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Ail-Kar, a white-hole portal from another universe, rains meteoroids onto the surface of the planet Kelanni. But the so-called "lodestones" behave according to different physical laws, transforming Kelanni's society. With the aid of the fearsome Keltar in their flying cloaks, the Kelanni are being put to forced labor to mine the lodestones. Shann, an orphan with a fiery diAil-Kar, a white-hole portal from another universe, rains meteoroids onto the surface of the planet Kelanni. But the so-called "lodestones" behave according to different physical laws, transforming Kelanni's society. With the aid of the fearsome Keltar in their flying cloaks, the Kelanni are being put to forced labor to mine the lodestones. Shann, an orphan with a fiery disposition, witnesses a battle between a Keltar and a stranger bearing a similar flying cloak. She tracks down the stranger, and learns of the technology behind the Keltars' power, joining him on a mission to free the slaves and cut off their supply of lodestones. Meanwhile Keris, a Keltar, is sent on a mission to track down the rebels. She is attacked by a flying creature and saved by the enigmatic Chandara. At their Great Tree, she learns that a mysterious "Prophet" is out to destroy the Kelanni people. Their only hope is a powerful instrument hidden in the distant past. Pursued by Keltar, the party will encounter bizarre creatures, ancient technologies and terrifying dangers. Finally, they must seek to cross a massive storm barrier in order to reach the other side of their world, where a world-shaking revelation awaits. First Place Award Winner - 2010 Premier Book Awards.First Place Award Winner (New Author) - 2011 Royal Dragonfly Book Awards.First Place Award Winner (Science Fiction) - 2011 Royal Dragonfly Book Awards.First Place Award Winner (Young Adult) - 2011 Royal Dragonfly Book Awards.First Place Award Winner (Science Fiction) - 2011 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards.First Place Award Winner (Young Adult) - 2011 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards.Global European Award Winner - 2010 Reader Views Awards.Second Place Award Winner (Young Adult) - 2010 Reader Views Awards.Bronze Award Winner - 2010 Readers Favorite Book Awards.Second Place Award Winner - 2010 Written Art Awards.Finalist - 2010 Foreword Book of the Year Award.(Excerpt) Madness? Obsession? Keris knew little of such things. It was impossible to believe that this was the same man; the man who had taken her in and nurtured her; who had impressed on her the conviction that the Kelanni needed to be protected and cared for. Yet somehow he had turned into a monster.His hands slipped to one end of his staff and he swung it towards her in a wide arc. She jumped back instinctively, the diamond blade passing inches from her midriff. "I'm gratified to see that your reflexes are as keen as ever, Keris." He spun around and then leapt into the air a short distance, aiming the staff at her head. She side stepped neatly, and the blade flashed past her harmlessly. "Good, very good," he approved. "Now are you going to obey my wishes or are you going to defend yourself?"He was advancing on her again. Keris felt as if she were in a waking dream. One hand moved involuntarily to her own staff, gripping the smooth darkwood. It felt solid, reassuring. Her other hand moved to her neck control and she adjusted the bronze layer of her cloak, seeking the pressure of natural lodestone. As she registered the strengths and directions of the familiar push of the ore, it was bizarrely the words of Mordal himself that came back to her, spoken in a different place and at a different time."Battling another Keltar is unlike any other battle you will ever fight. When encountering anyone else, the lodestone will furnish you with a decisive advantage in height and momentum. However, when you are facing another Keltar, those advantages are cancelled out. Instead, the field of battle and the configuration of lodestone deposits become all important. A clash between Keltar is primarily a battle of tactics. Even superior strength and agility can be overcome by superior positioning and spatial orientation. You must immediately determine the location and strength of any deposits and then 'own' them, denying your opponent any advantage." (Continued)...

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  • Matt aka
    2019-01-10 00:07

    It was awhile ago that I read this book so I can't give it a comprehensive review like I usually do. I will tell you that I remember that the characters were interesting with a guy that could fly with the use of magical/science-based loadstones and a woman and a young girl who were unlikely teammates.They meet and you learn some about their backgrounds in this story based in a world of different and yet similar creatures to what we have on Earth. At the end of the book the group makes it to the sea. This is the first book in a promising series and very much worth a read by SciFI and Fantasy readers and you can read it free so there is no risk. I give it five out of five stars. If you liked this review I have over 50 more SciFi and Fantasy reviews on my website at www.fantasyworldwriter.com. I also have a monthly newsletter that I would appreciate you signing up for.

