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The Carnelian

(The Gemstone Chronicles #1)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  88 ratings  ·  68 reviews
When Aidan and Maggie find a fairy cross while rock-hunting with their grandfather, it's just an oddity. But when they discover an elf imprisoned in the stone and set him free, they and their grandparents, Nana and Beebop, are attacked by some other elves and have to flee to the magical world of Celahir.

In Celahir, Findecano - the elf the children freed from the fairy cros
Published August 12th 2012 by Smashwords Edition
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Whispering Stories
I love fantasy books, so the blurb on The Gemstone Chronicles Book One: The Carnelian by William L. Stuart caught my attention.

There were a few great things in this book:

– A strong family. More often than not, the hero or heroine are from a broken home or something tragic happens to a family member as the impetus for an adventure. Not in this book. I liked how Stuart placed a family with strong values and good relationships in the centre of his tale. It was neat to see how they worked together a
Sep 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook-fantasy
This is an exceptionally vivid and beautiful written story. The story of Beebop, Nan, Aiden and Maggie and their adventure into the fairy world of Celiher. I enjoyed this so much. I can tell that each book will cover the recovery of each gemstone and I love that idea. The characters are bright and they each have their own personality which adds to the story.
I thoroughly enjoyed meeting Finedecano and all the other fairies, elves, and even the dwarves,

A middle-grade book that has all the advent
**This Book Was Given For Me In Exchange For An Honest Review**

Let me start by saying this for me was a difficult book to review. I could see what the author was going for and the story idea was a great one. I flew through the book so it was definitely not a challenging book to read but there was definitely some things that didn't quite work for me.

The idea of an Elf being trapped in a stone and freed by children was genius. It had all the makings of a "Harry Potter" esque adventure that would a
Apr 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
E-book gifted by author for review

The Gemstone Chronicles Book One is a beautifully crafted story that took me back to my childhood with its tale of Elves, Troll Orcs and all things magical. I felt like I had been transported back to a time when life was simpler and wondrous. I remember reading books like this as a teenager and absolutely loving the magical places they can take you.

The adventures of Beebop, Nana, Aiden, and Maggie in a magical world beyond their own is one that anyone of any age
Shari (colourmeread)
I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

The Carnelian is a fun, family-centric story about two grandparents (Nana and Beebop) going on an unexpected adventure with Aidan and Maggie, their grandchildren. Reading this book was kind of like how I imagine things would be if I one day discover magic existed. While spending summer vacation with their grandparents, certain circumstances lead Aidan and Maggie to Celahir, a world with elves, trolls, kelpies, a
Lauren Stoolfire
I received this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.

While rock hunting with their grandpa, Aidan and Maggie discover an odd fairy cross stone. It turns out that a real life elf's been imprisoned inside it for the last 200 years and they decide that they need to set him free. Before they know it, Aidan, Maggie, and their grandparents, Beebop and Nana, are being attacked by Dark Elves and they have no choice but to flee with Findecano, the Light Elf who had been imprisoned in th
Jan 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Gemstone Chronicles is definitely written at a children's level, but even so it is a magical read for adults as well. I loved the characters and enjoyed following them on their adventures and will definitely read the next book when it comes out. I have even recommended it to my friends who have children in grade school because it's a series that kids could easily become addicted to, and we all know that it's important to get kids interested in reading :).
Becky (Blogs of a Bookaholic)
Dec 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Children aged 7-13, perfect bedtime reading!
This review was originally published on Blogs of a Bookaholic.

Fun fantasy for all the family. Magical Elves, terrible trolls and mysterious gemstones.
Beebop, Nana, Aidan and Maggie are your stereotypical loving family, they don’t have to worry about anything except school and what they might be having for dinner. Yet when Beebop and the kids go rock hunting they come across a mysterious stone in the shape of a cross. Intrigued, they take it home with plans to study it further. But there is some
*I received a free copy of this book from the author through Shut Up and Read in exchange for an honest review*

When an ordinary family release a trapped elf from a stone, they find themselves in the middle of an Elf War and join a quest to find legendary gems of power that will win the war for the good elves. However the dark elves and dangerous creatures seek to stop the quest at any cost.

The thing I really liked about this book is that grandparents get a starring role as adventure heroes, whic
Izabella (Pages Full of Stars)
The Carnelian is an entertaining fantasy story full of adventures and fun family moments. It's directed mostly to children and teenagers, but I think it can be enjoyed by whole families.

As Aidan and Maggie go on a rock hunt with their grandfather Beebop, they find a strange stone. Soon they discover that there's an elf imprisoned inside it but when they set him free, together with their grandparents, Aidan and Maggie are thrown into a big adventure in the magical world of Celahir.

