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From the #1 internationally bestselling author comes a sweeping epic that chronicles the history of the world through the destiny of a mysterious blue stone . . .

"Sweeping epic about the history of humanity . . . Wood crafts vivid sketches of ordinary women who triumph over a prescribed destiny . . . packs them with historical details that should keep readers interested." —Publishers Weekly

"Ambitious . . . both thoughtful and playful . . . ...

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Overview

From the #1 internationally bestselling author comes a sweeping epic that chronicles the history of the world through the destiny of a mysterious blue stone . . .

"Sweeping epic about the history of humanity . . . Wood crafts vivid sketches of ordinary women who triumph over a prescribed destiny . . . packs them with historical details that should keep readers interested." —Publishers Weekly

"Ambitious . . . both thoughtful and playful . . . intelligent and entertaining."

San Jose Mercury News

"In each era, Wood creates genuine, engaging characters whose stories are fascinating."

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Millions of years ago, a meteorite fell to earth and a beautiful blue stone shattered from it. One hundred thousand years ago, a girl named Tall One found the crystal on the African plain—-and it formed her destiny, as well as the destiny of generations to come. From ancient Israel to imperial Rome, medieval England, fifteenth-century Germany, the eighteenth-century Caribbean, and the nineteenth-century American West, the destiny of the stone and the history of the world unfold. Each story is full of the betrayals and obsessions of the human heart, and the quests of the human spirit. In The Blessing Stone, Barbara Wood has both told the intimate details of her characters' lives and created a sense of the epic sweep of human history.

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All in all, an absorbing adventure tale.
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"All in all, an absorbing adventure tale." —Booklist on The Blessing Stone
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"All in all, an absorbing adventure tale."
KLIATT
A masterful storyteller takes on the history of the world in this epic novel that begins 3,000,000 years ago with the fall of a meteorite. Skip to 100,000 years ago, when a huntress called Tall One finds a piece of the meteorite on the African plain. Tall One's descendants carry the stone northward to the land of the glaciers. From there it travels to ancient Israel, imperial Rome, medieval Europe, the Caribbean, and the Old West. Each woman who possesses the beautiful blue crystal endows it with powers unique to her times and circumstances. The stone shapes not only individual destinies but those of future generations as it evolves from the heart of a fertility goddess to a symbol of adultery to a religious relic to a necklace known as the Star of Cathay to an object of divination, ultimately ending up in a most unlikely setting revealed on the last page. A wealth of fascinating historical detail is woven into the mix, but it is Wood's characters who bring each era vividly to life. Discussion questions are included at the back. KLIATT Codes: SA—Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2003, St. Martin's Griffin, 450p., Ages 15 to adult.
—Jessica Swaim
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312320249
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 1/17/2004
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 398,241
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Wood is the internationally bestselling author of eighteen novels. She lives in Riverside, California.

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Millions of years ago, a meteorite fell to earth and a beautiful blue stone shattered from it. One hundred thousand years ago, a girl named Tall One found the crystal on the African plain—-and it formed her destiny, as well as the destiny of generations to come. From ancient Israel to imperial Rome, medieval England, fifteenth-century Germany, the eighteenth-century Caribbean, and the nineteenth-century American West, the destiny of the stone and the history of the world unfold. Each story is full of the betrayals and obsessions of the human heart, and the quests of the human spirit. In The Blessing Stone, Barbara Wood has both told the intimate details of her characters' lives and created a sense of the epic sweep of human history.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2005

    Very Interesting

    I picked this book up because the back cover sounded interesting and I found it on sale for only $5.00. I must say that I'm extremely glad that I did because it is an excellent read. Wood does a wonderful job with each of her different characters that comes into contact with the blue stone. Each story is uniquely different and drew me in, wanting to know more and how had the blue stone come into their lives. I would recommend this book highly.

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  • Posted September 28, 2012

    Very interesting book

    There was quite a jump from primitive humans who did not believe that spirits caused problems and people that did. Maybe no one knows how this developed. I was a good read otherwise.

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  • Posted August 22, 2009

    great summer read!

    I picked this up to bring to the beach....it's Michener with a feminist twist! If you love historical fiction you will love going places and periods with this book!

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  • Posted April 29, 2009

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    I loved every character!

    This unique story is a great read, although not for someone looking for lots of action. Barbara Wood created wonderful characters; I was sad when each section ended because I was so interested in that character's life. I definitely recommend this book!

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