  • Emi
    2019-01-05 03:05

    For the full review, please visit my blog: http://oktopusink.blogspot.com/2011/0...One of my favorite things about books is that they have the power to transport the reader anywhere in the world, even if that means transporting them to a different world. Whiteway capitalizes on this power, and uses it to his advantage to bring the reader a creative story filled with crazy animals, gliding cloaks, and star-crossed destiny. At first, the the book appears to be strictly science fiction. The story takes place in the world of Kelanni--a planet devoid of human life, yet incredibly human at the same time. Its inhabitants are being oppressed by the Keltar, guardians of the Prophet who have abused their power in the name of their savior. But when one of the characters receives an important message from the past, an epic journey begins and the characters embark on a quest to travel beyond the Sea of Storms. In the tradition of J.R.R’s Lord of the Rings, after the quest is received, the plot becomes fast paced and action filed. There is little down time to become bored, especially in between events like escaping a slave camp or rescuing a comrade from a giant lava snake’s den. The world was rich with its own customs, natural laws, crazy creatures and landscapes that, when combined, had me wishing that my jacket was filled with lodestones.However, despite the exciting pacing of the plot and the amazing amount of easy-to-understand detail that Whiteway puts into the more alien aspects of his novel, reading the first 100 pages or so was difficult for me. Not because I didn’t like was I was reading, but because I couldn’t connect to the characters. There wasn’t enough background information given about most of the main characters to make me identify what drove them to embark on the dangerous quest, other than the reason that the world depended on it. I needed that emotional connection, the one that makes me go, “Aww…she has no other choice,” or “Oh snap, he’s going for revenge!” and really believe it. Regardless, Shann, Alando, Lyall, and Keris provided an even balance of skills to the group, and their personalities played well off of each other--especially towards the end. It was hard to choose a favorite, but if I had to, it would probably be Alando. His light-hearted comments relieved some of the tension of the story, and I enjoyed listening to his well placed words of wisdom.Overall, the novel was very well done, and the end had me sitting on the edge of my seat. Even though the beginning was a little slow, once the edges of the plot were outlined it became a roller coaster of action and adventure. If you're into books that blend science fiction and fantasy (and blend it extremely well), then I highly recommend you pick up the first book in the Lodestone series. A fair warning, though: The end is a cliffhanger, and a seriously painful one! I know I’ll have to get my hands on the sequel as soon as I get the chance.

  • Charline Ratcliff
    2019-01-12 01:10

    A few weeks ago I was looking for some books to read/review when I came across "Lodestone, Book One: The Sea of Storms." I definitely found the title to be unique so I popped over to Amazon in order to learn more about it.Ail-Kar, a white-hole portal from another universe, consistently rains meteors down on a planet called Kelanni. These meteors, also called "lodestones" behave according to different physical laws due to the fact that they are from another planet. These "lodestones" and their unusual properties transform Kelanni's society. Unfortunately there always some who look for ways to capitalize on other people's ignorance, naiveté and / or superstitions. Such is the case with the Keltars who have helped to enslave the Kelanni people; forcing them to mine this meteoric ore all in the name of the one known as "The Prophet."Shann is an orphan with an incredibly fiery disposition. One night she witnesses a fierce battle between one of the feared Keltars and a stranger who uses the same Keltar technology. After saving his life she joins this man in his quest to free the enslaved Kelanni people.Keris is a Keltar who has been sent to hunt down and destroy this small band of rebels. Along the way she is attacked by a huge winged predator only to be saved by an almost forgotten race known as the Chandara. The Chandara's home is known as the "Great Tree" and while she is there she learns the true nature of "The Prophet." She is made to understand that the prophet's ultimate goal is the complete eradication of the Kelanni people. Somehow this small group must now put their differences and hatreds aside and work together in an attempt to save their people.As I read "Lodestone, Book One: The Sea of Storms" by author Mark Whiteway I have to say I was impressed with his writing ability. There were multiple storylines throughout this book and yet Whiteway managed to seamlessly bring them together into a cohesive and interesting tale. The world he has dreamed up comes across as larger than life and I dare say anyone who reads this book will follow its tale with bated breath. There's definitely a cliffhanger of an ending which of course is a great lead-in for "Lodestone, Book Two: The World of Ice and Stars." Luckily for me I just happen to have a copy of this one already in my possession...(Reviewed in association with Rebecca's Reads).

  • Belle Domingo
    2018-12-26 06:23

    I am neither a sci-fi aficionado nor an adventure freak, and rather prefer reading books that teach social values and personal development. But The Sea of Storms is an exemption. Beneath the book's breathtaking, heart-pounding stunts and endless struggles lie deeper lessons in life that the author effectively conveyed. Please allow me to share how this book unexpectedly touched my life... Lesson 1: It is amazing how the main characters- Lyall, Shann, Keris, and Alondo - found each other and became an indomitable team that would determine the fate of everyone's existence. It was not easy to trust a stranger and, much more, to keep everyone intact despite having diverse personalities. But because they share a common goal, they put aside their differences and stay united. Lyall's leadership style is inspiring and worth emulating. Their teamwork made their combined strengths exponentially powerful than any number of keltars and enemies. Lesson 2: The book also tackled how to manage one's strengths and weaknesses, and to accept those of others. While a weak Shann discovered her new strengths, the strong Keris learned that she has weaknesses. Both characters struggled to maintain equilibrium. Overcoming weaknesses and managing new-found strengths are hidden treasures that the readers can dig within the book's pages. Lesson 3: The most important lesson that I've learned from the book, among many more, is the value of selflessness. The characters shared their unique ways of offering their lives for the sake of others- family, friends, and fellow Kelanni. They have risked their lives and faced whatever challenges that lie ahead because someone depends on them. It was said that "the greatest love is laying down one's life for another", and the characters have, without a doubt, generously demonstrated it throughout the story. I had so much fun reading the book as I explored every corner of Kelanni in my imagination. With the author's clear and effective descriptions, I felt comfortable putting myself in the characters' shoes. I allowed my creativity to work for me and felt free in building the images in my mind. And while I took pleasure in reading the book, I appreciate the lessons it instilled in my heart.