The Gemstone C
Katrina Roets

I very much love a good fantasy book and feels as if it's been ages since I've read one. When I came across this book, I snatched it up. The bonus? It's book one in a series of four. You guessed it. I also love a really good fantasy series.

The Good:
The human portion of the main characters was made up of a strong, loving family. They protected, supported, and encouraged each other every step of the way and it was really great to see. On the other side of things, I also enjoyed the mystical creatu
William Stuart has proven beyond a doubt with his children’s fantasy, The Gemstone Chronicles Book One: The Carnelian that Grandparents Rock and the hero worship young children give them is well deserved! The adventures young Aidan and Maggie went on with Beebop and Nana were definitely more exciting than the latest electronic game! As the story begins, Aidan and Maggie go rock hunting with their grandfather. The kids come across a most unusual stone that contains a magical elf from another worl ...more
 Reading Reindeer Cobwebbed
Mar 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Reading Reindeer Cobwebbed by: Great Middle Grade Reads
Review of The Gemstone Chronicles Book One: The Carnelian by William L. Stuart
5 stars

I reviewed a complimentary e-book version provided in return for my fair and impartial review.

The problem some readers have with fantasy or urban fantasy is the notion of suspension of disbelief. In our contemporary, science-oriented, “I can’t believe it unless I see it” world, the notion of elves, werewolves, shapeshifters, faerie, angels, and other supernatural or paranormal (translate: NOT the usual) entities
Apr 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Gemstone Chronicles Book One: The Carnelian by William Stuart tells the story of two kids, Aidan & Maggie, who are spending the summer with their grandparents, Nana & Beebop. During the summer, they discover a fairy cross stone and see a vision of an elf. After releasing the elf, Findecano, from the stone a friendship develops and they go across the barrier to the magical world of Celahir and embark on an epic adventure. Along the way they make new friends and also a few enemies. They discov ...more
David Wind
Jul 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: MIddle Grade and above
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
A good series starter

An interesting first book of a middle-grade series, The Carnelian, The Gemstone Chronicles Book One, starts with a rural Georgian family (U.S., not Russian) and takes the reader on a fantasy adventure that moves along at a subtle pace. The main characters—grandparents and two grandchildren—end up on a journey in a non-cartoon fantasyland within our world where they meet all manner of beings and creatures from Elves, downward. (Reminiscent of many of the inhabitants of LOTR.
Fiona  Cooke Hogan
Aug 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A day's rock hunting with their grandfather- Beebop yields a good haul of precious gems for Aidan and his sister, Maggie. They also find some unusual rocks of a crystalline nature- fairy crosses. That night Maggie brings one of the rocks with her into her room and the family are awakened by her screams. Trapped in the fairy cross is an elf and when the children free him, much to their grandparents dismay they find themselves hurtling into an adventure involving trolls, dark elves and magical rea ...more
Sharon Gibbs
Mar 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, adventure
Beebop and Nana are looking after their grandchildren, Aidan and Maggie, while their parents are away. While out fossicking for gemstones with Beebop, the children find some unusual stones.
It is from one of these stones that an epic journey is about to begin and it takes just one spark to make it all happen.

The Gemstone Chronicles Book One will take you on a magical journey to another place and time. Follow Beebop, Nana, Aidan and Maggie as they learn about a new world and find a little magic in
Carrie (The Butterfly Reader)
This book was gifted to me in exchange for an honest review.

This story makes me feel like a little kid again, it's so cute and full adventure. This story follows Aidan and Maggie who are going to spend their summer with their grandparents. Magical adventures ensue with some amazing characters. This story is prefect for young kids and even an adult who's young at heart. It will appeal to fans of The Chronicles of Narnia. They both have the same vibe. This story is all it's own and just so much fu
J.M. Northup
Oct 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute Adventure for the family!

I liked how the story was personalized for the author's grandchildren. It made it more endearing. What a fun story for grandparents to share with their grandchildren.
I enjoyed the magical world and the gemstone trivia. The inclusion of gemstones gave a new freshness to the story. It was interesting and witty.
I look forward to finding out the rest of the tale.
Sarah Stuart
Apr 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Battle against evil in a magical world.

There are a lot of threads in this book, and a lot of sudden changes of point of view that sometimes left me in a tangle. That said, I really enjoyed the rock-hunting and gemstone setting to the story. The mix of main characters, youngsters and their grandparents, is unusual, but it did make Aidan and Maggie very human, no mean feat in a fantasy.

