The Lodestone

The Lodestone

by J. Philip Horne

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Overview

When twelve year old Jack Paris feels the small jaws of a creature that shouldn't exist clamp down on his leg, life as he knows it in small-town northeast Texas comes to a sudden end. Miss Edna, his foster mom, is forced to take him and his friend Sally to a world she secretly forsook two hundred years before to save his life. There Jack discovers that an evil wizard needs him for unknown purposes and will stop at nothing to capture him. The wizard pursues Jack and Sally through forests and under mountains on the other world, and even across Kansas back on Earth.

With all their hope placed in Miss Edna, she suddenly disappears, leaving Jack and Sally to carry on without her. It soon becomes clear, however, that the events of the present are tied to Miss Edna's past, and the children begin a desperate effort to find her before all hope is lost.

When Jack finally realizes why the wizard needs him, he learns that to live and love, you sometimes have to be willing to die.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940163058846
Publisher: J. Philip Horne
Publication date: 01/07/2020
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 420 KB
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

J. Philip Horne probably shouldn't be alive. Born in Florida, he grew up overseas for the most part, spending much of his childhood in Liberia and Micronesia. During those years, he experienced numerous attempts on his life. The wannabe killers included malaria, spinal meningitis, blood poisoning, a staph infection in his heel bone, a close encounter with a green mamba, and other cold-hearted foes.

From his earliest years, his parents read to him fantastical stories from wonderful worlds. Narnia and Middle Earth featured prominently, and had his youth been a generation later, he would have certainly encountered Hogwarts at a young age. Through his teen years he read stories by many other authors and experienced a host of new worlds.

After dabbling in writing for many years, he finally got serious and wrote his first novel in 2011. He has continued to write ever since. For news of upcoming works, please join Mr. Horne’s email list at jphiliphorne.com.