  • Cathrina
    2019-01-09 23:09

    Sea of Storm is the first book if the Lodestone Series which I was able todownload for Kindle via Amazon. Considering that this is author MarkWhiteway’s first major creation – it is a brilliant way to forge a brightcareer in the Sci-Fi Fantasy genre. Without spoiling the plot too much; thestory evolves around a planet called Kelanni and its people; set in adistant planet where it is ruled by 3 suns and has an abundance of supplyof lodestones. These powerful lodestones are used as a tool of power andimmense energy by the high authorities in Kelanni also known as Keltars.They are the eyes and ears of a high power they all serve called theProphet. The Keltars gather tributes from the villages in Kelanni andenslave them to mine lodestones for the Prophet. Four members of this raceare brought together; an orphaned teenage girl Shann, a gallant formerKeltar trainee and group leader Lyall, a mechanical genius and carefreeartisan Alondo and a reformed Keltar Keris; on a journey that would testtheir courage, bravery, beliefs and friendship in their quest to stop acommon enemy who have not only long oppressed their people but who alsothreaten their very existence. With the aid of the Chandara Boxx; anancient creature with mysterious qualities and insightful thoughts - theyjourney through their kingdom on a mission for justice and liberty and atthe same time a journey of self discovery. I was impressed by Mr.Whiteway’s dazzling imagination in his creation of this special place attimes while reading I feel as if I was embarking on the same journey aswell. This book is without a doubt a great form of escapism and one that isfilled with so much heart you can’t help but feel and root for theirvictory.

  • Sarah
    2019-01-17 23:56

    From the blurb I knew this was going to be an interesting book but I didn't realise how interested I would become in this novel. I found myself completely absorbed in the Kelanni world. I did feel that this boom did start out slow as all the various characters were introduced and there various parts to play introduced. However the novel soon picked up pace and I found it a thrilling read. I found this novel to be really good for a debut author. He managed to suck the readers into this fantasy world and I feel left me wanting more.I thought this book was unique and I feel it is going to be a rewarding series to read for all that have been graced with reading this book. The characters appear flawless and the reader can really engage with them and their world. I am really looking forward to reading the next installment. Recommended to readers who enjoy sci-fi/fantasy reads.This review was first published on http://everybookhasasoul.wordpress.com

  • L.A.
    2019-01-07 22:54

    This is a fast paced and drag you along for the ride fantasy. I was breathless at points cheering the action and frustrated at times when the characters showed their flaws. A wonderful cast of characters annoying at times and alternately heroic at others. The mix of characters play well off each other, they make you want to cheer or in some cases box their ears. The story is easy to get into and the book hard to put down. I am looking forward to the next installment. I believe that Mark Whiteway has put together a world that is both dangerous and ingenious. The Characters are rich and bold with both flaws and great courage. A great read.Rating 5/5This Review is based off a book obtained from the author. I am not receiving any compensation and all opinions are my own based of my independent reading of this material.

  • Larry B Gray
    2018-12-26 02:19

    The Sea of Storms by Mark Whiteway is an excellent fantasy adventure that is full of action and intrigue. It will keep you glued to its pages from start to finish.I really enjoyed the way author developed a tale that grabbed my interest and kept it throughout the story. It was fast paced and full of little plot twist that kept the excitement building going. Even with all the action and twist it was still easy to read and follow.Mark Whiteway did a great job of creating characters that were both real and easy to identify. I found myself following along as an unseen character as I became so wrapped up in the story. I really liked The Sea of Storms by Mark Whiteway and I highly recommend this book to all readers.

  • Mark Whiteway
    2019-01-18 02:54

    On the planet Kelanni, life is cheap. With the aid of the fearsome "Keltar" enforcers, in their flying cloaks, a ruthless invader is forcing the native people to mine the colloquially named "lodestone" - a substance from another universe with infinitely destructive power. The only ones who can stop him are a tiny girl with fiery disposition, aformer Keltar, a failed revolutionary, a musician and the mysterious creature, Boxx, who seems to speak only in riddles.

  • Kelly
    2019-01-25 03:00

    I really enjoyed this book, and as a an added bonus, it was free on my Kindle.Mismatched characters come together to help over throw The Prophet, an evil leader of the Kelanni people.It is very well written and has a little bit of everything in it including plenty of suspense and adventure.I am looking forward to purchasing and reading part two in the series.

  • Bailey Olfert
    2019-01-23 01:14

    I like the tone of this story, and its characters. Shann is relatable, and Boxx’s uniqueness adds so much. Definitely worth the low cost for Kindle!

