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Stone of Destiny (The Danaan Trilogy #2)
     

Stone of Destiny (The Danaan Trilogy #2)

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by Laura Howard
 

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Allison thought it was crazy enough when she found out her father, Liam, wasn't entirely human. But now she has to join his magical allies to unravel his former mistress's plans. Aoife wants to keep Allison's parents apart forever.

Despite Allison's efforts to keep Ethan, the only guy she's ever cared about, out of this supernatural mess, fate keeps throwing

Overview

Allison thought it was crazy enough when she found out her father, Liam, wasn't entirely human. But now she has to join his magical allies to unravel his former mistress's plans. Aoife wants to keep Allison's parents apart forever.

Despite Allison's efforts to keep Ethan, the only guy she's ever cared about, out of this supernatural mess, fate keeps throwing him back into the mix.

Will Allison be able to find the amulet that holds the enchantment Aoife placed on Liam and destroy it? Are Ethan' s feelings for Allison strong enough to endure the magic of the Tuatha De Danaan?

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BN ID:
2940149606313
Publisher:
Finding Bliss Publishing
Publication date:
04/22/2014
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Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
156,334
File size:
302 KB

Meet the Author

Laura Howard lives in New Hampshire with her husband and four children. Her obsession with books began at the age of 6 when she got her first library card. Nancy Drew, Sweet Valley High and other girly novels were routinely devoured in single sittings. Books took a backseat to diapers when she had her first child. It wasn’t until the release of a little novel called Twilight, 8 years later, that she rediscovered her love of fiction. Soon after, her own characters began to make themselves known.

