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The Sea of Storms (Lodestone #1)

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  237 ratings  ·  53 reviews
Ail-Kar, a white-hole portal from another universe, rains meteoroids onto the surface of the planet Kelanni. But the so-called "lodestones" behave according to different physical laws, transforming Kelanni's society. With the aid of the fearsome Keltar in their flying cloaks, the Kelanni are being put to forced labor to mine the lodestones. Shann, an orphan with a fiery di...more
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Published April 12th 2010 by Publishing
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One of my favorite things about books is that they have the power to transport the reader anywhere in the world, even if that means transporting them to a different world. Whiteway capitalizes on this power, and uses it to his advantage to bring the reader a creative story filled with crazy animals, gliding cloaks, and star-crossed destiny. At first, the the book appears to be strictly science fiction. The story t...more
Michael Araujo
When something is strange to you, your instinct makes you take caution. When entering a strange land, you automatically go into defense mode. A strange world can make you scared, excited and anxious to learn all of its secrets. But sometimes that strange world disappoints you. Perhaps it is too strange. Perhaps the secrets it holds aren’t that exciting. Perhaps the strange world is intolerable. Perhaps this strange world just makes you want to shout out loud about how stupid it is.

This strange...more
Sea of Storm is the first book if the Lodestone Series which I was able to
download for Kindle via Amazon. Considering that this is author Mark
Whiteway’s first major creation – it is a brilliant way to forge a bright
career in the Sci-Fi Fantasy genre. Without spoiling the plot too much; the
story evolves around a planet called Kelanni and its people; set in a
distant planet where it is ruled by 3 suns and has an abundance of supply
of lodestones. These powerful lodestones are used as a tool of power...more
Charles Franklin
As a fan of Mark Whiteway’s book, I would be remiss if I didn’t include a review to the first book in one of my all-time sci-fi collections. Similar to other science fiction books that I have read, the Lodestone Book One: The Sea of Storms is the story of a group of citizen revolutionaries (Lyall, Keris, Shann, Alondo, and Boxx) who go on a quest to stop an evil dictator (in this case, the Prophet) in order to save the world. For me, the difference with this book (and the series) is the way this...more
Belle Domingo
I am neither a sci-fi aficionado nor an adventure freak, and rather prefer reading books that teach social values and personal development. But The Sea of Storms is an exemption. Beneath the book's breathtaking, heart-pounding stunts and endless struggles lie deeper lessons in life that the author effectively conveyed. Please allow me to share how this book unexpectedly touched my life...

Lesson 1: It is amazing how the main characters- Lyall, Shann, Keris, and Alondo - found each other and beca...more
Charline Ratcliff
A few weeks ago I was looking for some books to read/review when I came across "Lodestone, Book One: The Sea of Storms." I definitely found the title to be unique so I popped over to Amazon in order to learn more about it.

Ail-Kar, a white-hole portal from another universe, consistently rains meteors down on a planet called Kelanni. These meteors, also called "lodestones" behave according to different physical laws due to the fact that they are from another planet. These "lodestones" and their un...more
From the blurb I knew this was going to be an interesting book but I didn't realise how interested I would become in this novel. I found myself completely absorbed in the Kelanni world.

I did feel that this boom did start out slow as all the various characters were introduced and there various parts to play introduced. However the novel soon picked up pace and I found it a thrilling read.

I found this novel to be really good for a debut author. He managed to suck the readers into this fantasy wo...more
This is a fast paced and drag you along for the ride fantasy. I was breathless at points cheering the action and frustrated at times when the characters showed their flaws. A wonderful cast of characters annoying at times and alternately heroic at others. The mix of characters play well off each other, they make you want to cheer or in some cases box their ears. The story is easy to get into and the book hard to put down. I am looking forward to the next installment. I believe that Mark Whiteway...more
Mark Whiteway
Nov 27, 2012 Mark Whiteway rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
On the planet Kelanni, life is cheap.

With the aid of the fearsome "Keltar" enforcers, in their flying cloaks, a ruthless invader is forcing the native people to mine the colloquially named "lodestone" - a substance from another universe with infinitely destructive power.

