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The Blessing Stone

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The Blessing Stone
464pp. Millions of years ago, a meteorite fell to earth and shattered, revealing a beautiful blue stone. One hundred thousand years ago, a girl named Tall One found the crystal on the African plain, and it formed her destiny?as well as the destiny of generations to come. From ancient Israel to Imperial Rome, medieval England to fifteenth-century Germany,
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Hardcover, 450 pages
Published January 20th 2003 by St. Martin's Press (first published September 5th 2000)
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GoldenjoyBazyll
Ever stand outside of an old house and wonder if this building could talk I bet it would have amazing stories to tell? Well, this book is sort of like that. I loved traveling through time with this very special stone. If you love a good jorney mixed with adventure and have a preference for the magical..... U will enjoy this read. I did!
Emily
Jul 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A novel of massive scope, following the journey of a piece of smooth, blue meteorite and those who temporarily possess it from the proto-human Tall One to a traveler on the Oregon Trail. In each story, the stone has a lesson to teach as humanity progresses. Much historical data is imparted while still reading like compelling fiction. Each protagonist is fully drawn and a genuine representative of his or her era. While I most enjoyed the story of Katharina and her journey, beginning in 1520, from ...more
Anastasia Riebs
Having, against all good advise, judged this book by its cover, I was entirely unprepared for what I found inside The Blessing Stone. Mistakenly, I believed the book to be just another pretty face; a book that would look attractive on the shelf until I'd had my wicked way with it and disposed of its tawdry remains.

From the turning of the first page until the last, this book OWNED me. I was spellbound, throughout.

Barbara Wood's ability to seamlessly chronicle the evolution of human thought and co
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Barbara
Jun 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Millions of years ago, a meteorite fell to earth and shattered, revealing a beautiful blue stone. One hundred thousand years ago, a girl named Tall One found the crystal on the African plain, and it formed her destiny--as well as the destiny of generations to come. From ancient Israel to Imperial Rome, medieval England to 15th Century Germany and so on to the present, the destiny of the stone and the history of the world unfold. The Blessing Stone tells the details of the characters' lives and c ...more
Alex
Dec 11, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: goddesses and history buffs
This book arrived to my attention at the perfect moment. I was already in the depths of a Roman history self study, Netflixing as many documentaries on ancient Rome that I could find. How surprised I was to read a section on Roman life in Barbara Wood's "Blessing Stone." Now I'm finished gobbling up the Roman times, I am moving on to early civilization, thanks to this book perking my interest.

Most amazing to me is Ms. Wood's historical accuracy. She nails it. I really am a closeted history buff
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Enikő
Nov 26, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really did like this book very much, but it wasn't "the book for me" in the sense that I didn't like the shifts in time that took place between the various stories (Book One, Book Two, etc.) because I felt cut off from the characters I was just getting to know. Essentially, this book is like a lot of mini-novels combined. There were a few characters I would have stayed with for a little while longer.

Barbara Wood does write her stories well. I especially like Book One, about Tall One and her tr
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James Thelman
Mar 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great drama! I really love Barbara Wood's style of writing and it's so much fun following her characters through time. Highly, highly recommend.
Georgette
Jan 08, 2009 rated it really liked it
Once upon a time, in the earliest of time as a matter of fact, a meteor fell to the earth. It contained a beautiful blue stone which was picked up on the African plains by a primitive human girl called Tall One (named for obvious reasons). [return][return]The stone granted her certain power over her tribe, and gave her the push she needed into following her instincts, thus setting into motion the evolution of the human race.[return][return]Tall One passed on, as did the stone. It played a signi ...more
Jenny January
Oct 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

The Blessing Stone is a novel containing eight vignettes surrounding a blue stone that first made its way to earth 100,000 years ago in Africa as a fragment of a blue meteorite. It breaks off and becomes smoothed and polished by the earth and is found by a woman. It chronicles the existence of the blue stone as it makes its way through thousands of years and into the hands of many people and the significance it holds for each owner of the stone. I won’t describe each book because it would take f
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Emily Decobert
Apr 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Blessing Stone is a series of stories connected by a single factor, an amazing stone created by a metorite millions of years ago. It begins with a Neandthral who finds the stone in the Rift Valley of Africa and the stone travels on and on, dropping out of history for many years only to emerge in the next short story. This book crosses time and country as easily as a stone can travel in a pocket, showing up in a variety of places, each time changing the people it touches who in some way affec ...more
Sandra Grauschopf
Apr 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012
I thought this book had an intriguing premise. A long time ago, a meteorite crashed to earth. In the heat of the atmosphere, an unusual crystal was formed -- deep blue with a diamond heart. This crystal shaped both individual lives and human history, and was viewed both as a blessing and a curse.