  • Kristina
    2019-01-04 01:21

    Read the full review @ Frazzled Book Nommer.Initially, it was very difficult for me to get into this book. I felt like I was being bombarded with new customs and everyday life, and it was very slow (despite its action-packed pacing). In fact, despite all the action that was in the beginning, the book didn’t really pick up for me until about ¼ of the way in. The beginning was pretty much getting introductions to the characters done, and weaving a plot to get them together. However, when all of the members of the “team” joined forces with one another, the book picked up the pace considerably. Once this happened, I was done – I was totally hooked.I never anticipated how absorbed I would become into the novel due to the initial slowness of the book. But the world of the Kelanni was so intriguing. There’s unknown terrain and a lot of land to explore, as well as new creatures (like the Chandara and graylesh). There were so many customs and society norms to get accustomed too. The Kelanni themselves were an enigma we had to figure out – they are the “alien” race of the planet Kelanni, with animal-like tails and ears. (I kept picturing them as a scaled down version of Viera from Final Fantasy). They worship the 3 suns (yes, three suns!), Ail-Mazzorth, Ail-Gan, and Ail-Kar, and never see nighttime (or at least, the nighttime that we know of).All of these customs are a bit overwhelming, actually, which happens to be one of the downfalls I found with this book. With any fantasy or science fiction novel, the authors need to ease their audience into the new world – explain things, hold their hand, etc. With this book, only a few things were explained (like the suns and their “religion”). I suppose that gave me a lot of leeway with my imagination, but I would have liked to have more things explained to me.The characters were mostly enjoyable. I wasn’t able to connect with any of them, with the exception of Keris, but they were very fun to read about. Alondo was the “comedian” of the group, and I absolutely loved every time he spoke. Keris was a Keltar (one who is sworn an oath to the Prophet), but renounced her ways after an incident (vagueness is vague!). She had never been one to form close bonds to others, ever since she was a kid, and preferred to working alone than in a team. Lyall is haunted by his past and strives to actively change Kelanni for the greater good.Shann is a young rebellious spirit that annoyed the crap out of me. I can appreciate her braveness and her spirit, but she had this unfounded vendetta against Keris that I saw was stemmed from jealousy and pettiness. Shann hated being treated like a child, but her actions and mistrust of Keris was the very epitome of childish. I can appreciate the doubt she had with Keris (since the group wasn’t sure of where Keris’s allegiance lay), but she doubted Keris too much. So much that it was unbelievable. And annoying. Time and time again, the “evidence” on Keris would be cleared, yet Shann remained doubtful. Ugh! Lastly, Boxx, the Chandara, is the last of the group, and my personal favorite. Chandara don’t have names or genders, but Boxx was called Boxx (“The Key”), and I always associated it as a him. He (in my mind, at least) was a cross between a centipede and a pillbug (roly poly) and had a different way of speaking that was adorable.Despite my few misgivings with characters, inconsistencies, and lack of detail, this book was so entertaining after the beginning. The book is pitched as science fiction, and while it does retain a lot of sci-fi elements, I felt it had a more fantasy vibe to it.Overall, this was a very well-done science-fiction and fantasy novel! The beginning is slow, but the pace began to pick up after all of the characters joined forces. There is tons of adventure and action packed into this book, as well as new creatures and lands. Kelanni was an interesting place to read about, and I found myself constantly wanting more! I was almost outraged at where Mark decided to cut the book off – I can’t wait to see what happens in book two!

  • Matt
    2018-12-27 03:14

    (Cross-posted to my sci-fi blog, Android Dreamer.)There have been a handful of cases in which I read the first chapter or two of a novel, decided it wasn't for me, and abandoned the book. In the case of reading material for the sake of review, this is a practice I have abolished; when I start reading a book, I finish it. It is lucky for me that I have taken to this practice, as Mark Whiteway's Lodestone Book One: The Sea of Storms is the perfect example of a novel that rewards perseverance.Although the blurb on the back led me to believe that it was more of a science fiction romp than a fantasy adventure, and there is real science in the created technology of lodestones (which I would do no justice by trying to explain to you here), it is definitely a fantasy story at heart. The basic plot has been done many times before: a group of adventurers from various backgrounds band together and go on a really long hike across the world to stop something big and evil from happening that would probably destroy the world. Along the way there is in-fighting, big beasties, monsters, unfamiliar species, lava pits, and the titular stormy seas. It starts a bit slow, but once you get into the meat of the book (right around the 50 page mark), it takes off and becomes a lot of fun. Whiteway's prose is strong, and his dialogue is believable, which are two qualities that ought to be more common but are unfortunately at something of a premium in the fantasy genre.The books biggest strength is its characters. Essentially, there are five main characters for the book, and each of them is unique, distinct, and likable in at least some way. They, in many ways, fit common fantasy tropes, but Whiteway writes them in such a way that it is easy to become invested in them and want them to succeed. They are all flawed characters, but that is really what makes them real. Perfect heroes are not interesting, because they are infallible. Pure villains are the same; there should always be gray area in whether a character is really "good" or "bad." I really have no use for characters who get everything right.Aside from a somewhat slow start, the only other point I would criticize the novel on is that it is sometimes a bit lacking in description of the books creations. It is an old and often cited adage in fantasy and science fiction that a book's lack of quality is essentially magnified by each made up word. I don't think this really true, but I would like to know more about the original parts of the book. For example, there is a species called a "graylesh" referenced in the book several times that a handful of characters use as mounts, but I couldn't really tell you if they are horses, or wolves, or ostriches. I feel like I would have been more comfortable with the world as a whole early on if more description would be given about the created bits.All things considered, however, I really enjoyed this. I didn't really expect to like it after I realized that it was more fantasy than sci-fi, as I can quite literally count on one hand the number of fantasy novels I have read that I enjoy. It is just not something that often strikes me, but Lodestone has really proven to be an exception to that rule. Fantasy fans will be pleased, and likewise will be people who just like reading about characters who feel real. The sequel is already out, and you better believe I'm going to read it sooner rather than later.

