Lodestone Book One: The Sea of Storms

Lodestone Book One: The Sea of Storms

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by Mark Whiteway
     
 

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Finalist - 2010 Foreword Book of the Year Award.

A white-hole portal from another universe rains so-called lodestones onto the surface of the planet Kelanni - a substance with unlimited power. With the aid of the fearsome Keltar enforcers in their flying cloaks, the Kelanni are being forced to mine the stones. Shann, an orphan with a fiery disposition,

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Finalist - 2010 Foreword Book of the Year Award.

A white-hole portal from another universe rains so-called lodestones onto the surface of the planet Kelanni - a substance with unlimited power. With the aid of the fearsome Keltar enforcers in their flying cloaks, the Kelanni are being forced to mine the stones. Shann, an orphan with a fiery disposition, witnesses a battle between a Keltar and a stranger bearing a similar flying cloak. She tracks down the stranger, and learns of the technology behind the Keltars' power, joining him on a mission to free the slaves and cut off their supply of lodestones. Meanwhile Keris, a Keltar, is sent on a mission to track down the rebels. She is attacked by a flying creature and saved by the enigmatic Chandara. At their Great Tree, she learns that a mysterious "Prophet" is out to destroy the Kelanni people. Their only hope is a powerful instrument hidden in the distant past. Pursued by Keltar, the party will encounter bizarre creatures, ancient technologies and terrifying dangers. Finally, they must seek to cross a massive storm barrier in order to reach the other side of their world, where a world-shaking revelation awaits.

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Author - Pamela Waterman
I devoured the first book and luckily had the second title, Lodestone: The World of Ice and Stars right at hand. I could visualize the characters, the landscape and the ever-changing weather challenges so easily. These books immediately drew me into their multi-sun world, made me very curious as the plot kept picking up new threads and left me wanting more. Book Three, please! PS May I have a Boxx to take home with me?
Amazon Top 500 Reviewer - Tami Brady
Things are not as they seem. The Prophet is not the benevolent leader that he portrays. In fact, he is not even Kelanni. He is merely using Tributes as slaves to collect lodestone for a weapon that will give him absolute control.

I very much enjoyed reading Lodestone. It was a solid read with good characters whose interaction gave greater depth to the story. I look forward to reading the next installment of this series.
Readers Choice Book Reviews - William Potter
Author Mark Whiteway has created a universe with amazing technology, horrible monsters, and fascinating characters. The heroes are well drawn and I immediately bonded with their plight. The scene painting narrative drew me in and I felt as though I was right there battling along with Shann and her friends. There is more than enough conflict and suspense to keep the pages turning.
Author - Tim Greaton
In the tradition of Larry Niven, Ben Bova and JRR Tolkien, Mark Whiteway has created a huge, series-worthy plot that carries his readers breathlessly toward a conclusion that is satisfying...but not quite complete. For that epic conclusion, we all gladly move on to Book Two.
Amazon Top 500 reviewer - Lonnie Holder
As I read the first two books in this trilogy, I kept thinking that Whiteway had a voice with some similarities to another author. After thinking, for a long time, I might add, it finally dawned on me that this story is one that Andre Norton, aka Alice Mary Norton aka the Grand Dame of Science Fiction and Fantasy might have written. The writing style is clean and straightforward with a number of elements that Andre Norton liked to use. Few authors today write like Andre Norton

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940011386985
Publisher:
Mark Whiteway
Publication date:
06/13/2010
Series:
Lodestone , #1
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Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
465,171
File size:
572 KB

Meet the Author

Mark Whiteway (1959- ) lives in rural West Sussex, England, near the former home of H G Wells. The Lodestone series of novels is built around the concept of negative matter-an extension of Einstein's Theory of General Relativity. Mark lives with his wife Sandra.


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Lodestone Book One: The Sea of Storms 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
SandraHeptinstall More than 1 year ago
I have often wondered where ideas for books come from when an author begins to pen their book. Does it start from just one word? Or is it an idea that has been floating around in their mind for a long time, or just a few days. As each chapter ends I can’t help but think, is this author a scientist? On the back of the book you will read the author built his story around the concept of negative matter-an extension of Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity. Of course we all know what that is? Honestly, this is a good book! The story plays out so that even people like me can understand what is going on. The characters are fascinating and your imagination gets booted into high gear. I think both adults and teenagers will enjoy this book.
