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3.15.2013

Keeper of the Black Stones ~ Review

Keeper of the Black Stones
Stone Ends, Book 1
PT McHugh

Jason Evans is one of those people other people don't notice.  Just shy of his fifteenth birthday his life is about to change.

Three years ago Jason came to live with his grandfather Doc, a retired physics professor, after the death of his parents.  Recently Doc has been taking extended trips - trips where he is out of contact.   When Doc returns from his latest trip Jason accidently takes Doc's journal to school instead of his Spanish text book.  What he reads troubles Jason.  Is Doc losing his grip on reality or has he truly discovered a gateway into the past?

Large black stones have been found throughout the world and these stones are gateways to the past.   And it is into the past Nicholas Fleming has traveled to rewrite it for his own purposes.  Doc has been making journeys into the past to retrieve or stop Nicholas, or Lord Dresden as he is known in fifteenth century England.  But Nicholas has become a mad despot who thrives on the cruelty he inflicts on those on his lands and he is intent on capturing or killing Doc.

But when someone breaks into their home looking for something the pieces to the puzzle begin falling into place and Jason is about to meet the past in a way he never imagined.  Somehow someone has found out about Doc's connection to the stones and they want that knowledge.  And they'll do anything to get it from Doc!

Jason discovers that he has a connection to the stones, they seem to speak to him and give him glimpses that only he can see and understand.  Armed with this knowledge Jason, his best friend Paul, bodyguard Reis, and Tatiana Nicholas's daughter journey to 1485 England to warn Doc that he was walking into a trap and to stop Lord Dresden before he alters history and destroys the world.

The fate of England, the sojourners from the future, and indeed the world itself hinges on the outcome of the Battle of Bosworth between the forces of Henry Tutor and Richard III.  Get ready to join the battle or tomorrow may never come!

The Keeper of the Black Stones is an attention grabbing book.  You won't want to put it down until you get to the end and then you'll be wishing for book 2!  If you have read Stephen Lawhead's Spirit Well series you should really enjoy The Keeper of the Black Stones but without all the twisting time plots.

I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher, Glass House Press, for the purpose of this review.  All opinions expressed our my own.



ABOUT PT McHUGH

P.T. McHugh.JPGPT McHugh didn’t start out as a storyteller. He was, however, born into a family of that encouraged imagination. He became a fan of history in school and then went to college to become a construction engineer, to build a world of straight lines, angles, and equations.
He was just as surprised as everyone else when he realized that he believed in magic, and might just know the secret of how to jump through time. Since then, he’s been researching the possibility and learning everything he can about history. Just in case the opportunity arises.
PT was born and raised in New Hampshire and currently lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with his wife, two daughters, and a dog named Bob, daring to dream of alternate worlds and cheering for his beloved New England Patriots.
His latest book is the YA fantasy/time travel, Keeper of the Stones.

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ABOUT KEEPER OF THE BLACK STONES

Jason Evans, a shy, introverted high school freshman, thought that his mundane life was all there was – girls, golf, physics, and the occasional bully. Until he found out about the secrets his grandfather had been keeping from him … a set of stones that allowed them to jump through time … a maniacal madman who used the stones to shape history to his liking … and Jason’s role as one of the few people in the world who could stop that man.
Against impossible odds, a fourteen-year-old boy must take up his legacy, learn everything he needs to know within one short day, and travel helter skelter into the Middle Ages, to join Henry VII’s fight against Richard III, end the Dark Ages, and stop the man who now holds his grandfather captive. In this romp through history, Jason and his friends must race against time to accomplish not one, but two missions.
Save his grandfather.
And save the world.

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