  • Heidi Roth
    2018-12-27 03:19

    The first book in the Lodestone series comes to you with awards while offering many rewards to the reader. For those who read both science fiction and fantasy, “Book One: The Sea of Storms” is a recommended read. Mr. Whiteway does an excellent job of honoring the forms of those he admires, such as Jules Verne, while creating a new world and journey of his own making. The book contrasts a society with cues both reptilian and humanoid. This first part of the larger story introduces classic conflicts of science and religion well-reflected in cultural values of the elite versus other groups. Based on an ensemble cast, each reader will find at least one character easy to identify with, propelling the story forward. Thanks to inclusion of a young woman, a musician, a holy warrior, a mysterious revolutionary, and an inscrutable insectiod, the action leads strongly through the book. The dominant culture presented on this planet appears to not have much advanced technology. As things progress, the main characters must confront contrary evidence about religious believes, the political ramifications, and personal choices as a result of such changes. Perhaps the current state of their society is not a real representation of their history and heritage. Challenges abound, ensuring characters have the opportunity to grow, change, and discover more about themselves. This is an important aspect to successful, modern speculative fiction that effortlessly presents in this book. Additionally, the story arc is reasonably accessible to mature-thinkers of younger age. This book does need to be limited to only an adult audience. It makes a good foil for younger readers who follow world news or events and would enjoy exploring some of the same topics in a different world through the eyes of a different species. The Chandara, a race living on the plant in Lodestone who are aliens to the other inhabitants, are particularly well realized. I’m sure as this entire story unfolds, many readers will enjoy this book and those that follow courtesy of Mr. Whiteway. As you know, one of the best comments anyone can make about a book is “I couldn’t go to sleep until I’d finished the final chapter”. Stopping before the end wasn’t an option. Perhaps you’ll find, as I do, skimming the prologue and then diving into the rest of the book is a great way to start a new series. I know I’m looking forward to the next book. If the characters or story sound like something you might enjoy, I encourage you to give this accomplished, new author a try.

  • S.J.
    2019-01-23 06:57

    Concept/WorldThis is a complex world both physically and culturally. Physically it has three suns, mysterious lodestones and a variety of alien creatures. Culturally it is almost medieval in feel, dominated by a tyrannical religion. The concept of the book is almost more fantasy than science fiction. I would have been perfectly happy to accept the lodestones as magical and wasn’t entirely convinced by the scientific explanation of the lodestones or by the science underlying the “storm barrier”. It is a mark of the quality of the writing, however, that I didn’t start to question the scientific feasibility of the storm barrier until I was reading it for the second time, analytically, for review.StoryThe plot moves along at a good pace. There are surprises and mysteries that kept me reading late into the night to find out what was going to happen. There was one inconsistency that poked me in the eye – Shann is described as riding a graylesh early in the story and then later has to learn to ride one because it says she’s never ridden one before. That did stop me reading as I had to go back then and check that I’d read it right the first time. CharactersThe characters are a great strength of this book. The Kelanni are not human but think and behave like humans. I really liked Shann to begin with though she became a rather whiny adolescent in her rivalry with Keris, a tormented soul with fierce combat skills. Lyall reminded me of Don Quixote, a would-be hero who just doesn’t quite have the skills to pull it off. I liked Alonso and his dry humour. My favourite, however, was Boxx, truly alien in the way that he/it thinks. I loved his/its cryptic pronouncements, baffling the heck out of everyone else. Mark Whiteway also pulls off the feat of creating a really terrifying villain. I thought he (no spoilers) was just a fanatic until the showdown between him and Keris. That scene actually made me shiver as his insanity became apparent. Overall This is a powerful story with some chilling, disturbing scenes, without ever resorting to gore. It is deeply absorbing and has moments that I know I will remember for a long time, certainly any time I see a wisp of smoke rising on the horizon. The final paragraphs were breathtaking and managed to give a satisfying sense of ending to that book whilst at the same time making me want to buy the next one immediately. Highly recommended.

  • Lisa Hapney
    2018-12-29 00:10

    Having just come off reading a favorite series I was a little hesitant to start this book. I had just had a fabulous reading experience and didn't want that to affect my review of the next book I read by an as yet unknown to me author, but I'd been curious about this one and it had been hanging around on my Kindle for a while so off I went to a new world. I must say that I was more than pleasantly surprised. I really enjoyed it. It was little dark in places, but I still consider it a fun read. There was action and there were tender moments, but mostly there was a good ensemble cast of characters that carried it off. There were some rough patches so it gets a 4, but that just means that I really liked it instead of loving it because there were moments where things seemed a little too familiar, but heroes do need adventure and obstacles to overcome and there are only so many. I'll happily read the next book in the series and who knows by the second or third book I may love it. The characters were interesting as was the overall story and all in all it was a good adventure.The Kelanni are not human which is very obvious from the start of the book, but before long you're involved in the book, its characters and the flow of the story, easily forgetting this mundane detail until one of them swishes their tail or something. The Keltar are a menacing lot, but every adventure needs a bad guy to overcome. And then there's Boxx. I'm curious about Boxx who is a strange little character indeed, but it's obvious that finding out more about this character will come later in the series. I liked the varied uses for the lodestones throughout the story and how the story hinged around them in its own way, without that detail being the only focus. On the whole it's a tale of friendship, hardship, adventure and the personal journeys we make where we may come out the other end as better people. The world building for the Kelanni civilization was pretty well done and I readily admit that I enjoyed my journey with these characters as they set out to save the people of their world. I'm hoping the next book in the series is as good if not better. This review originally posted at http://tjsbookblog.blogspot.com/

