Blessing Stone
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Blessing Stone

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by Barbara Wood
     
 

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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

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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 . . . intelligent and entertaining."

San Jose Mercury News

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

Library Journal

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312320249
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
01/17/2004
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
464
Sales rank:
1,369,534
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.02(d)

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