The book is made up of loosely-connected short stories. I'm not a huge fan of short stories, but these were pretty impressive. Each was interesting in its own way. Plus, the short story format made it a
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Jane
Feb 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This took a little while for me to get into and I wasn't sure I was going to like it. Each period of time has new characters and situations that you become familiar with, go on adventures with and then leave behind. But when looking back at the end of the book(or from the present time through the past) you can see how they all went through similar challenges and relationships and see how the blue stone affected each in a different way.
Kate
Jan 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this historical fiction that follows a piece of metoric rock through 300,000 years of earth history,including a series of owners. Found it very interesting and hard to put down. Hated to see it end. I have discovered Barbara Wood as an author and am loving her style and inventive story-telling abilities.
Abigail
Feb 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is almost like a collection of short stories except they are all connected by the Blessing Stone which becomes a character itself. The stories are all interesting in their own way and Wood writes about fascinating people and times.
Alexandra
Jun 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great book! This book contains so many stories within, not just one, and they are all very intriging(spell?)! I couldnt stop thinking about most of the characters and definatly didnt want to put it down....one of those ones!
Vivian
Oct 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From how the stone was created in the beginning… thru wonderful Characters like Tall One, Laliari, avram, Lady Amelia, mother Winiferd courage, Katharina hop, Matthew master of his own destiny, the stone is many things to these characters.
Joann
Dec 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. It was such an interesting read. It was great traveling through time.
I recommend it to everyone.
Shelly Kotalik
Feb 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: barbara-wood
A bunch of shorter stories in one all tied together by a mysterious stone. It spans the times from prehistoric man on. I really loved this book!!!
Elizabeth
Sep 26, 2009 added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone, but especially women
This is one of my top ten best books I have every read. Travel with the stone through different times. It is wonderful.
Maurita Kling
This was an interesting book, but I had a major problem with the Format. I strongly dislike Short Stories, & it seemed to me that's what this in fact was! No sooner did I get involved with the main character in each segment than the story ended! And the only Thread that held them together was rather nebulous, as all the charcters as well as the Time changed. Only the stone remained, & there were a lot of pages in between it's initial appearance in each Story & the denouement that kin ...more
Elena
Ich habe das Buch schon so oft gelesen und werde nicht müde es immer wieder in die Hand zu nehmen. Die Idee, den Stein von Beginn der Menschheit an durch die Zeit hinweg zu begleiten, finde ich genial. Am besten gefällt mir wohl die Geschichte, die den Stein von Deutschland aus in den Himalaya begleitet. Ein spannender Roman, der immer wieder an neuen Orten spielt und lediglich den Stein als Konstante hat.
Debbie
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a wonderful, creative story....or rather series of stories. Traveling through time from the beginning of the world and a large meteor slamming no into Earth to create a beautiful crystal. Each chapter follows the crystal through history, from hand to hand, intertwining with historical events. Sometime worshiped, sometimes cursed, treasured and sold. Thoroughly enjoyed.
Mary
Feb 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5
This book takes you from prehistoric man to present day. Different characters come into contact with a beautiful mysterious blue stone, and the stories revolve around how it impacts their lives. Barbara Wood can certainly create wonderful characters and weave interesting thoughtful stories. It just fell short for me in the connections between the stories.
Dani Kittrell
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a quick read, I wish there was more dialogue, some parts seems to stretch a bit to long but overall it was a good book. I would recommend it.
Danyel
Apr 09, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book and its interconnecting short stories, however, it did get a little dull towards the end. Overall it was an interesting read!
Jessica
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this read - way more than I expected. I wish that it went on for another couple of chapters!
Beth B.
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This novel is one of the most interestingly written stories I have ever read. My best description of it is the story of humanity told from the perspective of the various owners of the blessing stone throughout the eons who are all women. It captivated me from the beginning with nomadic human ancestors in Africa, the development of agrarian cave dwelling cultures, the development of cities in the Middle East, and the founding of this country. It all unfolds as the stone travels from owner to owne ...more
Nuno Magalhães
Em "A Pedra Abençoada" Barbara Wood construiu um texto que nos relata oito momentos chave da História Universal da Humanidade, usando como fio condutor o trajecto percorrido por um pedra azul que "teve origem numa explosão cataclísmica de proporções estelares" ocorrida há 3000000 anos no espaço profundo. Esta ideia parece inicialmente um pouco pueril, mas o desenrolar dos acontecimentos rapidamente nos absorve a atenção. Trata-se de facto de uma estratégia muito inteligente encontrada pela autor ...more
Yang Shu-yuan
Vor drei Millionen Jahre ist er aus Sternenstaub entstanden: ein glatter, ovaler, tiefblauer Kristall. 2,9 Millionen Jahre ruht er, bis eine Jägerin der Homo sapiens ihn findet. Von nun an wird er den Menschen, die ihn besitzen, die Kraft geben, ihren Träumen zu folgen.
Da bekommt vor 35.000 Jahren Laliari von einem Neandertaler den Stein geschenkt und steigt mit dessen Hilfe zur mächtigsten Frau im Clan auf. Avram, ein Junge aus dem Jordan-Tal vor 10.000 Jahren, stiehlt den Stein aus Liebeskumme
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Joana
Feb 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Toda esta obra é um belo desfilar de personagens, vidas e realidades históricas. O livro pretende contar a história da humanidade a partir do percurso de uma misteriosa pedra azul, começando nos tempos mais remotos da pré-história. A pedra, que resultou do embate de um meteoro com a superfície terrestre, nos primórdios do tempo, foi passando de mão em mão ao longo dos tempos, tendo marcado todos os seus donos, pela sua extrema e beleza e pelos poderes mágicos que estes invariavelmente lhe reconh ...more
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Barbara Wood was born on 30 January 1947 in Warrington, Lancashire, England, UK. Together with her parents and older brother, she immigrated to the United States. She grew up in Southern California and attended Los Angeles Schools. After High School, Barbara attended the University of California at Santa Barbara but left to train as a surgical technician. During this time, Barbara held numerous jo ...more
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