  • Murphy's Library
    2018-12-26 05:06

    (from Murphy's Library - http://www.murphyslibrary.com/ - rated 3 and a half there)Kelanni is a planet ruled by a dictator, The Prophet. He has what we could call an army, a loyal one, the Keltar, who are responsible to make sure no one rebels against their leader. The Prophet is a master in the explorations of the lodestone that arrives with meteor showers in Kelanni. All is functioning as The Prophet expects, but there are people out there that are getting tired of his domain.This book, the first in the Lodestone series that Whiteway wrote, is really an introducing book. You take some time to get used to the universe he created, but once you get to know the details about the planet, the lodestone and the wants of The Prophet, you can't put the story down. I've been reading lots of books with different creatures, fantasies and paranormal subjects, but a pure and truly good fantasy and just fantasy book hasn't got into my hands in a long long time. Lodestone is a good fantasy book.Lyall, Alonso, Shann and Keris are really good characters and I thought their personalities are well put in this book. Lyall is very well built and I really like him, and Shann is a great character, who I often wanted to hear more from. Alonso made me laugh, even his seriousness can be great. It took me some time to warm up to Keris, but soon I was okay reading her lines too.The narrative is good, but sometimes I got a little confused by some of the longer paragraphs—maybe it happened because I was getting to know everything about this universe, and it can be a little overwhelming. The constant reminds of the facts during the narrative, however, are always helping me. In this case, it is good that this book repeats some things.It was as good book, and I look forward to continue reading this series, especially with that ending. The book, in the last pages, made me breathless. Mark Whiteway had my congratulations for this book. He was truly carefull creating his story and putting all pieces of this puzzle together, in a way they just fit. Very good work.

  • melydia
    2019-01-25 00:01

    As an indie book reviewer, I come across a lot of, um, less than stellar fiction. Then, once in a while, I come across a self-published book like The Sea of Storms and I am reminded of why I do this in the first place. Planet Kelanni has three suns: a white and yellow that move across the sky much like our own Sun, and a large, dim, red sun that never moves, in much the same way as the Earth doesn't when viewed from the Moon. The inhabitants of this planet, though never described in detail, are (presumably) humanoid creatures ruled by a mysterious Prophet and his Keltar emissaries who routinely collect citizens as "tributes," never to be seen again. A young girl named Shann joins two men - Lyall and Alondo - in their quest to overthrow the Prophet and free the tributes. Meanwhile, forbidding Keltar Keris receives shocking information from the strange, somewhat beetle-like creatures known as Chandara, information that turns her world completely upside-down. Woven throughout the drama is a mysterious and precious mineral known as lodestone.Though the book's title is somewhat misleading - the Sea of Storms is not actually reached until the last few pages - the story itself is quite good. The action is well-paced and the world is solidly constructed. I especially liked that while there were creatures clearly meant to stand in for familiar animals such as dogs and horses, nothing was described in comparison with Earth since, obviously, the Kelanni know nothing of Earth. Shann, Keris, Lyall, and Alondo are engaging characters, easily distinguishable without relying on stereotypes. Oliah came out of left-field, making her relationship with the leads rather unbelievable, but her appearance is so brief I can almost ignore it. The rest of the book is a marvelous trek through a fantastic new world.I'm glad I was warned in the title that this is not a standalone novel, or I would have been irritated at the cliffhanger ending. As it stands, I'll have to see about getting my hands on the next installment in this promising new fantasy series.

  • Alisha Webster
    2019-01-16 01:07

    Read this review and more at The Bohemian Housewife BlogI love audiobooks! I listen to them while I clean, workout, and while in the car. They make things go by so much faster. I haven't listened to a science fiction/fantasy book yet and jumped on the chance to review The Sea Of Storms. I had previously never heard of this series, but I'm glad I listened to it.I had a few thoughts on the narration as I'm getting picky when it comes to my narrators. At first, I wasn't a fan of Nathan William Heller but he really grew on me by a couple of chapters. It just took me a bit to get used to his style, and I would listen to other series narrated by him now. The book itself is only 280 pages, but the audiobook was 15hrs/33mins - which, in my opinion, is pretty long for the number of pages in the book. Though, I didn't mind it; the story felt like it flowed very well and I couldn't imagine Nathan talking any faster. Very smooth and interesting.Now to get on to the story, I enjoyed it more than I thought I would in the beginning. The first few chapters had some elements from one of my favorite fantasy series. I wasn't sure how it was going, or if it would be too similar for my liking. They went their separate paths a bit into the story. The plot was just fantastic, and I'm really interested in what happens in the next book. Even though I had listened for over 15 hours, I was sad that I didn't have more when I hit the end. Mark Whiteway is certainly a storyteller. His characters were just perfect as well, humanlike but alien. I enjoyed them all, but I think Boxx might be my favorite. As I listened to the audiobook, I can't comment on editing errors, but I highly doubt there are any. The Sea of Storms seems like a well-rounded book and I'm sure it's edited well with how much work has gone into it. It's currently free on amazon, and I think you should grab it if you're interested. Who knows? You might find it's a series you love! I know I enjoyed it.

  • Kelley Ross
    2019-01-23 04:56

    I could talk about the overall splendor of the world featured in The Sea of Storms, but I think the best reviews are the ones that dig into the actual storyline and mechanics of the book. So without further ado, my favorite three things in The Sea of Storms:The strategy behind Keltar battles reminds me of the clashes between tribes in Dune. There is a political struggle heavy with indoctrination and biased behavior going on. This play for power really fuels the story as the characters search for the truth about the Prophet.In terms of character development, this is a fun read. Boxx in particular is an interesting tangle of character versus machine. (I know, you're thinking, "machine?" To me, its personality screams android or hologram. (Specifically, like Data or Voyager's EMH from Star Trek.) Boxx runs on six legs and is described by Keris as behaving like both a child and a senile old man, but the creature really made me think of an inquisitive android trying to learn the ways of humanity. Boxx experiences regret, wistfulness, and even the pain of others; however, Boxx is always referred to as "it." Is this really because the Chandara lack gender and other identifying “human” traits, or because readers are meant to respond to Boxx's character like we might respond to a pet or an elderly guardian? I enjoyed Boxx's intelligence, and I found it interesting that a sentient being would be continuously referred to as “creature” or “it.” The Kelanni are an interesting race, and their motive for becoming involved with the Chandara was an fascinating bit of lore. This was my first time reading about the idea that memories can be passed along chemically, instead of through writing or story-telling. In a way, The Giver had a similar idea, but I feel like it is fleshed out more in The Sea of Storms. Overall, The Sea of Storms is a great book and I would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good Sci-Fi story.

