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The Stone Testament [Paperback]

Celia Rees
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7 July 2008
The ancient Mayans predicted the world will end in 2012. Now the fate of humankind is in the hands of two children, destined from the beginning of time to fight the powers of overwhelming evil. "A writer of Rees's calibre goes right in at the deep end. Mayan apocalypses are just the beginning ... the book also covers shamanism, suicide cults, pterosaurs, evil gods, busking on the tube and early 20th century adventurers.' The Guardian

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Marion Lloyd Books; 1 edition (7 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1407105051
  • ISBN-13: 978-1407105055
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 19.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,228,736 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Celia Rees was born in Solihull, West Midlands, UK. She studied History and Politics at Warwick University and then went on to teach English in city comprehensive schools for seventeen years. She now divides her time between writing, talking to readers in schools and libraries, and teaching creative writing.

She has written over twenty books for older children and teenagers, and has become a leading writer for Young Adults with an international reputation. Her books have been translated into 28 languages and she has been short listed for the Guardian, Whitbread and W.H. Smith Children's Book Awards, as well as numerous regional awards in the UK and America. Witch Child won the prestigious Prix Sorcières in France in 2003, and the Di Cento Prize in Italy, 2001. Her latest book, The Fool's Girl, is published, April 2010.

Celia lives in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, with her husband, Terry. Her daughter, Catrin, now lives and works in London.

Celia has a Fan Page on Facebook and her own website:

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
In my opinion this book was thoroughly enjoyable. This book had me hooked right from the dramatic beginning to the spectacular ending. The author of this book creates a vivid atmosphere which makes the characters, the awesome creatures and the imaginative places. The author splits between three times; elder time, present time and the time around 1905 which follows the life of Stone. This swap between times can be very confusing and complex as there are so many characters in this book you can not remember all of them.
The book follows the characters called Zillah and Adam in present time and they are aided by Kris. Zillah, Adam and Kris must prevent the beast gods from coming into present time and destroying the world. As this book is set in both times other characters are trying to the same thing and the characters, that have a resemblance to the present time characters, must work together to save both times.
In my opinion I think that this book is a brilliant book for children of twelve and over. This book mixes old legends, real life and religion to create the right recipe for a good and enjoyable book. If you like books which get you hooked right from the start this is the book for you.

By Daniel Devine My Son
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4.0 out of 5 stars Can the future be changed? 20 Jan 2012
My daughter, who is eleven and a half but has the reading age of 15, pressed this book on me, saying how good it was, though she didn't quite get the ending. I found it considerably better than many other "young adult" books in a similar genre - very well written with believable characters and not a single stereotype anywhere.
The fast-approaching date is 12/12/12, the Cosmic Concurrence, when the world is due to end. It's not clear until Part Three how the characters mesh together and what their purposes are, when the reader is thrown into the Elder Time and shown the beginning of the end of the world. I wasn't at first convinced by this early time in Man's history but as the story unfolded, it gained in strength to a strong and emotional denouement.
The connections between the characters are complex but not hard to follow: Zillah is introduced in Chapter 2, a powerful, terrifying chapter that begins, "everyone was dead." She remained, to me, the most interesting character but was the least developed. The central character is Adam, in hospital for yet another operation on his crippled foot. Connecting them both is street-wise Kris, whose grandmother is reminiscent of the Oracle in The Matrix. In fact, she even gets to tell Zillah that, "you are the One."
Holding the tapestry of events together is the tale of adventurer and explorer Stone, whose testament is referred to in the title. A great and ancient evil lurks and his discovery of it, and his subsequent writings, lead Adam closer and closer to his destiny.
This story has tremendous scope, combining a sinister suicide cult, other bizarre religious cults, Victorian interest in the occult, ancient pre-civilisations, monstrous gods and the power to slip back into a past life and change events.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Too Much Detail 11 May 2012
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This book started off quite interesting, with a child surviving a Jamestown type sect, but it quickly went downhill. I found it very difficult to read and to become part of the story. Descriptions were too long and laborious. Instead of honing into a few characters and stories the author tried to put too much into the book which made it difficult to feel much for any of the characters. I found myself skimming large parts trying to get through it.
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