The Seventh Stone by Pamela Hegarty

February 10, 2012 Book Review, reviews 0

The Seventh Stone by Pamela HegartyThe Seventh Stone by Pamela Hegarty
Published by Sky Castle Publishing on December 15th, 2011
Genres: Fiction, Suspense
Pages: 423
Source: complimentary review copy
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Books about religious artifacts have become quite popular since Dan Brown exploded on the scene with his Angels and Demons series. Pamela Hegarty takes us into New York City, Princeton and the Colombian rain forest for an oft-overlooked treasure from Moses’ day – the Breastplate of the High Priest, also known as the Breastplate of Judgment and the Breastplate of Aaron.

In The Seventh Stone, Princeton historian Christa Devlin is on a mission to find the seven missing stones of the Breastplate before the sociopath “Prophet” can get his hands on the gems.  With tremendous twists and turns along the way, including the water of New York City and Princeton being contaminated with a deadly poison that kills within seven days, The Seventh Stone is a grand adventure and jaw-dropping suspense all in one.

What I would have liked better:
For me, someone who really loves a long book – especially a suspenseful adventure, I found some sections to be slower in the 423 pages.  It may be that sometimes it was difficult {for me} to keep track of the numerous characters important to the story. For example, at the beginning of a chapter the brother-in-law is introduced but it took me until the end of the same chapter to realize Percival was the brother-in-law and not the husband.

Please give me more:
I really liked Christa’s gung-ho, never-give-up attitude throughout the book, even when all seemed lost.  And the historical aspects of this novel were fascinating – including Mayan and Anasazi Indians and the Spanish priests and conquistadors!

The villain in The Seventh Stone was truly a man you could love to hate. He had the face of an angel and the heart of a snake! Any more and I’ll be disclosing spoilers!

Interesting to Note:
Most gem scholars agree that the tradition of birthstones developed from the Breastplate of Aaron: the twelve gemstones that represented the twelve tribes of Israel also correspond with the twelve signs of the zodiac and the twelve months of the year.

About the Author:
Pamela Hegarty has adventured in more than thirty-five countries on six continents. She summited Mount Kilimanjaro, backpacked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and camped with lions in the Serengeti. A novelist who has adventured the world enough to write a heroine we could adore! Author’s Blog | Author on Twitter 

Final Thoughts:

I liked the Seventh Stone for the strong female lead and vast amounts of historical aspects included in the novel. If you are a mystery/suspense/adventure junkie like me then this book will certainly keep you entertained!

Happy Reading!

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