The Stone Traveler
“Kathi Oram Peterson has done it again.\r\rThe Stone Traveler combines believable\r\rcharacters, wonderful writing, and a Book\r\rof Mormon setting that draws you in from\r\rthe very beginning.” &mdash J. Scott Savage, author of Far World
“The Stone Traveler hurtles us back in time for a grand adventure, yet never loses sight of\r\rpowerful moral undertones of the tale. Kathi Peterson continues to weave together excitement\r\rand passion in a deeply empathetic story.” &mdash David Farland, author of Of Mice and Magic
Sixteen-year-old Tag can_ã_t believe he_ã_s in this much trouble.\r\rHe_ã_s not actually a member of the gang known as the\r\rPrimes — all he did was spray paint some graffiti that caught\r\rtheir attention. In all honesty, ever since his dad and brother\r\rleft, Tag just wants to be alone. And it_ã_s certainly not\r\rhis fault that the Primes nearly beat up his goofy cousin,\r\rEthan. But his mom is furious about these gang-related activities\r\rand insists that Tag spend the whole summer at his\r\rgrandpa_ã_s lakeside cabin, which is not Tag_ã_s idea of a good\r\rtime. So he does what any self-respecting teenager would do:\r\rrun away. But he doesn_ã_t get far before he encounters three\r\rstrange men carrying an even stranger object — a stone that\r\rglows with radiant light as bright as a thousand sparklers.\r\rTag doesn_ã_t steal the stone — not exactly. He feels like he is\r\rsupposed to take it. But he doesn_ã_t expect the stone to transport\r\rhim through space and time to a place he_ã_s never seen\r\rbefore — a place that looks an awful lot like the ancient lands\r\rdescribed in the Book of Mormon. And he definitely doesn_ã_t\r\rexpect to join Sabirah, the entrancing daughter of Samuel\r\rthe Lamanite, on a quest to rescue her father and brother\r\rfrom the evil King Jacob. And he absolutely doesn_ã_t expect\r\rto be captured by Jacob_ã_s minions and prepared as a sacrifice\r\rto the evil idol of the city. But just as Tag faces his death, a\r\rterrible storm begins to break, and the ground cracks into\r\rjagged pieces. And he_ã_s not sure which event will impact his\r\rlife more: his captor_ã_s knife coming at his body, the violent\r\rtempest sweeping the land . . . or the men who later appear,\r\rglowing even more brightly than the traveler_ã_s stone.
By Linda, Submitted on 2015-02-25
The Stone Traveler begins in ancient America 33 AD. Sabirah is a 19-year-old Lamanite warrior who has her own army. She is respected by her men and is a great leader. She is watching and waiting for a man who is a traitor to her people. He must be stopped and she has a plan how to capture him. At this time, there is much turmoil between the believers and nonbelievers. Her followers, the men who joined her army, are believers of God and will fight for their rights.
Sabirah is described as an Amazon Warrior Woman: “flawless dark complexion; long, shiny, ebony hair hanging freely about her shoulders as if it were black water pouring over her skin; and mesmerizing doe-like eyes. A leather tunic clung to her shapely form. Hanging around her neck from a leather strap was a small jade carving of a wing-spread eagle…a white dagger beneath her waistband…a spear in one hand and a sword in the other.”
This dark-eyed beauty is a believer. Her father once told her to remain strong as an ocean wind in her beliefs. He also said the Lord would send a young wayfarer to aid her in her quest. He would be foreign to her people and she must watch for him. Who was this wayfarer?
Each chapter takes the reader back in time to ancient America and then forward to the present time. While Sabirah is defending her people, we go forward in time to AD 2015 in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Sixteen-year-old Tag is having his own troubles. Because his mother is worried about his choices in life, she sends him to his grandpa’s lakeside cabin for the summer. When he decides to run away, he meets three men carrying a stone that glows with radiant light. When Tag holds the stone in his hand, it transports him into another time and dimension…to ancient America. Before long, he meets Sabirah, the enchanting daughter of the great prophet Samuel the Lamanite. Together they try to rescue her father from the evil King Jacob, a nonbeliever who is persecuting all believers.
This story begins to build with intensity when Tag helps Sabirah, is caught, and about to be sacrificed to an idol by the nonbelievers. But that’s not all, without warning the ground rumbles and quakes…a tempest arises… gigantic whirlwinds appear…and everyone runs for safety.
The Stone Traveler grabbed me from the first page. Kathi Oram Peterson knows how to write a story with intensity and feeling. The ending is uplifting and inspirational and makes you a “Believer.”
--Review written by Linda Weaver Clarke, author of Melinda and the Wild West: A Family Saga in Bear Lake Idaho, a Semi-finalist for the Reviewers Choice Award, and the new mystery series, The Adventures of John and Julia Evans.
By Heather, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I read Kathi's previous Book of Mormon time-traveler story, so I knew I was going to enjoy this one, and I wasn't at all disappointed. Tag wears makeup and black clothes because he wants a little rebellion, but not enough to actually get into trouble (if you don't count his, um, efforts at giving beautiful artwork to the community, aka vandalism). He's a good kid making decisions that could easily take him somewhere he doesn't want to be. Then he re-appropriates the strange glowing stone and finds himself in another place and time.
Tag is adaptable, courageous, and a little confused, but very likable. The plot moves quickly, provides plenty of action and provides just enough historical context to keep the reader immersed in the story without feeling like the plot was contrived to show off how much research the writer did (a major irritation of mine when it comes to historical books). Instead it felt genuine and intrigued me.