Monday, 16 May 2016

MY SECOND BOOK, THE DARZIODS' STONE IS OUT NOW!

Easter Island meets Egypt, the mystery of the Sphinx uncovered.

                     





A SPECIAL STONE HIDDEN IN A QUIET COVE IN CORNWALL MORE THAN 200 YEARS AGO, IS THE OBJECT OF A DESPERATE SEARCH BY TWO OPPOSING FACTIONS.

WHEN HARRY AND HIS SCHOOLFRIENDS DISCOVER A CODE WHILST HOLIDAYING IN THE COVE, THEY ASSUME IT WILL LEAD THEM TO HIDDEN TREASURE.

BUT DARK FORCES, WITH SEEMINGLY SUPERNATRURAL POWERS, ARE WORKING AGAINST THEM. THE TEENAGERS SOON FIND THEMSELVES CAUGHT UP IN A DEADLY BATTLE, AND WILL BE LUCKY TO ESCAPE WITH THEIR LIVES, LET ALONE GET THEIR HANDS ON THE TREASURE.



Book review

The Darziods’ Stone is a very intriguing story about a small group of teenagers, following their travels and battles against a dark and mysterious group, the Alchemani, for treasure hidden in a quiet cove in Cornwall. Harry and his friends stop at nothing to get their hands on the treasure – putting themselves in some precarious situations. The Alchemani go against them at every turn as they too race for the treasure – they seek the Darziods’ stone, a magical stone not from this earth, as part of their search for immortality. With help from secret agents, AJ and Willow, Harry and his group embark on a life-changing journey that puts their lives at a great risk.

The Darziods’ Stone is a very enjoyable thriller – effortlessly moving between action, comedy and science-fiction. The book hooked me in from the beginning, and although it began at a gentle pace, I soon found that I could not put it down. The tension built appropriately throughout the story as the action intensified.

All of Smith’s characters were believable and well fleshed out. The relationships between the children contained enough friction to reflect true life. And even when Ryan was acting out and pushing the boundaries of their friendships, in particular with Mitch, he still remained likeable. Harry, though, steals the show.

Upon completing the book, I can find nothing negative to say about the experience; it was an intense, well-built book. If Smith was to release a follow-up to The Darziods’ Stone, I would be at the front of the queue to purchase it.