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Engraved in Stone

Alice Scovell Coleman

Average Review Rating Average Rating 9/10 (1 Review)
Book Details

Publisher : Tiara Books

Published : 2003

Copyright : Alice Scovell Coleman 2003

ISBN-10 : HB 0-9729846-0-7
ISBN-13 : HB 978-0-9729846-0-7

Publisher's Write-Up

Princess Elizabeth of Graycliff and Prince Edward of Whitehill have been bound to marry each other by the terms of a magical stone engraving. If they do not marry by their sixteenth birthday - only six days away - they will turn to stone. Serious Elizabeth loves eloquent poetry, sombre music, and courtly dancing. Playful Edward loves athletic competition, nature's beauty, and peasant food. They meet right before the wedding and discover that they detest each other.

With the clock ticking, Elizabeth and Edward decide to travel to distant Engravia to find a stonecutter who, they hope, will release them from the dreadful enchantment.

They begin their journey convinced that the greatest hardship will be spending time together. Little do they know that traps lie in wait for them, for each kingdom they visit offers a temptation which threatens to hold them... forever.

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Review by Molly Martin (110404) Rating (9/10)

Review by Molly Martin
Rating 9/10
There is tumult in the two castles standing on opposite hills overlooking the valley. In the white castle a great banquet is being prepared while in the gray everything is being cleaned. Everyone has an invitation to the impending marriage of Princess Elizabeth of Grancliff and Prince Edward of Whitehill. Following the death of their parents and for the common good of their subjects the young royals were betrothed to marry before their sixteenth birthday. Unfortunately only days before their common birthday the pair have no desire to wed the other. They have nothing in common, and set out for Engravia to find the engraver who has set the words ordering them to marry in stone.

The duo encounter many strange realms and obstacles on their quest. In sleepy, gray Slothonia the pair meet King Lstless and Edward must drag a snoozy Elizabeth from the land. The red land of Eneria and Prince restless nearly undoes Prince Edward. Gluttonia white with a dusting of flour finds the pair dining with Queen Bottomless before they are pelted with rotting fruit after Elizabeth engages Edward in a spirited dance to break his trance. Princess Flawless of silver Vanitonia almost persuades Elizabeth that appearance is most important. While in Utopia both young royals nearly fall under the spell of Prince Peerless and his sister Princess Matchless. While wandering in the Engravia sculpture garden the pair come to understand a basic truth: Sometimes we undervalue the treasures we have. The trip back to their own kingdoms and the words engraved in stone reveal other ideals Appearances can be deceiving and Money can’t buy happiness take on new meaning. Beauty is only skin deep and Man does not live by bread alone become clear. Edward notes Life is a balance between work and play, too much of either will drive joy away and He who hesitates is lost.

On the pages of Engraved in Stone Writer Coleman offers an agreeable read written in whimsical style, filled with singular characters, engaging arenas, interesting dialog and just plain fun. Coleman’s unique narrative is fast paced, peopled with quirky characters, plays on words and enjoyable settings.

Rigorous, formidable tasks, peril and conflict abound on every hand in this fairy tale style fantasy. Coleman adroitly handles each hazard with deft wit. Illustrator Armand’s unconventional sketches scattered throughout the work will have enormous appeal to the readers while the eloquent vocabulary offers a challenge to younger and older readers in the target audience alike. Those in the 12-14 year old set will enjoy having big words to astound their friends, the younger kids in the 9-11 group will have great fun playing with the words of mediaeval times so common to fantasy works. Definitions of many of the less common or more difficult words used in the tale are found in the bottom margin of the pages.

I particularly enjoyed the plays on words depicting the various realms, royal rulers and the like.

Engraved in Stone is an entertaining book sure to please teachers, parents and middle grade readers alike. The book has a place in the home library, classroom pleasure reading corner and home school curriculum as a discussion starter for problem solving dialogue. Enjoyed the Read, Happy to recommend.
Molly Martin (11th April 2004)

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