HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Revealed: The Riddled Stone Book 4
Author: Teresa Gaskins
Publisher: Tabletop Academy Press, 2019
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Ages 12 and above
Rating: ***** 5 stars
(5 stars=EXCELLENT; 4 stars=GOOD; 3 stars=FAIR; 2 stars=POOR; 1 star=VERY POOR; no stars=NOT RECOMMENDED)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Gaskins, Teresa. Revealed: The Riddled Stone Book 4 (Published in 2019 by Tabletop Academy Press, Blue Mound, IL). In the first book of “The Riddled Stone” series, Banished, Christopher Fredrico, son of Earl Diard Fredrico who is a noble in the kingdom of North Raec ruled by King Nylan Coric, is falsely accused of stealing a magical Shard, stripped of his family name, and exiled from North Raec. In books two, Hunted, and three, Betrayed, Chris and three of his friends, cousin Arnold Fredrico, Terrin of Xell, and Nora of Yorc, set out on a quest to prove his innocence by searching for the Riddled Stone. In book 4, Revealed, North and South Raec have been maneuvered into declaring war on each other, and during the conflict both King Nylan and his older son Crown Prince Tyler are killed. The nobles decide to make Duke Grith regent over Nylan’s second-born son Brayden.
Can Chris find the Riddled Stone and return in time to stop further bloodshed? What will happen to Brayden? And who is secretly behind all this plotting? As quoted on the back cover of the book, I said in my review of one of the earlier installments, “A captivating fantasy story with a well-thought-out plot…the excitement, adventure, and suspense will easily keep the reader’s attention.” This equally applies to the entire series, and the fourth book brings the whole story to a satisfying conclusion. Each novel, though carrying the action forward, focuses especially on one of the four friends. And as the tale moves from plotline to plotline, the Annotated Cast of Characters is helpful in keeping who’s who straight. With harpies, spirits, and wraiths, along with swamp people and forest people, this is a fantasy lover’s dream.