A Necklace of Souls{REVIEW}



A Necklace of Souls
by R.L. Stedman 
Release Date: 12/19/14
339 pages





‘A true dream is when the events I see in my sleep have, or will happen. It’s a talent that runs in my family. I was thirteen when I had my first true dream.’

Will’s Aunt says the Kingdom of the Rose is the most fortunate of lands. But Will hates the place – his uncle and aunt are horrible, and he misses his parents. Oh, how he misses them.

Dana wishes she wasn’t a princess. She’s always being told how to behave, what to wear. There’s a strangeness in the castle – why will no one talk about the Guardian, or the necklace that protects the land? And why does her father look at her with such sorrow? The collier’s cart seems the perfect escape. Only she didn’t realize she’d become so dirty, or so lost. Fortunately this boy, Will, has a sense of direction. And next to the forbidding stranger, N’tombe, he seems reassuringly normal.

Welcome to A Necklace of Souls: a story of love and loss, of shattered lives and desperate hopes. In the Kingdom of the Rose, bravery is not always measured by strength and magic is real, if only one has the courage to dream.

Shortlisted for the Sir Julius Vogel Award, A Necklace of Souls was awarded the Tessa Duder Award for Young Adult Fiction, Best First Book at the New Zealand Post Children and Young Adult Book Awards and is a Storylines Notable Book.




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I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review when I signed up to host the book tour. I made no guarantee of a favorable review.

I wasn't sure what to expect when I first started reading this book but as I continued turning the pages I fond myself being drawn into the adventure of a lifetime. Dana is a young princess who has dreams so vivid that they confuse her young mind and leave her with many questions; questions that will in time be answered. Will is a young boy who loses his parents. After losing his parents a letter arrives from his aunt containing two intricately carved beads. Little does he know just how much his life is about to change.

This book is well written with a strong story line and well developed characters. You will find yourself quickly immersed in the story and holding your breathe as you watch Dana and Will grow to be strong young adults with an unknown and adventurous path. I am looking forward to this continuing story.


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My name is Rachel Stedman. I’m a physiotherapist (physical therapist) by background, but now I work as a freelance contractor. I live in the wild and windy place of Dunedin, New Zealand, with my husband and two kids.

I write mostly for children and young adults. In 2012 I won the Tessa Duder Award for an unpublished YA work and my first novel, A Necklace of Souls, was published by HarperCollins in 2013 (available in the United Kingdom and on Book Depository from June 2015). This year, A Necklace of Souls was awarded Best First Book at the 2014 New Zealand Post Book Awards and won a Notable Book Award from Storylines. Inner Fire is my second novel.




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