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The Lodestone 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
roadway2000 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was an interesting story about a young boy who developed some very good friends and an adopted mother through some very hard paranormal trials. Keeps your interest from beginning to end.
saffie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It was a good book. I found Tito be a bit hard to get I to at first, but after awhile it was interesting enough. There could have been more character depth and backstory. Would re omens this book.
Shaiha on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I finished reading this book a couple days ago and had to really ponder my review. Now I am an adult as you well know however I do enjoy reading young adult. This book is aimed towards a crowd that is younger then the books I usually enjoy reading. That being said I did enjoy it though it had its issues.Let me go thru the strengths first though. I really enjoyed the character of Edalwin 'Edna' who has been Jack's foster mother for the past four years. She is a very strong woman and her character shines through. She also has an interesting history that adds spice to the plotline. Jack is also a well written character though there was some instances where his thought really gave me pause such as when he figures out that Sally is a friend even though they have been hanging out for a while. I also would have liked to have seen more growth out of his character however.The alternate world created by Mr. Horne is interesting. He has done a great job of world building and peopling it with characters, both good and evil, that really stand out. I could only wish that the ranger's magic worked in our world as she really needs the assistance.And now my kibitzes. Even after reading the book I am not sure why the Sally was in the book at all. She shows some strength in the beginning but then turns into an insipid character. Also at the beginning of the book rather then showing the reader what was happening we were told the story. This leads to a weaker storyline all the way around.I felt that THE LODESTONE is a good book but with a few changes it has the potential to grow into so much more. I would recommend it to readers in middle school which is really its target audience.I rate this book a 3.1.***I received this book at no charge from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.
JacquieTalento on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Miss Edna is a foster parent to Jack and taken him in as her own. Jack is headed to school and the air isn¿t right. When he gets home, he decides to take off into the woods and sees Sally his friend from school. After rumbling and smoke appear they head to Jacks to Ms. Edna to find that she holds powers of a Wizard and someone is seeking out to take Jack. Miss Edna takes them away to another world for protection.Derek is the one that is put on this case for missing children. Derek is learning things that he never thought would be possible. He¿s found the kids traveling with 2 other adults and all chaos has broken out. He¿s brought to a world that he couldn¿t image possible but is going to help the kids and their new friends to save Jack. Can they also save Miss Edna and find out that Jack has powers he never knew he had? Will he find out more of his past that was unknown to him? Why was he being hunted?This story takes you on adventure to different worlds and was very exciting. I really enjoyed reading this and look forward to more adventures for Jack.
twlite on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Loadstoneby: J. Philip HorneI won this book from a Library Thing giveawayThis story is a YA fantasy book. This book is very fast paced and keeps you jumping. Jack and Sally are children about 12 years of age, who are being protected by Miss Edna, who has been captured and the kids go back to save her.This book has some great characters and keeps you interested. In their adventures they travel to many lands and encounter many creatures. I really enjoyed reading this book and will recommend it. I'm looking forward to the next adventure.
kstonya on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The story begins with everything being normal then enter the other world. We travel from world to world fighting evil with good and finally good triumphs. The story leaves us hanging and looking forward to the next book.
rhonda1111 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
4 STARS I enjoyed reading Loadstone or should say listening to it on my Kindle. I did get lost a few times because did not realize it jumped to different character or place.Its a YA fantasy book that takes place on two worlds going back and forth with Loadstones that are doorways for wizards.Some weird creatures are after Jack and one actually poisons him during a battle between creatures a evil wizard Drakin and Jack's foster mother Miss edna.Miss Edna with a shotgun killed a bunch of creatures not of this world and the wizard left saying he would be back for Edalwin to save Jack life for him.Miss Edna takes the two seventh graders with her back to her world because their her magic is stronger and she can heal the poison in Jack. She is afraid to leave Sally back on Earth because she doesn't know if evil wizard had marked her.Edalwin has not been back to her world in over two hundred years. Their have been lots of changes. She used to be evil but has changed and has been doing good with what magic she could do on Earth. In the past she worked with Drakin on evil side now she wants to fight him. She does not know why he wants Jack.Back on Earth the FBI is trying to figure out what the dead creatures are and where Sally & Jack are. Were they kidnapped. Derek is trying to understand the impossible facts.Edalwin is missing and jack & sally and Gerlock, Fortuna escape back to Earth and are picked up put in jail to hold till FBI get their but than other things happen when Derek is finding out what happens and lets them out when A dragon appears and kills lots of police and FBI and Derek ends going with them back to other world to escape.thier is a lot of creatures and lands they travel trying to stop Drakin and get all their parties together again. They finally find Miss Edna and Jack is lost.good clean fun. Look forward to next book.I was given this ebook in exchange of honest review from librarything member.CreateSpace (2011), Paperback, 252 pages
aztwinmom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I received this book from LT member giveaways. I work in an elementary school library and am always on the lookout for books to recommend to our students. This would be a book I would gladly recommend to our many readers of fantasy books. The characters are likable, the story well-done. I would have liked more detail in the final battle, as I was a little confused about what actually happened. Overall, I enjoyed this story very much and it is a perfect fit for middle grade and YA.
JessiAdams on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I received [The Lodestone] for free in exchange for a review. Overall I enjoyed the story. I did think, however, that The Lodestone was not written at the level of young adult literature, but more at the 9-12 age group. It was very simple, very short, and did not deal with a lot of the themes that tend to characterize YA literature. I felt like it could have included more detail and more depth. The book ends up feeling more like an outline of a fantasy novel instead of a finished product. The reader doesn't really connect with the characters because for the most part they aren't complex or well-developed. I will probably end up giving it to my 11-year old to read, who I expect will enjoy it, and then find it immediately forgettable.
