The Rose Stone
by L. A. Kelley
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Pub Date 18 May 2022 | Archive Date 30 Jun 2022
Artist Jessica Stone has a death sentence, an inoperable brain tumor. As her health declines, Jess is compelled to paint the captivating image of a mythical realm protected by a crystal called the Rose Stone. A mysterious crimson glow infuses the canvas, and Jess wakes in the Commonwealth of the Rose. She meets Griffin, a warrior engaged in a struggle with the malevolent darkling, who seeks to control the power of the Rose Stone. With Griffin’s help, Jess evades the darkling’s assassins. Then the hallucination vanishes, and she discovers her connection to the Rose Stone may run deeper than mere illusion.
Torn between two worlds, Jess battles the darkling in one and a tumor in the other while struggling to determine her true reality. Is the Rose Stone a dream, a
hallucination, or a summons to something greater?
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The Rose Stone is an amazing book and it's truly brilliant. The writing is absolutely fabulous and I loved everything about this book. It's a page-turner and you can't get enough of it from the very start. Every single chapter is addictive and sweet.
It has fantasy, romance and adventure. recommend The Rose Stone to any reader who enjoys those genres.
[This review will be posted on 15th June, 2022, on GoodReads. An extended version will be also be posted on Instagram, on the same date. Links to the reviews are attached]
The Rose Stone is the story of Jessica Stone. Recently going through treatment for an inoperable brain tumor she is told that there is a new trial for her to try, but it is very risky. Jess decides that she really has no other choice. The first step is it get a new MRI to check the tumor's growth and position which they will do the next day. Jess goes home to rest but gets a sudden urge to paint. As she does so she begins to paint a beautiful rose with a glowing aura around it.
Jess arrives for her MRI with the help of her friend Melanie who is also a doctor. While in the MRI she she wakes in an unusual land called the Commonwealth of the Rose Stone. It is a most vivid place with the most unusual animals, and a warrior named Griffin. He rescues her during a strange war that she witnesses and a bond is formed between them. When she wakes up from the MRI she feels the dream was so vivid and real and hard a hard time separating the two realities. The MRI takes a lot out of Jess and Melanie takes her home. Once she gets there she sees her painting and feels compelled to add more details.
Jess will undergo the treatment over the next few days, but will also visit the alternate reality at the same time. But she is also in a fight for her life from the tumor in life and danger in her dreams. In her wakeful life she will continue to add more details and images to her painting as it becomes more important to her to finish.
The Rose Stone is an entertaining book as the story depicts Jess Stone's fight for her life in two realities. I don't usually read sci fi, but I did enjoy this one. It is a real page turner. I was sure I knew how the story was going to end and it took me by surprise, didn't see it coming.