Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Review: Stone of Destiny by Laura Howard

Stone of Destiny (The Danaan Trilogy, #2)Allison thought it was crazy enough when she found out her father, Liam, wasn't entirely human. But now she has to join his magical allies to unravel his former mistress's plans. Aoife wants to keep Allison's parents apart forever.
Despite Allison's efforts to keep Ethan, the only guy she's ever cared about, out of this supernatural mess, fate keeps throwing him back into the mix.

Will Allison be able to find the amulet that holds the enchantment Aoife placed on Liam and destroy it? Are Ethan' s feelings for Allison strong enough to endure the magic of the Tuatha De Danaan?

Shona's review 4 of 5 stars

The Stone of Destiny picks up right where The Forgotten Ones ended. With everyone being aware that Aoife has escaped (something Allison discovers at the end of The Forgotten Ones), so you would think that there would be a call to arms, a sudden search for Aoife, or a gathering of forces or something... but instead life seems to plod along as normal. Nobody seems overly concerned and in fact we get a good portion of the way through the book before they actually decide to do anything about it... from then on in the story seems to rush along to the climax. 

The amazing writing style we found in The Forgotten Ones continues through into Stone of Destiny, again Howard wows us with her descriptive text that truly makes you feel as though you are right there on the page with Allison and her friends. It is easy to get so completely caught up with this story that its entirely possible to finish it in one sitting. Much like I did. I honestly couldn't get enough of it. Whilst reading though I noticed there's a slight discrepancy with the timeline... Whilst sitting in Liam's house Allison thinks back on how much Liam's life has changed since he showed up on her doorstep two months ago looking for her mother. In those two months he managed to buy a plot of land, have it cleared and have a single story house built and fully furnished using human contractors.  In the grand scheme of things it's a small thing, but it was very noticeable for me. 

If I'm honest I will admit to feeling a little disappointed with this book. There where so many questions, important questions that just weren't answered, and not just because people didn't have the answers but because people didn't ask the questions. Simple questions like... Why did Saoirse let Aoife out of the Fey Ball? How did Maire know to expect Liam, Allison and Ethan?... Why where these people too stupid to stop and think and realise. To be fair... I probably would have rolled my eyes at the sheer perfection of it all if everything HAD gone as planned. Because honestly it all sounded too easy... but then that was something else they didn't pick up.

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