I have definitely been having some good reading weeks, those are the best kind of weeks, I’m continuing my brilliant run with The Stone Of Destiny.
Begin the journey; discover your destiny…
Set against a backdrop of Scottish myths and legends, follow the epic quest by a changeling, a selkie and a prince to find an ancient and powerful object, and save the kingdom.
Ailsa doesn’t believe in faerie tales, only the monsters in them. But, with the mark on her face, most people consider her one of them—a changeling.
Her secluded life shifts when she rescues two selkies from bloodthirsty raiders. Now she must act as their guard as they travel to the capital and then, with the help of the Prince of Eilanmor, journey north to find the Stone of Destiny – the only object protecting them all from the evil faerie queen.
But all her life a malignant creature has stalked her through the forest.
Can Ailsa find the Stone of Destiny before something wicked finds her?
Well I have found another book that has definitely slipped into my top ten books of 2019. The Stone Of Destiny ticked all my boxes and has left me wanting more.
I was so looking forward to this book after reading the description because it’s not often I get the chance to read fantasy books featuring Scottish myths and legends. So it’s safe to say that I did have some high expectations before I started and luckily this book totally surpassed them.
On occasion with young adult books I find that whilst they are written within the YA bracket they are definitely aimed toward older readers, but this book has its audience in mind and is for both the younger readers and those of us who still enjoy YA that are out-with it’s age range. The writing manages to paint and capture the magical setting and pull us into the adventure whilst remaining light and easy. It’s the kind of book that will have you saying ‘just one more chapter’, I was so caught up in the journey that the characters take and the action that I didn’t really want to come back to the real world.
Ailsa is a character you can really get behind, she’s had a pretty tough childhood and has had to learn to look out for herself. She is a strong character made even better by Iona and Harris; Selkies who enlist her help as a bodyguard; they bring her out of her shell a bit and show the softer and more playful side to her.
The characters were all very unique in this book, they all had their own motivations and clear voices and I liked that no matter what I found out about them they were still true to themselves. I was happy that there were lots of strong female characters in the book, Iona was a force of positivity to be reckoned with and I loved that even though they were so different that her and Ailsa got on brilliantly.
Harris definitely kept me guessing, he had so many sides to his personality, and I enjoyed the way he kept winding Ailsa up. Adding Angus to the mix gave the perfect dynamic to the journey and it really cemented the bond that you start to see developing between all the characters.
I loved the journey to find the Stone, it wasn’t all plain sailing and it was good that it pushed the characters. There were so many mythical creatures that they came across, I was loving it, even though they mostly were quite ruthless and frightening I still loved reading about them.
The only downside to this book is that I’m going to have to wait until I can find out where the story will go next. I will be wholeheartedly looking forward to the next book that’s for sure.
Caroline Logan is a writer of Young Adult Fantasy. Her debut novel, The Stone of Destiny, is the first in The Four Treasures series.
Caroline is a high school biology teacher who lives in the Cairngorms National Park in Scotland, with her fiancé. Before moving there, she lived and worked in Spain, Tenerife, Sri Lanka and other places in Scotland.
In her spare time she tries to ski and paddle board, though she is happiest with a good book and a cup of tea.