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Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite
The Stone of Courage is book two in the Centaur Chronicles by M.J. Evans, a beautiful mix of fantasy, sci-fi, and adventure that presents a delightful experience for young readers. In this spellbinding fantasy, readers are introduced to exciting characters on the quest for the second stone of light, the stone of courage. In the first book in the installment, Carling, a young girl, half-human and half-fairy, has already got the Silver Breastplate, making her the eligible Queen of Crystonia, but she still doesn’t possess all the four stones of light. Now, in book two, she is on the Quest to find the Stone of Courage, aided by her friend Higson and two Centaurs. They journey to the Northern parts to retrieve it from its caretaker. But the caretaker is not someone who will give it away easily. Read on to discover her challenges, the lessons she learns, and the most wonderful discovery she makes about courage.
M.J. Evans has created a yarn that will transport young readers to magical lands, an adventure that is filled with manifold lessons on life and courage, and a fascinating setting where readers can easily find an escape. The writing is exquisite, filled with wonderful descriptions, captivating dialogues, and colorful exposure of the setting. It’s a work of great imagination that is masterfully crafted with strong themes like friendship and courage. I enjoyed the protagonist and it is interesting to discover how she evolves through the story, discovering her fears and facing them. The Stone of Courage is a tantalizing book in this series and I can’t wait to read the next adventure in this spellbinding, magical tale.