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The Lodestone

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  28 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
When twelve year old Jack Paris feels the small jaws of a creature that shouldn't exist clamp down on his leg, life as he knows it in small-town northeast Texas comes to a sudden end. Miss Edna, his foster mom, is forced to take him and his friend Sally to a world she secretly forsook two hundred years before to save his life. There Jack discovers that an evil wizard needs ...more
Paperback, 252 pages
Published (first published September 4th 2011)
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Shay Williams
May 29, 2012 Shay Williams rated it liked it
I finished reading this book a couple days ago and had to really ponder my review. Now I am an adult as you well know however I do enjoy reading young adult. This book is aimed towards a crowd that is younger then the books I usually enjoy reading. That being said I did enjoy it though it had its issues.

Let me go thru the strengths first though. I really enjoyed the character of Edalwin 'Edna' who has been Jack's foster mother for the past four years. She is a very strong woman and her character
Jacquie Talento
Mar 06, 2012 Jacquie Talento rated it it was amazing
Miss Edna is a foster parent to Jack and taken him in as her own. Jack is headed to school and the air isn’t right. When he gets home, he decides to take off into the woods and sees Sally his friend from school. After rumbling and smoke appear they head to Jacks to Ms. Edna to find that she holds powers of a Wizard and someone is seeking out to take Jack. Miss Edna takes them away to another world for protection.
Derek is the one that is put on this case for missing children. Derek is learning th
Nice relationships between characters.

I enjoyed the story, particularly how the characters bonded as they banded together to fight the evil. The story does finish although there is definitely opportunity for more stories to be told if the author wishes.

For those wondering about the following:
Sex: The book is very clean. One of the male characters is attracted to a female character (from the other world) but there isn't even a hint of sexual innuendo.

Violence: Quite a bit of violence - characters
Apr 05, 2012 Angela rated it really liked it
Kindle Version (free from author through Library Thing for review)

This book takes place, first, in a small town on Earth named Hillacre. In this small town lives a woman named Miss Edna, who is a nurse who has been a great asset to the hospital she works at and who loves to help children, so is a foster Mom too. Her latest foster child’s name is Jack Paris. Jack was a very troubled young boy when Miss Edna first took him in at the age of eight. He was always in trouble at school and never kept v
Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
I won this book from member giveaways on librarything in exchange for an honest review.

The Lodestone is about two young children, Jack and Sally, who get involved against their will in a magical battle for power. Their protector, Miss Edna, has been captured and they journey to get her back. They meet many interesting characters along the way.

There are definite strengths about this book. The main one is Edalwin, who is the most interesting character in the bunch, especially considering her histo
Mar 24, 2012 Rhonda rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading Loadstone or should say listening to it on my Kindle. I did get lost a few times because did not realize it jumped to different character or place.
Its a YA fantasy book that takes place on two worlds going back and forth with Loadstones that are doorways for wizards.
Some weird creatures are after Jack and one actually poisons him during a battle between creatures a evil wizard Drakin and Jack's foster mother Miss edna.
Miss Edna with a shotgun killed a bunch of creatures
Mar 15, 2012 Frank rated it it was amazing
The Lodestone is a fascinating read grabbing you right from the beginning and not letting go to the very end, in fact you don't want it to end. Well written and full of suspense that will keep you turning pages long into the night. Exceptional development of different characters spanning two worlds; as well as interesting creatures.

A Wizard from another world materializes on earth attempting to take Jack, a teenager, back with him. But in spite of his magic and monsters, Jack's foster mother has
Mar 11, 2012 Nancy rated it really liked it
When Miss Edna took Jack in in Paris, TX she had many plans. First, to get the boy settled and fed and cleaned up and then to move him somewhere calm and quiet where she could protect him. She gave him the last name of the place she found him. Paris. Miss Edna and Jack Paris are destined for great things – but Jack is totally unaware of it. He is quite happy with Edna, her 9 cats and his best friend, Sally.
One day 12 tyear old Jack comes home to an eerie feeling. One of the cats is missing, Miss
Angie ~aka Reading Machine~
Jack Paris is an average teenager in the seventh grade that is feeling like something is wrong but can't explain why. His friend, Sally is an avid reader that believes in what she reads. Jack's foster mom Edna Littlefield is a nurse at local hospital in Hillacre. Jack continues to feel like there is something wrong and tells his foster mom about it. Everything changes when Drakin an evil wizard from another world appears on Edna Littlefield's doorstep. She battles it out with Drakin and takes bo ...more
Apr 11, 2012 Tania rated it really liked it
I received a Kindle version of this book for free as an author-giveaway.

