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The Queen's Opal

A Stone Bearers Novel, Book 1
Narrated by: John Pirhalla
Series: Stone Bearers Series, Book 1
Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
Categories: Teens, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
4.5 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)

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Is the opal a blessing or a curse? This coming-of-age fantasy will appeal to teen and young adult fans of Terry Brooks (Shannara), Cinda Willams Chima (The Demon King), Christopher Paolini (Eragon), and other works of epic sword and sorcery.

Elves never use magic or leave the forest.

They aren’t supposed to get sick either, but Drynn’s mother just died from a mysterious illness, which has targeted the elven queens for generations. With no female heir left, the symbol of the curse - a green stone called the Queen’s Opal - passes to Drynn. Unwilling to lose another family member, Drynn’s impulsive and overprotective brother drags him out of the forest to search for a cure. And the oft-diseased humans seem the most likely place to start.

But the opal isn’t all that it seems. Once outside the forest, it shows Drynn visions of the first queen - a time when the mortal avatars of the lost gods walked the earth and the humans and elves lived in peace. Much has changed in the human lands since then. It’s a darker world, ruled by power-hungry wizards who covet any kind of magic. Magic like the opal. Magic like the natural energy the wizards can see inside the elves.

More than healing one illness, Drynn’s visions call for him to restore the world’s former peace, but if the wrong wizard learns about the elves’ innate gifts, even the forest will no longer be safe.

Family bonds will be tested. Friends will become foes. With two kingdoms spiraling into chaos, can a shy bookworm conquer his fears to bring peace to the realm?

The Queen’s Opal is book one in a new high fantasy adventure series set in the same magical and exotic world as The Stone Bearers (2016).

Clean listen. Fantasy violence and a few darker themes. Recommended for young adults and teens 12 and up. 

©2017 Jacque Stevens (P)2019 Jacque Stevens

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The Queen's Opal

Enchanting story - well delivered narration

A well flushed out story with developed characters full of depth

Follows the adventures of two elven brothers as they travel to the human lands, try to relearn healing, and save the ones they care about from a deadly plague.


Fun - I am looking forward to the next book in the series.

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Thoroughly Enjoyed It

Elves, dwarves, humans, dragons and magic all wrapped in a great story. Can't wait to listen to book 2. Loved they way the main characters collide from different paths and upbringings. All the characters have depth. Wizard's Tower was good fun and sets the stage for coming books.

The narration was quite good. John Pirhalla handled accents with aplomb. Absolutely love his take on the dragonet, Vernack. Very pleasant voice. Easy to listen to.

Hope I don't have to wait long for audiobook 2!!

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Thoroughly Enjoyed it!

I really enjoyed the book, its went by so fast and I am excited with the stories continuation. I like the characters and the narrator did an excellent job of bringing them all to life. I was given this book free in exchange for my honest opinion. I recommend anyone who appreciates a good story read this novel.

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Overall Great

it's been awhile since I've dove into pure fantasy, but this story reminded me why i love it so much.

the stories characters are great. Drin and his timid nature, Tavin and his brashness, and Cole and his conflicting emotions. While i wasnt expecting the introduction of Cole within the story, it really strengthens the story. All the while, you see the faults, strengths and growth of each character. The world and history of the created world are well thought out and executed well, giving enough for the reader to get real understanding while not bogging it down with unnecessary fluff. i throughly enjoyed this story on all levels.

Narration, I have no complaints at all. The narrator did a terrific job.

overall this is one of the better stories and narratives I've listened to in months. I will be looking forward to its continuation.

i received this for free, but my opinions are purely my own.

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Spectacular Story with a bit of gritty truth

The Queen's Opal is a tale that follows the plight of a young elf, his brother, and a friend he makes along the way as the elf discovers the harsh reality of the humans he had read so much about. It is an interesting story that is about character interaction above all else and is well written and narrated.

If you are looking for a high fantasy story to listen to, I highly recommend this book.

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Wonderful New Fantasy Series

This one was so much fun, it's a little reminiscent of Lord of the Rings. Two elf brothers are on a quest into the human lands to try to learn how to break the curse on the Queen's Opal and learn from healers to help save their people. It has dwarfs, magic, elves, wizardry and even dragons. What more can a fantasy lover want in a story? The characters were well developed and entertaining. The narrator did a fantastic job with the voices, acting, and made it simply a lot of fun to listen to. If you like Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter and/or Fable Haven then you'll love this series. I would place this one as a 4th grade and up level read and I am definitely going to have my kids read this book, because I know they'll love it. I am hoping it doesn't take them too long to get book two out on Audible.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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The Queen's Opal

The Queen's Opal was a very entertaining Fantasy novel with very well written characters. I was pleasantly surprised I am usually not a fan of books about Elves or at least as main characters but this story was very well done and enjoyable. It had an interesting story and the world that was created by the author was different than many other similar fantasy novels. The story follows to Elf Princes as they leave their forest home and journey out into human territories which hasn't been done in centuries to try to find a cure to the disease/curse that killed their mother. Elves generally don't get sick so they have no knowledge of medicine and want to learn from humans. This is what sets them out on their quest and leads to their many adventures.

That is a very simple synopsis and there is much more to it than even they know. The story is very well written and seems to have a very detailed back story and mythology. The narration and voice work by John Pirhalla is top notch and really adds to the enjoyment of the story.

I very much recommend this story as it has great characters, an intriguing story and quite a bit of action and adventure.

"Please note I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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Great adventure

Stevens writes a story that shows how a life can change when we face who we are and what we have to do.

Pirhalla does a good job of creating distinct characters and delivering a good story.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. 

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Starts Slow - Don't Give Up

This is a good story that starts out at a very slow pace. I started to wonder for a while if I would get frustrated with it, early on. Thankfully it picks up to a more reasonable pace. Some characters also seem to stay naive longer than should be reasonable to the point where it actually made me feel a bit relieved when they finally started to think about dangers around them. This book focuses more on development of characters than the adventure. If you enjoy seeing characters grow and evolve, you will find a good amount of that to satisfy. We also get hints at a much bigger world with more complex forces at work in the books to come.

Narration is solid and it's easy to tell characters apart by listening.

I received this audiobook for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

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Fantasy

The story starts of slow but once we get further into the book it picks up and gets more interesting.

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  • J Smith
  • 08-15-19

Thoroughly enjoyed this fantasy adventure.

Great story, well written, with enough going on to keep you interested throughout.
A great narrator too. We’ll distinguished voices for the characters, very well read and manages to portray the intensity of the situations really well. Looking forward to hearing more!
This is my honest opinion of a free review copy.