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Reviewed by K.J. Simmill for Readers' Favorite
Long ago there had been a tale of an epic struggle between a snake and a monster bird. For a long time, Ted thought this was just a tale woven by the elders. Despite this, there was no denying the magic of the snake stones. One towered above the island, watching from every angle, and a smaller one was at the shore. Before her accident, his mother had worshipped the Snake God, and nothing placed upon its surface perished. But while she was in the hospital, his father had invited another woman into their home, and Lily Mum brought more than just her hatred towards Ted and his sister; she brought a threat which could consume the island itself. This island holds many secrets, treasures that some would stop at nothing to claim. Can the Snake God and its people prevail, or will the island be reduced to nothing like others before it had been?
The Raging Stone is an intriguing urban fantasy written by Stan. It has a very old-fashioned, fable kind of feel to it. The idea behind the story is interesting and compels the reader to continue to uncover the truth behind what is happening. Written in the first-person perspective of Ted, you watch events unfold from his central seat. The way some things are written produce an authentic charm to the tale. Stakes escalate as the book progresses and what starts as a conflict between Ted and Lily Mum becomes a war for the island itself. Heartbreak, danger, myths, and dark dealings fill the pages as you follow Ted on his journey of discovery. I found this tale entertaining.