Lodestone Book One: the Sea of Storms

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On the planet Kelanni, life is cheap.

With the aid of the fearsome "Keltar" enforcers in their flying cloaks, a ruthless invader is forcing the native people to mine the colloquially named "lodestone" - a substance from another universe with infinitely destructive power.

The only ones who can stop him are a tiny girl with a fiery disposition, a former Keltar, a failed revolutionary, a musician and the ...

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Overview

On the planet Kelanni, life is cheap.

With the aid of the fearsome "Keltar" enforcers in their flying cloaks, a ruthless invader is forcing the native people to mine the colloquially named "lodestone" - a substance from another universe with infinitely destructive power.

The only ones who can stop him are a tiny girl with a fiery disposition, a former Keltar, a failed revolutionary, a musician and the mysterious creature, Boxx, who seems to speak only in riddles.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781477646502
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/9/2012
  • Pages: 282
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.59 (d)

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 speculative concept of negative matter.
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  • Posted September 22, 2012

    I am neither a sci-fi aficionado nor an adventure freak, and rat

    I am neither a sci-fi aficionado nor an adventure freak, and rather prefer reading books that teach social values and personal development. But The Sea of Storms is an exemption. Beneath the book's breathtaking, heart-pounding stunts and endless struggles lie deeper lessons in life that the author effectively conveyed. Please allow me to share how this book unexpectedly touched my life...

    Lesson 1: It is amazing how the main characters- Lyall, Shann, Keris, and Alondo - found each other and became an indomitable team that would determine the fate of everyone's existence. It was not easy to trust a stranger and, much more, to keep everyone intact despite having diverse personalities. But because they share a common goal, they put aside their differences and stay united. Lyall's leadership style is inspiring and worth emulating. Their teamwork made their combined strengths exponentially powerful than any number of keltars and enemies.

    Lesson 2: The book also tackled how to manage one's strengths and weaknesses, and to accept those of others. While a weak Shann discovered her new strengths, the strong Keris learned that she has weaknesses. Both characters struggled to maintain equilibrium. Overcoming weaknesses and managing new-found strengths are hidden treasures that the readers can dig within the book's pages.

    Lesson 3: The most important lesson that I've learned from the book, among many more, is the value of selflessness. The characters shared their unique ways of offering their lives for the sake of others- family, friends, and fellow Kelanni. They have risked their lives and faced whatever challenges that lie ahead because someone depends on them. It was said that "the greatest love is laying down one's life for another", and the characters have, without a doubt, generously demonstrated it throughout the story.

    I had so much fun reading the book as I explored every corner of Kelanni in my imagination. With the author's clear and effective descriptions, I felt comfortable putting myself in the characters' shoes. I allowed my creativity to work for me and felt free in building the images in my mind. And while I took pleasure in reading the book, I appreciate the lessons it instilled in my heart.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 23, 2014

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    Shann wasn¿t sure why she helped the stranger. She knew it meant

    Shann wasn’t sure why she helped the stranger. She knew it meant certain death now if she is caught. But what of the strange disc he had pressed into her hand sticky and yet so unusual as she had never known anything like it before. She couldn’t help but wonder who was he to stand up to the Keltar like that and yet he was dressed like a Keltar he even had the flying cloak. The words he said echoed in her head “run” and that was exactly what she was doing…running for her life….

    I love Whiteway’s writing style so free-flowing not difficult to read like most sci-fi adventures. But there is more than sci-fi to enjoy as there is something for everyone from sci-fi, fantasy, adventure and mystery that excites the imagination from page one. Reading like a Scottish folktale I found myself lost within the pages not wanting the story to end.

    The characters are so deep, Shann with her bold desire to be strong but yet has such a child-like innocence, Lyall the rebel with a young adventurous heart who has a desire to save his homeland and poor Alondo who seems to have such a little boy heart but is somehow always caught up in Lyall’s adventures. There are so many others to relate to from Keris and Mordal to even the mysterious Prophet that is at the heart of the story leaving me to wonder how people could just be ripped from those they love to serve and obey.

    I recommend this story from young to old especially looking for adventure that is powerful and exciting, also for a story rich in lessons to be learned along the way. But also anyone seeking something that is an excellent change from the same-old storyline that will clearly whisk the reader to another time and place and even cause one to ponder and think…

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  • Posted June 28, 2013

    I liked it. Mr. Whiteway did a great job of creating a new and e

    I liked it. Mr. Whiteway did a great job of creating a new and exciting world. The characters were well developed and the plot progresses at a great clip. The creatures and monsters were fantastic! Follow the adventures of a small clan of people who find out that their Prophet is not who he seems, that he is bent on destroying their civilization, and it it up to them to stop him. I've already added book two to my TBR list. I very much look forward to reading it!

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  • Posted March 11, 2013

    An amazing read! The book is a natural page turnover. You won¿t

    An amazing read!

    The book is a natural page turnover. You won’t feel like putting down the book until the very end. The thing I loved the most about the book is the narration and the writing style. The author excels in taking the maximum benefit of a rich vocabulary, using the right words at the right place. The story is developed and described so perfectly. The language is picturesque and the flow of the story is so smooth and well organized. Each new character or fact is introduced in an ever so talented way by giving enough time for the readers to absorb the things and get adjusted with the new world created upon their eyes. Although a whole new world, the book won’t overload your mind with a bunch of characters and happenings. The theme is simple, which is about fighting against the evil, but the story is unique in its own way with a remarkable and a mind blowing plot. Being the first book of the series, it really is intriguing and promises an amazing set of stories ahead.
    The author has the ability to drag us along a finely created fantasy, and I assure you that it’s a journey worth taking and truly entertaining. I give the book five stars and recommend it to all the fiction lovers out there. If you are in search of an amazing read, try this out! It’s a book which will make you fall in love with and make you eagerly wait to get your hands on the next in the series.

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