About the BookTitle: The Search for the Stone of Excalibur (The Chronicles of the Stone, Book 2) | Author: Fiona Ingram | Publication Date: October 6, 2014 | Publisher: The Educational Publisher / Biblio Publishing | Pages: 376 | Recommended Ages: 10+
Summary: A modern day adventure as our protagonists search for Excalibur and the treasures it holds!
Continuing the adventure that began in Egypt a few months prior in The Secret of the Sacred Scarab, cousins Adam and Justin Sinclair are hot on the trail of the second Stone of Power, one of seven ancient stones lost centuries ago. This stone might be embedded in the hilt of a newly discovered sword that archaeologists believe belonged to King Arthur: Excalibur.
However, their long-standing enemy, Dr. Khalid, is following them as they travel to Scotland to investigate an old castle. Little do they know there is another deadly force, the Eaters of Poison, who have their own mission to complete. Time is running out as the confluence of the planets draws closer. Can Justin and Adam find the second Stone of Power and survive? And why did Aunt Isabel send a girl with them?
Join Justin and Adam as they search not only for the second Stone of Power, but also for the Scroll of the Ancients, a mysterious document that holds important clues to the Seven Stones of Power. As their adventure unfolds, they learn many things and face dangers that make even their perils in Egypt look tame. And how annoying for them that their tag-along companion, Kim, seems to have such good ideas when they are stumped.
The first book in the series, The Secret of the Sacred Scarab has enjoyed the following book contest wins and nominations:
* Finalist Children's Fiction Next Generation 2009 Indie Book Awards* Finalist Juvenile Fiction USA National Best Books 2009* Winner Pre-Teen 2009 Readers' Favorites Awards* Number 2 in the Children's & Teens Book Connection Top Ten Favourite Books of 2009 for Kids, Tweens & Teens* Winner Silver Medal Teen Fiction 2010 Nautilus Book Awards* Finalist Children’s Fiction 2010 International Book Awards* Winner Bronze Medal Pre-Teen Fiction 2010 Moonbeam Book Awards* Finalist 2011 Rubery Book Awards* Winner Gold Award Mystery Pre-Teen 2011 Children’s Literary Classics Awards* 2nd Place 2011 YA Sharpwrit Book Awards* Winner Gold Medal 2013 Wise Bear Book Awards
*EXCERPT - A CREATURE OF THE NIGHT*The train made an occasional comforting chukka noise that soon lulled Adam to sleep. He dreamed of intense darkness enfolding him, but not just enfolding him; soon, the darkness was enveloping and smothering him. A hazy impression of a white face with pale lips stretched in a mirthless grin, and black eyes lit by a demonic red glow danced in his mind. He tried to move, but a powerful stupor pinned him to the bunk. More than the lethargy of sleep, the sensation made his limbs feel as if they were made of lead. He coughed as a fine dust tickled his nose and throat; he heard the others cough as well. Adam fought the sensation and actually lifted his shoulders off the bunk before the paralyzing heaviness dragged him back down again. He heard a cough from Kim and then silence. The dust was thicker now, clogging his air passages. He choked, unable to breathe properly. With a huge gasp, he thrust himself into a sitting position and opened his eyes. As his eyes adjusted to the gloom, what he saw made him scream, but the scream was silent because his vocal cords refused to obey his brain.
A dark shape like a giant bat hovered over Justin. Adam fought the heaviness, managing to drag his body off the bunk by sheer willpower. He crashed to the floor, unable to stand because his legs had lost all strength. The figure swung round and hissed when it saw him, its eyes glowing with an angry fire. Then, raising its arms, it leaped at him with a screech of rage. Adam stared, powerless. Suddenly, a small shape barreled its way toward the figure, thudding into its legs and clamping down hard with sharp teeth. It was Smudge. There was an excited yelp, a growl, and a scream of pain. Adam blinked blearily at the swirling fury of arms, legs, teeth, tail, and cloak, wondering how it was possible. Smudge was having a glorious time repelling the invader threatening his new friends. From the yells, it certainly sounded human. Kim’s head popped over the bunk above Justin, who had also sat up. Both of them stared open-mouthed at the sight of Smudge in action.
The Early Buzz"Fiona Ingram's storytelling is masterful; she adroitly weaves historical fact and fantasy in a smooth and fluid style that makes reading this book both an exciting and intellectually satisfying treat. The Search for the Stone of Excalibur is filled with action and adventure, puzzles and ghostly presences, and stalwart companions ready to face any and all perils that come their way. What more could a reader ask for? The Search for the Stone of Excalibur is a marvelous historical adventure tale, and it's most highly recommended. (5 stars)"~ Jack Magnus, Readers Favorite
"As always, Fiona Ingram’s masterful description paints a vivid picture of the setting for this adventure, beginning with the honey-tinted Cotswold beauty of Oxford before moving on to the wilder, rugged landscape of Scotland. But Fiona’s particular skill lies in the wonderful characters which she creates to people these adventures... (5 Stars)" ~ Dassie, Amazon
"Character development is the key to the story, and the dialogue is snappy... If there are young reluctant readers in your family, this might just be the kick they need to get over that hump. (5 Stars)" ~ Lit Amri, Readers Favorite
"Fiona Ingram has once again taken myth and legend and blended it into an exciting page turner. The mystery will keep the reader on the edge of their seats as they follow the cousins in their search for clues in old books and on the grounds of a Scottish castle. The story is well told and is suitable for tweens and up. (5 stars)" ~ K. Springs, Amazon
"Ingram describes her characters and locals in such a vivid way that the reader cannot help but picture themselves right there alongside the cousins. I loved the historical information at the end as well as the preview of the next book! I cannot wait! The Search for the Stone of Excalibur is certain to be the next great young adult series of our time! (5 stars)"~ Heather Osborne, Readers Favorite
About the Author: Fiona IngramFiona Ingram (B.A., Hons. (Natal), M.A., (Wits)) was born and educated in South Africa, and has worked as a full-time journalist and editor. Her interest in ancient history, mystery, and legends, and her enjoyment of travel has resulted in The Secret of the Sacred Scarab, the first in her exciting children’s adventure series—Chronicles of the Stone. The second book is entitled The Search for the Stone of Excalibur, a treat for young King Arthur fans. She is busy with Book 3 entitled The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper.
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