O. D. Book Reviews
In Short: This is a sweet, action-packed story that even though it’s fraught with danger it has a warm feeling overall. You’ll be transported to a fantasy realm where mythical creatures exist and must be outsmarted and defeated using newly discovered magical powers. Overall, I enjoyed this book and am glad I read it. It had a solid conclusion while also leaving a lot more story to be told in the rest of the series.

“Accepting a gift honors the giver.”

Pros: The characters feel very real. They each
K.J. Simmill
Dec 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It started innocently enough, a day like any other spent with their grandparents. While out with Beebop, and her brother Aidan, Maggie found an unusual stone amidst a scattering of Fairy Crosses. But it wasn't until later that night they would come to learn what she truly possessed. A strange apparition appears begging to be released from the prison in her possession. Throwin vaution, and their grandparents warnings to the wind Maggie and Aidan choose to do as this figure asked. But there was mo ...more
Madeleine Holly-Rosing
Beebop, Nana, and their two grandchildren Robin and Maggie, are about to set off into a fantastic journey into a world of elves, orcs, trolls, and the occasionally dwarf. While Robins and Maggie’s parents are off on a trip, the four go rock hunting and discover a very rare gemstone. When a vision of an elf appears from stone asking for help, the family doesn’t know what to think and tries to dismiss it. But Robin decides to rescue the elf by breaking the stone open. Nothing is the same after tha ...more
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review-groups
I enjoyed this story. The information about the gems and their powers was a nice touch. For the most part, the story flowed along nicely, with plenty of action. Early on, however, there were times when characters repeated details and events that had already been talked about. As the story progressed, these were handled better in summary form, rather than repeating all the details. Despite this, the story itself was entertaining and a pleasure to read. I liked the introduction of the kelpie and t ...more
Iva Kenaz
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’m a big fan of metaphysical tales and fantasy, and especially of those that involve elves and fairies. Although I usually prefer a more metaphysical approach to this subject, I was not left disappointed by this novel. The story is fresh, flowing and the fantasy world very well established. I also love gemstones so I appreciated the author’s research and knowledge of the minerals. I also liked the characters and their relationship as there is a nice tone to their connection. This really is a fa ...more
Gordon Bickerstaff
Fun story that the whole family can enjoy

This is a sword/sorcery fantasy centred around a strong close-knit family who function well together and support each other in times of struggle and adversity. Some of the characters could be developed more and it may be these will come through in subsequent books but in this book some characters have had a light touch. I also stumbled over some of the unusual names/titles and that interrupted my reading. The writing is fine but could do without repetitio
Lorrie Farrelly
Apr 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An imaginative fantasy that the entire family can enjoy, THE CARNELIAN is the first book in author William L. Stuart's THE GEMSTONE CHRONICLES. Children in middle grades through teen years will especially take to this series, but it is suspenseful and exciting for adult readers as well.

Based on Celtic lore, THE CARNELIAN follows a close-knit family, grandparents Nana and Beebop and grandchildren Aidan and Maggie, as their ordinary rock-hunting expedition takes an amazing and eerie turn, revealin
Susan Waterwyk
Nov 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy

The Gemstone Chronicles Book One: The Carnelian, by William L. Stuart is a young adult tale of magic on a fantasy world of Celahir, where elves rule and many other strange and magical creatures inhabit. The elves are similar to Tolkien's elves--tall, graceful, long-living.

Four humans from a contemporary southeastern American family find themselves swept away to Celahir, where they must assist an elf named Findecano on a quest to retrieve stolen magical gems. Two grandparents, Beebop and Nana, a
Angie ~aka Reading Machine~
Aidan and his sister Maggie are visiting their grandparents Beebop and Nana in North Georgia home. Aidan loves spending time with his grandparents probably because of Nana's cooking and freedom he enjoys while visiting. Beebop is a rock-hunter, who makes interesting jewelry with his finds, always searching for the next interesting rock. Nana has food blog with family tested recipes some new and old. While out rock-hunting with Beebop, Maggie finds unusual stone giving it to Beebop. None of them ...more
Sahara Foley
Aug 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book Cover/Title - My publisher says that a book title helps sell a book. I'm not sure if this title would be a selling point, but it certainly fits the nature of the story. The picture on the cover also depicts the story, as it represents the Elven Bow, and the four gems that were stolen from the bow. 4 feathers.

Characters - The biggest problem I had with the characters, was, I couldn't tell which one was supposed to be the main one. Since it's a book written for young adults, I assumed it woul
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I am William (Bill) Stuart. I am a ten year veteran of the US Navy's submarine force (electronics technician and nuclear reactor operator), who now works in the animal health world. I am the father to a wonderful daughter (Laura), 2 extraordinary grandchildren (Aidan and Maggie), and the most wonderful wife in the world (Lana). Lana inspired me with her blog ( to take a ...more

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