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The Sound of the Stones

(Shattered Time Series #1)

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3.90  ·  Rating details ·  62 ratings  ·  28 reviews
The ancient book about the past holds the future. Frankie is the key.

She doesn't remember stopping at the used bookstore, but there she stands as if drawn by an unseen force. Anticipation wraps around her like a cocoon. When she opens the door, the wind nudges her through, and expectancy turns to purpose. The man inside, and the book he offers, changes everything. Unusual
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Kindle Edition, 286 pages
Published September 17th 2015 by eLectio Publishing
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Kaitlin
I'm DNF-ing this one at around 15% because it just feels too odd to me, something about the story is just jarring with me, and I don't think it's going to get better as it goes along for me personally. This is a story which starts off following Frankie, a normal girl who helps out an elderly gentleman who is closing down a book shop. One day he vanishes, but he leaves her a book with a very strange symbol on the cover, and when Frankie begins to read she learns all about the life of Ashra, a pow ...more
Jo Farrell
Feb 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's a story within a story. We have the present story about Frankie who is gifted with this mysterious book, interesting that it has a crystal looking decoration centered on the cover. I do not think Mr. Malack just randomly gave her the book. Somehow he must have connected that she was meant to receive the book. Frankie also reads this book and questions her connection to it as well.

Within the book tells about Ashra, a girl from another world and time who has the power to save the human race w
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Clare O'Beara
I was reasonably interested in a young lady at the start, who helps clear out an old bookshop and is given an old book. However, there is no connection in the rest of the story to this young woman so she is only the introduction for a dystopian fantasy account which occurs in a different world with a different cast. We are not specifically told but we infer that this part of the tale is in the book. I'm willing to believe that the author means to link up the parts of her tale at some time in the ...more
Masquerade Crew
Feb 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
REVIEWER: ABHA

4.0 ON THE MASQ SCALE


It’s a tale of two worlds, our own, and another earth-like world. Except this other world is one where humans are slaves to an alien race. The book grabbed onto my attention and didn’t let go until the very end. I wanted to know more about these characters, their world and how they would defeat their enemy. I was disappointed when the story ended. Ashra is a strong woman in a tough world leading her team to perform hard tasks. These tasks are purposely made har
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deb
Jan 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Sound of the Stones.

It took me some time to get into this book, but once I did it was exciting. I was happily carried away into the lives of Ashra, Bazine, Krank, Rucaine, Akira and others. I wanted to know more about these characters, their world and how they would defeat their enemy. I was so enthralled with the story that when it came to the ending I was disappointed, not because the ending was bad, but because I didn't want to leave this story. There has to be a book 2, I need to know if
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Rosa Marchisella
Sep 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Every aspect of this book is well thought-out; the world, abilities, characters, and dynamics of the book-world reality. The characters are unique and fully developed, even the secondary and background characters. I love the characters and the way the relationships develop.

The author's voice as a storyteller is strong and her sense of humour comes through clearly. This was a solid introduction to the series with a satisfying open-ending finish that doesn't gut-wrench like a cliff-hanger would.

So
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Cynthia
Feb 13, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Carol
Nov 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I have read by Beth Hammond and it is in the the Fantasy category. I enjoyed this book, although it took me some time to get into it. Now I can't wait for the next one in the series. I want to find out what happens to connect the past and the present.
Diane Ditterline
Sep 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars from me!

Loved it! Can't wait til the next book of the series!! Please don't leave me hanging long Ms. Hammond. Thanks!
Jane
Jan 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed this book. The story caught my attention right away and I had a hard time putting it down. I finished it in 2 days! The writing style is easy, the worldbuilding is thorough without being boring and the characters are fleshed out fairly well.

The story begins with Frankie, a 17 year old girl in foster care. She enters a used book store that is closing for business and meets a mysterious older ma
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BP34
Jun 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good beginning to a new YA series. Well written with an interesting plot and developed characters. Quite creative and full of fantasy. An interesting read with lots of drama and suspense. Captures your attention at the beginning and keeps it.
Alyssa Stockwell
Mar 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book and immediately went looking for book 2. Unfortunately, this one just came out so I'm going to have to wait.

I really enjoyed the characters and the story was unique. The story about Frankie didn't seem necessary but I'm guessing it will be developed more in future books.
Beth Hammond
Sep 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
5 stars!
Reviewed By Chris Fischer for Readers’ Favorite

In a great new book by talented author Beth Hammond, The Sound of the Stones, readers are invited into a fantastic world filled with secrets, interesting beings, adventure and excitement. Our protagonist, Frankie, receives a book that tells the story of an era long ago, forgotten in the annals of time, in which people are held prisoner by half human creatures. Ashra, a young woman with a gift, isn't sure if she has what it will take to free
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Kristi Hudecek-Ashwill
The Sound of the Stones is a young adult fantasy genre novel written by Beth Hammond.

The story starts out with Frankie, a 17-year-old foster girl and a confirmed bibliophile, getting a job at a bookstore that is going out of business. Mr. Malack, who is shutting down everything, hires her on at a rate of twenty dollars an hour and any books she wants. She has a strange feeling about him, especially about his teeth. They are too white for a man his age yet she knows they are natural because they
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HeatherAnne Norbury
Jan 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-fiction
The world building in this fantasy novel was intriguing and went a new direction than what you typically see in fantasy. Humans have it pretty badly in this world where god-like creatures procreate in the human world through dreams - breeding a large, superior race who has imprisoned and subjugated humanity for so long there is no memory of a time before.

