Lodestone Book Three: The Crucible of Dawnby Mr Mark Whiteway
Having finally secured the four components of Annata's ancient device, ten Kelanni, together with the enigmatic Chandara Boxx, set sail for the Island of Helice in order to neutralize the human weapon designed to eradicate the planet's indigenous life and to give them control
The multiple award-winning "Lodestone" series returns in an all-action third installment.
Having finally secured the four components of Annata's ancient device, ten Kelanni, together with the enigmatic Chandara Boxx, set sail for the Island of Helice in order to neutralize the human weapon designed to eradicate the planet's indigenous life and to give them control over lodestone - the most powerful substance in the universe.
After fending off an attack from an immense sea creature, the party is attacked by human flying machines. Shann and Rael, two of the four component carriers, are lost somewhere on the island, their fate unknown.
Will the Kelanni be able to reach the human weapon and disarm it? With time against them, they must battle to overcome internal conflicts and, along the way, uncover shocking new truths about themselves; about their enemies, the humans; and about the strange creature Boxx, whose ultimate purpose yet remains a mystery.
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ADDICTIVE! I finished the entire book – all 51 chapters plus epilogue – in three days. This third book in The Lodestone Trilogy is Whiteway’s finest work yet. A certified page-turner from page one, the exquisitely crafted plot with its breathtaking twists and turns and gut-wrenching moments cements his status as a master storyteller. The battle for the possession and control of lodestone reaches unprecedented heights. LODESTONE. So precious and rare, with the potential for unlimited power. Found on no other planet save for Kelanni. The deadly game of shassatan plays out on the battlefield of life like never before, forcing its combatants to engage in the highest levels of skill and risk. In the heat of battle, the loyalties of the Kelanni freedom fighters are tested as they clash not only with their foes but with each other. Each turns out to have his or her own agenda. Each one must fight the greatest battle – with himself. Will they make it through their mission alive…or become casualties of war? Adding to the mix are new characters – including three humans with highly suspicious motives but essential to the destruction of the Prophet’s weapon. Which one will betray them? This epic story of greed and redemption flows seamlessly, hypnotically weaving in and out of multilayered storylines and scenes of unsurpassed beauty with masterful ease, and climaxes in a stunning conclusion. The Chandara, a legendary ancient race possessing the wisdom of the ages, hold the most surprising secret of all. Exhilarating. With a cryptic ending. Hollywood would be crazy not to turn this trilogy into a movie.
It’s difficult to review this book without leaving it full of spoilers for the first two, but I’ll give it a try. Our heroes continue in their efforts to stop The Prophet, with help from some unlikely allies. The action was well paced and exciting; the plot moved along at a good clip; and uses of the magnet-like lodestone technology continued to be inventive and consistent. I was unconvinced by Lyall’s sudden obsession with his missing sister, a fact that had barely been mentioned since he was first introduced, but I was able to more or less just go with it. Whiteway’s depiction of relationships is interestingly lopsided: the platonic interactions are complex and realistic, especially those between Keris and Boxx, Keris and Shann, and Shann and Alondo. The romantic relationships, on the other hand, leave a bit to be desired. Oliah’s introduction was too swift and I never felt Alondo’s connection with her; Rael is a whiny little doormat who doesn’t deserve Shann’s affections. (She needs someone with at least as strong a personality as herself.) All the same, I enjoyed this installment of the Lodestone series easily as much as the other two, and with the ending clearly leading into another sequel, I am looking forward to finding out what happens next.
The genre of science fiction has never been one that has attracted me. So when afforded the opportunity to write a pre-publication review I was concerned that the time spent might not be so enjoyable. This was not the case, however. Author Mark Whiteway pulled me into the third book of the Lodestone series with his creative use of description for both the setting and characters. My other concern was that having not read the first two books in the series, the third might not make sense to me. That was not the case, either. The Crucible of Dawn can and does stand on its own. But I must share that the first two books of the series are going to become summer reading for me! I am so glad that this book has crossed my path and opened my eyes to stories I may have cheated myself out of reading or may have never discovered on my own. I will definitely be reading the whole series as I hear there are more to come. Mysteries have always drawn my attention, and that is what will keep the reader turning pages in The Crucible of the Dawn. Just who should be trusted? The fact that there are creatures of another world is very interesting and adds another dimension to the story. The reader is taken to the planet Kelanni which needs to be rescued from the humans who are building a weapon to try to eradicate the planet's indigenous life and want to gain control over the lodestone-which is the most powerful substance in the universe. A quote from Alondo to Shann was one that hit home: "There's not much we can do about our feelings, Shann. They have a way of creeping up behind us and catching us unawares. It's what we do about those feelings that determine what kind of a person we are." It is with these emotions and the fact that the characters question themselves and end up depending on intuition and instinct from time to time, that Author Whiteway connects his readers to his characters-both human and nonhuman. Wisdom comes to the planet of Kelanni from the Chandara, who have a symbiotic relationship with the Great Tree. They are an intelligent life form with a segmented shell and round head whose speech is difficult to understand. Boxx, one of the main characters, sounds like a small child and a wise old sage all rolled up into one. Mark Whiteway has been extremely imaginative in creating this world of Kelanni. Readers will be able to tell how much he has enjoyed putting together both the characters and the storyline. He continues to put forth themes such as this quote portrays: "We all have our dark places that we must try to conquer." And isn't that just the truth? Having been a teacher for four decades, I loved reading ".that's all any of us can do. Learn, and then try to do better." So, I've learned that science fiction is a genre that I can enjoy and I'm betting that readers of this series are going to be thrilled with this third adventure. So, whether you are a science fiction reader or not, don't let this book pass you by. Mark Whiteway is a gifted storyteller who knows how to take his readers to an amazing new world.
Reviewed by Anne B. for Readers Favorite Crucible of Dawn is the third installment of the Lodestone Series written by author Mark Whiteway. In this latest adventure our favorite heroes return, Lyall, Alondo, Keris and Shann. To refresh your memory: in Book One meteoroids plummet onto the planet Kelanni. The stones affect the citizens causing a change in their culture. The Prophet is aided by the Keltar in their flying cloaks, who enslave the Kelanni people to mine the lodestones. Shann is an orphan determined to free her people. She joins forces with Keris, a Keltar, to find the ancient device that will save her people. Book One was an introduction for the next two books. Book Two mostly focuses on Shann. She and Boxx, the Chandara, are separated from the others. They meet Rael, an apprentice scientist. This brings us to Book Three. Rael and Shann land on the island of Helice. Shann is naturally suspicious when she sees a floating eye. Rael calls it a watcher and speaks to it. A voice bids them to follow. A human joins the misfits in their quest and teaches them a lesson from human history. The rebels prepare for the battle that will determine life or death. Mark Whiteway did it again! With each book he just gets better. I've purposely told you little about the plot of Crucible of Dawn. Fans of Whiteway already know to expect a high quality, high action, Sci-Fi adventure. This book begins where Book Two left off. I highly recommend reading these books in order. I had already read the first two books, but I went back and skimmed them again. Whiteway is a master at character development. He describes just enough to allow the readers imagination to take charge.