Book 1: The Carnelian
When Aidan and Maggie find a fairy cross while rock-hunting with their grandfather, it’s just an oddity. But when they discover there is an elf imprisoned in the stone and set him free, they and their grandparents, Nana and Beebop, are attacked by Dark Elves and forced to flee to the magical world of Celahir.
In Celahir, Findecano – the elf the children freed from the fairy cross – leads them on a quest to recover gemstones stolen from the Elven Bow by the Dark Elves. Without the restoration of the gemstones to the Elven Bow, the balance between good and evil in Celahir – and the human world – could tip toward evil.
“Enchanting enough to hold the attention of any avid reader.”
“Excellent world building, with imaginative innovations and use of traditional mythical creatures, combined with an age-old battle between good and bad, should ensure this series becomes a firm family favourite.”
“I found this book so comprehensible I only wish I could travel to North Georgia and hunt for fairy crosses too.”
In Celahir, the magical land where the Light Elves and the Dark Elves live, the four gemstones of the Elven Bow have been stolen by the Dark Elves. Without those gemstones, the barrier between the human world and Celahir is deteriorating and the balance between good and evil in both worlds is tipping toward evil. The first of the gemstones, the Carnelian, was recovered by Aidan, Maggie, Nana, and Beebop with help from their Light Elf friends during their first trip to Celahir. Now, the stakes are even higher when the elves return to the human world to ask for help recovering the second gemstone, the Amethyst, and the humans discover that Mike – Aidan and Maggie’s father – has been kidnapped by the evil elf Naesse! The humans, accompanied by Aidan and Maggie’s mother, Laura, return to Celahir to rescue Mike and recover the Amethyst. All they have to do is defeat the giant that guards the gemstone…
“Stuart has a warm, rich storyteller’s voice that captivates the reader and keeps the pages turning.”
“…delightfully imaginative fantasy adventure suitable for the entire family.”
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Aidan, Maggie, Nana, Beebop, and their elven friends have recovered the first two of four gemstones stolen from the Elven Bow. With the second stone – the Amethyst – protected by the Elven Scouts Alatariel and Lotheth and on its way to Keeper for safekeeping, the rest of group heads deeper into Celahir to rescue Aidan and Maggie’s father, Mike, from the clutches of the witch Maeva and to recover the third gemstone – the Emerald. After a fateful encounter at Maeva’s house, the witch turns everyone, except Aidan and Maggie, into stone statues to decorate her lawn. With the help of Dylan – a ghost boy they met in the village of Fearn – the children have to muster all of the courage and ingenuity they possess to find a way to retrieve the witch’s heart from its hiding place and trade it for their family and friend’s freedom. If they can do that, then they might be able to find the third gemstone by defeating the cockatrice…
“There are plenty of surprises and edge-of-you-seat suspense in this tale.”
“This book has lots of twists and turns and illuminates the vivid imagination of the author. I can’t wait for the next episode.”
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CIR: What inspired The Gemstone Chronicles?
STUART: My grandson (the real Aidan whose namesake graces the book) and I were out gem hunting in the north Georgia mountains and we were discussing the “magical” properties of gemstones. Aidan suggested that I write a book with elves and gemstones and The Gemstone Chronicles books were born!
CIR: A character is named after a person in your life. Are any of the characters actually patterned after people you know?
STUART: Yes, for the characters of Aidan, Maggie, Nana, and Beebop, I used our names (or at least what our grandchildren call us). I used a lot of family names translated into elvish, though I didn’t give any of those characters traits from their namesakes. Aidan, Maggie, Nana, and I all had pieces of us in the characters. And Nana’s food blog is real!
Learn more about William L. Stuart at his website.