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The Unhewn Stone is a very well crafted book by refined author, Wendy Laharnar A story that begins in present day and abruptly throws us back seven hundred years to a time when alchemists strove to change ordinary metals to gold Laharnar weaves a tale of intrigue through the vivid world she has created Most memorable was the murder of the innkeeper and his daughter, Ingrid I highly recommend this read to anyone and everyone who loves fantasy and time travel. Wendy Laharnar sends her protagonist Stefan Gessler, a modern day Swiss youth, seven hundred years back in time to prevent Wilhelm tell from murdering his far remote ancestor, Herman Gessler, the tyrant who asked his underlings to bow before his hat on a pole Now, why would anyone want to prevent a freedom fighter from killing a ruthless tyrant Read and find out Watch the two stubborn men collide full force Then enjoy the schemes of the next generation Tells and Gesslers trying to prevent first Gessler s offense then Tell s revenge.Beautifully written, funny, magical and full of suspense, The Unhewn Stone is a real treat. [E-pub] ♗ The Unhewn Stone ♭ When Teenager, Stefan Gessler, Answers The Call To Restore His Family S Honour, He Discovers It Takes Than Superior Education And Pride To Equip Him For Life In The Middle Ages His Dangerous Adventures Threaten His Courage And Challenge His BeliefsImmersed In The Turbulent Events Of The Wilhelm Tell Legend, Stefan Pretends To Be A Wizard When An Avaricious Sibyl Mistakes Him For An Alchemist The Shape Shifting Sibyl And An Evil Knight Have Diabolical Reasons To Want The Wizard DeadFaced With His Own Demons And Those Of Medieval Switzerland, How Will Stefan Complete His Mission And Escape The Fourteenth Centuryalive Life In The Middle Ages Is A Dangerous Game, Even For Serw Lti, The Chosen One 2nd September 2011The Unhewn Stone by Wendy LaharnarThe Unhewn Stone is a fantasy tale about a young man, Stefan Gessler who returns to the time of his ancestors in the 14th Century His primary task is to restore honour to his family name, destroyed by the William Tell legend, and secondly to learn how to change base metals into gold Starting off as a callow youth, Stefan grows with the story to become an accomplished man Fantasy is not my preferred genre, but once I started this story I became drawn in to the plight of Stefan, as a modern young man, disfigured in looks, suffering from unrequited love, and bereft at the death of his dog As the story progresses we venture into fantasy land, I continued to read, caught by the adventures of the 14th C Stefan and his ancient family One fascinating aspect is that Stefan retains his 21st C outlook which at times contrasts sharply with those of his 14th C cousins I enjoyed his comparisons I found the magical elements were written convincingly enough that I had no trouble suspending my disbelief.Stefan remains very human with his faults, his sometimes overbearing attitude getting him intotrouble than necessary He grows with the plot He builds a good relationship with his distant cousin Rolf and various friends The tale is sweetened by the love of Rolf and Eva Tell It kept me reading as it bounded from one adventure after another with Stefan and Rolf fleeing their enemies, both human and spiritual in the various guises of a sibyl who is determined to steal Stefan s half of his orb and thus prevent him from returning to his own time The ending built up into a page turning climax that satisfied this reader.Reviewed by Carole Sutton The Unhewn Stone will transport readers through time and space, as they travel with Stefan on an amazing adventure Stefan, a young man with issues, infatuated and insecure, takes on the challenge of changing the course of the Wilhelm Tell legend His family is involved through the generations With the knowledge of 21Century technology, Stefan hopes for a better outcome Surviving in Medieval times provescomplicated when an manipulative sybil and an ambitious knight seek to end his existence Wendy Laharnar weaves a story filled with magic, symbolism, science, self discovery and romance The atmosphere and landscapes are portrayed with authenticity, a touch gained from travel through the actual settings The story works on so many levels This adventure will appeal to readers of all ages.Allow yourself the pleasure of reading The Unhewn Stone, you know you deserve it Five stars. On the eve of his eighteenth birthday, Stefan Gessler waited in his attic room, poised for some momentous change in his otherwise uneventful life He gotthan he bargained for He learns of an ancient manuscript, which his ancestors have protected for generations With the aid of an ancient orb, Stefan transports into the past to change his family s destiny by trying to stop the legend of Wilhelm Tell His abrupt arrival in the fourteenth