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The Blood Stone [Hardcover]

Jamila Gavin
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6 Nov 2003

One diamond – a world of spies, death and deception.

In Venice, the diamond promises wealth and prestige to greedy Bernardo Pagliarin.

At the court of the Great Moghul in Agra, it holds the key to the throne itself.

For Filippo and his family, the stone is worth far more. It could bring their father back from the dead.

From the bustling markets of seventeenth-century Venice to the majestic palaces of Hindustan, acclaimed author Jamila Gavin takes the reader on an unforgettable quest across desert, sea and mountains.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Hardcover: 420 pages
  • Publisher: Egmont Books Ltd; First Edition edition (6 Nov 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405209275
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405209274
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 14.4 x 4.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 578,150 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘A fabulous epic novel’ – Sunday Telegraph --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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‘A fabulous epic novel’ – Sunday Telegraph

One diamond – a world of spies, death and deception. In Venice, the diamond promises wealth and prestige to greedy Bernardo Pagliarin. At the court of the Great Moghul in Agra, it holds the key to the throne itself. For Filippo and his family, the stone is worth far more. It could bring their father back from the dead.

Jamila Gavin’s first book was published in 1979 and she has since been writing steadily, producing critically acclaimed novels and collections of short stories. Coram Boy won the Children’s Whitbread Award and was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal, before being adapted for the stage. The Wheel of Surya, part one of the Surya trilogy, was runner up for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Award, and the other two titles were also shortlisted.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TRUST NO ONE 6 Feb 2004
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Format:Hardcover
His family threatened by his sister’s husband, Filippo has no choice but to set off on a perilous journey halfway across the world, a diamond sewn into his skull, to ransom his father who is held by an Afghan warlord. He is warned to trust no-one and can he really trust Signor Khan who has protected him so far? There is also the mysterious flute-player who has dogged his footsteps – is he a friend or an enemy?
I raced through this book eager to find out if he does find his father. Now I want to read it again to savour Mrs Gavin’s evocative descriptions of the places they travelled through.
The story is set in 15th century Venice and ultimately in the Hindustan of the Moghul Emperor Shah Jehan (who built the Taj Mahal). Filippo’s father Geronimo Veraneo was a real person at the Emperor’s court and his memorial is to be seen at the Taj Mahal. It was this memorial which inspired the book although the story is fictional.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and although I had not previously read Mrs Gavin’s books I will now.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love it !!! 15 Feb 2004
Format:Hardcover
I was just at a book store when I first saw this book. It looked good but not more than that. When I finished the book I was literally in tears because I was so mad that the book was finished. In this book you laugh you cry you stay in suspence, it's unbelivable. It was my firt Jamila Gavin boook but now im reading Coram Boy.The Blood stone is now one of my favorite books.
P.S my favorite carachter is Nore
Love Ashley
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good author. 29 Jun 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The story is a bit contrived, but I'm a childhood Jamila Gavin fan; especially the books 'Coram Boy' and the series based in India. This author's books are very good for children.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Bloodstone 9 Jan 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Is a master at story telling, riviting, have only removed from my Kindle list because I have the BOOK itself instead - Highly reccommend. Anita T
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5.0 out of 5 stars Adventure... 16 Aug 2012
Format:Hardcover
Essentially this book is an adventure and I love adventures. Especially ones set in the past and this is set in the 15th century so I had very high hopes. The story follows Filippo who is a teenage boy from Venice. He has to go to Hindustan to rescue his father years after he went missing and brings with him a very valuable diamond that he plans to use to barter for his father's life. I really enjoyed his adventure through different countries and the suspense built into not knowing whether he could trust a number of other rather mysterious characters that seem to be following him. You can't tell if they are good/bad until right at the end and even then it isn't black and white because everyone has mixed motives and vested interests. I really enjoyed it and having a quick peruse of a couple of other Amazon reviews I have just found out the following: the story is set in 15th Century Venice and ultimately in the Hindustan of the Moghul Emperor Shah Jehan (who built the Taj Mahal). Filippo's father Geronimo Veraneo was a real person at the Emperor's court and his memorial can be seen at the Taj Mahal. It was this memorial which inspired the book although the story is fictional. Wow. I didn't realise the inspiration for this story was found in the Taj Mahal. That makes it even better in my eyes!
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