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Talisman Of El

(Arcadia Saga #1)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  526 ratings  ·  203 reviews

One Planet.

Two Worlds.

Population: Human ... 7 billion.
Others ... unknown.

When 14-year-old Charlie Blake wakes up sweating and gasping for air in the middle of the night, he knows it is happening again. This time he witnesses a brutal murder. He's afraid to tell anyone. No one would believe him ... because it was a dream. Just like the one
Kindle Edition, 398 pages
Published May 20th 2012 by Centrinian Publishing Ltd (first published 2012)
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Nov 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of YA fantasy
Recommended to Katy by: LibraryThing Early Reviewers
Book Info: Genre: Fantasy/Magical Reality
Reading Level: Young Adult
Early Reviewer’s copy, book available 5/20/12

My Thoughts: This book incorporates a number of world mythologies into a single narrative, including werewolves, the Mothman, a civilization in the middle of the Earth, angels, demons, the Garden of Eden and others. It could have been a real mess, but it wasn’t – Stone managed to work all of these ideas into a comprehensive whole. The characters were developed well and interesting. T
3.5 stars out of 5

The Talisman of El is a GOOD book but it could have been so much better. It's got an interesting plot and the writing style is pretty neat (witty one-liners throughout the book made me chuckle out loud in several places), but these two alone do not a great novel make.

Where the books fell short for me was in -

a) The character development :

Or lack thereof. As in, there was none of it. At all. We start off by meeting Derkein who, we are given the impression, is not on good terms w
May 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. It was super cute especially the ending. Through the whole book I kept getting this Alex Cross vibe which was great because I loved that book. It was a little slow to get through, but that isn't really saying much since it took me about three days to read while dealing with that graduation business.

I thought that the mythology part of the book was really fascinating but also confusing. It didn't make sense to me that they were an advanced magical people but at the sam


I don't want to say to much about this book cause I think it would be best for readers to experience this first hand. So I'm gonna keep this short.
Talisman of El is part fantasy, part mythology and pure adventure.
Alecia Stone weaves a strong and passionate journey that follows Derkein, Charlie, Alex and Richmond on a whirlwind journey to the depths of earths-core, to a new dimension called, Arcadia, where Charlie will find out his true fate in this world. Filled with gripping
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Actual rating: 3.5 stars

This book is one of a kind. So different, action packed, and damn right awesome in terms of romance and the story background.


One Planet.

Two Worlds.

Population: Human ... 7 billion.

Others ... unknown.

When 14-year-old Charlie Blake wakes up sweating and gasping for air in the middle of the night, he knows it is happening again. This time he witnesses a brutal murder. He's afraid to tell any one. No one
May 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Charlie Blake has had a rough life. After losing both parents, moving from foster home to foster home, 10 year old Charlie comes to stay with Jacob. Living with Jacob, brings nightmares. Charlie's first day at school is not much better, until he meets Alex, an outspoken girl he befriends.

The prologue was what made me want to read this book it sounded so awesome and it was!

This fast-paced novel had fantasy, mythology, action and adventure. It was a unique story. The characters were enjoyable an
Mar 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Talisman Of El (Talisman of El #1) by Alecia Stone

Charlie Blake keeps having nightmares, one so brutal it involved murder. He has been having them for four years. He has no clue what is going on and just wants a normal life. Soon he begins to find out and a normal life doesn't seem possible. He and his new friends are about to embark on an adventure only heard of in urban legends.

The story is original a cross between time-travel/fantasy/sci-fi. The characters are well developed. Charlie is very
Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)
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I was sucked into this story from the get-go. I may not have stayed that way, but I can't deny how absorbed I was for the first 100 pages of this novel. I knew big things were going to happen and the build-up was maddening. I love when a book heightens the suspense like that.

My Recap...
Charlie has been having horrible dreams. Dreams he has chalked up to the loss of both his parents. But when he meets Derkein, the man from hi
Aug 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy fans, YA fans, HarryPotter fans
Shelves: ya
I didn't like I like Talisman of El. At first. Suddenly this novel really came together for me in unexpected ways. I liked the originality of the fantasy world built by Stone, I liked how everything and everyone in the story becomes interconnected with the overall plot, I like the subtle humour, and I liked the characters.

