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The Forbidden Stone (The Copernicus Legacy, Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Tony Abbott

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Book Description

RICK RIORDAN meets DAN BROWN in this epic historical adventure series packed full of puzzles, clues and edge-of-your-seat excitement!

Legend has it that Copernicus found twelve powerful relics that could harness the cosmos and transport people through time when assembled in the shape of an astrolabe. Recognising the astrolabe’s terrible power, Copernicus hid the relics in far-flung corners of the globe and assigned loyal Guardians to pass down the duty of protecting the relics across the ages.

In the wrong hands, the astrolabe could control the world. That’s exactly what Galina Krauss and her powerful Teutonic Order plan to do once she collects all the pieces and reassembles them. She’s already infiltrated the Guardians and broken down their defences. Humankind won’t know what’s happened until it’s too late.

What Galina doesn’t know is that a letter, the Guardians’ last cry for help, has fallen into the hands of four young friends – Wade, Lily, Darrel and Becca. Four young friends who are about to find themselves caught up in a centuries-old battle to save fate itself…

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About the Author

Tony Abbott has written over ninety-five books for readers ages 6 to 14, including many series (The Secret of Droon, The Haunting of Derek Stone, Underworlds, Goofballs, to name a few) and novels for older readers, including Kringle, Firegirl, The Postcard, and Lunch-Box Dream. Since 2008, Tony has written the literary blog, Friday Book Report at www.fridaybookreport.com, and in 2011, he became a member of the Creative Writing faculty in the Masters of Fine Arts program at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

He is currently a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, the Yale Center for British Art, and other esteemed arts organizations. With his wife, two daughters, and two dogs, he lives and works happily in Connecticut, USA.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2936 KB
  • Print Length: 433 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 000754734X
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks (2 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E31DAKY
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #157,225 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars  94 reviews
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It stayed true to the blurb... Love it ! 8 Jan. 2014
By Charlotte - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Actual rating: 4.5 stars

This review first appeared on Thoughts and Pens book blog.

After reading two uninspiring MG books for the last couple of weeks, I thought that The Forbidden Stone would be no better especially that the blurb said, “Rick Riordan meets Dan Brown in this exhilarating and adventurous new tween series from beloved and bestselling author Tony Abbott.” And you know what usually happens when a book is marketed as “the next blah blah” or “this book is a cross between PJO and the DaVinci Code.” The latter made things more complicated because I happen to love Rick Riordan and Dan Brown’s works and I really hate to be disappointed. Fortunately, this book delivered. It may not be as brilliant as the Robert Langdon or the PJO series, it managed to hold on its own.

The story of The Forbidden Stone began when Wade and Darell received a strange coded message from their enigmatic uncle, Henry. After deciphering the message, weird things are suddenly happening and before they knew it, Wade, Darell, Roald (their father), Lily (their cousin) and Becca were already drag into a 500 year old guarded secret that might just be the undoing of the world. And they must hurry to ensure that the said secret–which has already claimed lives–will remain one forever.

I love that this book lived up to its blurb. Though the characters still need some polishing, I can’t deny the fact that they’re adorable. Wade and Darell are stepbrothers but they’re really close which is kind of rare in books these days because most authors would follow the other path wherein they pit step siblings against each other. Then we also have the two girls who were not the so-so heroines and actually contributed to solve and protect the mystery of The Forbidden Stone. Even the antagonists were believable and kudos to Tony Abbott for making the main villain a female.

The other thing that really made this book stood out from the rest is that both parents of the MCs are alive. And Wade and Darell’s father is even accompanying them in their adventure. Get that, pals? No missing parents and you get to see one of the parents playing a significant role in the whole story. And the relationship between the characters was really cute despite the fact that it still requires more growth and dynamicity. But I guess, the author really intended to do that so there’s plenty of space to elaborate the character relationships in the next 5 books.