The only ones who can stop him are a tiny girl with fiery disposition, a
former Keltar, a failed revolutionary, a musician and the mysterious creature, Boxx, who seems to speak only in riddles.
I really enjoyed this book, and as a an added bonus, it was free on my Kindle.
Mismatched characters come together to help over throw The Prophet, an evil leader of the Kelanni people.
It is very well written and has a little bit of everything in it including plenty of suspense and adventure.
I am looking forward to purchasing and reading part two in the series.
Bailey Olfert
I like the tone of this story, and its characters. Shann is relatable, and Boxx’s uniqueness adds so much. Definitely worth the low cost for Kindle!
Ashley Ziemer

The rebels are forming and plotting by their leader known only as "The Prophet." The Kelanni are being forced to harvest the lodestones. When Keris, a Keltar questioning her work for "The Prohpet," learns that the Kelanni people are in more trouble than is realized, she sets out to find a way to save them. The journey takes a group of five, including Keris, Shann-a village girl, and Boxx-a creature with powers, on an adventure that will reveal astonishing truths and dangerous encounters.

Author M...more
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Initially, it was very difficult for me to get into this book. I felt like I was being bombarded with new customs and everyday life, and it was very slow (despite its action-packed pacing). In fact, despite all the action that was in the beginning, the book didn’t really pick up for me until about ¼ of the way in. The beginning was pretty much getting introductions to the characters done, and weaving a plot to get them together. However, when all of th...more
(Cross-posted to my sci-fi blog, Android Dreamer.)

There have been a handful of cases in which I read the first chapter or two of a novel, decided it wasn't for me, and abandoned the book. In the case of reading material for the sake of review, this is a practice I have abolished; when I start reading a book, I finish it. It is lucky for me that I have taken to this practice, as Mark Whiteway's Lodestone Book One: The Sea of Storms is the perfect example of a novel that rewards perseverance.

Heidi Roth
The first book in the Lodestone series comes to you with awards while offering many rewards to the reader. For those who read both science fiction and fantasy, “Book One: The Sea of Storms” is a recommended read. Mr. Whiteway does an excellent job of honoring the forms of those he admires, such as Jules Verne, while creating a new world and journey of his own making.

The book contrasts a society with cues both reptilian and humanoid. This first part of the larger story introduces classic conflic...more
Murphy's Library
(from Murphy's Library - - rated 3 and a half there)

Kelanni is a planet ruled by a dictator, The Prophet. He has what we could call an army, a loyal one, the Keltar, who are responsible to make sure no one rebels against their leader. The Prophet is a master in the explorations of the lodestone that arrives with meteor showers in Kelanni. All is functioning as The Prophet expects, but there are people out there that are getting tired of his domain.

This book, the fi...more
As an indie book reviewer, I come across a lot of, um, less than stellar fiction. Then, once in a while, I come across a self-published book like The Sea of Storms and I am reminded of why I do this in the first place. Planet Kelanni has three suns: a white and yellow that move across the sky much like our own Sun, and a large, dim, red sun that never moves, in much the same way as the Earth doesn't when viewed from the Moon. The inhabitants of this planet, though never described in detail, are...more
Lisa Hapney
Having just come off reading a favorite series I was a little hesitant to start this book. I had just had a fabulous reading experience and didn't want that to affect my review of the next book I read by an as yet unknown to me author, but I'd been curious about this one and it had been hanging around on my Kindle for a while so off I went to a new world.

I must say that I was more than pleasantly surprised. I really enjoyed it. It was little dark in places, but I still consider it a fun read. T...more
This is a complex world both physically and culturally. Physically it has three suns, mysterious lodestones and a variety of alien creatures. Culturally it is almost medieval in feel, dominated by a tyrannical religion. The concept of the book is almost more fantasy than science fiction. I would have been perfectly happy to accept the lodestones as magical and wasn’t entirely convinced by the scientific explanation of the lodestones or by the science underlying the “storm barrier”....more
It took a chapter or two for me to become interested in this book. This does not speak ill of the author. It is simply how it happens with me in these types of books. Once I was past the first couple of chapters, though, I didn't want to stop reading. I loved the world that Mark created in this story.