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Stone of Destiny (The Danaan Trilogy #2) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
APratt0414 More than 1 year ago
Stone of Destiny picks up right where The Forgotten Ones leaves off. Allison definitely does not get a break at all in this second installment as it is full of action, too. Allison is worried about her mom, Ethan, Aoife, her dad.....she hardly has any time to worry about herself. I felt so bad for Allison having to go through all of these crazy things and to not be able to tell anyone what was going on. I definitely wanted her to get with Ethan and make a relationship with him and trust him, but she can't trust anyone. It sucks to be going through stressful situations and not to be able to tell anyone for fear that they will either kill you or not believe you, not that I would know what that feels like, but I can imagine. I was just as hooked to this one as the first one. 5 books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
Stone of Destiny is the second book in the Danaan Trilogy by Laura Howard. You definitely need to read these books in order as there is much you need to know from book one before you can start book two. Especially since there are so many characters with very unique names. I was expecting a little more within this story, because as far as the plot goes, I don't feel like we made very much progress from where the last book ended and where this one ended. Allison has really adapted to her new life quite well though. It suits her. She wants to learn about it all and takes responsibility for everything. I like how her relationship with Ethan is progressing. Ethan is pretty swoon-worthy this time around. We get to meet a few new characters too. I'm still not entirely sure what to think of them, but we'll see what happens in the upcoming books. Stone of Destiny by Laura Howard was kindly provided to me by the author for review. The opinions are my own.
kirstyviz More than 1 year ago
Stone of Destiny is Laura Howard's second fantasy novel about the Danaan, a surviving Fae clan. I find the author's writing style fluid and her descriptions, particularly of characters, vividly descriptive. As with The Forgotten Ones, the Danaan is an originally created race, setting this series apart from other books about the Fae. Deghlan and Saorise are the King and Queen of Tir na n'Og, distinguished from other members of their race by their unbelievable beauty, arrogance and powers. Neither are particularly trustworthy, especially the temperamental King, who finds it humourous to use his techniques of seduction on Allison. Throughout the story I had a difficult time believing that Allison is twenty-three because I felt her dramatic behaviours and angst make her seem less mature. But she also has a strong sense of duty and wants to protect those close to her and she never refuses the chance for an adventure! At the beginning of Stone of Destiny Laura Howard concisely recalls key details from The Forgotten Ones, helping us to acclimatize, but the story develops at a slower rate than I expected and the object referred to in the title is not identified until 73% into the novel. However, the way in which Laura Howard takes her time with her writing pays off in the latter stages when the action is at its most exciting; we do not have to question the identities or motives of the characters. I really like the fact that at the story's ending we are left wanting answers to questions and willing the release of A Place Beyond. I recommend Stone of Destiny because it will satisfy readers who enjoy romance and if you listen closely the Danaan call us from Laura Howard's pages to enter their fantastical world. I received this as a complimentary review copy, but this has had no influence on my opinion.
donniedarkogirl More than 1 year ago
I adore this trilogy! It's going to be bittersweet for me when the third book comes out - I'm excited to read it but don't want this series to end! In this second book of the trilogy, Stone of Destiny, Allison is as awesome as ever and the story was so easy to get back into. It's been a while since I read the first book, but I had no difficulty jumping back into Allison's world with just a couple quick reminders at the beginning of the book woven into Allison's narration.    Aoife is still causing trouble, and her main mission is to keep Allison's parents apart so she can have Allison's father, Liam, all to herself. She wants the kind of love that is rare for the Danaan to have, but the problem is Liam isn't in love with her. I don't understand why she doesn't just give up, but she doesn't seem to be the type who's reasonable, hence all the trouble she stirs up.  Allison is the kind of heroine you love to read about. She puts others first, is loyal and loving with her family, and stands on her own two feet. She doesn't need a guy to prop her up. I understand her reasons for keeping Ethan at arm's length to prevent him from getting tangled up in the supernatural mess she's in herself. She doesn't want anyone else she cares about getting hurt, and I admire that about her. I feel like I know her well, and I'll always be on her side! Deaghlan, kind of the Danaans, is a mystery. He's infuriating yet charming at the same time, and like no other character I can think of. I can tell Allison is unaware of the effect she has on him; why else does she think he bothers to mess with her head? And he does it on a regular basis. For all of his talk about humans being lesser than the Danaans, he seems to be jealous of one human in particular...  I was so happy to see characters again from the first book like Nicole, Niamh, and Aodhan - they're my favorite ones. I felt like I was reunited with good friends. I liked having the opportunity to get to know Allison's father, Liam, better. There's some things about him I haven't quite figured out yet.  I enjoyed Stone of Destiny even more than the first book. The plot impressed me with all of the twists and turns - I FLEW through this book. It was over before I knew it because I just couldn't put it down. Devouring it in one sitting, I'm beyond satisfied with the action, the humor, and the touch of romance. This book has everything, and I'm looking forward to the next one!   I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 
Archaeolibrarian More than 1 year ago