HeidiSueRoth More than 1 year ago
The first book in the Lodestone series comes to you with awards while offering many rewards to the reader. For those who read both science fiction and fantasy, "Book One: The Sea of Storms" is a recommended read. Mr. Whiteway does an excellent job of honoring the forms of those he admires, such as Jules Verne, while creating a new world and journey of his own making. The book contrasts a society with cues both reptilian and humanoid. This first part of the larger story introduces classic conflicts of science and religion well-reflected in cultural values of the elite versus other groups. Based on an ensemble cast, each reader will find at least one character easy to identify with, propelling the story forward. Thanks to inclusion of a young woman, a musician, a holy warrior, a mysterious revolutionary, and an inscrutable insectiod, the action leads strongly through the book. The dominant culture presented on this planet appears to not have much advanced technology. As things progress, the main characters must confront contrary evidence about religious believes, the political ramifications, and personal choices as a result of such changes. Perhaps the current state of their society is not a real representation of their history and heritage. Challenges abound, ensuring characters have the opportunity to grow, change, and discover more about themselves. This is an important aspect to successful, modern speculative fiction that effortlessly presents in this book. Additionally, the story arc is reasonably accessible to mature-thinkers of younger age. This book does need to be limited to only an adult audience. It makes a good foil for younger readers who follow world news or events and would enjoy exploring some of the same topics in a different world through the eyes of a different species. The Chandara, a race living on the plant in Lodestone who are aliens to the other inhabitants, are particularly well realized. I'm sure as this entire story unfolds, many readers will enjoy this book and those that follow courtesy of Mr. Whiteway. As you know, one of the best comments anyone can make about a book is "I couldn't go to sleep until I'd finished the final chapter". Stopping before the end wasn't an option. Perhaps you'll find, as I do, skimming the prologue and then diving into the rest of the book is a great way to start a new series. I know I'm looking forward to the next book. If the characters or story sound like something you might enjoy, I encourage you to give this accomplished, new author a try.
ApexReviews More than 1 year ago
The planet of Kelanni is constantly bombarded with meteorites known as "lodestones," precious resources with the mysterious ability to allow the Kelannites to bend the laws of physics and science. Having recognized the invaluable powers that the lodestones possess, The Prophet, the planet's evil ruler, forces the masses to mine the precious ore - quashing any resistance by violent force. As the weight of The Prophet's oppressive rule becomes too cumbersome to bear, though, a small band of rebels join together to overthrow their cruel oppressor and save their beloved homeland - but with a host of daunting challenges standing in the way of their freedom, their impassioned quest soon proves to be no easy task... The Sea Of Storms is a fascinating fantasy tale. In it, author Mark Whiteway channels the likes of Herbert, Tolkien, et al, in crafting a compelling world of breathtaking action and mystical adventure. With a vivid cast of well-developed characters and an intriguing mix of intersecting plotlines, The Sea Of Storms is a broad-ranging Sci-Fi epic sure to please die-hard fans of well-crafted fantasy. A promising debut in what one can only hope is an equally satisfying series. Chelsea Perry Apex Reviews
hide-and-read More than 1 year ago
In this stunning work of fantasy fiction, we are introduced to a theocratic society and a unique use of the concept of negative matter. In an act of brilliant irony, the Prophet has been using the Kelanni people and money to fund the development of a weapon to annihilate them. One of his top Keltar, an elite soldier, stumbles upon his plan and begins an unwilling journey with four others to save the people she has sworn to protect. With former allies breathing down their necks, they race against the clock to save their people and defeat a false god. The world of the Kelanni is richly created, from the landscapes and intricate societal rules to the lodestones that power the Prophet's men. Whiteway seamlessly works the necessary explanations into his lyrical prose, allowing one to savor the words and the imagery as well as the plot development. There is an overarching sense of wonder that governs this entirety of this story, no mean feat considering that all is not sunshine and daisies. Perhaps it is related to the balance of intricate description and deliberate vagueness. The latter tactic lends readers the latitude to visualize the Kelanni and various oddly-named organisms as they see fit. The character development in this novel is sound. Particularly well-executed are the internal conflicts within Shann and Keris; some of the changes fly under the radar unless one is paying particular attention. Their quest is more than a physical journey; it is a period of forced emotional maturation for all involved. And this is just the start. Unfortunately, there were some mishaps within this novel that I had difficulty overlooking. The first is a paragraph in chapter fourteen dedicated to Shann's first time riding a graylesh. It's a lovely passage, but it directly conflicts with the first page of chapter three, in which she rode a graylesh to Lind. The second, and possibly more subjective complaint is that the Prophet has crossed the supposedly insurmountable barrier facing our heroes more than once, yet they never consider how he may have accomplished this feat. In fact, they openly discuss how no one but Captain Arval has ever successfully crossed the Great Barrier of Storms. Adding this to some wonky use of semicolons and italics, I found myself pausing many times in spite of the riveting storyline. Book One of this new series was a wonderful fantasy read, and I look forward to continuing with Lyall and company in Book Two. Hide and Read (Review copy provided by the author)
