Keeper of the Black Stones

Keeper of the Black Stones

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Awkward in his own skin, shy around girls and worried about anything and everything, Jason Evans is just like a million other teenage boys in high school, with one very large exception: he has been given a gift that allows him to jump through time. A set of stones has fallen into his lap that gives him access to any place - and any time - that he chooses. But along with that gift comes the responsibility of stopping the man who is using those very stones to travel through time and change history for his own purposes. A man who is now holding Jason's grandfather hostage, and threatening the world's very existence. Jumping through time with his best friend and body guard, Jason must enter the world of Medieval England, learn its customs, navigate unimaginable danger, and help Henry VII win the Battle of Bosworth, in the name of finding his grandfather, rescuing a beautiful girl from the clutches of a corrupt church, and destroying the one man who pledges to turn history inside out.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 369 pages
  • 152 x 226 x 25mm | 567g
  • Oceanside, CA, United States
  • English
  • 0981676804
  • 9780981676807
  • 1,985,465

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I'm really pumped about KEEPER OF THE BLACK STONES by PT McHugh. The perfect older book for Riordan fans.
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108 ratings
4.28 out of 5 stars
5 47% (51)
4 40% (43)
3 10% (11)
2 0% (0)
1 3% (3)

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Thank you to Carrie of Glass House Press for the review copy! This in no way affected my views of the novel! So let's get this out of the way. Though it might not be obvious since I'm way behind my reading, I'm a time travel junkie. In films and especially in novels. I just love that premise so much. Whether it's heavy on the science or more grounded into contemporary, give me anything with a time traveler and I'll devour it like coffee jelly. FYI, I love coffee jelly. And Keeper of the Black Stones is now another book on my list of awesome time travel books. Keeper of the Black Stones is an ADVENTURE. Jason Evans, turning fifteen soon, discovers his grandfather's journal chronicling his travels back in time. At first, he thinks his grandfather's insane but when he hears him talk about it to an old friend who's in with the knowledge. He then follows him back in time along with his best friend Paul, his recently hired bodyguard Reis and the daughter of the man who threatens his grandpa's life Tatiana. They travel back to Old England, to Richard III and Henry Tudor's time. Tatiana's dad, Nicholas Fleming in the present and Lord Dresden in the past, plans to alter history to gain power. It is now in Jason and his gang's hands to stop him and save the world. WHAT AN AWESOME PREMISE, RIGHT? Surely, it's standard time travel fare but Patrick's writing really drove this a notch higher. It was fast-paced, gripping and thrilling. I was flipping pages as fast as my eyes can read and as excited as a kid opening his Christmas gifts. It actually seems a little bit of a middle grade novel for me because of how much action and adventure the author has squeezed in it. Yet it didn't feel forced or anything. It was just so damn good. There wasn't much of a romance in YET but I do believe that will be tackled in the next book THAT I CANNOT WAIT FOR. The characters were such a delight to read! Jason's socially awkward but really smart. Really smart and logical and JUST PLAIN AMAZEBOMB. His best friend, Paul, is even more socially inept than him. But he's smart too. And Paul was funny! I compare him to Chuckie of Rugrats as he's the scaredy cat and he's the one with all the remarks but he's also brings in the laughs. Then Doc, Jason's grandpa, was cool and righteous and just great. Reis, oh Reis. Reis is Jason's bodyguard and HE'S BADASS. He's ex-Special Forces and his keen observations and intense survival instincts are so amazing to read. And the way he shuts up the kids when they get whiny or sluggish and yet he's not full of pride to follow Jason's lead. Lastly, Tatiana, Tae Kwon Do extraordinaire and a girl you won't mess up with. She and Paul sometimes butt heads which then cracks me up. I love how passionate she is and how she doesn't take no for an answer and fights for what she thinks is right. Especially when she's right. There are more characters in here who were all a delight to read. Seriously. Not only did I highly enjoy the action in this one, I had such a fun time reading the characters' interactions and dialogues. Moreover, multiple perspectives! The novel was mostly told in Jason's POV but Doc also tells the story and sometimes, the perspective shifts to random people in the story. While I do love novels told in several views, I kinda found this one a bit confusing at first. It just takes some time to get used to the jumps in perspectives but once you know all the characters and all the settings, it's a breezy read. To add to the middle grade novel feel, except Jason's POV, most of them are told in the third person point of view. So there's that shift which might confuse others. But for me, it worked really well. Because not only did the change in storyteller or perspective livened up the novel, it also paved the way for the readers to see what's going on in real time. We see Jason's journey to the past, meanwhile, Doc is suffering under the hands of Dresden. We see how Jason sees everyone and we see how Reis sees him or how Katherine sees him. Though sometimes, it makes the storytelling a bit passive. But when Patrick pours on the action, it's goes all octane on us. IT'S GREAT. Anyway, I have nothing but applause and praises for this novel so it's pretty obvious that I highly recommend it to lovers of the time travel genre and of the middle grade category with its adventures. With an action-packed adventure back to fifteenth century England and with an ensemble of characters you will love and crave for more, Keeper of the Black Stones is certainly a keeper in the YA time travel landscape. I absolutely cannot freaking wait for A Rebel's Stone!show more
by Dianne @ Oops! I Read A Book Again
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