The Forbidden Stone’s plot also stayed true to its premise. If you love Astronomy and unearthing its hidden secrets then this is the perfect book for you. But if you don’t, you will still love this because it has a lot of humor, fast paced with a lot of action, mind boggling puzzles and you get to travel from Texas-Germany-Paris-Rome-Guam hunting centuries old relics and understanding the movements of the stars. Plus, the author didn’t resort to info dumping when he explained the sci-fi elements of this book. Instead, he slowly walked me through this astronomy business giving me time to process all the new things that were thrown my way. Reading The Forbidden Stone was refreshing because the plot was intricately made which is phenomenal for an MG book. I mean, let’s face it, a lot of MG (except PJO and HP) and YA books are very simplistic and very predictable nowadays that it’s just so hard to be engrossed in a story anymore. But this one has managed to free itself from those books with haphazardly woven plots. It goes to show that Tony really did his assignment well.

My only issue with this book is that almost every chapter is told from a different character’s POV. I just wished that because this is the first book in a series, the author should have focused in telling the story from Wade or Darell’s POV first then gradually expand in the next sequels. That way, the readers have more time in getting to know the MCs really well and eventually rooting for them unconditionally. With the way this book is narrated, potential fans would end up confused about the the characters that they should root for.

To conclude, I’d certainly be on the lookout for the release of The Forbidden Stone’s sequel. The wait might be long but I know that it would be worth it. So if you’re looking for another series to follow, then don’t hesitate to pick up this one. The sci-fi elements, the travel around the world, the mystery of The Forbidden Stone and the characters will have you reeling with awesome.

***An ARC of this book was freely provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, Katherine Tegen Books & Harper Collins!***
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Da Vinci Code for kids 29 May 2014
By Kristine Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I had high hopes for this book. I was looking for something for my kids that would have suspense, and would showcase European locations and historical information, and present it in an interesting way. The code solving aspect sounded promising. Well, this book did not really deliver for us. Got the book, but the kids found it boring. Since we listen to books a lot in the car, I tried it as an audiobook. We got through it, but found sections of it pretty tedious and the code "solving" was more like leaps of imagination than anything to do with logic.
It feels like the author decided to do the Da Vinci Code for kids (substitute Copernicus for Da Vinci, evil organization with mysterious intentions, clues to be solved, etc.) The negatives for me were that the main characters didn't feel fully fleshed out, or at least not so much that you cared about them a great deal, and too much in the plot was unbelievable. Even though this is often the case with this sort of adventure, it never made me want to suspend my disbelief.
The worst part of it for me though were the villains - it takes too long to have any idea why they do what they're doing (I'm still not sure), and there's way too much explaining of how amazingly evil yet "mesmerizing" their leader (a 19-year-old girl) is. There's a part about her underground lair filled with centuries old artworks by masters that no one knows exists that just goes on too long. It feels like the author is trying too hard to build her into an amazing character, but it doesn't work. And, (spoiler alert) the way the children are cornered in a small underground cave with assassins' weapons pointed at them, yet still escape - it's just too much.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars We're off to an exciting start! 11 Jan. 2014
By Joy V. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
I enjoyed the story and the characters, especially the kids, but I appreciated the fact that the father was an important character too. The interaction between the two boys, Wade and Darrell (step brothers) is fun--and believable. The two girls are also well-characterized and contribute to the adventure. They all work together to solve each puzzle as it pops up, with help from various characters along the way. (I especially liked Carlo, and I'd like to visit the school again.) There is a lot of adventure, mystery, and suspense--and mayhem. The villains are dangerous, strange, and lethal so the story is full of violence and brutal murders...

I'm not sure if the stories--all twelve of them--will keep the readers hanging on. There will be six full-length novels and six interstitial novellas, and I'm not sure how that will be handled or how long the intervals between stories will be. I confess that I'm not fond of stories that go on and on, and I did not like the cliff-hanger ending on this one!

Finding a relic should be fun; it's certainly a good marketing gimmick...
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars May be fine for younger readers 29 Aug. 2014
By Eric Elliott - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
May be fine for younger readers, but most YA fans might be a bit too old for this one. The educational material feels shoe-horned in and a couple of the characters have annoying one-note personalities. Also, this book does not stand on its own: It stops abruptly and is only the first part of a story that is (no doubt) only completed by the rest of the series.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars wonder higher middle grade 7 Sept. 2014
By Crossroad Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I love this book! My only real issue was that some of the mystery was a little hard to understand. But I'll live. The characters, plot, and the legacy info were blended so well that it will make younger teens both girls and boys jump at the chance to follow along. So can't wait to start book two.
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