OktopusInk More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite things about books is that they have the power to transport the reader anywhere in the world, even if that means transporting them to a different world. Whiteway capitalizes on this power, and uses it to his advantage to bring the reader a creative story filled with crazy animals, gliding cloaks, and star-crossed destiny. At first, the the book appears to be strictly science fiction. The story takes place in the world of Kelanni--a planet devoid of human life, yet incredibly human at the same time. Its inhabitants are being oppressed by the Keltar, guardians of the Prophet who have abused their power in the name of their savior. But when one of the characters receives an important message from the past, an epic journey begins and the characters embark on a quest to travel beyond the Sea of Storms. In the tradition of J.R.R's Lord of the Rings, after the quest is received, the plot becomes fast paced and action filed. There is little down time to become bored, especially in between events like escaping a slave camp or rescuing a comrade from a giant lava snake's den. The world was rich with its own customs, natural laws, crazy creatures and landscapes that, when combined, had me wishing that my jacket was filled with lodestones. However, despite the exciting pacing of the plot and the amazing amount of easy-to-understand detail that Whiteway puts into the more alien aspects of his novel, reading the first 100 pages or so was difficult for me. Not because I didn't like was I was reading, but because I couldn't connect to the characters. There wasn't enough background information given about most of the main characters to make me identify what drove them to embark on the dangerous quest, other than the reason that the world depended on it. I needed that emotional connection, the one that makes me go, "Aww.she has no other choice," or "Oh snap, he's going for revenge!" and really believe it. Regardless, Shann, Alando, Lyall, and Keris provided an even balance of skills to the group, and their personalities played well off of each other--especially towards the end. It was hard to choose a favorite, but if I had to, it would probably be Alando. His light-hearted comments relieved some of the tension of the story, and I enjoyed listening to his well placed words of wisdom. Overall, the novel was very well done, and the end had me sitting on the edge of my seat. Even though the beginning was a little slow, once the edges of the plot were outlined it became a roller coaster of action and adventure. If you're into books that blend science fiction and fantasy (and blend it extremely well), then I highly recommend you pick up the first book in the Lodestone series. A fair warning, though: The end is a cliffhanger, and a seriously painful one! I know I'll have to get my hands on the sequel as soon as I get the chance.
melydia-zoiks-org More than 1 year ago
As an indie book reviewer, I come across a lot of, um, less than stellar fiction. Then, once in a while, I come across a self-published book like The Sea of Storms and I am reminded of why I do this in the first place. Planet Kelanni has three suns: a white and yellow that move across the sky much like our own Sun, and a large, dim, red sun that never moves, in much the same way as the Earth doesn't when viewed from the Moon. The inhabitants of this planet, though never described in detail, are (presumably) humanoid creatures ruled by a mysterious Prophet and his Keltar emissaries who routinely collect citizens as "tributes," never to be seen again. A young girl named Shann joins two men - Lyall and Alondo - in their quest to overthrow the Prophet and free the tributes. Meanwhile, forbidding Keltar Keris receives shocking information from the strange, somewhat beetle-like creatures known as Chandara, information that turns her world completely upside-down. Woven throughout the drama is a mysterious and precious mineral known as lodestone. Though the book's title is somewhat misleading - the Sea of Storms is not actually reached until the last few pages - the story itself is quite good. The action is well-paced and the world is solidly constructed. I especially liked that while there were creatures clearly meant to stand in for familiar animals such as dogs and horses, nothing was described in comparison with Earth since, obviously, the Kelanni know nothing of Earth. Shann, Keris, Lyall, and Alondo are engaging characters, easily distinguishable without relying on stereotypes. Oliah came out of left-field, making her relationship with the leads rather unbelievable, but her appearance is so brief I can almost ignore it. The rest of the book is a marvelous trek through a fantastic new world. I'm glad I was warned in the title that this is not a standalone novel, or I would have been irritated at the cliffhanger ending. As it stands, I'll have to see about getting my hands on the next installment in this promising new fantasy series.
