I sat up until 1:35 am reading this because I simply could not put it down. When I opened the ePub I thought I would just read a chapter or two, but it had me turning page after page until I finally finished it. My eyes were complaining and I could barely see by the time I put it down, but I just couldn't stop.
I couldn't help thinking of The Pentagram Chronicles by Anthony Horowitz which, when I read them in the 80s, I'm sure were called The Power of Five in this neck of the woods, but that seems to be what the rewritten versions are called now. This book gives me the same vibe and I really loved those books when I was a teen.
There is a depth of story telling in this book that really appeals to me. It has enough pre-Columbian information to make it contemporary and real, but with a background of fantasy that had me totally enrapt. The author's words brought everything to life in a very skilful and engaging way.
Then there are the characters which I loved. I have to admit that in some cases I have had my fill of the plucky female lead, but Jade is written so well I really liked her. However, it wasn't just her, there were so many characters to cheer for and others to shout for their downfall and they were all well thought out and interesting. I have to admit, One Reed, the shaman was my favourite.
The book is detailed and yet fast paced and is complex and yet easy to follow. I would recommend it to all YA fantasy fans.
Author: T.W.Fendley (link to Amazon Author Page)
Blurb (From Amazon):
Spending spring break in Peru with her grandmother isn't sixteen-year-old Jade's idea of fun. She'd much rather be with her friends at Lake of the Ozarks. Then she meets Felix, a museum director's son. Jade discovers only she and Felix can telepathically access messages left on engraved stones in the age of dinosaurs.
Following the ancient stones' guidance, they enter the Labyrinth of Time and--with a shapeshifting dog's help--seek a red crystal called the Firestone. But time is running out before the First Men return on the night of the second blue moon.
Can Jade restore the Firestone's powers before the First Men return to judge humanity?
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