In 'The Traveller's Stone', S.J.Howland has created a wondrous fantasy world, inhabited by the creatures of myth and fairy tale. Any fan of J.K.Rowling, C.S.Lewis or Philip Pullman will immediately feel at home in this fantastical place called Haven. Haven is a world parallel to ours, where giants, fairies, hobgoblins, fauns and brownies co-exist, more or less amicably, alongside humans. Amongst the humans, it is only the Travellers who are gifted with the ability to pass between the two worlds. The book recounts the story of Xander King, a 14-year-old Londoner, who is transported to Haven by a Traveller's stone in the British Museum. But why has he ended up there? Is he really supposed to save this ailing, alien world from both external and internal attack, when he has no knowledge of it's history or culture, where he doesn't feel he can belong? This is a classic rite of passage story, well written and beautifully describing the feelings and emotions Xander goes through as he faces no end of trials to gain his place in this multifaceted society before returning home, a much stronger and more confident person. I really enjoyed reading this novel and was so pleased to discover that this will not be the end of Xander's adventures. 'The Traveller's Stone' is only the first of a planned series of five books and I personally can't wait for the next one in 2020.
Drena Irish, A LoveReading4Kids Ambassador
This author writes a good tale and could be up there with the Harry Potter fans.
This is for young adults and a really great read this is set in the mysterious world of Haven where long lost characters and people come to life. There are a lot of characters but the author writes so well that that reader is engrossed in this new mysterious world. The characters are real and there is mystery, magic, ancient secrets and a dark side too. This is a series and I for one cannot wait to continue in this series This author writes a good tale and could be up there with the Harry Potter fans.... Read Full Review
I really enjoyed reading the book, the story was original and exciting
I really enjoyed reading the book, the story was original and exciting. Not too fast pace but just right that you can really follow the story and feel that you are in the scene. The only thing I would say is I wish the author developed the main characters a bit more, you don’t really feel any empathy for the characters, a sense of how they are feeling there for you don’t really connect with them. The author has put their full concentration on developing the story.... Read Full Review