- File Size: 1093 KB
- Print Length: 264 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing (August 9, 2011)
- Publication Date: August 9, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005GRAWNW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,898,158 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Top Customer Reviews
This novel is suspenseful, yet humorous at times. It is a coming of age story. From its likeable protagonist to its detestable antagonist, and the plentiful adventures and suspense in between, this is a wonderful novel to savor. Luscious prose that is simple and uncomplicated, allows the reader to slip easily into the story. Can the hero alter the past to improve the future for others? That is one of the main premises in this fascinating tale.
The author travelled to Switzerland to conduct research, so it is no wonder that the descriptions of places and her knowledge of specific events enriches this tale and truly brings it to life. The author is a talented writer whose prose is lyrical and enjoyable. This is one novel it is easy for me to recommend. Truly a delightful, heart-warming read!
Wendy Laharnar's writing charges together the emotion of the main character and the magnificent mountainous scenery with the clash of magic.
Arrogant because of his privileged background, yet resentful of his disfigurements, a mission draws the flawed youth to another time. I could experience everything with him--tastes, sounds, perfumes and disgusting smells. Chapter after chapter, enchantment combined with adventure ended with another enticement to read on.
And then the adventure itself. A magic orb transports him to the time of William Tell where he has a chance to restore the honor of his family. The story hops on a roller coaster at that point and stays.
Long and short of it, you have this youth in 14th century Switzerland battling, not only with the enormous differences between there and modern times, he also has a an evil knight and witch to contend with, and the witch is the inventor of the orb. She stops at nothing to get it back! You will love finding out if she's successful!
By all means, read this book!
1st September 2011
The Unhewn Stone by Wendy Laharnar
The Unhewn Stone is a fantasy tale about a young man, Stefan Gessler who returns to the time of his ancestors in the 14th Century. His primary task is to restore honour to his family name, destroyed by the William Tell legend, and secondly to learn how to change base metals into gold. Starting off as a callow youth, Stefan grows with the story to become an accomplished man.
Fantasy is not my preferred genre, but once I started this story I became drawn in to the plight of Stefan, as a modern young man, disfigured in looks, suffering from unrequited love, and bereft at the death of his dog. As the story progresses we venture into fantasy land, I continued to read, caught by the adventures of the 14th C. Stefan and his ancient family. One fascinating aspect is that Stefan retains his 21st C. outlook which at times contrasts sharply with those of his 14th C. cousins. I enjoyed his comparisons. I found the magical elements were written convincingly enough that I had no trouble suspending my disbelief.
Stefan remains very human with his faults, his sometimes overbearing attitude getting him into more trouble than necessary. He grows with the plot. He builds a good relationship with his distant cousin Rolf and various friends. The tale is sweetened by the love of Rolf and Eva Tell. It kept me reading as it bounded from one adventure after another with Stefan and Rolf fleeing their enemies, both human and spiritual in the various guises of a sibyl who is determined to steal Stefan's half of his orb and thus prevent him from returning to his own time.
The ending built up into a page turning climax that satisfied this reader.