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Posted March 4, 2012
I was introduced to the “Lodestone,” series by receiving book three first. Then I read the first one and it tells the readers how the characters came to be. So I had the beginning and the possible ending. It was when I read the second book it really all came together for me. I have been told that writing a review should be like talking to a friend. This science fiction series has really been interesting to read. The characters seem to jump out at you. The plot is well constructed and you find yourself waiting to see how it plays out. You won’t want to put the book down until you are finished. I know a lot of people say that. But it is really true. One thing that I have said before is that, each book has your imagination working to visualize each character. Plus you will travel to worlds that you could never imagine. Just thinking of the colors that the author has described was for me almost poetic. I wonder if Mr. Whiteway writes poetry. While I have shared my perception of this book, you have to remember that there is adventure, fighting and the will to live. The characters are strong and fighting to save their world as they know it. Thank you Mr. Whiteway, for another fascinating book! I hope there will be more to come in this series. Rated G
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Posted June 16, 2013
Truly another masterpiece! Since I read the first book of the l
Truly another masterpiece!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Since I read the first book of the lodestone series I was excited to read the next one and I’m extremely happy that the second volume, “The World of Ice and Stars”, even exceeded my expectations.
The story takes us to a new world, the other part of the planet to be precise, where Shann and the other kelannis live. As Shann and her friends sail through the natural barrier of storms which separate the two parts of the world, they were attacked and Shann find herself alone in a strange world with Boxx the Chandra as her only company. The new world is quite cold, greatly illuminated and with flying carts. But despite all the differences, it surprises Shann more to find out that the people in this world are kelannis too. Will she find her friends and complete the mission they were upto? Rest is for you to find out.
Just like in the first book, I love the way the story flows and how the characters and incidents are connected with each other. Though the author has created a new world to us again, the ride is enjoyable and easy that you won’t get tired clinging into the story. In fact, you won’t feel like putting down the book to take a short break. The story has that magical power to entice you and not to leave until the end. Incidents are well described and characters well developed as always. Each and every character and incident adds value to the story by making it complex yet believable and nicely interconnected.
Shann’s bravery is always impressive and giving such importance to a female character felt nice. As always the writing style never fails to give the awesome effect of excitement at appropriate moments. All in all it’s a wonderful read and I’m unable to declare which story is better as I find both first and second volumes equally great.
Some may think I’m exaggerating so I would welcome you all to read the book and feel it by yourself. You would love yourself for choosing that book to read. I recommend it to every reader who loves to read fiction, but I feel it would be great if you could read the first volume and then go for the second. That way you won’t miss anything from a great series. Rating the book 5 stars and it truly deserves all the credit.
Posted March 24, 2013
A dark and deadly adventure awaits the Kelanni rebels in this fr
A dark and deadly adventure awaits the Kelanni rebels in this frozen wasteland. A heart-pounding sequel to the Sea of Storms!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Book Two: The World of Ice and Stars pulsates with visceral excitement as the Kelanni freedom fighters find themselves plunged into a dark, frozen, unwelcoming land.
The gravity of their mission drives them blindly forward even as each survivor deals with the acute pain of loss and separation.
Surviving the heart-stopping flight from their deadly pursuers and the unknown perils of the Great Barrier of Storms, they cross over to the other side and encounter a strange universe of technological marvels unheard of in their world. Yet something about the new world is oddly familiar. Oddly dressed, speaking in a peculiar tongue and living a vastly different lifestyle, Kelanni inhabit this world as well.
A parallel universe? Not quite. The enthralling history of Kelanni unfolds in The World of Ice and Stars as our heroes discover that this is the other half of their planet, with a tragic yet astonishing past. And hidden in its shadowy, forbidding forests is a sinister horde of creatures so terrifying as to chill their very bones.
As the forbidden ancient secrets are exposed, the true power of lodestone and the very real danger to the future of the entire planet become clear.
And the shocking identity of the mysterious Prophet is revealed.
