The Temple Of The Crystal Timekeeper (The Chronicles Of The Stone Volume 3) – by Fiona Ingram

The Temple Of The Crystal Timekeeper (The Chronicles Of The Stone Volume 3) – by Fiona Ingram

Join these young heroes on an adventure steeped in the mythology and legends of the ancient Aztec and Maya!

Continuing their thrilling adventures, cousins Adam and Justin Sinclair, with their friend Kim Maleka, are now hunting for the third Stone of Power, one of seven mysterious stones lost centuries ago.

The third stone might be located in an ancient city, hidden in the depths of the Mexican jungle. When their small plane crashes in the jungle, Adam, Justin, Kim, and James are rescued by an uncontacted tribe. James, who is wounded, must stay behind as the kids, with only a young boy, Tukum, as their guide, make their way through the dense and dangerous jungle to find the city.

River rafting on a crocodile-infested river and evading predators are just part of this hazardous task. Of course, their old adversary Dr. Khalid is close behind as the kids press on in search of the lost city of stone gods. But he is not the worst of their problems. This time Adam will clash with a terrible enemy who adopts the persona of an evil Aztec god, Tezcatlipoca, and is keen to revive the ancient tradition of human sacrifice.

Adam, Justin, and Tukum must play a dreadful ball game of life and death and maybe survive. Will they emerge alive from the jungle?

Will Dr. Khalid find the third Stone of Power before they do?

Review: Another action-packed adventure in this thrilling series

By Clio on November 28, 2017

Already a massive fan of the Chronicles of the Stone books, I have waited a long time for the third adventure to be published, impatient to find out what happens next in this exciting series – and I must say that it was well worth the wait!

The scene is set right from the very first page, when the story opens with the young explorers Adam, Justin and Kim in the wreckage of a crashed aeroplane … in the heart of a South American jungle. Shaken, but unhurt, they quickly realise that their pilot, the Scottish archaeologist James Kinnaird, is badly injured and unconscious. James, a friend of the boys’ Aunt Isabel, featured in the last book and is helping the children in their quest to find the mysterious, hidden Stones of Power. How on earth will they be able to get him out of the remains of the smashed aircraft that is stuck high in the towering trees of the rain forest?

Help, however, is at hand. Initially terrified when they find themselves surrounded by a group of natives, the children feel certain that they are about to become the next meal of hungry cannibals. In fact, the “uncontacted” tribe of the Jaguar people, not only rescue James from the wreckage and take care of his injuries, but they also look after the children. The chief gives them valuable information about the nearby ruins of an ancient Maya city and Adam is convinced that they must continue their quest without James. With the help of the chief’s grandson, Tukum, as their guide, they set off through the jungle in search of the lost city, feeling sure that it must be the resting place of the third Stone of Power.

Not wanting to reveal any spoilers, I won’t give away any further details of the story. However, you can be sure that the journey is fraught with danger lurking in every shadow – crocodiles, snakes and the deadly jaguar, to mention but a few. Things become even more life-threatening when the young explorers reach the half-excavated ruins of the Maya city.

Adam’s arch nemesis from the previous adventures, the evil Dr Khalid, has joined forces with a new enemy who goes by the name of Smoking Mirror, and it seems unlikely that the youngsters will escape from the horrific situation they find themselves in. However, Adam’s special powers are becoming more impressive with each adventure. Is he truly an embodiment of the god Kukulkan or Quetzalcoatl, or is the magic of the Sacred Scarab at work here? Either way, it is Adam who ultimately saves the day and his character is growing with each passing book.

Adam’s cousin, Justin, has also developed further. Although still impetuous and exasperating in equal measure, he displays a satisfying blend of empathy and maturity when it counts. Kim, too, is now an integral member of the team, taking an active role in the action. Caring and brave, she is proving to be a worthy sidekick to the two boys.

Fiona Ingram’s masterful writing conjures up the colours, sights, sounds and smells of the Mexican jungle, creating a wonderful backdrop to this story. The book is also filled with a wealth of Maya and Aztec history, myth and legend, making this a real educational experience, but one which is combined with a thrilling adventure that young readers will surely devour. As for me, I’m already anticipating book #4, eager to know where the quest will take me next!

Age Range: 9 – 12 years
Grade Level: 4 – 6

Special Book Review From Emily-Jane Hills Orford

The three young people are off on yet another adventure. They have to find all of the seven stones of power before evil claims them for evil gains. Adam and Justin, cousins, and their Aunt Isabel’s ward, Kim, are on a mission to find the third precious stone of power. Like their adventures in Scotland and Egypt, this third book in the “Chronicles of the Stone” series takes the young people to Mexico and the land of the Aztec and Maya. With a mixture of adventure, fantasy and history, the plot unfolds with the same excitement as the first two books, this one beginning with a plane crash in the jungle. Left to their own devices, the stranded young people must find their way to a lost Maya city, where they believe the third stone is hidden. Dr. Khalid, the evil that has plagued their adventures so far, has once again cheated death and is hot on their trail.
And, if myth and history and fantasy succeed, the reincarnation of two important Aztec gods will rule again. Tezcatlipoca a powerful Aztec god, ruler of the night sky and a dark god of sorcery and war, has shattered the isolated groups of Maya descendants who continue to live in the jungle, kidnapping many of them for his own personal gains. His name, which means Smoking Mirror, continues to instil fear. It is the power of fear that allows him to take control of so many people and make them his minions. His complete opposite, Quetzalcoatl, a feathered serpent, god of the wind and the star called Venus, is the embodiment of good. Red-headed Adam bears resemblance to Quetzalcoatl. With his ability to see things, to have visions, and, even though still considered a child, his ability to do the unexpected, makes him a powerful force against evil.
Fiona Ingram’s “The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper” is a powerful, exciting story full of adventure and knowledge. The history and mythology of the Aztec and Maya people is thoroughly researched and presented in a compelling way to attract readers, young and old, to learn more about this ancient civilization. The author weaves thoughtful considerations into her characters: the importance of family, of heritage, of friendship, as well as the power of working together as a team. As good and evil project the plot forward, so, too, does the depth of characterization strengthen the bonds. The three young people, plus their new native friend and guide, Tukum, are only as strong as their ability to work together, as is seen over and over again in this story. Conflicts amongst friends are resolved with patience and understanding, creating stronger bonds in the process, as is seen between Tukum and Justin, who seem so much at odds throughout the story until Justin saves Tukum’s life.
A story which both educates and entertains. What a great combination!

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