This book continues exactly where The Forgotten Ones left off. Everyone is now aware that Aoife is out of the Fey Ball although Allison is still unable to tell anyone what she knows. Ethan is acting strange, her mother is back in her unstable state and Allison knows that things will remain like this until they can break the geis that Aoife cast. This story allows you to meet the characters again and learn more about their backgrounds and their choices. It feels more indepth and detailed than the first (although I am in no way complaining about the first!). The pace is fast and continuous with some twists and turns thrown in for good measure. Once again, this book will leave you wanting more although, as I write this, book 3 isn't yet available. An excellent Young Adult / Fantasy series.
ABookVacation More than 1 year ago
Imagine a person so incredibly selfish she'd ruin lives just to possess the man she "loves." Welcome to the world of Aoife, a faerie intent on possessing Liam forever, slowly forcing Allison's mother, Elizabeth, farther into her schizophrenia as she keeps Allison's parents apart. And now, the risks are even greater as Aoife has escaped her binds, intent on finishing the O'Malley's forever, and claiming Liam as hers, wiping his memories and releasing the bind he has with Allison's mother. There is always the question of who to trust in the world of the fae, and Allison has her work cut out for her as she attempts to figure out where Aoife is and who might be aiding her. With Ethan by her side, she has more to worry about than ever lest he be used against her--true for all those she loves in the series. I really enjoy both Allison and Ethan, and their budding romance is swoonworthy-cute. They are indeed my favorite characters in the series, and I hope to see much more of them as the series continues. As with the fae, there are a lot of names that are hard to pronounce in this novel, but thankfully there is a guide for readers in the front of the book. I, personally, would have really enjoyed a description alongside the pronunciation guide in order to try and keep them all straight, because there are a ton of characters in this novel, and at times I got them confused with each other. The good news is, Howard is thinking of putting together just that on her blog, so make sure you stop over and see if its up before you go to read this awesome series! Stone of Destiny is the second book in the Danaan series, and the books do need to be read in order as book two picks up soon after book one, The Forgotten Ones, ends. Luckily, both are short, fast-paced, awesome reads that you’ll really enjoy, so if you haven’t yet started the series, make sure you begin with The Forgotten Ones.
RuralMom More than 1 year ago
The second in the Danaan Trilogy, Stone of Destiny has a slower pace of storytelling that not only builds a more detailed concept of what is coming in the future, but also takes time to fill in some of the backstory that wasn't fully explained in The Forgotten Ones. The relationship between Ethan and Allison develops some unexpected turns, as Deaghlan continues to play his human games. Liam learns more secrets have been kept from him, and Aoife's treacherous plans to ensnare his affections continue to have ramifications both on the Danaan and human human sides of the world. A well written and edited story, Laura Howard's Young Adult/Fantasy series is one that I continue to enjoy. Her unique world is built with mystery, magic and beauty. I'm looking forward to the series finally! My OFFICIAL REVIEW written for Carly's Book Reviews
Jazzie More than 1 year ago
Wow! Laura Howard did it again with this second book of The Danaan Trilogy! Stone of Destiny starts where The Forgotten Ones ended. And, boy, is it one that is filled with suspense that will leave you gasping! Full review coming soon...
MySecretBookSpot More than 1 year ago
Stone of Destiny, Book 2 in Danaan Trilogy (Laura Howard)  5 out of 5 Stars Picking up at the exact moment that Book 1 ended, we are taken once again on a fast-paced, whirlwind ride deeper into these wonderful characters. I partially got my wish with Allison and Ethan, but not before some crazy times at the beginning. Again the pronunciation guide was a life-saver and I caught myself flipping back to look at it again and again. Ms. Howard stayed true to the characters she created with the first book and let us into their world just a little bit more. This book left us hanging, and I am so ready for the conclusion of this trilogy and everyone’s happily-ever-after! * A complimentary copy was given in exchange for an honest review* Amanda, My Secret Book Spot
WonderWmn More than 1 year ago
Having read and reviewed Ms. Howards first book in this trilogy, The Forgotten Ones, I was curious to see where she was taking the readers with her story. I was not only happy about the path she chose, but I liked the way she reiterated some of the first book to help get things moving. It has been a little while since I read the first book, so it really helped me get back into the storyline. The way she did it didn't take away from the story in the least bit, which can be tricky at times. This book is an example of not only the story getting better, but the story teller maturing a bit with her writing and letting her characters guide her. This created a much more well rounded identity to each character which in turn really let the story flow and take on a life of its own. The mystery and intrigue know coming front and center and the world of the Danaan weaving in intricate layers. Once you think you know what's going on, something makes you think twice. Allison, a heart bigger than any other, finds that there are even more questions than answers still. She has evolved since the first book in confidence, knowledge, relationships and more. Having done so, I felt a bigger draw to her and really began rallying for her. All the characters have evolved a bit, making for a stronger story, more convincing relationships and creating an over all great read. I recommend this book to everyone who has read the first one, because again, it's even better and you won't be disappointed. I recommend this trilogy to anyone who enjoys fantasy and the world of fae and magical forces. Readers 13+ will enjoy this book and with the twists, especially at the end, will be recommending this book to their friends. Personally, I can't wait for the final book!