But only four can go on to complete the extremely hazardous mission of saving the entire Kelanni race from annihilation. To merit this honor, our heroes must undergo a harrowing trial that will bare each character’s deepest pain and brutally test the limits of his or her weakness.
This darker sequel to the first book in The Lodestone Trilogy will captivate readers with its bold exploration of scientific possibilities and the depths of psychological and emotional boundaries.
Posted November 29, 2011
Faster, tighter story with greater reading pleasure
In book two of his Lodestone series Mr. Whiteway improves on the effective story started in the first book. His use of action and dialogue takes the story and characters to another level.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Among a number of qualities, I enjoyed one specific thing more than the other aspects of Book Two: The World of Ice and Stars. The books were described as science fiction. Book one didn¿t necessarily suffer from a lack of science, it just wasn¿t the star of the show for me. The plot of the second book moves firmly into the arena of science fiction. The divided nature of the planet is finally revealed. Likely the division is part of the reason for the changes in scientific tone between the two books. The science and reasoning behind this ¿two-sided¿ planet is believable and well-supported.
Due to the structure of the society initiating the action of the story, I wanted more science to meet the science fiction criteria. Book two reveals this nature while successfully contrasting the existence of the theocratic and rational aspects of the species social difference. The contrast is more effective for how book one was handled¿and I was pleased to be back in a land more geared toward science and logic.
The original, species that is alien to the reader and dominant inhabitants of the planet continues to be the stand out presence in the Lodestone series. As a reader this really gets me wondering what Mr. Whiteway has in store for the insectiod creatures in future installments. It¿s clear that the author greatly enjoys writing about the mysterious creatures. They seem realized from actual material; one of my gauges for an author successfully communicating his imagination.
One of the reasons I love reading science fiction is being exposed to new concepts, ideas and findings wrapped in the fun of fiction. If you also enjoy books that encourage you to consider new ideas and concepts while romping through fictional landscapes with unusual creatures, then you¿ll enjoy both books. Perhaps you will enjoy Lodestone, Book Two: The World of Ice and Stars as much as I did.
Posted August 7, 2011
A YA fantasy read that digs deeper into the world & characters
As at the end of The Sea of Storms, Shann wakes to beautiful and strange stars in the sky on a foreign coast, all only heard of in ancient stories, with only Boxx. This new land is hard to believe. Shann finds herself in a more technically bound world with metal boxes people ride around in and flying boxes as well. Shann needs to find the rest of her friends as they have another piece of the important puzzle to stop the Prophet from destroying their world. But when time passes by with no luck in finding them she sets off with her new scientist friend to find the Chandara of this world to help her get the machine she needs. Mean while the others of her crew are fighting their sadness at the loss of Shann and Boxx they try to find the remaining Chandara of this world as well, to see if one of them can be the "key" in replacement of Boxx. And to learn what they need to do to get the one and only weapon to save their kind. All will have to over come great challenges to complete their dire mission.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
This book builds the suspense more in the underlining plot of the books. I enjoyed the unfolding of what is going on here in the world. We get further into the story and what is fueling the agendas of the Prophet and who or what he is. Nice. And what... well, the lodestones of course.
Here the world is developed greatly too! This is a Young Adult fantasy read with a touch of time difference of thousands of years through communicating, and new planet setting. There's computers and technology in this side of the world. Almost a blend of time travel and science fiction with fantasy here. Nicely blended together. Here we learn more history of both sides of the world, and why they don't know of each other, other than ancient stories. The graphics of the world as a whole here is explained and scientifically made sense. Then the new side of the world we are visiting has much more scientific background and uses. This is where we learn more about the lodestone and its abilities. We even get a touch of humans in this world of Kelanni's.
I felt closer to the characters in this book as well. I could feel the frustration of Shann when no one believed her when she told she was from the other side of the great barrier. And I have seen a great growth in Keris. The group separates for a short time in this book, either by accident or intentionally. And the characters get their chance to shine. Even in the great test they need to take in the end of the book. I really like how this shows the growth of the characters; emotionally and mentally.
