An invisible force pushed me back to the solid forest ground. Th e portal sealed off with one last burst of light, and then I was left alone with the eerily tall trees.
I lay on the forest floor for a moment, shuddering from the encounter with the woman. I pushed myself off the ground and crossed the dirty forest path to the twins' house, still jittering. It didn't take long for me to register the familiarity of the woman: her black hair, charcoal eyes, venomous tone.
The headmistress was back.
AFTER AN UNTHINKABLE BATTLE, Arica Miller is bursting with questions. The last thing she expected was to go to the source of all magic-the Sorcerers Underworld. She soon realizes the magical world is facing an immense threat: The king's crown, also known as the Jewel, has been stolen by an unknown thief. And what's worse, the gemstones have been taken by a magical flood that has a suspicious link to the headmistress.
Now Arica and her cousins are summoned to go on a dangerous search that leads them to the waters of the Bermuda Triangle. If Arica wishes to return home, she must find the gemstones and unlock the mystery of the Jewel's thief; but what she doesn't realize is that the culprit could be closer to her than she'd ever imagined....
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Free book for honest review. juliesbookreview.blogspot.com 5-STARS The Pendant Trilogy consists of The Gemstone, The King’s Jewel, and The Poisoned Emerald. This is a remarkable series because it is written by teenaged twins who, according to the bio on Amazon, attend high school in Ontario. They should be commended for following their love of reading and writing by publishing a book for other teenagers. The Gemstone begins with the main character, Arica attending a new private school along with her cousins Janine, Jessica and Joseph. All three possess inherited magical gifts, but only Arica is completely clueless about her magical heritage; her magical background having been concealed by her mother who was intent on protecting her from the dangers of magic. Faced with a headmistress with malevolent intent, and roommates and other peers who may be either friends or foes, Arica and her cousins must survive while protecting heirloom magical gemstone necklaces from theft. During these trials, Arica, who is otherwise a clueless ninth-grader, reluctantly rises to a leadership role and with the help of her cousins and others who become allies slowly learns the truth of her magical inheritance. The same malevolent forces fought by Arica, her cousins and her friends in The Gemstone persist in different threatening forms and hideous activities in The King’s Jewels and The Poisoned Emerald. The authors have left plenty of opportunity to expand the trilogy into multiple volumes. Written by peers, this is a fine fantasy selection for middle-school and lower high school students. The plot is a simple straight-forward good-v-evil scenario which is sufficiently imaginative to provide good entertainment. While some of the characters and situations may seem elementary or somewhat implausible to adult readers, it should be remembered that these books were not written for adults. The descriptions of objects and locations are rich and detailed; often entertaining in and of themselves. The choice of words and dialog are simple, but seem stilted and awkward, not at all how I would expect ninth-graders to talk in America; however, the authors are Canadian, and the main characters have recently moved from England to Canada to attend a new school, therefore, a British influence accents the dialog. Overall, I feel The Pendant Trilogy is a great start toward a writing career for the authors, Sarena and Sasha Nanua, and an entertaining fantasy selection for middle-school aged students…perhaps a good Halloween read. Clabe Polk
Reviewed by Melinda Hills for Readers' Favorite Arica Miller wakes up in a dungeon in the Sorcerer’s Underworld, only to be rescued by a Time Sprite and taken to the site of the Sorcerer Council that passed sentence against Headmistress Lembrose, otherwise known as Vina, The Sorcerer Wife. The King’s Jewel, Volume Two in The Pendant Trilogy by Sarena and Sasha Nanua, continues the adventures of Arica, her cousins and others from the Hill Valley Academy where they must avoid the Saphires who want to steal their power. Not only do Arica, Janine and Jessica lose their own gemstones, the Jewel, the King’s Crown, is also missing and the thief appears to be one of the Sorcerer Line, a group of sorcerers and sorceresses who, along with Vina, want to destroy the mortal world. The Queen, Magestaria, and her son Adam, who Arica knows as the janitor of Hill Valley, urge Arica to track down the King’s Jewel by travelling to the Bermuda Triangle and the Hall of Lost Gemstones in the Sorcerer Palace, home of the Royals. Meeting new people is a problem because Arica and her group are never sure who they can really trust so reaching their goal presents plenty of challenges. Will they succeed or find that they have placed their trust in the wrong people? The magical action of The Pendant Trilogy continues in The King’s Jewel by Sarena and Sasha Nanua. Unique and well-defined characters take part in an on-going adventure trying to save the mortal world from evil sorcerers and sorceresses who possess amazing powers. Trust and teamwork are big concepts as Arica, her cousins and new friend Adam, the Prince, struggle to prevent the Sorcerer Line from gaining power. This quest is exciting and magic flows from the pages to keep you entranced. The King’s Jewel is a great book that involves you in a series of amazing escapades.