mary8808 More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads, so here is my review. This one picks up where The Forgotten Ones ended. With Aoife has escaped and Allie believes that she is coming after her mother. While her mother is still in her schizophrenic haze, it is the spell the Aoife had cast to keep Liam and Allie’s mother, Beth, away from each other.  Allie still can’t trust those that she feels she should and those she thinks is trying to help turns out to be against what she is trying to do. She has to tell Ethan the truth and all he wants to do is protect her. Allie, Ethan, Liam and Niamh go back to Tir na nOg to find out what Aoife is doing and run into Deaghlan, Niamh father. He is cunning, manipulative and enjoys toying with Allie. Will they be able to find Aoife and stop her? Can Allie let Ethan in and show him how she feels? What happens to Beth if Liam is taken away by Aoife? A great addition to this story and I loved it too.  I can’t wait for book 3. **Wicked Reads Review Team**
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
Step one, read The Forgotten Ones. Step two, pick up Stone of Destiny by Laura Howard to continue the events of this trilogy that has become a magical ride into the land of the Tuatha De Danaan and back to the human world. Evil jealousy is the villain as Liam’s faerie mistress has made it her mission to keep Allison’s parents apart. With a surprising, no shocking twist, there is more to Aofie’s secrets than meets the eye and just maybe, Allison has a half-sister in the human world! My first question, how could Liam not know about TWO daughters and what will he do about this? As if Allison’ life isn’t in enough turmoil, (which she is handling admirably), for some reason, Ethan, her support, her rock through all of this changed and its heartbreaking to watch his cruelty towards Allison. Is he acting on his own or is there a game of manipulation going on? When the character list grows, and so many of them hold magical powers, who can be trusted? The Danaan cannot lie, but they can skate around the truth, is the enemy of my enemy an ally or just another enemy to be on the lookout for? Once again, I was completely at the mercy of Laura Howard’s magical pen as she whisks us back into the world of the fae, Irish mythology and suspenseful danger beyond anything in this realm. Allison has grown, she is coming into the realization that this is her world now, too and she is on a mission to save those she cares about, at any cost. Well-crafted and emotionally magnetic, Ms. Hoard’s style is perfect for fantasy lovers who enjoy the little crumbs she dabbles across the pages to fully engage your mind and your heart.
bucmjt More than 1 year ago
Stone of Destiny by Laura Howard is a remarkable second episode in the Danaan Trilogy.  I loved the characterization in book 1, but in book 2, they really come to life.  How many roadblocks can one character, Allison, overcome to protect her mother?  It looks like the numbers border on infinity.  The newer characters are equally strong and compelling.  I am so looking forward to book 3, because...oh, the cliffhanger!  You really must read this series.
xrayer0 More than 1 year ago
I could not wait to read this sequel and see where the story took our characters. The story picked up right where the first one left off. Most of this book was in the world of The Tuatha De Danaan. The writing made you feel like you were in that world. The best part of the book was the growth of Allison. You can see her gain confidence and shine in trying to do everything she can to save her family and friends. The relationship between her and her father gets stronger. She also realizes her feelings for Ethan and they grow closer in this book. There is also two new characters added. I loved this book because it did make you feel like you were right there beside the characters through there adventures. It is a book that keeps you turning the pages and you can't put it down until you are done. Can't wait for the next one.
OldVictorianQuill More than 1 year ago
I have eagerly been awaiting the release of ‘Stone of Destiny’ ever since I finished the last page of ‘The Forgotten Ones’ and it not only reached my expectations but surpassed them. I adored ‘The Forgotten Ones’ and didn’t think it was possible for Laura Howard to make me love the world she created more than I already did, but she did, and I just fell into the story with such ease and lost myself in the beautiful world of Tír na n’Óg that I felt bereft to leave it behind when I finished. The first book was spectacularly written, but in ‘Stone of Destiny’ I really saw a beautiful development of Laura Howard’s writing style since book one, almost as though she had a new confidence that just shone through in her brilliant character and story development. ‘Stone of Destiny’ has us return right where we left off. I really saw the growth of Allison’s character in this book, and admired the strength of her devotion to keep her mother safe. Allison is the kind of character that I know a lot of girls will identify with and strive to be like, and I was no exception. I loved how human she was, despite how knowing of the Danaan has changed her perspective and hopes of life. Her very human feelings for Ethan were exceptionally written and my heart ached for her at the beginning of this book when we see Ethan acting cruelly to her. I was firmly on Team Allison until we find out that his behaviour is due to the meddling Danaan King, Deaghlan (Oh how I love to hate him, even when I’m kind of swooning over his arrogant bad-boy, but kind of charming demeanour). The development of the other characters was also paced perfectly. It’s no secret that my favourite character in this series is Aodhan (seriously, I am so in love with this guy), and I loved seeing further into his complicated relationship with Danaan Princess Niamh, and getting to see Niamh in a different light. I am rooting for them so hard, that everytime I saw a development in their relationship I felt my heart ache from happiness. I know it will be a tough road, but that just makes it so satisfying to see the small changes in their relationship. I loved the action in this book as well. We see the characters continuing their fight against Aoife, and there are many twists and turns in this story which makes you sit right on the edge of your seat, biting your lip as you await the outcome. Laura Howard did a fantastic job at teasing us with little snippets of information which then weigh on your mind throughout the book, making you less trusting of certain characters. Brilliantly done. This was a fantastic sequel to one of my favourite books of 2013, and I know without a doubt that ‘Stone of Destiny’ will stay in my top favourites of 2014 as well. Superb job Laura, and I CAN’T WAIT till Danaan #3! 5+ Stars!