I liked in the end how the challenges the characters had to undergo related back to the first book, and even brought back questions and concerns I had for the characters then. I'm thinking the author is going to touch on these in the next book and I'm looking forward to it.
Posted June 9, 2011
A great reunion with beloved characters
When we last saw them, Shann and Boxx were stranded on a strange shore on the far side of their planet. They meet some Kelanni from this new land and attempt to continue their quest for the piece of ancient technology to defeat The Prophet who oppresses their people. The physics of this world is explained in more depth, giving it a far more science fiction feel than the first book, which could easily be considered fantasy. We learn a bit more about the character's emotions and personal histories, including the introduction of young scientist Rael. I like him, but for some reason Book One gave me the impression that something might develop between Shann and Lyall. That's not evident here, alas. I am, however, still hopelessly in love with Alondo and still have no idea who Oliah is and why I'm supposed to care about her. But I might just be jealous. :)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Though the ending clearly alludes to what's planned for Book Three, most things are fairly well wrapped up, giving the reader a sense of satisfaction. (Unlike Book One, which ended on a major cliffhanger.) You want to continue the story, but you don't feel let down if you have to wait a while for the next installment. But still, I hope it's not too long. Kelanni's a nifty place.
Posted June 5, 2011
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The most wonderful thing about the second book in the Lodestone series is that we get to know the characters so much better. The first book was a presentation of everything, the planet Kellani and the hierarchy that was going on. Now we have more action, since the beginning to tell you the truth, and a little bit of uncertain too.
The group is now divided on the two sides of Kellani, and they don't know where the other part is. Shann is an amazing character in this book and almost the soul of the story. Even separated, they are all still together in the battle against The Prophet.
The World of Ice and Stars is even better than the first book. It shows the characters growing as the narrative grows too. It is amazing how I see everything for a better angle on this book, maybe because now I know what expect and who base this story on. It doesn't sound confusing like the first one.
Mark Whiteway overcomes himself in the new installment of Lodestone and this is a fantasy book I recommend for all ages.
Posted February 17, 2011
Escellent new world and characters
In Mark's soon to be released second book on the Lodestone series we again come upon our our unlikely group of heroes. They had added and extra member during the last part of the first book, Patris who becomes part of this team of misfits. Without giving the ending of the first book in the series, we find that Shann and Boxx (the Chandara that has befriended them) are separated from the others in a different part of Kelanni. Shann is first captured and then befriended by Rael the assistant of a great scientist. Shann is both intrigued and irritated by Rael, which is her wont. She befriends him initially to use his intelligence and to get the use of the avionics that his mentor controls. She then begins in earnest looking for her group of friends as it it imperative that they continue their task in order to save their nation from destruction. Rael becomes enamored of Shann as she gets them out of several dangerous situations while searching.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
What she finds in this new part of her world is that the separation of the worlds has created quite a breach of learning and that she and her friends will have to learn how to better defend themselves in this new and harsh environment.
Finally reuniting with her friends, we find that Shann has still not lost any of her animosity for Keris and that at every turn there is an over riding angst that colors their relationship. Knowing that they must put this aside they face a brutal test to their integrity in order to be considered by the ancient Kelanni as those chosen to save the world. Danger and surprises greet them every step of the way. Will they win at the end of the day? You will have to follow their endeavors.
I had the opportunity to read this next instalment and was pleased to see that is was as exciting and thought provoking as the beginning. I was thrilled to see the characters grow and mature in their roles. While that play between them is still there, it has moved into a different level and continues to keep you guessing. The addition of new characters and their roles as well as the bleakness of their adventures keeps this book rolling at a fantastic pace. I believe that Mark's second book in this series will not let you down and you will be begging for more. This is a must have in your library.
This book was received as an ARC from the Author and I am receiving no compensation for this review. My opinion is my own based on my reading and understanding of the material.