While the world building and writing in the main part of the book were good and I enjoyed them, I did actually have to debate over a 3 star ve
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Jessica
Originally published at Novel Escapism

The ancient book about the past holds the future. Frankie is the key and as she reads the story begins to feel real. In another time, humans are oppressed by a strange half-human breed. But Ashra, holds the salvation of the human race. As other allies seek her out, Ashra and her companions must unravel the mysteries of the past in order to save their future. Beth Hammond’s fantasy novel has some very interesting aspects. I very much enjoyed the character of
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Roylyne Markos
Apr 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book. The characters were well developed, very realistic. The story moved right along and had a lot of twists and turns. This was given to me by review 22 in exchange for an honest review.
Marsha  Bernabe
Dec 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Story captivated me

It's a story within a story, all tied together. A fantasy land, filled with fantastic adventure, just begging to be discovered.

Cannot wait to see what happens next!
Anie
Jan 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: magic
KInd of have a love/hate relashanship with this one. Almost gave up have way, glad I didn't because it gets a lot better.
Enoch Glory Seeker
I really liked it. I had read a 6 chapter preview of "The Sound of the Stones: Book One in the Shattered Time Series" included in the back of another one of her books. It got me interested, so I read the reviews and one person commented that it was a Christian allegory. It is not marketed as such, but it should be! I ended up purchasing it, and I loved it. It's really good! I even pre-ordered the sequel, "The Rise of Fire: Book Two in the Shattered Time Series". I really hope that the third book ...more
Charlie
Dec 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Skinny
Frankie is a little lost in her living situation, and when the opportunity to help in her favorite book store pops up, she is all hands to help. Little does she know that one very old book will capture her attention like no other…

In a world long ago, a group of half-humans rule. It is a poor life for most. Ashra knows she has a special gift, but must keep it secret…while trying to uncover how to use it before the human race is extinct. The most unlikely of allies attaches to Ashra; str
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Patricia Burleson
Good

Good book, lots of action. Friendships, mystery and magic are all in this book. Good story line and strong characters. So grab your copy and enjoy reading.
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The Sound of the Stones By Beth Hammond


The Sound of the Stones is a young adult fantasy genre novel written by Beth Hammond. The story starts out with Frankie, a 17-year-old foster girl and a confirmed bibliophile, getting a job at a bookstore that is going out of business. Mr. Malack, who is shutting down everything, hires her on at a rate of twenty dollars an hour and any books she wants. She has a strange feeling about him, especially about his teeth. They are too white for a man his age yet
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Devera Chandler
4 stars.
Thanks to Netgalley.com for giving me a digital arc of this book to read and review without compensation.

Interesting concept in this book. The book begins in modern time, with a teenage girl in foster care becoming immersed in a book given to her by a mysterious old man. The book then changes into a different world/realm where humans are slaves. Here is where it gets interesting...crystals are the energy source for everything. The are Sensitives, this that can feel the vibrations of cry
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Misty
Apr 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Sound of the Stones by Beth Hammond is a fantasy book with science fiction elements. I truly enjoy the plot line, the characters, and the setting. I always love it when a book transports me to an entirely new place. This was a book that took me to a realm no book had ever taken me before. The world this author created within this book is both unique and wonderful. There are giants, humans with powers, monsters, aliens, and a half-human breed of people. I found myself liking Frankie as she is ...more
Heidi
Apr 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
What if a book can literally take you to another world? To a more dangerous world? This is exactly what happens to Frankie when she meets the sweet, old man, Mr. Malack. Upon meeting him, he gives her an ancient book.

When Frankie starts reading this book, she is brought to a world where humans are treated poorly and are slaves to the Krad, half humans. Being a human, Ashra (our female protagonist) has an uncommon gift that she needs to hide from the Krad. However, it is with this gift she meets
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Emilie
Mar 26, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Haven't heard of this author before so when I received it from netgalley to review (no compensation) I was excited. I really enjoyed the fantasy and humor in it. I like when there's a story in a story. Makes me feel like it could happen to me! She did a great job with the world building. It did a while remember who all the different characters were. All in all looking forward to the sequel!
Janine
Mar 07, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I originally got a copy from Netgalley and had an issue downloading it.
But the author sent me a copy and i read it right away. { thank you}
It was unlike any other book i have ever read.
Although i only gave it three stars i really did enjoy it.
I just found it at times hard to follow with all the different kinds of creatures and characters.
I was entertained that is for sure :-)
Susan Schofield
rated it really liked it
Apr 03, 2017
Sweetpea
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Beth Hammond, is an author/illustrator who writes anything from YA fantasy to children's picture books. She is a wife, mother, and lover of life. Her early years were spent serving in the military. Her middle years spent raising babies and figuring out her place in the world. Her later years are yet to come, and filled with hopes and endless dreams. She spends her days creating worlds through word ...more

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Shattered Time Series (3 books)
  • The Rise of Fire: Book Two in the Shattered Time Series
  • The Broken Bind: Book Three in the Shattered Time Series