murphyslibrary More than 1 year ago
(from Murphy's Library - rated 3 and a half there) Kelanni is a planet ruled by a dictator, The Prophet. He has what we could call an army, a loyal one, the Keltar, who are responsible to make sure no one rebels against their leader. The Prophet is a master in the explorations of the lodestone that arrives with meteor showers in Kelanni. All is functioning as The Prophet expects, but there are people out there that are getting tired of his domain. This book, the first in the Lodestone series that Whiteway wrote, is really an introducing book. You take some time to get used to the universe he created, but once you get to know the details about the planet, the lodestone and the wants of The Prophet, you can't put the story down. I've been reading lots of books with different creatures, fantasies and paranormal subjects, but a pure and truly good fantasy and just fantasy book hasn't got into my hands in a long long time. Lodestone is a good fantasy book. Lyall, Alonso, Shann and Keris are really good characters and I thought their personalities are well put in this book. Lyall is very well built and I really like him, and Shann is a great character, who I often wanted to hear more from. Alonso made me laugh, even his seriousness can be great. It took me some time to warm up to Keris, but soon I was okay reading her lines too. The narrative is good, but sometimes I got a little confused by some of the longer paragraphs-maybe it happened because I was getting to know everything about this universe, and it can be a little overwhelming. The constant reminds of the facts during the narrative, however, are always helping me. In this case, it is good that this book repeats some things. It was as good book, and I look forward to continue reading this series, especially with that ending. The book, in the last pages, made me breathless. Mark Whiteway had my congratulations for this book. He was truly carefull creating his story and putting all pieces of this puzzle together, in a way they just fit. Very good work.
MRShemery More than 1 year ago
It took a chapter or two for me to become interested in this book. This does not speak ill of the author. It is simply how it happens with me in these types of books. Once I was past the first couple of chapters, though, I didn't want to stop reading. I loved the world that Mark created in this story. The book did not consist of humans, that I could tell. Instead, Kelanni were the dominant creatures ... human like, but with tails. The Kelanni had social classes and military, like humans. They were very realistically depicted in their emotions and interactions. As a matter of fact, the entire world within the book's pages were well-imagined and depicted. Reading about it made you feel like you could actually go there. How neat would it be to travel to a world where three suns rule the sky? Mark has outdone himself with his first scientific novel. Reading it, you would never know this was his first. It reads like a well-written author has taken the time to completely formulate an imaginary world down to the plants, bugs, creatures and people. If you enjoy imaginary worlds and good versus evil, then you will definitely enjoy Lodestone.