Posted November 22, 2010
An Enthralling Mystical Journey
In Lodestone Book Two: The World Of Ice And Stars, author Mark Whiteway picks up right where he left off in Book One: The Sea Of Storms - and proceeds to take the action and adventure to an even higher level...Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Finding herself washed up on the unknown side of her planet, Kelanni, Shann struggles with her fears regarding the fate of her companions as she joins the six-legged Boxx, Chandra, on her ongoing quest to defeat the evil Prophet and his people...meanwhile, injured in their run aground, Lyall, Alondo, and Keris - Shann's rebel kin - strive to nurse themselves back to health, ultimately determined to continue Shann's all-important mission, despite their fears that she's failed to survive...in the end, as more is revealed about the Prophet and his powers, the brave rebels strive to locate an instrument with the ability to disarm the evil one for good - but can they endure the daunting challenges that await...?
In the second installment of his thrilling new Sci-Fi/Fantasy series, Whiteway once again enthralls the reader in the mystical ongoing journey of Shann and her rebel companions. With unyielding determination and passionate conviction, the heroes of The World Of Ice And Stars can't help eliciting cheers from readers - who are sure to find themselves completely engrossed in the ultimate success or failure of their crucial mission. Combining a fertile imagination and uniquely original plotlines, Whiteway's stirring tale is a thoroughly enjoyable, entertaining read - one that certainly begs the quick arrival of Book Three.
Posted September 3, 2010
Posted August 18, 2010
Highly recommended by Allbooks Review
When we left our heroes in Book One, the four Kelanni; Shann, Lyall, Keris and Alondo, and the Chandara, Boxx, they were attempting to cross the great Storm Barrier by ship - an unheard of feat to attempt. Although somewhat successful in reaching the 'other side', Shann and Boxx are separated from the others, and both groups have to strike out on their own in this strange land. Shann and Boxx are fortunate to be taken in by a scientist, and his apprentice, Rael. They explain that this is Kelanni-Skell, and her home is Kelanni-Drann, the two halves of the world (and cultures) separated completely by the Storm Barrier. The two halves have experienced separate but parallel evolution, and the new world Shann finds herself in is much more technologically advanced.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
After many (mis)adventures, the two groups are finally reunited, now including Rael, and resume their quest to find the machine that will stop the Prophet from his scheme of destroying all Kelanni and taking over the planet. Along the way, the real enemy of the Kelanni is revealed - the Unan-Chinneroth in the old language, or in their native tongue, 'hu-mans'. They were responsible for the war that split the planet in two, and now have become the group's greatest enemy. They are determined to stop the quest, no matter what the cost.
Once again, Whiteway creates a whole new world for us to revel in. His vivid mix of 'readable English', and references to the planet's inhabitants, technology and features in the 'native' tongue has been maintained, if not advanced. Additionally, the author hits his stride in terms of plot development and continuous action. There are no wasted scenes and no trivial dialog exchanges. However, the highlight of the work was the character development. In Book One, the reader had to learn about the world, meet the characters and be introduced to the ultimate premise of the series. In Book Two, Whiteway takes the time, (and wonderfully), to give each of the major characters a distinct personality, and develops intricate relationships and conflicts between them all.
I can honestly say that Book Two is better than the first, and that is quite an accomplishment. This is an absolute must read for fantasy fans. I was fortunate enough to be on vacation when I received my copy, and it was literally a one-day read. My only complaint is that the third book won't come out soon enough. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED by reviewer: Gregg J. Haugland, Allbooks Reviews
Posted August 16, 2010
I really liked Lodestone Book One even though Science Fiction isn't usually the type of book I read. I didn't see how he could have improved on the story, but he sure did in Book Two. I loved how he allowed the characters to develop more and helped you get to know them better. He did that without interferring with the excitement of the story. Good job, Mark! I'm proud of you!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 14, 2010
Don't Miss This Follow up to Book One!
Return to Kelanni where a band of rebels reunite to locate an instrument that will disarm the evil Prophet's powerful weapon. Lodestone Book Two: The World of Ice and Stars picks up where Lodestone Book One left off in this thrilling science fiction/fantasy series.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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.
Posted February 11, 2013
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