boys, still exhibits that strong "eeyeeew" gag reaction at the thought of young girls and boys consorting with each other. Fully aware of what their parents would expect of them, they don't hesitate to push on the boundaries as they experiment with the edges of adult decision-making. In short, they are completely normal teens with completely normal lives that, in the context of a fantasy adventure, are clever and resourceful without being superhuman and unbelievable. They are actually completely endearing!
"Stones of Abraxas" is an engaging read that will entertain, amuse, enthrall and engage readers of all ages. It's a fast-paced page turner; it's humorous; and it's absolutely charming. Best of all, it ends on a typical cliffhanger that smells ominously of a sequel in the mind of its very skilled author. And I, for one, will look forward to its publication.
They discover that they are in Abraxas, which is a different world that exists parallel to their own earth, or Terra, as the Abraxans call it. It seems that many years ago the two worlds were one, but were split apart. They meet the rulers of Abraxas, and discover that they share mutual ancestors.
An evil magician named Adrian the Deceiver needs their ruby to complete the Stones of Abraxas...five gems having magical powers and held together by a golden shield that will give him the power he needs to rule both worlds. He is prepared to employ extreme measures in an attempt to recover the jewel. David and Amanda are the only hope of Abraxas and Terra keeping the ruby from Adrian and his horde of magicians with their evil agenda.
K. Osborn Sullivan has invented a medieval-like world in this riveting fantasy that is populated with compelling, fully-developed characters. The centaurs are among my favorites, but all of the characters have personalities that shine through. STONES OF ABRAXAS is a very entertaining story, and you will want to come back to it again and again. It will leave you wanting to read more about this exciting fantasy world. Watch for HEROES OF ABRAXAS, book two in the Abraxas Pentagram, coming soon!
Reviewed by: Grandma Bev
Adrian the Deceiver, a magician who practices the black arts, has in his possession four of the five gems and would kill anyone who gets in his way while he gains control of the last one from the Stanhopes. With all five jewels, he would be able to conquer Abraxas and Terra and it is up the Stanhope children Amanda and David to stop him if they can.
Young adults as well as older readers who appreciate a good fantasy will thoroughly enjoy the spellbinding tale of the STONES OF ABRAXAS. Although young and playful with a tendency to get into mischief, Amanda and David have a purity about them that allows them to fight the forces of evil. These characters are so easy to like that readers will root for them to defeat the villain, no matter how hopeless it seems. K. Osborn Sullivan has the magical touch when it comes to writing great young adult fantasy.