The gemstone is more dangerous than its gleaming surface appears…
Dalan, a six-teen-year-old orphan, can’t wait for the day he can leave the orphanage and return to his hometown to find the truth behind his father’s death. He thinks he’s found the way to escape his life as a poor orphan when he finds a bright red gemstone in the middle of the woods. Instead, it puts his life at risk.
He hopes the gemstone will provide a way to go back to the wealthy lifestyle he knew as a commander’s son, but the suspicious magic it contains keeps anyone from buying it. Not only does it fail to yield riches, but it haunts him with dreams telling him to take the gemstone further than he’s ever traveled: Hashna.
Dalan has never visited the country that is home to the tiny, green-eyed people who filled the gemstone with magic, but when winged beasts armed with sharp talons and teeth—who are supposed to be mythical—attack him, he is driven to take the gemstone to Hashna to find answers.
The gemstone turns out to play a vital part in the affairs of the entire county, and Dalan is charged with its safety. Dalan sees the opportunity to follow in his father’s footsteps and gain fame and glory from the task. But his quest for recognition may be the downfall of a country.
If you enjoy epic fantasy like Eragon by Christopher Paolini and Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta, then The Hashna Stone will be perfect for your next read.
For those of you who didn’t already know, The Hashna Stone started as a choose-your-own-adventure that I posted on this blog.
It’s come a long way from the simple story it was then and I can’t wait to share this new and improved version of the story with everyone who loved it so much as an interactive story.
You’ll get to revisit all the characters you love, as well as meet a few new characters. There are a few scenes that remain pretty close to the choose-your-own-adventure version, but plenty of new scenes to keep things exciting.
And if you haven’t read the blog version, no worries! The book makes perfect sense by itself. No need for any pre-reading.
So whether you’re a fan of The Hashna Stone already, or new to the blog (welcome to the Epic Dreamers!), you’ll enjoy this tale featuring a prank-loving niren (small, green-eyed people who live in the mountains), mysterious Spirits, a Robbin-Hood-like forest girl, magical jewelry, and a protagonist with a talent for irritating everyone around him with his strong-willed ways.
I’m ridiculously proud to share it with you all!
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