Edie and the Gunner, a statue of a World War I soldier, have been captured by the Walker, and it's up to George to save them. But first he must deal with the three strange veins made of marble, bronze, and stone that have begun to grow out of his hand and curl around his wrist. Legend has it that unless he successfully completes three challenges, the veins will continue up his forearm and eventually pierce through his heart.
As George struggles to find the strength to face the choice he has made, to take the Hard Way, he is determined to use his power for good - even as others wish to harness it for its great potential for evil.
©2007 Charlie Fletcher; (P)2008 Scholastic Inc.
This is the second title in the series (unfortunately, as of right now Audible doesn't have the first book, Stoneheart) but you don't have to have read the first book to understand what's going on. Mind you it's better to have read the first one, just not necessary. Jim Dale does his usual fantastic job as Narrator and the story is fast paced and exciting. I found myself wanting to go to London to see the world Fletcher describes! I was so enchanted with this story that I purchased both the audio and hardback versions of both books and am eagerly awaiting the release of the third.
For those like myself who have yurned for a book with the same type of great writing as we experienced with HP well HERE IT IS. WOW - I am not a writer (OBVIOUSLY) but let me tell you this was one enjoyable story and listening to the talented Mr. Dale once again was music to my ears.
I ordered the first in the series since it is not available here and will anxiously await the final installment!!!!
very much so!
he really brings the peril right into your face.it was much more intense to listen to.
yes to both.
This book was excellent. It reminded me of the harry Potter books. A fun whimsical adventure. Love the narrator as well, he lends his voice to many characters very well.
Great continuation of the series! George, Edie and The Gunner are great characters. Spout is a great addition too. I was unable to put it down. Jim Dale is a great narrator.
Our family listened to this story on a long trip and we all enjoyed it. We were sorry when it was over and look forward to the next installment. We are big Potter fans so it was like seeing an old friend to hear Jim Dale again.
The fact that I had just fished the first book and it didn't really end. This book was really the second half of the first book.
He brings the characters to life in a way that I never could. He has an understanding of the different dialects and accents.
If destiny was a choice, could you make it?. or
"Blimey, If he's one of us, we're really in trouble".
Looking forward to #3.
Hi there! My name is Jen! One of my New Years Resolutions is to read more! I'll try to review all I can!
Jim Dale is always a pleasure to listen too. This story is also a great tale to listen to. You mix the two together, and you end up with something unbelievably fascinating.
Fast pace from page one, I breezed through these 10 hours in three days. Very well written, wonderfully descriptive, I felt like I was there right with George, Edie and the Gunner. This also kept me on the edge of my seat! Possibly the best mid-way book of a series I have had the honor of listening to. I really cannot wait until the movies start coming out. Onto the third!
If you are a Harry Potter fan, and I am, you will enjoy this series immensely. My sole major complaint is that each book endsin the middle of an action episode. This isn't quite "cricket". However, the concept of the story is very clever; The landmarks and the statues of London come to life and relate to each other in a really creative and interesting "quest" for the 13 year old protagonist. The audio version is a lot of fun and is read by the expert Jim Dale
This continuation of the Stoneheart story was just as gripping as the beginning, albeit far more fantastical. Jim Dale does the story justice, almost making it believable, conjuring both the cold darkness as well as the warmth of human kindness. An enjoyable excursion from reality.
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