J. Philip Horne spins a fantastic tale of magic living beneath our noses here on Earth. Young Jack, abandoned and alone for 8 years before his current foster mother Miss Edna took him under her wing, feels he has a 6th sense. His friend Sally dismisses this as paranoia. They have an uneasy, unspoken truce about the situation until the day the wizards arrive. It's a day that will change their lives and their friendship foreve
May 12, 2012 Heather rated it really liked it
Jack has spent his life bouncing from foster home to foster home - never really settling down and making friends. He has been with Miss Edna for a few years now and just becoming comfortable with where his life is heading when everything changes. He comes home to an eerie calm, sees men appear from nowhere, and soon sees monsters! Just as the small boy who lived under the stairs Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, this small foster boy is called on to save the world.

Perhaps I am more aware
Nov 20, 2016 Emmy rated it liked it
It's not exactly a 3-star "I liked it". More like a 3- star "it's average, yet better than a lot I've read this month."
Too much of the story is telling, without the reader experiencing. Parts seem to drop out of nowhere (how he thinks he knew how his foster mom activated the lodestone even though he had a deadly poison in his body while he was drifting in snd out of consciousness). It almost enhances the lack of connecting the reader with the characters - or amongst themselves (truly, which rel
Jessi Adams
Mar 11, 2012 Jessi Adams rated it liked it
I received [The Lodestone] for free in exchange for a review. Overall I enjoyed the story. I did think, however, that The Lodestone was not written at the level of young adult literature, but more at the 9-12 age group. It was very simple, very short, and did not deal with a lot of the themes that tend to characterize YA literature. I felt like it could have included more detail and more depth. The book ends up feeling more like an outline of a fantasy novel instead of a finished product. The re ...more
Apr 02, 2012 Deborah rated it really liked it
In J. Philip Horne's book,"The Lodestone," Miss Edna and her foster son, twelve year old Jack Paris and his friend Sally are attacked by an evil wizard. Miss Edna takes the children to her world Artaris, were two hundred years ago, she was a great wizard known as Edalwin.When Edalwin fails to return from a trip to a nearby village jack and Sally must use the Lodestones to jump between Artaeris and Earth to escape the evil wizard. "The Lodestone" is a book of friendship,forces of evil, and sacrif ...more
Steven Burke
Mar 10, 2012 Steven Burke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am so glad I had the opportunity to read this story. It was fast pace, which fits into my wheel house perfectly. The characters are developed quickly and actually had a good deal of depth. This was achieved by the ability of the reader to relate to the character. The situation or setting of the story is one that every child with an imagination would be proned to think of or wished they could think of.

I would definitely recommend this to anyone who has ever dared to dream of something more than
Mar 05, 2012 Jacque rated it really liked it
I work in an elementary school library and am always on the lookout for books to recommend to our students. This would be a book I would gladly recommend to our many readers of fantasy books. The characters are likable, the story well-done. I would have liked more detail in the final battle, as I was a little confused about what actually happened. Overall, I enjoyed this story very much and it is a perfect fit for middle grade and YA
Minh Han
Jul 17, 2016 Minh Han rated it really liked it
Fast-paced, imaginative book perfect for young teens. Nice mixture of fantasy, comedy, and serious topics. I finished the book over a weekend and found that I wanted to read more about Jack Paris and his adventures.
Mar 14, 2012 Shannon rated it liked it
Fast read, semi-original storyline, liked the characters, lacks some world development - but this, among other aspects of the story, may be revealed in the second book, could have been more fully developed, but overall, 3 out of 5 stars.
Cotty Kerridge
May 22, 2016 Cotty Kerridge rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Thanks for a fun read! Cool concept and world. Curious to read your new book. Wonder if there are going to be more books in the series.
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J. Philip Horne probably shouldn't be alive. Born in Florida, he grew up overseas for the most part, spending much of his childhood in Liberia and Micronesia. During those years, he experienced numerous attempts on his life. The wannabe killers included malaria, spinal meningitis, blood poisoning, a staph infection in his heel bone, a close encounter with a green mamba, and other cold-hearted foes ...more
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