Swords, Scotland and Surprises: Magical Middle-Grade Adventure with Fiona Ingram
Melinda T. Falgoust
"I hope you're both ready for some action..."
The warning is delivered to the young heroes of Fiona Ingram's middle-grade adventure novel "The Search for the Stone of Excalibur", but also well serves eager readers of this second title in the Chronicles of the Stone series.
This newest adventure continues to follow young cousins Adam and Justin as they gallivant across the world following the mysterious trail of priceless historical artifacts and the magical stones they conceal. Narrowly escaping a horrific end in Egypt where they outwitted the evil Dr. Khalid and his henchmen in Book One, the cousins now find themselves wending their way through mysterious mazes, historical castles, and puzzling ancient riddles in Bonnie Scotland.
They are allied with new compatriots in this adventure, including young Kim and the wiry, dark-haired Ink Blott, both of whom challenge the boys' concepts of judging a person's value by their appearance. When a dangerous monk, a member of the shadowy Eaters of Poison order, attacks the children on the train, the children realize this adventure is going to prove just as dangerous and harrowing as the last and they are going to need as much help as they can get.
Fiona Ingram proves an apt storyteller in detailing vivid scenes and smacking dialog that genuinely pulls her readers into the excitement of the adventure every step of the way. She deftly weaves historical facts into the fabric of the tale and provides the added bonus of additional materials for those readers whose appetites have been whetted for more information on topics introduced.
The riddle is posed for the cousins and their new found friends to solve:
"Seven realms with seven kings; seven times with seven spheres; seven ciphers, seven beasts, and seven metals. Also, seven arts and the Seven Stones. Well for him who findeth this."
And well for the reader who finds the Chronicles of the Stone series by Fiona Ingram.