My 4 feather #bookreview of THE GEMSTONE CHRONICLES – Book Two: The Amethyst by William L Stuart

GEMSTONE TWO

THE GEMSTONE CHRONICLES – Book Two: The Amethyst by William L Stuart

This is the 2nd book in the Gemstone Chronicles. You can read my review of Book One: HERE.

Publisher – Self-published on 12-20-2012

PAGES: 287

GENRE: YA – Fantasy/Swords & Sorcery

BLURB:

In Celahir, the magical land where the Light Elves and the Dark Elves live, the four gemstones of the Elven Bow have been stolen by the Dark Elves. Without those gemstones, the barrier between the human world and Celahir is deteriorating and the balance between good and evil in both worlds is tipping toward evil.
The first of the gemstones, the Carnelian, was recovered by Aidan, Maggie, Nana, and Beebop with help from their Light Elf friends during their first trip to Celahir. Now, the stakes are even higher when the elves return to the human world to ask for help recovering the second gemstone, the Amethyst, and the humans discover that Mike – Aidan and Maggie’s father – has been kidnapped by the evil elf Naesse!
The humans, accompanied by Aidan and Maggie’s mother, Laura, return to Celahir to rescue Mike and recover the Amethyst. All they have to do is defeat the giant that guards the gemstone…

MY REVIEW:

At the end of the first story, I wondered how Beebop, Nana and the grandchildren were going to be drawn back to the mythical world of Celahir. Now I know. To lore them back, Naesse, and his evil henchelves, kidnapped the children’s father. For what purpose, I have no idea. From what I’m surmising, that won’t be revealed until probably the last book.
In this story, we’re introduced, in more detail, to Aidan and Maggie’s mother, Laura, who is suddenly thrust into their wild adventure to recover the stolen gemstones, and save her husband. Once again, we’re traipsing through Celahir, tracking down a giant named Brendan. Stuart didn’t go into as much detail about the land this time, but it still amazes me that people, who aren’t used to walking long distances, can walk for hours without their legs giving out.
We meet the same elven friends from before, and are introduced to new friends, and even a love interest for Aidan. The bad guy in this story is Brendan the Giant. He terrorizes and enslaves the human villagers that live in his territory. But has he been misunderstood all along? I liked the moral of this story, and how Aidan stuck to his beliefs, even when faced with pressure from his family and friends. Beebop is still the main POV, but Aidan gets a chance to grow. Stuart does a very good job describing how each character feels, but when it comes to the dialogue, they have a tendency to sound the same. I just don’t see a young boy talking with the same vocabulary that Beebop of Nana does.
Talking about dialogue, it can be a bit stiff. People don’t say I am, or, we are. We use contractions all day long. Reading words without contractions tendd to make the reading a bit formal. And that could be some of the reason why I just don’t feel as attached to the characters as I should. I want to love the world Stuart has built, but it falls flat for me. I think some of it is also his writing style, more of a telling vs showing, which keeps the reader at a distance, and not as emotionally involved. But it’s still an entertaining series, and I want to see what happens with the Crone and Mike. If you’re not as nit-picky as I am, you’ll love this series. I give it 4 feathers.

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About Sahara Foley

Bio: Until my husband died on Christmas 2012, I never thought about becoming a writer. In fact, the act of writing a story terrified me. Don’t get me wrong, I loved reading, just never had the knack for writing. The thought of writing dialogue scared the bejeebers out of me. See, Bob was the writer. He wrote stories for years but could never get a traditional publisher interested enough to publish even one. Now I understand why, as they were unpolished outlines. Then, after 30 years together, Bob passed away and my life was turned upside down. About a month later, I was sitting around my apartment, trying to adjust to the worst event in my life, when a little voice spoke to me. Why not publish Bob’s stories? To be truthful, ever since the advent of self-publishing, I always wanted too, that’s how much I believed in his stories. But I knew I would have to fight him for every little change I made to his outlines. Sorry, honey, but they had to be done. So, I pulled out the box of stories, dusted them off, and started on a new adventure: The World of Self-Publishing. Boy, did I have a lot to learn. I finally published several short stories early in 2014, then my horror novella, It Lives in the Basement. While I was working on them, I was slowly learning the craft of writing, and getting The Secret of Excalibur ready for publication. Excalibur was my favorite story of them all, and in the back of my mind, I knew I wanted a publisher. One day on Twitter, I ran across a tweet from Creativia Publishing, and that was another game changer for me. I signed up with them in December of 2014, and it was the best decision I’ve made. One thing I’ve discovered on my new adventure, are all the really awesome and talented Indie Authors. If you find the right community of Indie Authors, all they want to do is help each other. I found that I love promoting them and their books, so that’s how I setup my blog. For readers to meet Indie Authors. Anyway, enough about me. Here’s all my contact information: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/booksbysaharafoley Twitter: https://twitter.com/SaharaFoley Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/saharafoley/ Google Plus: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+SaharaFoley/posts Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Sahara-Foley/e/B00J9ST32U/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1
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