I am honoured to be part of the WOW! Women of Writing Blog Tour for Fiona Ingram’s middle grade novel The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper, which I read and am now reviewing.
(I received an advance copy to read and review.)
From page 1 I was pulled into this action-packed adventure story about three young people who are on the search for the third stone of power.
Even though this is the third book in this middle grade series “The Chronicles of the Stone”, it was very easy to follow the story. There were references to the past adventures, ensuring the reader had needed knowledge, but also making the reader eager to read the other books.
The three youngsters, Adam, Justin and Kim, are believable and interesting. There is quite a dynamic amongst them and they work well together. The other characters in the novel are intriguing – from the villains Dr. Khalid (who has figured in the other novels) and the Smoking Mirror to Tukum and his grandfather Kotz.
Ingram has given us a well-researched book, offering us a fascinating insight into the history of the Mayans and Aztecs. There are many engaging stories told about the Maya and Aztec gods. There is a guide at the end of the novel to further inform readers about this intriguing time in history and about the uncontacted tribes of the jungle.
There is much to offer in Fiona Ingram’s book – interesting characters, adventure, history, and twisting plot. It was a most enjoyable read.
I highly recommend The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper – it was a fun read, a book filled with adventure and fascinating history.
A plane crash! Lost in the jungle! Hunted by their old enemy, will Adam, Justin, and Kim survive long enough to find the Third Stone of Power? With only a young boy, Tukum, as their guide, the kids make their way through the dense and dangerous jungle to find the lost city of stone gods, where the Stone of Power might be located. River rafting on a crocodile-infested river and evading predators are just part of this hazardous task. Of course, their old adversary Dr. Khalid is close behind as the kids press on. But he is not the worst of their problems. This time Adam will clash with a terrible enemy who adopts the persona of an evil Aztec god, Tezcatlipoca, and is keen to revive the ancient tradition of human sacrifice. Adam, Justin, and Tukum must play a dreadful ball game of life and death and maybe survive. Will they emerge alive from the jungle? Will Dr. Khalid find the third Stone of Power before they do?
Print Length: 318 Pages
Genre: Middle Grade Fiction, Adventure
Publisher: Bublish, Incorporated (November 2017)
The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper is available to purchase on Amazon.com.
About the Author
Fiona Ingram is a children’s author, but up until a few years ago, she was a journalist and editor. Something rather unexpected sparked her new career as an author—a family trip to Egypt with her mother and two young nephews. They had a great time and she thought she’d write them a short story as a different kind of souvenir…. Well, one book and a planned book series later, she had changed careers. She has now published Book 3 (The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper) in her middle grade adventure series Chronicles of the Stone, with many awards for the first book,
The Secret of the Sacred Scarab, and a few for Book 2, The Search for the Stone of Excalibur, and one already for Book 3! She also teaches online novel writing for aspiring authors and she finds that very satisfying. Relaxation time finds her enjoying something creative or artistic, music, books, theatre or ballet. She loves doing research for her book series. Fiona loves animals and has written two animal rescue stories. She has two adorable (naughty) little dogs called Chloe and Pumpkin, and a beautiful black cat called Bertie.
You can find Fiona at –
Author Site: http://www.FionaIngram.com
Be sure to check out all the stops on the Blog Tour
— Blog Tour Dates
@ The Muffin
What goes better in the morning with coffee than a muffin? Grab your cup of morning brew and join us today when we celebrate the launch of Fiona Ingram’s book, The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper. You can read our interview with the author and enter to win a copy of the book.
August 14th @ Write Like Crazy
Make sure you stop by Mary Jo’s blog Write Like Crazy where Fiona Ingram talks about why your child doesn’t like reading and how to fix this.
August 15th @ Girl Zombie Authors
Come by Christine’s blog where Fiona Ingram shares her thoughts on writing about different places for kids.
August 16th @ Jessica Samuel’s Blog
Come by Jessica’s blog today where Fiona Ingram talks about how to transform your non-reader into a reader.
August 19th @ Madeline Sharples’ Blog
Stop by Madeline’s blog today where author Fiona Ingram shares her thoughts with young writers on writing and creating characters.
August 20th @ Mari’s #JournalingPower Blog
Stop by Mari’s blog where author Fiona Ingram shares her thoughts on developing characters that children will relate to.
