The Prophecy of the Stones by Flavia Bujor
Published by Miramax on May 1st 2005
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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In a magical realm, three teenage girls--Jade, Opal, and Amber--are chosen to fulfill an ancient prophecy. On the day of their fourteenth birthdays, they set out on a quest that will require them to leave their homes and families face fierce enemies in a land called Fairytale, where magic reigns and evil is unknown. Although they meet as strangers, they must learn to trust one another with their lives as they embark on this epic journey, armed only with magical stones.
At the same time, in a parallel world, a young girl named Joa fights for her life in a hospital in Paris. While she is dreaming, she is transported to the magical realm where the three young heroines fight a spectacular battle. Their success or failure will determine the fate of Fairytale ...
The writing is kinda simple but it is well-written. I think a lot can be attributed to the fact that it was translated.
I loved this! It was the quintessential fantasy adventure. Three girls, a quest, a prophecy, love interests….it had it all. Including a real-world element that tied it all together. It was really cool and well-thought-out. I learned to like the girls, even if I identified with Amber first and it was a while before I was used to the other two. But I feel like that was to be expected. There are a few cases of insta-love, but in this simple story it was all right. I didn’t expect anything deeper, and it wasn’t a love story after all. Nor was it a fairytale, really.
The details were amazing and there was a lot more depth and world building than I expected for a short novel, and written by one so young. Well, I say short even though it was almost 400 pages, because it felt short. Probably because it was written for a younger audience. Reading this a second time, being older, I couldn’t help but be impressed. I didn’t enjoy it any less now than I did before.
This book gets a lot of criticism and mixed reviews, but those didn’t in any way sway my opinion on this book. It’s fantastic and I love it.
A lot of things seem to magically work out in one way or another, sometimes ridiculously or unexpectedly, but I kind of feel like that’s the point of a fantasy. It’s magic. Anything can happen.
Both realms were described really well! They weren’t all that different physically but the way of life was described for each one in depth.
Good vs. Bad
less than perfect:
- things working out a little too well
This an amazingly entertaining fantasy adventure for all ages. The setting and world building are amazing and the characters are 3D. The story is pretty cookie-cutter but it has a lot of really unique elements. Would I read more by this author? Definitely! Would I recommend this to others? Without a doubt!