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Reviewed by Anne Boiling for Readers' Favorite
Lodestone Book Two continues the story of Shann and her companions, who are on a mission to save the Kelanni people. A mysterious Prophet is building an ultimate weapon from Lodestone, a substance with powerful properties, in order to destroy the Kelanni. Shann and the others of her party seek an instrument, hidden in the distant past on the other side of their world, During a perilous sea journey through the Great Barrier of Storms, Shann and the six-legged Chandara, Boxx, are swept overboard and washed up on a distant shore; one filled with strange new sights and experiences.
The land is occupied by Kelanni but their language is stilted and they have a strange accent.
Eventually, Shann befriends Rael, the young apprentice of a scientist named Hannath. Rael explains that the planet is divided into two halves by the Great Barrier of Storms; this side is known as Kelanni-Skell; the side that Shann and her companions are from is called Kelanni-Drann. The two halves of their planet were once united under a great civilisation, but following an unknown disaster known as the Goratha, the "dark time", they have been cut off from each other and their respective societies and languages have diverged. She discovers that the Chandara, who have not been seen on this side of the world for many years, were the first intelligent race on the planet. She also learns that the Kelanni fought a war with the hu-mans some years ago and that the hu-mans lost and were banished to the distant island of Helice in the Erigone Sea. Although they agreed never to leave the island, they have since travelled to Kelanni-Drann, co-opting the mythos of that society and forcing the people there to mine Lodestone in order to build the doomsday device. The Prophet is in fact a hu-man.
The reader travels with Shann as she and Boxx search for their comrades: Lyall, Alondo, Patris and Keris and for the instrument needed to neutralize the hu-man weapon and save their people. This is just the beginning of a great adventure.
I highly recommend reading these books in order. While this book can stand alone the true pleasure of this story comes from knowing the complete tale. The author Mark Whiteway is the master of description. The scenes unfold before the reader. Middle school age children will enjoy this tale and ask for more and so will adults.