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- Listening Length: 15 hours and 53 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Mark Whiteway
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 27 Jun. 2013
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00DO9RP16
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Lodestone, Book Two: The World of Ice and Stars Audiobook – Unabridged
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No spoilers if you've stumbled on to this reveiw. This is a well written classic SF adventure.
The author has created a solid world vision.
The characters interact well.
This looks to be a copy of a painting done specifically for the purposes of this book. While the graphics are not sharp and distinctive, it does give you a picture of a scene in the story. And, I may be reading too much into this here, but perhaps the cover is slightly blurred because this is a sci-fi fantasy novel and what person's fantasy isn't a blurred around the edges ... ?
Mark has done an extremely wonderful job on this plot. The introduction of important new characters while maintaining the integrity and depthness of the characters we're already familiar with is a skill some authors have not mastered, but Mark has.
The story was suspenseful yet humorous and engaging. There was enough action to keep you interested and wanting to read more, but not so much that you tired of reading. It was wonderfully balanced.
Shann is the orphan girl introduced to us in the first Lodestone novel. She is young and small, but quick in both intellect and agility.
Keris is a former follower of the Prophet. She has military-like combat skills and wit. She is arrogantly confident, but is loyal to the group she's a part of.
Lyall is the leader of the group that is trying to stop the Prophet. He is the one every body looks to for answers, to confide in and to trust with their life.
Alondo is the quirky musician who is extremely intelligent, but hides his intelligence behind humor. He is a loyal friend to those within the group.
I loved this book better than the first. There are so many positive things I could say, but I'm sure you don't want to see me gushing all over the place! =) So, I will just say that this is a series that I will gladly read over and over again. I also plan on gifting this series in the future. I like it that much.
I would recommend this series to those that like sci-fi and fantasy novels. I would also recommend this author to those who don't like indie authors. I promise you that Mark Whiteway is of such talent he should be signed with a book publishing company ... you'll never know by his stories that he's an indie author.
Shann finds herself alone with the six-limbed creature named Boxx. Boxx, the Chandara, as his people are called, and Shann were swept overboard during the harrowing journey across the barrier in Book One. Shann first notices two things about her new surroundings; Lyall and the others are nowhere to be seen, and this side of Kelanni is very different from her home--stars fill the night sky and an icy white powder falls and sticks to the ground. After fending off an attack from several creatures, Shann and Boxx take refuge for the night inside a strange vehicle.
Meanwhile Lyall, Alondo, and Keris have run the sailing vessel aground and set out on foot. Lyall is injured and Keris leads Alondo to a village to find help. Despite Keris' attempt to sabotage village vehicles, Alondo quickly befriends the villagers and the three are taken in as Lyall recuperates.
Shann meets a boy about her age, an awkward scientist's apprentice named Rael. Shann learns that this side of the barrier is known as Kelanni-Skell; the far side (her home) is called Kelanni-Drann. The technology of Kelanni-Skell is far superior to Drann with flying machines and floating transport vehicles. Shann depends on Rael's knowledge of the area as she decides to continue the mission to find the necessary components to defeat the Prophet and his people.
Alondo and Lyall struggle to come to terms with the thought that Shann and Boxx did not survive the journey across the barrier. Keris is eager to carry on the quest and decides that the first step is to find the Chandara living somewhere in Kelanni-Skell. More is revealed about the Prophet and his powers, his followers and their origin.
Author Mark Whiteway has a knack for developing an epic saga while keeping the pages interesting, entertaining, and believable. The reader can't help being enthralled by Whiteway's characters' tireless passion to save their world. Captivated from the opening pages, I felt unable to stop reading as I became truly engaged in the story. Lyall, Shann and the others are tested for worthiness. The tests are unique to every one and push each to their physical and emotional limits. The result is a mesmerizing read that showcases Whiteway's considerable imagination and creativity. Book One was an enjoyable sci-fi adventure. Book Two is a powerful, poignant story of unyielding determination. Book Three--I can't wait!
If you liked Book One: The Sea of Storms, then Book Two: The World of Ice and Stars is a must read. If you are a science-fiction/fantasy fan you should read the wonderful prequel knowing that the follow-up is even better.
Reviewed and highly recommended by William Potter for Reader's Choice Book Reviews.
All the characters have matured since we first meet them and have grown into their roles within the novel. The addition of new characters into the plot gives the novel a fresh feel and keeps the reader engaged with the novel.
I felt unable to put this book done once I started reading it and I became sucked right in to the world of these characters. I couldn't recommend this book more to fans off the first novel in this series.
I am really looking forward to the next book in this series.
This book was received for review from the author for free and all opinions expressed are my own through reading this book