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Circle of Stones


Circle of Stones

Author Catherine Fisher is from Wales and is a poet, novelist and lecturer.  Fisher enjoys reading and writing about mythology and history.  Her first novel was THE CONJURER’S GAME was short-listed for Smarties Award and THE SNOW-WALKER’S SON was short-listedfor the W.H. Smith Mind Boggling Award.  She also wrote an international best-selling set of novels called The Oracle Trilogy, which is about Egyptian and Greek magic and adventure. 

CIRCLE OF STONES is written about three separate characters that are living in completely different time periods, but they all reside in the ancient city of Bath.  Fisher uses three different fonts and different forms of writing to convey each character’s individuality in her story.  The novel begins with a druid named Bladud who is healed by a goddess and finds a magical spring.  Then, Fisher introduces Zac, an apprentice who is studying the work of Jonathan Forrest, a well-known architect.  Lastly, Sulis comes into the story; she moves to Bath in present day and is forced to change her name because someone is closely watching her to find out her secret. 

History and mythology buffs would definitely be interested in CIRCLE OF STONES

Each chapter alternates to a different character and can be very confusing because Fisher doesn’t give any background information on the characters, and she throws you in the middle of their stories.  I became lost midway through the book and could not get a handle on what the premise of the story was.  After reading more about the book on the author’s website, I understood that the reader should have some knowledge of ancient history as well as mythological history.  The concept of the novel is a great one but it doesn’t follow through on execution.

This book is recommended for ages 12 and up, but I think it should be for an older, high school-aged crowd --- maybe ages 16 and up.  I think preteens and young teenagers will find the story to be arduous and confusing at times, unless they have studied the historical and mythological aspects of the book before starting it. I believe the author should have written a short preface or introduction about the myth and history of ancient Bath and possibly a character map would have been helpful.  History and mythology buffs would definitely be interested in CIRCLE OF STONES and I believe it would make a great supplemental read to any ancient European history course.

Reviewed by Sheena Kowalski on September 3, 2014

Circle of Stones
by Catherine Fisher

  • Publication Date: August 28, 2014
  • Genres: Fantasy, Suspense, Youth Fiction
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Dial
  • ISBN-10: 0803738196
  • ISBN-13: 9780803738195