The story started off a bit slow for me and for a while, I wondered where it was going. But then, it really picked up the pace and the plot began to really move forward. An in
Erica (storybookend)
Talisman of El by Alecia Stone was a fun, engaging story that was part fantasy, part supernatural, part mythology, all blended into one fantastical adventure with a wonderful cast of characters. I have to be honest here. Before I read it, I was never really interested in it. I saw it floating around a little bit, but it just didn’t catch my interest. The cover is, I’m sorry, so bad (at least to me). Then I saw it on Netgalley and thought, why not? So I read it, and I’m glad I did. The cover does ...more
Sarah Hulcy
Aug 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
August 19, 2012: Talisman of El Review

I received a free copy of Talisman of El by Alecia Stone in return for a review on and I will be posting this review to Amazon, Goodreads, Smashwords, and Barnes & Noble.

This is a good, solid beginning to a series with an interesting series arc, unique characters both human and otherwise and is quite well-done for a first-time author. I will be looking for future books in this series because it does what a series is supposed to do: make the r
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
The Talisman of El is a mix of fantasy, paranormal lore, and adventure. It's a story that brings angel and demon mythology to a whole different level, takes readers to a unique world at the core of the earth, and introduces readers to some fascinating characters. The story focuses on it's main character, fourteen year old Charlie. Charlie's a kid who's been through some not so great things in his young life. As soon as you find find out what he is, where he came from, what he can do and who he r ...more
Mar 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks, read-in-2012
First off, thank you to Alecia Stone for the opportunity to read and review her book, Talisman of El. I knew as soon as I read the synopsis I would enjoy this one. And enjoy it I did. Talisman of El is quite the adventure! I loved this new take on Heaven and Angels. We have all grown up with this idea of Heaven being...well, up in the Heavens. But what if Heaven was actually in another dimension at the center of the Earth? What if Angels were actually warriors? Warriors who hold the powers of th ...more
Apr 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

When first reading this title, I was sceptical, as I am not an avid reader of young adult books. The title, Talisman Of El, created several initial ideas in my mind. I imagined a very stuffy, old-fashioned story with a complicated plot. Instead, I got Action! Personality! Humour! Mythology ... answers with no question, beautiful imagery and finally a competent writer with something new and exciting to bring to the table. With the additional enjoyment of not
What if your whole life was a lie?

14 year old Charlie Blake knows he's different, but just how different he is, he has no idea. His mother died after his birth, his father died when Charlie was just 10 years old. Being orphaned, Charlie is sent to live with a foster father who wants to lead him down the path of thievery that he follows himself. Charlie, however, isn't an ordinary boy by any stretch. He has dreams. Prophetic dreams. He dreams of events that he could not know about, he dreams abou
Tsana Dolichva
Talisman of El is Alecia Stone’s first novel and the first book published by Centrinian Press. It’s marketed as YA, but the protagonists are on the younger side for YA (14 years old), so I expect a younger reader would enjoy it more than a 16-18 year old.

Plot-wise, I was hoping for a fun read with some adventure thrown in. It started promisingly with Charlie, an orphan, living with his new foster-father. At the start he’s mostly concerned with fitting in at school and the adoption going well. Th
Feb 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s hard enough being a 14-year-old boy nowadays! For Charlie, that is an understatement. The problems he has faced so far in his life: the death of his mother, witnessing the death of his father, being placed into a orphanage, and almost being adopted by an insane serial robber won’t compare to what he finds out in Alecia Stone’s first novel, Talisman of El.

When we think of Heaven we usually imagine a world floating above us, full of clouds, the color white, and bright lights. What if that wa
Jan 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Talisman of El (Talisman of El #1) by Alecia Stone

The Talisman of El is a beautifully written YA Fantasy/Adventure novel, Alecia Stone’s writing is fantastic, the character development, the plot are well written, her words flow easily and once you start reading the Talisman of El you are hooked.

Charlie is a 14 year old boy, who has experienced many traumatic events in his young life, his parent’s death, living in an orphanage, and then finally getting adopted. Thinking now he is finally going t
I felt this was a strong start to a series. Others will likely complain that it has too many shared elements with other popular books, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and The Lightning Thief for example, and even a mix of Journey to the Centre of the Earth, but it had enough differences to keep me reading. There is a mix of real world and mythology as Charlie journeys though his past, present and future to discover the meaning of his life.

This was a strong 3.5 so I'm giving it the benefit
Christina Boulard
Feb 10, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Preteens
Charlie is a 14 year old boy who's had a rough life. He's lost his mother, then his father, and now his adoptive dad turns out to be a criminal.
But things are about to get even more difficult...
Alecia Stone paints a beautiful picture of Arcadia, a heaven below the earth.
Charlie and his gang go through turmoil and conflict that will test even the bravest among them in a world full of fantasy, angels and demons.
I really enjoyed the world of Arcadia. It's often described so perfectly that it was ve
Flora Smith
May 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Talisman of El was a truly enjoyable story even tho I can't say that it was original. Alecia Stone did a wonderful job of taking thread from fantasy and mythology and religion as well as other stories and weaving them together to create something that stands as its own story.