harstan More than 1 year ago
On Kelanni, people are disposable with their solo mission to mine "Lodestone" for use by the planet's great dictator. The Prophet who rules the orb is the grandmaster of using the lodestone resource that comes to Kelanni in meteor showers. His powerful extremely loyal Keltar Knights insure no one tries to rebel. Lyall vehemently rejects the Prophet and the concept of slavery. He vows with his best friend Alondo to overthrow the violent despot. When he meets Shann, who wants the Prophet's reign of terror to end , he teaches her his knowledge of lodestone. The prophet learns of the growing unrest and he sends Keris the Keltar to brutally destroy the rebels using them as an example for others to obey. She has doubts about her vocation and her current mission. When a giant bird attacks her, a Chandara saves her life. Boxx the Chandara informs Keris of her leader's evil plans so she joins Lyall and his insurgents. Once author Mark Whiteway establishes relativity laws of physics (and astrophysics) in his universe, the first Lodestone tale is a terrific science fiction thriller that in many ways reads like a fantasy. The world of Kelanni is what makes this a strong opening entry as readers will feel they are there along side of Keris as she begins to doubt what she believed all her life was gospel. Fans who enjoy something different yet exciting in their outer space novels will want to read Mr. Whiteway's entertaining take on despots, rebels and negative matter. Harriet Klausner
StayPositiveKV More than 1 year ago
Once again I am attracted to another author who has brought Science Fiction writing to a higher level. We see many great authors, but Mark Whiteway's writing has shown great accomplishments and you can see this in the many awards he has received. In reading this book, we can easily bring our mind to see these characters as humans. The situations that take place could take place in everyday life, but in reality they are aliens. The human side of these characters are shown by the feelings of Shann were it says, "she watches her retreating form and felt a pang of guilt ," the type of clothing they wore "He was wearing a rustic brown tunic and trousers", or the types of food they would like to eat, "raleketh steak and a cup of narrian wine". It wasn't until the serpent, that I was drawn back into fantasy part of the story. One of the fascinating parts of the book that brought me great understanding was when they were talking about the lodestones, they are naturally occurring deposits in the ground from meteorites which have been falling for millennia. The lodestones perform differently depending on the physics. Lodestone is the first book in its series and I was extremely happy that the book left me wanting to read more and find out were each of these characters go.
Melhay More than 1 year ago
Hastily aiding a strange man who flew into town and seemed to want to help the people taken as 'tributes' to work in the Prophet's deadly desert, Shann finds she is now in the middle of the dispute between the strange man pretending to be a Keltar and the Keltar taking the people. Shann goes on the run to escape the mean Keltar and his soldiers. Shann finds new friends along the path of a wondrous journey of the past asking for help from the future. With the help of her new friends and lodestones Shann learns a budding strength she didn't realize she had, and how to fly like the Keltar. If all work together; Shann, Lyall, Alondo, and Keltar Keris and her new friend Boxx, the fate of all Kelanni just might be safe in their hands. In this book Mark, the author, creates a world with three suns, bright colors, and people with tails. With the help of Lodestones and the science behind them there are a select few who are granted permission to us this ability to fly through the air. The world created here is all together new. There are times in the world I wanted a little more description to give a better visual in my mind, but I did enjoy the details given to the lodestone science used by the Keltar. The story starts right in with the characters meeting, which is a nice start. At times in the beginning I found it to be a little rough but the story quickly picks up and runs. I liked the characters and the way they matched up. You do have your one odd man out, but this is a nice touch to have a character you like, but not completely trust. The story takes you on a journey with these characters through this new world. The story isn't completely new to the fantasy world but the characters and new world make it a fun and interesting journey. There were a few little surprises I really enjoyed too. Like, you might want to watch Alondo. The ending of the story is a cliffhanger ending. I wanted to keep going and see what happens to the world and characters along with the new world they where going to. But, that will have to be the next book (which is currently out). This is definitely a book I would recommend to your sprouting fantasy readers. I think they would enjoy the journey and the neat things they do. This is a fun read. The end result of the lodestone science is similar to the results of Brandon Sanderson's metal usage in the Mistborn series. Completely different sciences and rules but close to the same results, in flying that is. I will definitely be looking for the second book in this series to follow up with the characters.
ReadingReview More than 1 year ago
The Sea of Storms is the first book in the Lodestone science fiction series and is written by Mark Whiteway. The Sea of Storms is a Fantasy-like tale taking place on another planet. It intermingles Science Fiction with the classic Fantasy quest story. There isn't a ton of futuristic devices and such in this story, so it reads more like a Fantasy novel with the main characters going after the evil leader to save their people. You know, this is the the proven Fantasy formula that has worked so well in the past with many a story in other Fantasy novel, but with a twist. I found this book to be an interesting mixture of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Mark Whiteway says on the back cover that he built this story around the concept of negative matter, an extension of Einstein's Theory of General Relativity. You read that and you think to yourself, "Oh, no . . . what am I getting myself into?" It scares me when I read stuff like that on the back cover. It is usually from first-time writers. I understand that we are talking about the properties of the Lodestone here, but seeing a quote like this could actually scare a potential reader away. Just ignore it for now because it doesn't really matter. You don't need to know what Einstein's Theory of General Relativity or that the story is based off it, just know that the story is extremely entertaining and a fun read. Mark Whiteway has obviously put a lot of thought in to the world of the Kelanni. He creates a sense of alieness in his world that we don't often see. There are reference in to story meant to enforce the idea that these intelligent beings have developed on a world that has nothing to do with humans or the things we as a species have invented. I found that I really liked that about this story. Is the Prophet a human? Maybe . . . I don't know yet. I will have to read the next book to find out. At first, I found the story to be a little slow. But as the characters were developing and the story was evolving, I found myself getting more and more involved in the plot. By the end of the book, I was gobbling up the words so fast that I reached the last page and wished that I had the second book in my hands. This is exactly what should happen in a terrific novel. Overall, The Sea of Storms is a great first book in a series that has a lot of promise. I have seen series go astray, like with Eragon, and I just hope that Mark Whiteway continues to build this series in a way that keeps the storyline moving along at a good pace and the characters interesting. Action is essential to a story like this, so I hope that the action doesn't fall off to descriptive storytelling in the second book. Because I enjoyed this book so much, I cannot wait for the next book to come out. It should be a doozy. I rated this book an 8½ out of 10.
