The Stone of Destiny Read-Along, Weeks 5 and 6

During the final run towards the end of this book I ended up reading the remaining chapters in one go. So here are the last 2 weeks of The Stone of Destiny Read-Along!

Week 5 is very monster/mythology heavy as our characters are coming to the end of their quest. This week’s behind the page snippets from Caroline looked at some of the creatures we encountered and gave us an idea of what the Stone of Destiny actually looks like.

Chapters 42- 51

Summary

In this section we finally reach the location where the stone of destiny is hidden, with the trio bumping into mythical trouble-makers along the way. Bog monsters, water dwelling evils, honestly there’s a lot to panic about. There were a couple of tense near-death encounters and lots of the friends saving each other. The action and the horror ramps up a couple of notches making it a tense and exciting few chapters.

Favourite section

I loved all the extra mythology in this section, which lead me into a research hole.

Most looking forward to in the final week of the read-along

Now that the trio are heading back to the castle and they’ve reached the end of their journey I have a feeling that some serious mess is going to hit the fan before the end of the book. There are too many chapters left for this book not to end with some sort of traumatic cliffhanger.

Chapters 52 – End

When I sensed a cliffhanger, I sensed a big one! These last few chapters were full of twists and revelations and have left me beyond excited for The Cauldron of Life next month! I also loved the last few beyond the page insights from Caroline, particularly this visual inspiration for Nicnevan which has me seeing her in a different light.

summary

These chapters are action packed! We have a coronation, a ceilidh, a slow-burn romance FINALLY had their ‘moment’, and then all sorts of twists and turns and things hitting the fan! As the action moved back to the Castle in Dunrigh, this meant Iona was back too. Iona is such a great character and it was good to have her back again. This was such an exciting end to the book and has left me desperately waiting for The Cauldron of Life.

stand-out moments

Throughout this whole novel there has been a potential couple simmering with lots of will-they won’t-theys, and they FINALLY DID. Those scenes were worth the wait and I loved it.

The final sequence of action where one character emerged with air powers was spectacular. So fast paced with lots of unexpected moments.

The final scene also dropped a HUGE piece of information that flipped the twists on their head! It was an excellent end to this novel and it’s left me desperate for book 2.

to conclude

I loved this book and would happily sit and read it in 1 sitting. This read-along was really fun letting me think in more depth about the book as I was essentially writing mini reviews along the way. Keep an eye out on my instagram where I will be posting my complete 4 star review ahead of the publication of The Cauldron of Life in early October.

The Stone of Destiny Read-Along, Week 4

If you’ve been following along you’ll know that the end of chapter 30 saw Ailsa follow a horse into the woods only to find a mysterious stranger and realise she is not alone…DUN DUN DUN *dramatic musical interlude*. I couldn’t wait to race into this week’s reading!

During week 4 we have, again, found out lots more about the writing and inspiration of this book from the author herself, Caroline Logan. This week we’re talking more mythical creatures and fears.

Week 4: Chapters 31-41

Summary

These chapters started off with Ailsa being attacked by something whilst she was separated from the guys. We then followed her recovery from this ordeal holed up in a cute (or at least in my brain) rural tavern. We also have a traditional ceilidh, which is lovely to see in fiction, followed by the trio walking headlong into more danger.

My favourite part of this section

In one chapter Ailsa has a dream about her past where we get to learn a little bit more of her family life as a child. I’m really enjoying getting to unravel this backstory and seeing the true depths of hatred, fear, and prejudice experienced by and directed towards those that the communities of citizens perceive to be changelings. This chapter also shows the strength of Ailsa’s mother who ensured her daughter was able to live despite the villagers trying to knock the door down to take and murder her. I’m really intrigued to find out more about Ailsa’s mother and brother as these flashbacks feel very significant, more so than for character background purposes.

I also loved the development I saw in Harris. His personality is beginning to unravel and we’re starting to see just how much he cares for Ailsa. As I said previously, I AM SO HERE FOR THIS.

what i’m looking forward to in the next section

More Harris and Ailsa. More cuteness with Angus; I love that the two of them have such different relationships with him.

Don’t forget to join us reading along!

The Stone of Destiny Read-Along, Week 1

The Stone of Destiny by Caroline Logan is the first book in YA series The Four Treasures. Ahead of the publication of book two, The Cauldron of Life, towards the end of this year, Caroline is hosting a read-along with bloggers and readers of the first book. She will be giving us insights along the way, and we will all be celebrating Scotland and the myths and legends that inspired this story.

Thank you very much to publisher Cranachan Books for sending me a copy to read.

Without further ado, let’s get into my first impressions of this novel and week 1 of the read-along. Visit Caroline’s Twitter to follow along and learn a little bit more about this series. Here she is to introduce you to her books!

Video originally tweeted by Caroline Logan 3,011🌈📚 (@bearpuffbooks) on August 3, 2020.

Week 1: Chapters 1-10

Summary

In this first part of the novel we meet the protagonist, Ailsa. We find her alone and living off the land. Very quickly she stumbles across a woman in trouble and saves her and her brother from attack. Whilst they are recovering from the attack the mysterious woman, Iona, convinces Ailsa to accompany herself and her brother Harris on their mission to offer them protection. Having nothing keeping Ailsa where she is, she agrees and the trio begin their quest by first heading for the capital city of the land.

What do i think of the characters?

I really love all three of the principle characters so far. Ailsa is a certified badass. She is ballsy and can handle herself. I’m really enjoying her snippy comments and her dynamic with Iona and Harris. I’m intrigued by the snippets of her life that we’ve learnt so far and I have so many questions about her past that I can’t wait to unravel. Iona is great too. She seems like the guiding light of this novel, all wisdom and grace. Harris is the comic relief and his witty remarks and comebacks are everything. The banter between him and his sister, and the arguments with Ailsa are everything. His personality oozes off the page.

What did i enjoy most?

I love the mythology element in this story. It lead me into a research spiral, which is always a good sign. In these first few chapters we learn that Ailsa is seen as a Changeling by the village she grew up in due to a birth mark on her face. It’s also quickly clear that Iona and Harris are Selkies, mythical shape-shifting seal people. I’m hoping we get to learn more about all of this as the novel moves forwards.

What am i looking forward to in the next section?

As well as seeing where the mythology develops, I’m looking forward to seeing what life is like in the capital city. I love world building so I can’t wait to see what this world has to offer, especially with such a stunning map in the front of the book!

Picture from Caroline Logan on twitter (@BEARPUFFBOOKS)

That’s it from me for week 1 of The Stone of Destiny read-along! Let me know if you’re joining in.