The Butterfly Stone: The Stones of Power, Book 1 (1) Paperback – 17 April 2018
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- Paperback : 408 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0999021222
- ISBN-13 : 978-0999021224
- Product Dimensions : 14 x 2.31 x 21 cm
- Publisher : Wyvern's Peak Publishing (17 April 2018)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: 114,327 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
"Tracey Masters is the next teen protagonist to get behind! Her adventure is a suspenseful look at growing up and excelling in a world where people like her are feared, controlled, and sometimes hated because they are Mage-kind."
Lauren Lynne, author of The Recalcitrant Project
"Charming, snappy, and addictive. There's a lot of heart here. You'll immediately be asking for the next book!"
D.C. McGannon, best-selling author of the Charlie Sullivan and the Monster Hunters series
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Tracey Master is like any other 15-year-old, she worries about her school work, has teenage crushes on boys and a supporting group of friends. She works part-time in the office of her Uncle Donald (Donny), a Private Investigator. The administration is boring, and she craves the excitement of being involved in a real live detective case. The opportunity arises when Miss Tearning hires the services of Uncle Donny to trace a piece of missing jewellery. The recovery of the necklace, the Butterfly Stone pendant seemed an easy task and Miss Tearning’s ex-lover is tricked into handing over the necklace. However, Miss Tearning goes missing and Tracey is left with the item, which attracts an unsavoury group of thieves; the Shadowman and a Red Masked magician.
This all seems like a straight forward criminal investigation, however Tracey and her family, including Uncle Donny, are not Normal – they have magical powers (Mage). They battle with their adversaries who have magical powers and are on an evil quest to own the Stone.
Tracey, her friends and Uncle Donny are drawn deeper into the mystery of the stone and each step towards understanding its powers becomes fraught with dangerous consequences. The seriousness of the situation involves the police and Agents from the M-Force to unravel the case and to stop the Shadowman from his plans.
The search to understand the significance of the necklace leads to Tracey’s ancestral history and links her directly with the power of the stone, the power the Shadowman wants to own. This puts Tracey in mortal danger and her craving for excitement becomes overwhelming full of conflict and unsurmountable challenges.
I found this a fast-paced novel, almost a race to uncover the mystery that incrementally adds more intrigue as well as danger for the Mage. The need of having to attend school in between the investigations, I thought added the right mixture of teenage secrecy verses adult concern and control. Later, as the whole complexity of the situation emerges the adults do become threatened by the consequences of Tracey’s actions.
I enjoyed this YA novel and its style of internal quips from Tracey and text messaging between her friends as it captures the inflated confidence of many young teenagers.
For those who enjoy YA novels with a teenage girl as the heroine, I would recommend this as an enjoyable and exciting read.
But it's more than just that. Laurie has weaved a very original mythology that guides this novel and will provide a very intriguing through-line for future novels in the series (of which I hope there will be many). And she's layered this with almost a political under-current - an acute understanding of what it is to be different in a society distrustful of difference.
In this her fantasy novel elevates to something more - an allegory of human nature and the very real need for diversity matched with an equally real difficulty in getting the broader group (or society) to support it. It's very cool when a fun fantasy novel also makes you stop and think and reflect on your own attitudes to those who are different in some way. It's a great message for the young audience the book is primarily aimed at, but it was equally compelling to this much more mature reader! And really, the writing is great and the themes universal, so this is truly a book for all ages (the young and the - hopefully still - young at heart)
Laurie's heroine, Tracey Masters, is a magical girl in a world that doesn't fully accept or trust magic, and she doesn't fully understand or accept her own power either as it grows - often quite outside her own control and choice - through the story. It's a lot for a fifteen year old to handle, on top of school and her burgeoning desire to be a private detective. Throw in school bullies, unrequited (possibly?) crushes, great loyal friends and a boisterous, very believable family and you've got a recipe for a rich story indeed.
Then meet The Shadowman and...well..just read chapter two for one of the most chilling and tension filled introductions to a 'scary monster' you're likely to read anywhere...
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and would recommend it to all. Actually - I'm going to put this out there - I have a 'feeling' about this book. I think this series and its author are destined for great things. The story is about magic, but the book itself is magic. There's just something about it....do yourself a favour and get your copy now.
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After school, Tracey works for her bumbling Uncle Donny, a private detective, making sure he takes out the trash and opens the windows, but also giving him subtle bumps of magic to augment his own. Then one case, which seems to be a simple problem of a missing necklace, escalates into an epic battle that involves the normal police, the magic enforcers, a prince who is also a movie star, a soul-chilling villain, and Tracey and her friends.
Laurie Bell has created a convincing magical world with its own rules and logic, its own history and symbolism. Her debut novel is a suspenseful page-turner, but, at heart, it’s a story about friends and family, about the bonds between Tracey and those who care about her—bonds that can slacken but never break.