TicTocLW More than 1 year ago
This is a fast paced and drag you along for the ride fantasy. I was breathless at points cheering the action and frustrated at times when the characters showed their flaws. A wonderful cast of characters annoying at times and alternately heroic at others. The mix of characters play well off each other, they make you want to cheer or in some cases box their ears. The story is easy to get into and the book hard to put down. I am looking forward to the next installment. I believe that Mark Whiteway has put together a world that is both dangerous and ingenious. The Characters are rich and bold with both flaws and great courage. A great read.
WRPotter More than 1 year ago
On a planet known as Kelanni the people live under the cruel thumb of a dictator. The people are enslaved to mine a resource called "Lodestone." An unlikely band form an uneasy alliance to overthrow their oppressor, free the slaves, and thus save the world. Mystery and magic, adventure and more are all for the taking in Lodestone: Book One-The Sea of Storms by Mark Whiteway. Kelanni is peppered with constant meteor showers. The meteorites, or lodestones, possess a wide range of powers from being explosive to enabling a person to fly. Ruling Kelanni is "the Prophet." The Prophet has learned to manipulate the lodestone and, through his highly trained Keltar knights, controls the Kelanni people through violence. Oppressing an entire world takes a great deal of lodestone and thus many Kelanni are taken from their families as slaves to mine the ore. For most Kelanni, this is just the way of things-serve the prophet and live in fear of the Keltar-with the possibility of being enslaved always looming. Lyall will live this way no longer and along with his endearing friend, Alondo, is set on overthrowing the Prophet. During an attack on a Keltar, Lyall meets a young woman named Shann. Shann has her own reasons for wishing the end of the Prophet's reign. Lyall teaches Shann his knowledge of lodestone, the source of Keltar's power, and the two form a tight friendship. Keris is one of the most skilled Keltar, groomed and trained since childhood to be ruthless in her duties. For some time, she has quietly questioned her beliefs. She is rescued by strange creatures called Chandara after an attack by a giant bird. Through Boxx, a Chandara, Keris learns the true nature of the Prophet and his evil plans. Keris is charged with stopping Lyall and his band of Rebels; instead she joins them in their journey. Together they must cross the Great Barrier of Storms, something never before accomplished. But first they must endure the pursuit of Keltar, countless monsters, dangerous terrain, and mistrust of a former Keltar turned traitor. Author Mark Whiteway has created a universe with amazing technology, horrible monsters, and fascinating characters. The heroes are well drawn and I immediately bonded with their plight. The scene painting narrative drew me in and I felt as though I was right there battling along with Shann and her friends. There is more than enough conflict and suspense to keep the pages turning. In fact, as I read I was increasingly enthralled-my reading pace increased as I was eager to find out how this one turned out-only to be let down when the book just ended, leaving things up in the air. I understand the author's need to set up the series; however, the fact that Book One doesn't stand alone was disappointing. I recommend Lodestone Book One: The Sea of Storms to readers who enjoy Sci-Fi/Fantasy and are looking for an entertaining, well-crafted new series in the genre. Reviewed by William Potter for Reader's Choice Book Reviews
tidus- More than 1 year ago
By Readers Favorite "Readers Favorite" (Hawesville, KY USA) - See all my reviews (VINE VOICE) This review is from: Lodestone Book One: The Sea of Storms (Paperback) The Kelanni was enslaved by the Keltar working for the"prophet." The Kelanni was forced to pay tribute to the prophet through slaves and food. Lyall and Shann joined forces to stop the destruction of the Kelannni. Keris was sent to hunt down the rebels and bring them back dead or alive. On her quest, she was befriended by a chandara. The odd creature convinced her that the prophet was evil. Keris went against her mentor and all she was brought up to believe to help the rebels. Together they look for a way to neutralize the weapon that can destroy a civilization. This is book one in The Sea of Storms series. Whiteway is a master at description. It was easy to envision the culture. The plot moves along at a good steady pace. It is well developed. The characters come to life on the pages of this book. They are unique but so well described that I could picture them. The characters all play well together. This is a science fiction that is sure to please the most discriminating fans.
