The Stone of Destiny by Caroline Logan – book review & giveaway
‘,AD | advance readers copy
Begin the journey; discover your destiny…
Ailsa doesn’t believe in faerie tales, only the monsters in them. But, with the mark on her face, most people consider her one of them—a changeling.
Her secluded life shifts when she rescues two selkies from bloodthirsty raiders. Now she must act as their guard as they travel to the capital and then, with the help of the Prince of Eilanmòr, journey north to find The Stone of Destiny—the only object protecting them all from the evil faerie queen.
But all her life a malignant creature has stalked her through the forest. Can Ailsa find The Stone of Destiny before something wicked finds her?
THE STONE OF DESTINY – WHAT I THOUGHT
The blurb just doesn’t do this book justice. I love love LOVED The Stone of Destiny and genuinely couldn’t put it down. Although technically a YA fantasy novel, to me this book was so much more. It’s a story about friendship, a story about the danger of judging people too soon, and about self-discovery. Not just Ailsa though, as each of the main characters – Iona, Harris and Angus alongside our main protagonist – have their own dreams, histories and flaws. It’s these details which made me love them all.
Not only does have everything you need from a great fantasy book – adventure, myths, conflict, drama and a dash of love – but it also has things we need to see more of. Diversity!! Still only a little hint at this stage but I really hope this builds more as the series progresses.
If I had to have one criticism, it’s that now and then the narrative POV briefly shifts in the story. This comes out of the blue and disrupted the rhythm for me a little. However, that is me being really picky. It only happens a handful of times and before long you’re back in the flow and gripped by the story once again.
If I had to write a teaser, I would say that this is Ailsa’s journey. A journey that not only takes her to new lands and in the path of new monsters at every turn, but also a journey of self-discovery. As she lets people into her life and into her heart, step by step she and her new friends not only get close to finding the Stone of Destiny, but Ailsa also gets closer to discovering who she is.
The Stone of Destiny is Logan’s debut novel and it’s a book that I wish I wrote. I cannot WAIT to read the rest of the series. I’ve already met a few characters in passing who I think will have a bigger part to play in Ailsa’s story. Not wanting to give away any spoilers, I won’t say anymore. But I’m invested in these characters now – all of them – and am really looking forward to finding out what Logan has in store for them next.
The Stone of Destiny is available to buy on Amazon right now (affiliate link). But, if you want to be in with a chance of winning your own copy, read on!
The team from Cranachan Publishing will be giving away a copy of The Stone of Destiny to one lucky Tippytupps reader. Just enter via Rafflecopter using the link below and follow the usual social media accounts.
This giveaway is open to UK residents only, is powered by Rafflecopter and will close on Sunday 27th October 2019 at midnight. The winner will then be chosen at random using the tool. Please note this competition is hosted by the Tippytupps blog but the prize is being provided by Cranachan Publishing who will be responsible for posting your book out to you. For full terms and conditions for the giveaway, please visit the Tippytupps terms and conditions page.
If you enjoyed this review, they why not check out our other reviews over on the blog.
DISCLOSURE: I was sent this book as an advance readers copy (ARC) to allow me to give this review. However – as always – all thoughts and opinions remain my own.
Sally Collingwood says
Wow, this book looks fab!
Sounds good. I love fantasy novels.
Annabel Greaves says
Looks like a great read
This book sounds absolutely wonderful. I have a particular fondness for Scottish literature and Celtic mythology, so this sounds like the perfect read! Thank you for bringing it to my attention 🙂
Susan B says
Sounds good. Looks good. Many thanks for the giveaway.
Margaret Clarkson says
Sounds like a fabulous read
Ruth Harwood says
This looks like just the type of book I love, and would be great for my goodreads challenge of 125 over this year (so far 102, 15 ahead!) xx
Rich Tyler says
Looks fab 🙂
Jessica Powell says
This looks great, and I love the map! 🙂
CLAIRE WOODS says
Would love to read this. It sounds interesting.
Margaret Gallagher says
A brilliant read for autumn
Amanda Baggott says
This looks like a fab read!
Janine Atkin says
sounds great! Id love to read this
Amy Bondoc says
this sounds liek a good read x
Carole Nott says
Looks like an interesting read, thank you
jo liddement says
This looks an amazing novel for a debut. The cover illustration is stunning and immediately draws you to the book.
paula cheadle says
Sounds like a good book
kathleen warwick says
what a brilliant prize, I would love to win
Sheri Darby says
This looks a wonderful book
Alison Barker says
Looks like a great book.
Patricia Avery says
From reading the review I’d welcome the chance to read this book
sarah parker says
would love to read this 🙂
Angela Kelly says
I just love the quality and variety there is in YA these days.
Kristin Burdsall says
I think my daughter and I would both love to read this!
Tracy Barber says
This looks like a really good read
Ray Becker says
Love to read
Darren Bourne says
This book looks like a great bit of fantasy and escapism.
Hayley Todd says
I love nothing more than curling up on a cold, dark cold evening with a good book!
Kim M says
Perfect for my niece x
Claire Willmer says
This book looks wonderful what stunning illustration also on the cover!
Kate Davies says
Oh this sounds great and I love the cover.