  • Cheri Clay
    2019-01-21 04:14

    Shann wasn’t sure why she helped the stranger. She knew it meant certain death now if she is caught. But what of the strange disc he had pressed into her hand sticky and yet so unusual as she had never known anything like it before. She couldn’t help but wonder who was he to stand up to the Keltar like that and yet he was dressed like a Keltar he even had the flying cloak. The words he said echoed in her head “run” and that was exactly what she was doing…running for her life….I love Whiteway’s writing style so free-flowing not difficult to read like most sci-fi adventures. But there is more than sci-fi to enjoy as there is something for everyone from sci-fi, fantasy, adventure and mystery that excites the imagination from page one. Reading like a Scottish folktale I found myself lost within the pages not wanting the story to end.The characters are so deep, Shann with her bold desire to be strong but yet has such a child-like innocence, Lyall the rebel with a young adventurous heart who has a desire to save his homeland and poor Alondo who seems to have such a little boy heart but is somehow always caught up in Lyall’s adventures. There are so many others to relate to from Keris and Mordal to even the mysterious Prophet that is at the heart of the story leaving me to wonder how people could just be ripped from those they love to serve and obey.I recommend this story from young to old especially looking for adventure that is powerful and exciting, also for a story rich in lessons to be learned along the way. But also anyone seeking something that is an excellent change from the same-old storyline that will clearly whisk the reader to another time and place and even cause one to ponder and think…

  • Vanessa Baez-dudley
    2019-01-11 04:59

    Great Start to a New Sci-Fi SeriesI wanted to start this series because I had a friend that is already to book 5 and swears that the author is one of his favorites. So I thought to myself “sure, why not try it out?” and started the series. Looking on Amazon and to my utter delight, the author made the first book in the series free! I was sold off the bat with that price. Also, I looked ahead and noticed that the next books in the series are modestly priced at $3.99. Anyways, let me start by saying that my friend was right! I think I may have found a new favorite Sci-fi author and I’m only on Book 1! The Sea of Storms takes place on the planet Kelanni, where the basic story line is about a group of revolutionaries looking to overthrow the tyrant of their people, who is known as “the Prophet”. The Prophet uses enforcers to mine lodestones in order to use their power for evil. When a message from the past is played to the five characters, the group bands together on a quest to save their world and their people on it. There is way more to the plot than just that but I don’t want to spend all day talking about it. I need to spend my time moving to the next book! But lastly I will say this. The characters, world-building, and even the small details about the animals so similar to those on Earth make this book well worth your time. I can’t wait to start Book 2 in the series and I will definitely add this author to my favorites list.

  • Janine Noble
    2018-12-30 23:22

    An intriguing, character-driven, fantasy-adventure story.Shann is an orphan, working in the kitchens of a local Inn, when she witnesses a confrontation between one of the Prophet’s Keltar, who is collecting tribute for the Prophet, and a sandy-haired stranger. An impulse leads Shann to aid the stranger, resulting in her being pursued by the Prophet’s soldiers and forced to leave Corte, her home town. “Flying cloaks,” “graylesh” and “sand scarags” are just some of the things you will be introduced to in this, book one of the “Lodestone Trilogy.” In a world with three suns, where diamonds are a common commodity, and the people are under the control of “the Prophet,” it is the characters who really drive the story. You will forget that Shann, Keris, Lyall and Alondo have tails and bleed white, and will be eager to discover their fate, which is only partially revealed by the semi-cliffhanger at the end of this book.There were sections of the book which were less engaging than others, but overall, this world, it’s characters, and the challenges they encounter are well-written and, as an added bonus, there is no gratuitous sex or overly graphic violence.

  • Ashley Ziemer
    2019-01-17 00:57

    The rebels are forming and plotting by their leader known only as "The Prophet." The Kelanni are being forced to harvest the lodestones. When Keris, a Keltar questioning her work for "The Prohpet," learns that the Kelanni people are in more trouble than is realized, she sets out to find a way to save them. The journey takes a group of five, including Keris, Shann-a village girl, and Boxx-a creature with powers, on an adventure that will reveal astonishing truths and dangerous encounters.Author Mark Whiteway makes his novel debut with the first book in his Lodestone series. He creates a fantastical world that is easy to get sucked into. The plot is unique and easily keeps the attention of the reader. Whiteway's writing is smooth and consistent. It has the simplicity to hold the attention of kids and teens while weaving in ideas to appeal to adults as well. The characters more than simple creations. Whiteway creates characters that the reader will love and root for. This is the first book in a series that will surely be loved by children, teens, and adults!

  • Margo
    2018-12-27 07:19

    This book 1 in the Lodestone series really set the tone and I am excited to delve into the remainder of the series. Mark Whiteway transported me to this new world thru his details and wonderful characters. Amazingly, you almost forget that the Kelanni are not human in the traditional sense until you get the reminder about tails or remembering that the Chandara has multiple limbs. But is does not distract because I felt connected with Shann, Lyall, Alondo, Keris, and even Boxx throughout this story. To me, it did start a little slow but it could be because I just finished a non sci-fi series so my mind had to adjust. It did take a chapter or two but once the story got going however, oh my, so much action for the heroes. Nail biting situations that make this book a page turner. At the end of book one, all I could think was nooooo, I need just one more page. So if you cannot tell, I am ready to go on to book 2. Quick read, this book, so excited for the next adventures and to see what lies ahead for our band of heroes.