TCM_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Things are not as they seem. The Prophet is not the benevolent leader that he portrays. In fact, he is not even Kelanni. He is merely using Tributes as slaves to collect lodestone for a weapon that will give him absolute control. The only hope for the Kelanni is a small group of individuals with seemingly very little in common. Keris is a former Keltar. While on a mission, everything she holds dear is turned upside down when she is contacted by a woman from the distant past telling her the truth of the Prophet's intentions. Her helper is Boxx, the key, an ancient chandara who speaks in riddles and at times seems quite senile. Keris joins forces with her former enemies, the people she was originally menat to investigate. Lyall is a freedom fighter looking to free tributes from Gort, the heart of the Prophet's lodestone operation. He brings with him, Alonda the musician and Shann, a young girl who finds herself in the wrong place at the wrong time. Their task is to cross the Great Barrier of Storms and neutralize the weapon. I very much enjoyed reading Lodestone. It was a solid read with good characters whose interaction gave greater depth to the story. I look forward to reading the next installment of this series.
Mary-OH More than 1 year ago
Sci-Fi Fantasy is usually not my book style, HOWEVER, I made an exception in this case and am glad I did. I wouldn't have wanted to miss out on this. You are taken on a journey and get to observe, through the written word, a new world and its interesting people and creatures. There are a few surprises around the bends that keep you alert to ever changing scenes and situations. The author's style is fresh and he easily helps you see what he is seeing in his mind's eye. It is like taking a walk through a new land with a guide who knows the landscape and the people you are meeting. The characters are revealed, but in an enticing way that has you waiting for the next bit of information about their personality and who they really are. The new creatures you meet are easily pictured as if you were actually looking at them. The humor is nicely placed throughout the story and tastefully applied. It makes you anticipate the next book in the saga.
JHall303 More than 1 year ago
I am not really a science-fiction or fantasy buff but I really enjoyed this book. Once I realized that I was being drawn into a world I had never experienced, I let the characters and the scenes play out. I like the sense of history and sacredness that the prologue gives the story. The time frame and and the character focus changes, but after the first few shifts I was ready to see things from a different perspective. Shann is the unlikely heroine and her shy braveness is something that most of us would aspire to. The fantastic names for creatures and landscapes are a nice change from the ordinary and routine life here on earth. The foreboding Prophet is a souce of hypocrisy as his allegiance is forced and the planet's inhabitants are persecuted. The overhwelming sense of the world's physical forces is everywhere in this kingdom except for the homey scenes with creature comforts. I would like to be able to fly as I do in my nighttime dreams. I am ready to know more about the power that the lodestone has and what role it will play in the character's lives....
