The Gemstone Chronicles by William L Stuart – Book Review

The Gemstone Chronicles by William L Stuart – Book Review

The Gemstone Chronicles by William Stuart

The Gemstone Chronicles
The Carnelian Book One

Author – William L Stuart
Publisher – Createspace
Pages – 334
Release Date – 11th August 2016
ISBN-13 – 978-1503256088
Format – ebook, paperback
Reviewer – Lindsay
I received a free copy of this book
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New Synopsis The Gemstone Chronicles

When Aidan and Maggie find a fairy cross while rock-hunting with their grandfather, it’s just an oddity. But when they discover there is an elf imprisoned in the stone and set him free, they and their grandparents, Nana and Beebop, are attacked by Dark Elves and forced to flee to the magical world of Celahir.

In Celahir, Findecano – the elf the children freed from the fairy cross – leads them on a quest to recover gemstones stolen from the Elven Bow by the Dark Elves. Without the restoration of the gemstones to the Elven Bow, the balance between good and evil in Celahir – and the human world – could tip toward evil.

New Review The Gemstone Chronicles

I love fantasy books, so the blurb on The Gemstone Chronicles Book One: The Carnelian by William L. Stuart caught my attention.

There were a few great things in this book:

– A strong family. More often than not, the hero or heroine are from a broken home or something tragic happens to a family member as the impetus for an adventure. Not in this book. I liked how Stuart placed a family with strong values and good relationships in the centre of his tale. It was neat to see how they worked together and leaned on each other.

– Light and Dark elves. It was an interesting premise and I like how the issues of today were explained by the “fall” of the light elven community.

The rest, I am sorry to say, I really didn’t enjoy. For me the story felt a bit long-winded at times, and not descriptive enough in other places. For example, the grandfather has a lot of knowledge about survival in the wild, and here Stuart goes into great detail. But when we are introduced to the elves, and other magical creatures, he leaves off the description and just gives names that are hard to pronounce.

I also felt that this book needs even more editing. I’m not talking about small grammatical errors that sometimes appear. The story is choppy with events happening at one point, and the necessary information to digest the event happening in a later chapter. We learn only near the end of the book that the grandfather was in the military and that’s how he knows so much. Also we learn only after the fact that the grandson knows karate.

I also found the name that had been given to the grandfather rather odd. I could not reconcile a skilled survivalist with the name Bebop. I just called him grandpa while I read. It is not until the end that we learn how he came to be called Bebop – from his Grandkids. But the whole time he refers to himself as Bebop, and I couldn’t take him as a character seriously.

As The Gemstone Chronicles wasn’t to my liking I very much doubt I would read the rest in the series.

Book Reviewed by Lindsay

Two star rating

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New About the Author

William Stuart The Gemstone Chronicles

I am William (Bill) Stuart. I am a ten year veteran of the US Navy’s submarine force (electronics technician and nuclear reactor operator), who now works in the animal health world. I am the father to a wonderful daughter (Laura), 2 extraordinary grandchildren (Aidan and Maggie), and the most wonderful wife in the world (Lana).

Lana inspired me with her blog ( to take a chance on publishing my books that were inspired by my grandchildren. In my spare time, I hunt for gemstones and prospect for gold in the north Georgia mountains, play softball, play golf (badly), and read – a lot.

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