We meet Charlie who is an orphan that has been moved around alot with different homes who finds out that there is another world that he is a part of (reminiscent of Harry Potter) He finds some wonderful friends and an e
Autographed Book Giveaway & Review: I had seen the book cover for Talisman of El and was fascinated by it so, when the author approached me about reading and possibly reviewing it, I couldn’t resist. When I saw the trailer (see below), I got even more excited about reading it. This is Book #1 of a YA scifi/fantasy trilogy that, like many YA novels, will also appeal to adult readers. Last but not least – Alecia has provided an autographed copy of Talisman of El for one lucky reader to win! Read t ...more
Jan 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant, greatly written, can't wait for it to come out!
Book Whales
Feb 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, netgalley
Originally posted @ Book Whales

This is the first time I heard an author named Alecia Stone (I know Alicia Keys hehe) so as like with any other new books I am hesitant to read it. It was sort of an assignment given to me by UnseelieNerd. I would've not taken this book if it was not rated good at Goodreads. Also there are a lot of positive comments so maybe that's why I pushed myself to read it.

How do I start this. It's a book with a lots of positive and also some negative parts. But I think the p
Nov 23, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In a word: action-packed, creative, engaging, but needs editing

Independently published books are always a gamble. It’s one reason I’m reading less of them these days. You just never know whether or not the hours you spend reading them will be worth it. I had read really good reviews of Talisman of El and I was excited to dive into this book. And while it has amazing potential, for me that potential was never quite realized. I wanted to like it more, but overall it just didn't quite gel for me.

Apr 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One word: Otherworldly

All I have to say is that it has been a long time since I read a book in just one day.

I don’t know where this book came from, but I am glad it fell into my hands. My 16 year old son won a copy of this book and he wouldn’t stop yapping on about it. Now I don’t read young adult books but I do read many fantasy books particularly ones featuring mythology, so because my son was adamant that I would love the book, I thought I’d give it a try. I actually decided to read it to kee
THIS REVIEW ON B'S BOOK BLOG! + Guest Post: The Language of Arcadia by Alecia Stone.

A digital copy of this book was provided by the publisher and NetGalley for review.

What if your whole life was a lie? One Planet. Two Worlds. Population: Human ... 7 billion. Others ... unknown. 

Talisman of El is a debut book from Alecia Stone. It's a fantasy fiction for the children to young adult age groups, but really, anyone can read it. This is one of the most gripping novels I've read this year and
Charlie Blake is a 14-year old orphan who, after four years of hoping for a family to take him in, goes to live with a man named Jacob. Jacob is nice, caring, and opens up his home to Charlie. Charlie goes to school, and while he is bullied, he befriends a girl named Alex, and his life starts to take a turn for the better. Charlie soon realizes, after being forced by Jacob to participate in a robbery, that his new life may not be as great as it seems. During this robbery, Charlie meets a homeles ...more
Christine H
Nov 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: YA fantasy, mythology, adventure lovers
Talisman of El is one of those surprising treasures that you stumble upon by chance and you think about even days after the last pages have been turned. From its opening chapter, Stone captures her reader’s attention with the mysterious disappearing act of Derkein Odessa from Manhattan, NY, and his connection to Charlie Blake in West Sussex, England. It is difficult not to feel sympathy for Charlie whose mother and father both passed away on his birthday, 10 years apart. With such pain in his li ...more
Krista (CubicleBlindness Reviews)
The thing that I noticed immediately was how much dialogue was in the story. I do not know why this stood out for me. I normally pay attention to the dialogue as it brings through most of the humor and a way for me to really get to know the characters. But I noticed that this particular story is told more in dialogue than anything else. Which is not a bad thing.
The reader is introduced to Charlie and how he does not feel like he fits in. He knows there is something different about him and possi
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Al Stone is the author of the Arcadia Saga (YA Fantasy). After graduating with a BA in Film & Television, Al worked in the television industry for a brief period before a disabling injury led to a pursuit in storytelling. Talisman Of El is Al’s debut novel. The sequels Blackout and Ground Zero are currently available for sale.

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Arcadia Saga (3 books)
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