ctfranklin28 More than 1 year ago
As a fan of Mark Whiteway’s book, I would be remiss if I didn’t include a review to the first book in one of my all-time sci-fi collections. Similar to other science fiction books that I have read, the Lodestone Book One: The Sea of Storms is the story of a group of citizen revolutionaries (Lyall, Keris, Shann, Alondo, and Boxx) who go on a quest to stop an evil dictator (in this case, the Prophet) in order to save the world. For me, the difference with this book (and the series) is the way this book that you can be drawn into the world of Kelanni. From the beginning to the end of the novel, you are presented with a well-developed plot, characters, and setting. The plot is one of the first things that I came to appreciate in this because it has many twists and turns that make it a page-turner. In one chapter you are reading about a hand to hand battle with two Keltar guards and within the next you are on a ship. This doesn’t happen haphazardly; instead the author introduces one or two small changes within the chapter that lead to more dramatic changes in the plot or characters later on. The characters, while still retaining their typical “band of rebels” found in other sci-fi books, display real depth and development in tune with the plot. I can also say that, having read the other books in the collection, that this development continues in various and intriguing ways. Lastly, the setting is “all-encompassing”. By that, I mean the setting is so well set up that readers should find it easy to interact with the story even though it’s full of words like Chandara, Keltara, Kelanni, and more. This does take a little getting used to when you first encounter the book; however, one you will do you will have no problem enjoying the adventure of the book. The only thing that I had was the convenient “change of heart” from two of the main characters, Lyall and Keris. While you get a little insight into Keris’ defection to the band of revolutionaries, it was a little too sudden for me. Luckily, the author balances this almost complete acceptance of the group book with the suspicion of Shann, which to me seems a more real and appropriate response to adding a new member of a group. In summary if you are looking for a book with the epic journey and setting of Star Wars, then is probably the next series you want to look into. This will also be a good read for fans of the book series from Piers Anthony (Journey of Xanth) or J.R.R. Tolkien (Middle Earth Series). It reminds me a lot of like some of his books in which you watch the characters go through a wild and incredibly insightful journey. I am on the fourth book and look forward to reading the rest of the books in the series as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Two and a half stars. First in a series, and has a cliffhanger ending. Science fiction yarn with your standard cast of characters on a quest. The exception may be the musician, but he is also a technical whiz. We do not learn enough about the hero's dark past. The girl who casts her lot with him is quite young. I hoped that the strong female warrior was not the villain, but her change in alliance seemed too sudden. I kept picturing her as Catwoman. The author slips up once in regard to the extra large insect. This creature does not understand gender, and is usually referred to as "it," but in one passage the author uses male pronouns for it. Here there be smeerps. Gundir, anyone? This book is entertaining enough, but when it comes to no conclusion, it seems artificially drawn out. I am not inclined to read 500-1000 more pages to see whether this shaggy dog story ever goes anywhere. Teens who like fantasy or science fiction might enjoy this book and its sequels--there are at least four more books in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was very interested  in what the reviews had to say, but VERY TURNED OFF WHEN I FOUND OUT THIS IS A CLIFF HANGER...I have no interest in any Author who can not give their story a resolution...     
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the way this author writes a story. Get comfortable because once it takes off you won't find to many places that you will want to put it down and take a break. Mark Whiteway has you believing that you are right there with these characters and know them as friends. Read Sea of Storms first, then got the Lodestone Trilogy with books 1 thru 3. Reread book 1 and ended with book 4 Seeds Across the Sky. Hated to see it end. Will be going back for more of his books..
zadelicious More than 1 year ago
The haunting story, compelling characters, lyrical prose, and action-fantasy-adventure on an epic scale makes this book a classic in the annals of general contemporary fiction It is easy to forget that this tale takes place in an alien world governed by no less than three suns, each of which behaves in a uniquely distinct and sometimes unexpected manner.. The green-skinned, white-blooded Kelanni may not look like Earthlings, but they embody the best and worst of human traits: idealism, courage, bravery, and integrity, as well as jealousy, malice, and greed. Each page is a beautiful tapestry creating a visually stunning backdrop worthy of cinematic translation. The introduction paints a sordid picture of harsh poverty that enslaves soul and body of the Kelanni to feed the insatiable greed of a tyrannical yet charismatic Prophet. Weary of blind obedience to a heartless despot, five unlikely heroes emerge to shine hope on their dark world. Three youths brimming with impetuous idealism and mischief. The planet’s most trusted general, aloof and solitary, consumed by patriotic love for fellow Kelanni and oath-bound to an enigmatic creature to which she owes her life. A seemingly useless creature that is somehow the key to freeing the “tributes” from the shackles of slavery. A startling message from beyond, from another time and place, guides them on their way but compounds the entrancing mystery that begins to unfold and ultimately leads them to a strange new world.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I donloded this on this website called bookbub now it is on my nook. Wow i got it on the computer now on my nook wow.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great Sci-Fi, but no romance. If there were a love triangle, this book would be perfect imho.