August 20th @ Bairn’s Bard
Stop by Rebecca’s blog Bairn’s Bard today where you can read a post by Fiona Ingram’s daughter and also you can read about Rebecca’s thoughts on the book The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper.
August 21st @ Cover2Cover Blog
Stop by Steph’s Cover2Cover where you can read Fiona Ingram’s blog post about choosing books for your kids.
August 22nd @ Look to the Western Sky
Come by Margo Dill’s blog Look to the Western Sky where Fiona Ingram writes about her experiences fostering (and later adopting) an illiterate African child who is now a lovely young woman who loves reading.
August 22nd @ A New Look on Books
Come by Rae’s blog where Fiona Ingram writes about the joy of writing for children.
August 26th @ Writing for Children with Karen Cioffi
Come by Karen’s blog where Fiona Ingram shares her thoughts on how to encourage your kids to start writing.
August 27th @ Mommy Daze: Say What??
Stop by Ashley’s blog where Fiona Ingram talks about helping kids read better with homeschooling. A must read as school is about to start!
August 27th @ Rebecca Whitman’s Blog
Come by Rebecca’s blog where you can read Fiona Ingram’s post about using computers to improve reading skills.
August 28th @ Jennifer’s Deals
Stop by Jennifer’s blog where she shares what she her thoughts about Fiona Ingram’s incredible middle grade adventure book The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper.
August 30th @ Story Teller Alley
Visit Veronica’s blog and check out her thoughts on the book The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper.
August 31st @ Mommy Daze: Say What??
Make sure you stop by Ashley’s blog again where she shares her thoughts on Fiona Ingram’s book The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper.
August 31st @ Rebecca Whitman’s Blog
Stop by Rebecca’s blog again where you can read Fiona Ingram’s post about writing a children series.
September 1st @ Cathy C. Hall’s Blog
Visit Cathy’s blog today where Fiona Ingram shares the top ten things you never knew about Mexico!
September 2nd @ Break Even Books
Come by Erik’s blog Break Even Books where Fiona Ingram talks about how to make your books both enjoyable and educational.
September 3rd @ Beverly A. Baird’s Blog
Join us over at Beverly A. Barid’s blog where author Fiona Ingram shares her thoughts on developing a children’s series.
September 4th @ Cathy C. Hall’s Blog
Make sure to come by Cathy’s blog again where she shares her thoughts on Fiona Ingram’s book The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper.
September 5th @ Jill Sheet’s Blog
Come by Jill’s blog today where Fiona Ingram shares her thoughts on writing for children.
September 5th @ Ali’s Bookshelf
Stop by Ali’s blog where Fiona Ingram talks about whether books can help children cope with life.
September 7th @ Beverly A. Baird’s Blog
Join us at Beverly’s blog again for her thoughts on Fiona Ingram’s adventurous book The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper.
September 7th @ Anthony Avina’s Blog
Stop by Anthony’s Blog where you can read Fiona Ingram’s post about why a book series is so good for non-readers.
September 9th @ Anthony Avina’s Blog
Make sure to check out Anthony’s blog again where you can read his thoughts on Fiona Ingram’s book The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper.
September 10th @ Misadventures with Andi
Come by Andi’s blog where you can read Fiona Ingram’s post about why children love reading about other countries and cultures.
September 10th @ Whitman’s Academics
Stop by Rebecca’s blog where Fiona Ingram’s talks about turning a non-reader into a reader.
September 12th@ Coffee with Lacey
Stop by Lacey’s blog where she reviews Fiona Ingram’s book The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper.
September 13th @ Coffee With Lacey
Be sure to stop by again when Lacey interviews author Fiona Ingram and chats about her newest book The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper.
September 14th @ World of My Imagination
Come by Nicole’s blog where she shares her opinion about Fiona Ingram’s middle grade fiction book The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper.
September 15th @ Story Teller Alley
Stop by Veronica’s blog Story Teller Alley to read Fiona Ingram’s post on how she came about to write the series The Chronicles of the Stone.
Many thanks for a stunning review! It made me want to read my own book again!
Thanks Fiona – I thoroughly enjoyed it. Will post a review today on Goodreads and Amazon.
I love this idea – great way to bring bloggers together! Great review!
Sounds like a great book. I haven’t been reading much lately but I would like to check this out. Always great to have some recommendations on what to read!
Great! Many thanks, reviews are an author’s life blood!