  • D. E.
    2019-01-18 01:13

    A SyFy Novel of Planet Across the GalaxyMW has penned a SyFy novel that shows how people live on a different planet. The ruling masses have the ability to fly across sky. This ability has seismic reaction against the peoples whom are and are existing in a manner now. This is an odd, but exceptional piece of SyFy that each reader will thoroughly enjoy. This is an excellent read for the genre.....ER

  • Pamela
    2018-12-26 02:56

    Really like this world.

  • Kim
    2019-01-14 06:05

    FOUR STARSTRIGGER WARNINGS: kidnapping, child abuse, slavery, fascism, torture, theft, murder

  • Sarah Sunday
    2019-01-15 00:02

    This was a book that I kept picking up and putting down. I wasn’t sure how I felt about it in the beginning. It had some interesting thoughts there in the beginning, but I wasn’t sold at first. I kept giving it a go, because I do not like failing to finish a book. I am very glad that I did not. It really picked up. After the introduction of the primary cast, I felt myself growing attached to the primary characters and wanting to see where they ended up. The growth of the characters and how they influenced each other was what kept me interested. I especially like the interplay between Shann and Lyall and Keris and Shann. That was where the story was for me.Sure, the mechanics of the lodestones were neat and had some interesting moments, and the religious backdrop was cool, but the characters in relation to those ideas are where the power of this book is at. It means nothing if we weren’t following these characters through their special quest.I’m not sure if I was that intrigued in the story to keep going with the story. There were some pacing issues and at times I felt a little bit unclear on some context of what was going on, so the scope of the story felt a little bit vague to me. I would expect that to be cleared up with more reading and further installments, but I’m not sure if I really want to. It was fun and engaging yes, but I’m hesitant for reasons I can’t fully articulate. It was good, but not fantastic. I do recommend it, though; is a nice sci-fi adventure.

  • Suralxiong
    2019-01-07 05:01

    Lodestone Book One: Sea of Storms by Mark WhitewayThis is a really good book with some outstanding characters and world building. There are some interesting though sometimes confusing elements about the Lodestones, which I'm no way going to try to be expert about. The important thing to this type of fiction is that the author try to maintain the rules he's built into his system-or at least have good reasons for any deviations. I think,without going into real in-depth analysis of the working of the lodestones, the author does a fair job of keeping things real.There is an prologue to story and it almost confused me. I at first thought the whole Kelanni religious order stuff might be based around Kal and had to read back to realize that it existed before. Then I wasn't sure if they had the lodestones before him or after the Keltar obtained theirs- I'm thinking maybe after and he may have played a role in that but later there is mention of a Kel Stones almost as a separate thing- by a character in the real story so I'm still a bit confused. That might get cleared up for me later in this series of books.The world of the Kelanni is one of a world with three suns- I don't remember any moons. The actual orbits and movements of the suns and the planet are still muddled in my mind and an orbital diagram might have been helpful. It's possible, since it seems that the large red sun never sets, that the Kelanni world is like the moon orbiting a sun instead of planet with only one side facing the big red sun, Ail-Mazzoth. There are two smaller sons that move around the sky and those are what confuse me the Ali-Gan yellow sun and Ali-Kar white sun. I don't understand how they orbit and what the relationship is to the Kelanni world and Ail-Mazzoth.My confusion asside:This seems to be a story about Shann who is a young girl living in a small village where the Kelanni religious orders Keltar are extracting tribute in the form of slave labor. Her parents were taken some time in the past and she lives with relatives and has dim view of the religious leader and the Keltars. I would guess that explains why she tries to help someone who seems to be attempting to save the tribute slaves from being taken by the prophet's Keltar's. Her attempts lead to her having to go on the run from the Keltar.We learn somewhere along the line that Kelanni have tails. It's sort of almost in passing and not much time is dwelt upon the subject. Later it becomes a major plot point so it might have been useful to have the tails mentioned- as in having some purpose to remind us of their existence before the plot point arrives.There are more major characters in the book with Keris a Keltar who initially assists in the pursuit of Shann. Alondo and Lyall are the rebels-Lyall is the one Shann helped. Then there is a large beetle like bug named Boxx; he's a Chandara and they live very long lives. At some point it's difficult to tell who's story this is but since it starts with Shann and ends with Shann I will call it her story.They all eventually get together and begin a convoluted escape from the prophet and his Keltar. As things unfold the escape route makes perfect sense as they work together in a mission to save all of the Kalanni from the Unan-Chinneroth, the one "without a tail". Pretty important that tail everyone takes for granted. On the other hand it could have been the one without a nose; so, even without many mentions about the tail this does work.The quest takes them to the other side of the planet- which may be freezing cold- or not- depending on those orbits of the other suns.This is a good fantasy and fair Science Fiction -I think it could use a bit more explanation in some of the science- a bit of romance with a strong female character. I recommend this to anyone except the few nitpickers who 'have' to know all the facts about how lodestones work (or shouldn't) and orbits of planets and suns. It's good for a couple nights entertainment and a good prelude to:THE REST OF THE STORY- there is a volume containing books 1-3 available.Sural