The Legend of the Moonstone (The Sacred Stones series, #1) by Meglena Ivanova

The_Legend_of_the_MoonstoneMy rating:  4  of  5  stars

Disclaimer:  Alana Munro provided me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review for Reach for the Stars Book Reviews.

(by Goodreads)

When Daniel first met Professor Stransky, he was only fifteen. Daniel was amazed by everything in the hall. All gems and minerals the Professor had exhibited behind the glass panes seemed to bewitch him, and the story of the Moonstone changed his life and philosophy thoroughly. What happened the day they met, predestined events that would have happened anyway, but this was the best way to start them. After his encounter with the Professor, Daniel improved his results and soon was admitted to the University where Stransky taught. It had been several years since the meeting between the mysterious Professor and the boy with extraordinary power. Some very important moments of this meeting were engraved in the memories of both of them, but they seemed to be replaced by others, required by the present. When they met again, the thought of these past memories lurked in their minds as if this meeting had not been fully completed and that gave them no peace day or night. For a long time none of them had remembered their first encounter. While Professor Stransky was telling the legend of the Moonstone, however, something had broken in both of them and they had started tying up the events of their lives that had led to this current moment when the story of The Moonstone was perceived as fact rather than fiction.

Brief Summary

After his participation in a top secret project, the famous teller of legends and myths, Professor of Mineralogy, Bernard Stransky, receives a present like no other – an enormous, glittering, gem. Little does he know that this legendary stone will bring with it a world of mystery and danger. The stone seems to hold strange powers beyond mere beauty, perhaps even a prophecy that travels with it. The sparkling Moonstone belongs to Professor Stransky, but he isn’t the stone’s real master. Part of the hidden heart of the mystery planet, the gem is the subject of an intense worldwide search by Upper Souls whose ultimate duty is to find and restore the stone to its rightful place. According to their beliefs, the special and powerful stone, belongs to them and their families. That’s not quite true! The Uppers want to possess the Moonstone only because they think they are the Better part of their tribe. They are ready to do whatever it takes them to possess the stone and for them only that matters!
The Moonstone have to be returned back to its guardians, but a storm of supernatural, amazing and unexpected circumstances and surprising tricks of fate follow in its wake.


My Opinion

The book early introduces its main characters, yet at a rather slow pace. The two worlds and their characters are presented alternately until they all meet in the world as we know it. This combination of important events and the slow pace might take a while to get used to. From then on, you feel the urge to continue reading, find out who is good or bad. As the locations and characters are not described in too much detail, the readers are free to use their imagination. I will not tell you more about the story than shown in the Goodreads plot description and the brief summary above. This would spoil the fun of reading this book yourself.

With this first volume of The Sacred Stones series, Meglena Ivanova provides us with a promising start of an adventure series for kids and young adults. If you liked Indiana Jones or Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s books for young adults you will very probably like The Legend of the Moonstone a lot. A good read for all readers who enjoy adventures with twists and turns in an everyday and sometimes even completely different environment.

I am now looking forward to reading the second book in Meglena Ivanova’s The Sacred Stones series.   🙂


Meglena Ivanova is the author of The Legend of The Moonstone and more than 45 essays and short stories on different topics. She writes mostly fantasy novels and is currently living in New York, USA with her husband.

To find out more about Meglena, please visit her web site:


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My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about The Legend of the Moonstone?  Or – if you did not yet read The Legend of the Moonstone – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂



9 thoughts on “The Legend of the Moonstone (The Sacred Stones series, #1) by Meglena Ivanova

  1. Hi Karen, what happened with your guest post 🙂 Are you still up for the challenge? 🙂 Your website looks great. I’ve learn a lot from your reviews and thoughts 🙂 When my second book from the trilogy is ready /THE BLOODSTONE/ I will definitely offer you to read it as a beta reader. Your opinion really matters for me… 🙂

    • Hi Meglena, I am still up for the challenge! Thanks for the praise. 🙂
      I am looking forward to being your beta reader. Thank you for this great offer. I am always willing to throw in my two cents. 🙂

  2. Hi Karen and everybody, thanks for checking my book.
    Karen your reviews are so completely honest and so informative so I’m glad that you decided to review my book.
    Thank you so much for your amazing and adorable review! 🙂 Thank you so much, really and truly, for your response to The Legend of The Moonstone. You rock! If you want to write a guest post at my blog you are more then welcome.
    Purrfectkitties, Jack Flacco you guys are also welcome to write about anything related to books, authors, and personal experience with books. Thanks for taking the time to visit Karen’s website. Her website is unique source of information about great books and great authors.

    • Hi Meglena, thank you for the praise. 🙂
      I also thank you very much for your offer. I will certainly provide an appropriate guest post.

    • It is! My cats love hearing Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s adventures in Spanish. They liked listening to this book in English as well. 🙂

  3. I love books that develop characters over time. This might seem like a book I might want to read now. Thanks for taking the time to highlight it on your blog!

    • It is promising, less gory than other stories. This book undoubtedly offers a different approach to adventure telling.
      Next week, I am going to publish a review that might be interesting for you as well, Jack.

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