century is as disconcerting for him as his ancestral relations Only one among them, the proud governor s son Rolf Gessler is unwilling to dismiss Stefan s claims about his journey to the past While Stefan gains friends, he also makes dangerous enemies When the governor unexpectedly dies, a corrupted knight accuses Stefan and Rolf of the murder, and punishes them for the crime An ancient and eternal witch, who once divided the Gessler family, also knows the true origin of Stefan s orb She will do anything to get it back This is Wendy Laharnar s debut fantasy novel She has created a magical world, where an ordinary hero faces extraordinary odds in his quest The author s attention to historical detail immerses the reader in the medieval period, while the fantasy element invites readers to escape with her characters to the past Her hero Stefan is the honored guardian of his family s secret often uncertain of his destiny, he remains courageous and willing to right the wrongs of the past In perfect contrast to the hero, the unrepentant villain s only motivation is greed and ambition, making him the perfect nemesis With such memorable characters and a unique setting, The Unhewn Stone is a wonderful read. At the start, the occasional foreign word threw me, but as I eased into the story, I found the italicized words charming and I worked out what they meant At the end of the novel, a glossary explains the unfamiliar words meaning and I eagerly went over them to assure myself I d guessed correctly.Wendy Laharnar s writing charges together the emotion of the main character and the magnificent mountainous scenery with the clash of magic.Arrogant because of his privileged background, yet resentful of his disfigurements, a mission draws the flawed youth to another time I could experience everything with him tastes, sounds, perfumes and disgusting smells Chapter after chapter, enchantment combined with adventure ended with another enticement to read on. Interesting concept and characters A muddled middle having to do with apparently real Greek gods residing in the midst of 14th C religious fanaticism let s go burn the witch kept me from giving this book four stars I d like it better if the the myths stuck with the Swiss past Witches are fine, an evil sybil just didn t work for me.I still recommend it for readers of fantasy and time travel stories wrapped into a detailed picture of the time of the Swiss Wilhelm Tell The addition of an appendix of the Swiss phrases used in the book was a nice touch, although most of it was quite clear from context. I thought it was wonderful because I wrote it This book was recently entered in The Wishing Shelf Awards This is what our readers thought TitleThe Unhewn StoneAuthorWendy LaharnarFEEDBACKCOVER 8 10A well designed cover Eye catching Very powerful central image and easy to read lettering Well written blurb, pulling the reader in.EDITING 8 10Generally, very well edited No problems with spelling, punctuation or paragraphing The readers did suggest the editor might have worked a little on pacing, particularly in the middle fo the book where it slowed up a bit.THEME 8 10Very much enjoyed by the readers Although a number of them thought it all became a little messy in the middle of the book, they loved the idea of a boy solving medieval problems using modern methods They liked the clever way you linked the past and the present and the well thought out mixture of magic and adventure.They also felt you put together many strong characters, particularly your hero They felt he had depth, developed as the story progressed and, the fact he was disfigured, added another element of interest.The readers felt you created an interesting and fun magical world for your characters to inhabit and they enjoyed learning about medieval Switzerland and the time travel element they felt worked well.STYLE 6 10Most of the readers enjoyed your style of writing A few felt the foreign words were a little annoying and thought a glossary at the bottom of the page where the word is might prevent readers from having to hunt out the glossary at the back They felt the present system interrupted the flow of the story.They thought your writing was light, easy to read and, for the most part, well paced You understand how important it is not to just describe what a character can see, but also what he or she can hear and smell and touch.STATSOf the 18 readers,6 felt the middle needed chapters needed a little work A few extra twists and turns perhaps to keep up the pacing.16 loved the cover 2 suggestedcolour needed.10 felt your ability to create memorable characters was your strongest writing skill.7 thought your ability to creat a magical setting was your strongest writing skill.1 thought your action writing was your strongest writing skill An enthralling tale of magic and adventure Highly recommended The Wishing Shelf Awards