With her old adversary, Glaisne, now loose on Helvena along with the fey creature, Ash, Keris of the Kelanni must risk everything by awakening an ancient power so dangerous that it could destroy both worlds...
The first Lodestone trilogy saw Keris of the Kelanni join a ragtag band to combat the 'alien' invasion of her world.
Five turns of the season have now passed. Keris receives a disturbing report of the theft of an ancient artefact. The perpetrator? Alexander McCann, the last human left on Kelanni!
When she tracks him down in a liquor den, the drunken McCann spins a fantastical tale. An ancient sphere recording claims that her people, the Kelanni, are alien invaders just as the humans were. Worse yet it tells of Ash, an all-powerful alien being, who almost destroyed her world in the in the distant past.
Now sinister forces are plotting his return.
Accompanied by McCann, Keris must travel to the ancient ruined city of Gal Mador, uncover the truth of her people's dark past, and find a way to defeat an invincible alien foe...
Lodestone Book Four: Seeds Across the Sky
Lodestone Book Five: The Conquered Shore
Lodestone Book Six: Eternity's Shadow
"The new characters slotted in seamlessly and really strengthened the storyline. I especially enjoyed the suspicion and mystery wrapped up in the fantasy packaging. This went deeper than the other novels and has taken a great deal of thought, care and attention. The sub-storylines and the testing of each character's beliefs was excellent.
The twists and turns had me hanging onto every word. I didn't want to put the book down. This book is a masterclass in how to create engaging characters in fantastical settings. It's the best book yet. I do hope that there will be a follow-on." Annette Young - The Creative Competitor.
"I have had the privilege of reading all six books of the Lodestone series. To me the way the author wrapped up the series is brilliant. The author is a bit of a poet and philosopher. I found tears running down my face as I was reading the last chapter." Sandra Heptinstall - Midwest Book Review.
"Mark Whiteway's gifts go far beyond creating alien landscapes and imaginative technology. His complex characters and rich plots continue to fascinate long after the properties of lodestone have settled into the background.
"What stands out for me is the author's ability to take two alien beings, each as completely different from one another as they are from my human experience, and leave me feeling their connection to one another. That doesn't come from a wild and crazy imagination; that is the forte of the masterful observer of human behavior.
"Sometimes, when a series of novels reaches into five or more books, the plots can feel stilted and forced. Not so with the Lodestone series. Eternity's Shadow only deepens the intrigue and the machinations of beings vast and tiny, and leaves this reviewer eager for more." Terence P Ward - Allbooks Review.
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About the Author
"Writing SciFi has been a long held ambition of mine. As a kid, I read everything-Wells, Verne, Heinlein, etc., etc. At twelve years old, I wrote a novella. (I still have it, hand-written in a huge ledger). It was about our sun going nova, and the resulting breakdown of society, as told through the eyes of three boys. It had a pretty surreal ending.
"Following that, life intervened, and it was only in April '09 that I determined that I wanted to get back to writing. I had had several ideas running around in my head for some time, of which the Lodestone concept was probably the strongest. As I began to develop the story, it rapidly became clear that there was no way I was going to be able to cover it all in a single book, and so the Lodestone Series was born."
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
he “Lodestone Series” is the best indie sci-fi show that I have ever read! It combines all of the elements that I look for in science fiction: strong plot with surprises thrown in, strong characters, intriguing mythology, and overall story development. What happens after the good guys save the world? Mark Whiteway’s Eternity’s Shadow answers that question for Keris, McCann, Boxx, and others, but not in the way which I thought it would. Instead, Eternity's Shadow continues the story line delving into the civilization of an alien world’s past while also following Keris’ quest to save the world (yet again). The trick is whether the book can pull off these simultaneous story lines without becoming redundant. Surprisingly, it does. There is a different feel with this book. It feels more evolved. The characters are the same and the situation is slightly the same, but they are more comfortable in the environment and able to express more of themselves. Keris is still as warlike as ever, but she is more reflective. She finds a great partner in Juca. Boxx is still characteristically an ally to Keris’ group. but she is now has an established place with the Chandara. Other characters like Zemira and Ash return, but their allegiances are criss-crossed with the passage of time. It was a great read, especially if you want to get lost in a world of aliens and starship battles on an alien planet where things aren’t quite what they seem. Mark Whiteway is the best in indie sci-fi!