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Banished (The Riddled Stone, Book One)

ratings:
5/5 (2 ratings)
Length:
144 pages
1 hour
Released:
Dec 20, 2014
ISBN:
9781310015601
Format:
Book

Description

Falsely accused of stealing a magical artifact and banished under threat of death, Chris leaves the only home he knows.

But as he and his friends travel towards the coast, they find a riddle that may save a kingdom—or cost them their lives.

If you enjoy quest stories, check out Banished, the first episode in The Riddled Stone, a four-book serial fantasy adventure by homeschooled teen author Teresa Gaskins.

Released:
Dec 20, 2014
ISBN:
9781310015601
Format:
Book

About the author

Homeschooling, creating stories, and loving cats are things I’ve been doing since forever. I enjoy most fiction but my favorites (both to read and to write) are fantasy and science-fiction. I also enjoy horse riding, programming, and making videos. I've been homeschooled all my life. I was creating stories before I could write, and I've completed NaNoWriMo every year (so far) since 2009. I started Banished in the 2011 edition of NaNo, and it was my second finished novel, though the first one published. I hope you enjoy my books! And did I say I LOVE cats? My kitty Cimorene and I (and the rest of my family) live in rural Illinois, surrounded by corn and soybean fields.


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    Christopher Fredrico is the nineteen-year-old son of a nobleman, Earl Diard Fredrico, in the kingdom of North Raec, ruled over by King Miles. Chris’s oldest brother Anthony is a knight in service with the Duke of Grith, and his twin sister Trillory seems to have some magical abilities. Formerly a united realm, the kingdom of Raec was divided into North Raec and South Raec following the Great Reac War. During the war King Miles had followed a series of cryptic clues that led him to the magical Riddled Stone, surrounded by hard, black rock which split into five Shards. This enabled him to make peace. For the past four years, Chris, who is planning to become a scholar, has been in school with his three friends: Arnold, who is training to become a knight; Nora, from the city of North Yorc; and Terrin, of the forest people of Xell.At a party for Crown Prince Tyler Coric, a man named Darwin, who is the caretaker for one of the Shards, announces that it has been stolen and shows a brooch marked with the seal of Earl Diard’s house which was found at the scene. Chris’s brother Anthony then comes forward to accuse Chris of the crime. Because of the evidence and Chris’s inability to prove his innocence, he is banished by Prince Tyler from North Raec and given one month to get out of the country or forfeit his life. Arnold, Nora, and Terrin decide to go with him, but on the way to the Diamond Isles, Chris changes his mind and determines to start looking for evidence that might prove him innocent. But before they get very far, they are attacked and captured by a group of savage Harpies. Will they survive the attack and be able to escape? Will Chris ever find anything that will help to show his innocence? And what is his brother Anthony’s motive for accusing him?Banished is a captivating fantasy story with a well-thought-out plot that would be a credit to any writer. But it is especially remarkable coming from a thirteen-year-old student who has been homeschooled all her life. Teresa Gaskins actually wrote this book as a project for the National Novel Writing Month program. One noteworthy thing about the book is that there is no sexuality or bad language (the euphemistic interjection “Blasted” is used once), so, other than those who object to the presence of any kind of magic in books, parents can let their kids read the novel with no reservations. However, be forewarned. When you reach the final page and find the words, “Not the End…,” you will cry, “Oh! No!” The story does not resolve itself at the end and then pick up in a sequel. Rather, the plot is left hanging at the end and will continue in another book. I for one feel as if I simply can’t wait to read the next installment to find out what happens to Chris and his friends. It’s that good!