Thursday, December 20, 2012
Rebecca's Review - The Dream Of The Stone by Christina Askounis
Title: The Dream Of The Stone
Author: Christina Askounis
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Received: From Author For Review
Release Date: April 2007
Christian Askounis gives the reader a wonderful tale in The Dream of the Stone that will have you wanting more. It is the story of a young girl whose parents are killed in a plane crash. When her brother comes home, he reveals that he has a secret and it all revolves around the mysterious place he works way out in the desert. Sarah believes that company is more than a strange employer when she finds herself followed, meets a mysterious woman who appears many places, and when her ability to communicate with her brother is disrupted. Who are they? Where are they? Why are they after this stone her brother smuggled to her? With the help of a friend who has some mystery of his own, she finds herself transported to worlds unknown.
I have to say that this was one of the most delightful reads that I have encountered in a long time. It was a combination of C.S. Lewis meets Madeleine L’Engle. I am almost at a loss for words as this cannot fully describe how wonderful this story is. It is deep. If one reads Lewis and L’Engle, he/she will discover that their stories are more than just stories. They have so much depth to them that children who read them cannot possibly grasp all the messages there. Even adults would have to read and ponder the words. I found myself stopping to think of a phrase and what it means to me.
The characters are very interesting. They have you wanting to dive into them more and get to know them better. The plot is relatively fast paced. There were a few places where it slowed down, but it was necessary to get more information that was critical. From there it picked up again and took off on another fantastical ride.
Wonderfully crafted. The world Ms. Askounis brings to the reader is a fantasy world like no other. It is a story of the soul that has you wondering why the author has not done more. I need more of her great talent! The only thing that could make it better aside from another book would be discussion questions at the end as it has so many things that could be talked about. I’ll be telling many people about this book!
Note: This book was provided by a colleague with no expectation of a positive review.