The book did not consist of humans, that I could tell. Instead, Kelanni were the dominant creatures ... human like, but with tails. The Kelanni had social classes and military, like humans. They wer...more
Marty Shaw
I think Mr. Whiteway did himself a great disservice by putting references to the laws of physics and white-hole portals on the back cover of his book. At best, you might think it's a sci-fi book that's heavy on the sci-fi; at worst, you'll avoid it from fear of being bored to death. Neither of these things is true.

Sea of Storms struck me as more fantasy than sci-fi. Yes, it takes place on another planet populated by the alien Kelanni, but their actions and motivations are distinctly human. Yes,...more
Melissa Hayden
Hastily aiding a strange man who flew into town and seemed to want to help the people taken as 'tributes' to work in the Prophet's deadly desert, Shann finds she is now in the middle of the dispute between the strange man pretending to be a Keltar and the Keltar taking the people. Shann goes on the run to escape the mean Keltar and his soldiers. Shann finds new friends along the path of a wondrous journey of the past asking for help from the future. With the help of her new friends and lodestone...more
Lodestone Book One: The Sea of Storms is a science-fiction book set on a world surrounded by continuous daylight from two suns and buffeted by frequent meteorite showers – at least, on the continent we first encounter. The society consists of two clear groups: the Keltar, who serve as the acolytes and law enforcement of the Prophet and who have skills and powers through their manipulation of the meteorite stones (lodestones) that others do not posses, and the general population of Kelanni. Life...more
This book reminded me of “Lord of the Rings” for several reasons. First, it is incredibly well-written. Whiteway creates his own language and is fluent in it. Ali-Mazzoth reminded me of Sauron in how she “never moved in the sky” and was always watching "her children." Whiteway has a knack for describing every location as a luscious landscape which calls to mind the locations from the video-game “Journey” as you read. Plus, like LOTR, there is traveling and lots of it, as a band of unlikely comra...more
I like the book, and am reading the trilogy, of which it is Book 1.
Whiteway (or his editor) has the ability to write stylistically intriguing prose with just the right amount of interesting detail. His work is NOT littered with typos and annoying and distracting accidental homynyms (as so many e-books are).

The central "science" of the books is the lodestone effect, which is used intelligently and to good effect. The universe of the action is detailed, interesting and consistent.

Shann's relentles...more
An amazing read!

The book is a natural page turnover. You won’t feel like putting down the book until the very end. The thing I loved the most about the book is the narration and the writing style. The author excels in taking the maximum benefit of a rich vocabulary, using the right words at the right place. The story is developed and described so perfectly. The language is picturesque and the flow of the story is so smooth and well organized. Each new character or fact is introduced in an ever s...more
Jean Hall
Hidden Power

--I am not really a science-fiction or fantasy buff but I really enjoyed this book. Once I realized that I was being drawn into a world I had never experienced, I let the characters and the scenes play out. I like the sense of history and sacredness that the prologue gives the story. The time frame and the character focus changes, but after the first few shifts I was ready to see things from a different perspective. Shann is the unlikely heroine and her shy braveness is something tha...more
Lodestone Book One: Sea of Storms by Mark Whiteway

This is a really good book with some outstanding characters and world building. There are some interesting though sometimes confusing elements about the Lodestones, which I'm no way going to try to be expert about. The important thing to this type of fiction is that the author try to maintain the rules he's built into his system-or at least have good reasons for any deviations. I think,without going into real in-depth analysis of the working of t...more
Alice Yeh
In this stunning work of fantasy fiction, we are introduced to a theocratic society and a unique use of the concept of negative matter. In an act of brilliant irony, the Prophet has been using the Kelanni people and money to fund the development of a weapon to annihilate them. One of his top Keltar, an elite soldier, stumbles upon his plan and begins an unwilling journey with four others to save the people she has sworn to protect. With former allies breathing down their necks, they race against...more
Many have commented on the author's writing skill, and I agree with this in the sense that I was captured by the prose and the plot. I'll leave the gushing to others and mention a few other aspects.

The reminders that this is set on a different world are superficial and contrived. We're regularly reminded that there are three suns in the sky, that the characters' blood is white, and that they have tails, but these aspects are not really incorporated into the story line. There is vanishingly littl...more
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Mark Whiteway (1959- ) lives in rural West Sussex, England, near the former home of H G Wells. The Lodestone series of novels is built around the concept of negative matter-an extension of Einstein's Theory of General Relativity.
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