Taliasan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Got this ebook through librarything.com in a member give away. It is J. Philip Horne's first novel. It is very well written and super fast paced, I could not put the book down. It is full of bad wizards and good wizards, with dragons, and spirit monsters. I like that the author gave each character their own personality which develops as the story is told. I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it for any age. It was written for the young adults but I believe that people that like to read fantasy books would highly enjoy reading this book.
LadyLibrarianHD More than 1 year ago
Jack has spent his life bouncing from foster home to foster home - never really settling down and making friends. He has been with Miss Edna for a few years now and just becoming comfortable with where his life is heading when everything changes. He comes home to an eerie calm, sees men appear from nowhere, and soon sees monsters! Just as the small boy who lived under the stairs Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, this small foster boy is called on to save the world. Perhaps I am more aware of it, but as is typical, I found a few more editing errors (grammar issues) than I would like to see in a completed book. Fortunately, they weren't pervasive enough to ruin the flow of the reading. Students who love the fantasy of Harry Potter and The Lord of the RingsThe Lord of the Rings but aren't quite at those reading levels will enjoy this more accessible book. This book was received as a giveaway from the author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jack Paris is an average teenager in the seventh grade that is feeling like something is wrong but can't explain why. His friend, Sally is an avid reader that believes in what she reads. Jack's foster mom Edna Littlefield is a nurse at local hospital in Hillacre. Jack continues to feel like there is something wrong and tells his foster mom about it. Everything changes when Drakin an evil wizard from another world appears on Edna Littlefield's doorstep. She battles it out with Drakin and takes both Jack and Sally to Salina, Kansas to the lodestone located there. Edna's name is not Edna but Edalwin Stormbringer, a wizard that went missing 200 years ago and is, now wearing green robes. Edalwin or Edna goes missing from the Fortress of Arameth. Sally, Jack, and their allies Fortuna, Gerlock, Verdrag, and Derek all must come together to find Edalwin. Once Edalwin is found but Jack goes missing. Jack is now in the hands of Drakin for some unknown purpose. It's a race to find Jack and Drakin. Can they be found? What does Drakin want? What does Drakin want with Jack? Your answers await you in The Lodestone.
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
4 STARS I enjoyed reading Loadstone or should say listening to it on my Kindle. I did get lost a few times because did not realize it jumped to different character or place. Its a YA fantasy book that takes place on two worlds going back and forth with Loadstones that are doorways for wizards. Some weird creatures are after Jack and one actually poisons him during a battle between creatures a evil wizard Drakin and Jack's foster mother Miss edna. Miss Edna with a shotgun killed a bunch of creatures not of this world and the wizard left saying he would be back for Edalwin to save Jack life for him. Miss Edna takes the two seventh graders with her back to her world because their her magic is stronger and she can heal the poison in Jack. She is afraid to leave Sally back on Earth because she doesn't know if evil wizard had marked her. Edalwin has not been back to her world in over two hundred years. Their have been lots of changes. She used to be evil but has changed and has been doing good with what magic she could do on Earth. In the past she worked with Drakin on evil side now she wants to fight him. She does not know why he wants Jack. Back on Earth the FBI is trying to figure out what the dead creatures are and where Sally & Jack are. Were they kidnapped. Derek is trying to understand the impossible facts. Edalwin is missing and jack & sally and Gerlock, Fortuna escape back to Earth and are picked up put in jail to hold till FBI get their but than other things happen when Derek is finding out what happens and lets them out when A dragon appears and kills lots of police and FBI and Derek ends going with them back to other world to escape. thier is a lot of creatures and lands they travel trying to stop Drakin and get all their parties together again. They finally find Miss Edna and Jack is lost. good clean fun. Look forward to next book. I was given this ebook in exchange of honest review from librarything member. CreateSpace (2011), Paperback, 252 pages
nle1 More than 1 year ago
When Miss Edna took Jack in in Paris, TX she had many plans. First, to get the boy settled and fed and cleaned up and then to move him somewhere calm and quiet where she could protect him. She gave him the last name of the place she found him. Paris. Miss Edna and Jack Paris are destined for great things – but Jack is totally unaware of it. He is quite happy with Edna, her 9 cats and his best friend, Sally. One day 12 tyear old Jack comes home to an eerie feeling. One of the cats is missing, Miss Edna isn’t home and there a huge BOOM somewhere close. Looking over the hill he sees a funny looking guy in a red robe accompanied by strange looking creatures and another man. Odd for a small-town, don’t you think? Jack and Sally head back to Edna’s and that when everything goes to Hell. (and back!) Bitten on the leg by one of the creatures is the least of Jack’s worries: they’re after HIM! Miss Edna isn’t exactly a little old lady taking care of Jack as it turns out – she’s Edalwin, a bad wizard gone good, who is dong her durndest to protect jack and Sally from the Red wizard whose name is Drakin. And she does a pretty decent job, too, until she is captured herself. With dwarves, forest mages, and an FBI agent who is way out of his dimension, Jack and Sally try to find Edalwin and stay ahead of Drakin at the same times. These 12-year olds strive to fulfill their future by staying alive. Will they? Excellent book for YA and adult readers.
JacquieMT More than 1 year ago
Miss Edna is a foster parent to Jack and taken him in as her own. Jack is headed to school and the air isn’t right. When he gets home, he decides to take off into the woods and sees Sally his friend from school. After rumbling and smoke appear they head to Jacks to Ms. Edna to find that she holds powers of a Wizard and someone is seeking out to take Jack. Miss Edna takes them away to another world for protection. Derek is the one that is put on this case for missing children. Derek is learning things that he never thought would be possible. He’s found the kids traveling with 2 other adults and all chaos has broken out. He’s brought to a world that he couldn’t image possible but is going to help the kids and their new friends to save Jack. Can they also save Miss Edna and find out that Jack has powers he never knew he had? Will he find out more of his past that was unknown to him? Why was he being hunted? This story takes you on adventure to different worlds and was very exciting. I really enjoyed reading this and look forward to more adventures for Jack.