Thursday, September 23, 2010

The Stone Traveler by Kathi Oram Peterson


The Stone Traveler
By Kathi Oram Peterson
Covenant Communications, 2010
Review by Heather Moore

Sixteen year old Tag is trying to fit in with a new group of kids at school. Problem is they are troublemakers. When his cousin, Ethan, rats Tag out, he gets in real trouble with his mom and ends up at his Grandpa’s mountain cabin for the summer. Tag immediately makes plans to run away, but a bizarre set of events, including meeting three strangers and discovering a glowing stone, takes him to a new world. The new world turns out to be an ancient world set in Book of Mormon times.

Sabirah is a nineteen-year old militia leader with one goal in mind: to rescue her father and brother. Her father is the scripture legend Samuel the Lamanite, and he’s promised Sabirah that she’ll receive help on her quest in the form of a visitor, a wayfarer.

When Tag’s present collides with Sabirah’s world, he discovers his time travel mission was prophesied, and he is the wayfarer. Tag lands in the middle of a battle, assists Sabirah’s injured companion, and from there he’s caught up in an adventure that threatens his life as he tries to save others.

I was caught up in Tag’s character from the beginning. Despite the poor choices he was making, it was easy to sympathize with him, making his character very relatable. The descriptions and world-building were excellent and brought the various settings to life, whether we were in modern-day or Mesoamerica. The Stone Traveler is a compelling read with plenty of action, intrigue, and most importantly, an ending that will touch your heart.

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24 comments:

Laura Marcella said...

I wonder if something sweet goes on between Tag and Sabirah? I can't wait to read it and find out! Thanks for the review!

Meagan Winder (redhead) said...

Honestly I didnt get really caught up in Tag until the very end...., but I did:)

Carolyn V. said...

Great review Heather. I'm in the middle of the book. I can't wait to see what happens. =)

Glynis said...

Popped over from Kathi's blog. Enjoyed your review, thanks.

MT said...

Some people say happy endings are too sappy, but I'm a sucker for them. It's nice to know this book has one. :)

Chantele Sedgwick said...

Great review! :) I enjoyed it as well. Although I wish there was a tad bit more romance...

Ben Spendlove said...

I can't stand books that don't have some sort of happy ending. Makes me feel robbed. Fortunately, there aren't many of them.

emfawcett said...

Awesome review!!! I really could relate to Tag, too! Great blog!!

brendajean said...

Thanks for your review. I am excited to read this story- I love a happy ending:)

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M.R.Bunderson said...

Thanks for the review. Sounds exciting.

carolsnotebook said...

I'm all for a happy ending, too. Tag sounds like an interesting character. And actually I'm glad that there doesn't seem to be much romance.

Krista V. said...

Carolsnotebook, at first, Tag seemed to have a thing for Sabirah, which was a little weird, because there's a big difference in maturity level between a modern-day sixteen-year-old and a first-century nineteen-year-old. But then Ms. Peterson introduced a secondary character as a love interest for Tag, and I wanted to see that relationship develop a little more.

Thanks, Heather, for your review.

Tracy Loewer said...

Hmmm, this is the first time I've considered how the book might end. If there's even a hint of romance, then rarely works out, right? :)

Elizabeth Morgan said...

Awesome review! Can't wait to read the book!

Annette Lyon said...

Sympathetic yet flawed characters are everything!

Elizabeth Morgan said...

I really like your review.

Peggy Urry said...

Sounds like a great book I can share with my kids.

Jenn Wilks said...

Great review. Can't wait to read it!

Catia Nunes said...

I love how independent and strong Sabirah is. Thanks for your review!

Jilly Bean said...

Great Review. I can't wait to read it!

Christina Dymock said...

Great review! I love your quote at the top. As I am in the editing stage of my novel, I feel like I'm doing brain surgery on myself!

flsongbyrd said...

I wish I had been as stron as Sabirah at her age. Can't wait to read this book.

Lori Bottomley said...

Thank you for the review.

Valerie Ipson said...

Tag is a great character.