Under Stone (The Ambeth Chronicles, #4) by Helen Jones #BookReview @AuthorHelenJ

Cover: Under Stone
(The Ambeth Chronicles, #4)
by Helen Jones


The author sent me an ARC of this book (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

(by Goodreads)

‘Help will come to you, Alma, you will not be alone.’

Accepting her new powers hasn’t been easy for Alma. Nor has finding out the truth about her father. And she’s still not sure about the prophecy, or about going back to Ambeth. But the Dark are gathering, Denoris on her trail. Deryck hasn’t forgotten about her either…

Events past and present converge on a small Welsh town as Alma, and the Dark, choose their path. Who will reach the Cup first?

Genre(s): Kindle eBooks
> Paranormal & Urban Fantasy
> Teen & Young Adult
> Paranormal & Urban Fantasy
Series: The Ambeth Chronicles, #4
Length: 260 pages
Release date: 2017-12-21


…She almost had it, could feel the shape of the Castle mound, almost like a dome, mirroring the curving blue sky above. And inside it, deep under stone, there was something. A glimmering, a cool energy that shone steady like a star, surrounded by a tangle of Dark and Light, just like she’d seen the night before…

My Opinion

This book finds Alma in Wales with new powers and still no desire of returning to Ambeth.

With “Under Stone”, Helen Jones continues the wonderful Ambeth Chronicles. It is an enjoyable and compelling read, focussing not only on finding the Cup – in Ambeth as well as in Alma’s world; there is a lot going on among the Dark. Helen Jones paints a clear picture of Alma’s and the other characters’ mind sets while the story evolves. I was drawn very close to Alma and her story – an invisible friend and ally. The characters are complex, believable with their flaws and virtues; more characters are introduced with more detail, nicely enhancing the plot. The story is nicely woven and has a wonderful flow; it was easy to get hooked. I love how some secrets are solved and new mysteries come up, it is a fine balance. I am looking forward to reading the next book.

This is a book for you if you like young adult fantasy, urban fantasy, believable and often very likeable characters.

The fourth book in The Ambeth Chronicles series; the last chapters let me expect a promising fifth book. A book I definitely need to read.

Highly recommended!

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Fast, steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen: (decent)
Violence 😳 (some violence and mention thereof)
Sexual content :mrgreen: – 😳 (some mentions)

About the author

Helen Jones loves to write. That’s all there is to it. Born in the UK, she lived in Canada and Australia before returning to England several years ago. The thought of finding magic in ordinary places is one that inspires her; when she was a child she did find a strange valley and hear a scream – the incident stayed with her and was the starting point of the Ambeth Chronicles.

Helen has worked as a freelance writer for the past ten years, runs her own blog at http://www.journeytoambeth.com and has contributed guest posts to others, including the Bloomsbury Writers & Artists site. Ambeth is not the only world she plans to visit in her books, but it’s where she is now.

When she’s not writing, she likes to walk, paint and study karate (when housework and family life permit!) She’s now working on several other novels unrelated to Ambeth, enjoying the chance to explore other fantasy worlds.

Connect with the author:

Amazon:  Helen Jones
Buy links:  books2read.com/u/bQxV0D

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about “Under Stone”?  Or – if you did not yet read “Under Stone” – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂




16 thoughts on “Under Stone (The Ambeth Chronicles, #4) by Helen Jones #BookReview @AuthorHelenJ

    • You will not regret catching up with the rest of the series, Suzanne. I like how Alma develops, ‘grows’ with the challenges.

    • My pleasure, Diana. Urban fantasy with believable heroines (i.e. maturing with their tasks) can be fab – this series proves it.

  1. Thanks so much for the lovely review, Karen – I’m so pleased you enjoyed the book! Ambeth five is almost written, hoping to get it out later this year 🙂

    • My pleasure, Helen. I love how the story proceeds and how you still surprise me – I did not expect a trip to London. 😉
      I am looking forward to reading Ambeth five, am ready for more of Alma and – Merewyn. Some characters appear, simply ‘do their job’ and leave a mark.

      • I had to think about that for a moment! But yes, London seems to be where the action is heading in books five and six 🙂 Thank you so much, I’m so pleased you love the story. I’ll be very happy to send you Ambeth five once it’s written and yes, I think we’ll see Merewyn again – she’s a favourite character of mine and still has her part to play, I think…

      • London is a good choice if Deryck is to have some difficulties to adapt; York or Edinburgh would be less of a challenge.
        I am thrilled to read more about Merewyn – she is very interesting. And you made her one of my favourite characters as well, Helen.

      • London is so ancient, too (although I know those other cities are as well). The building with the Roman amphitheatre in the basement exists, as does another building, where the basement is paved in Roman mosaics but the upper level was rebuilt after the second world war – I have a feeling that might feature in the final books too 😉
        And that’s so lovely that Merewyn’s one of your favourite characters! She did start out as someone there to ‘do a job’, as you say – but I think she’ll have a bigger part to play in the end…

      • London has a lot to offer, absolutely. It is not only the contrast between the ancient and the modern that exhausted Deryck; it is certainly also the unexpected speed of this capital’s inhabitants and visitors. I love your way of thinking about what you might feature, Helen. 🙂
        Merewyn happened to you as a writer – it is awesome to see a supporting character evolve into much more; it was meant to be – kismet.

      • Thanks so much, Karen – I really appreciate your insight, and your support of the series 🙂 I’m so pleased you’re enjoying it.
        And yes – I’m looking forward to seeing what Merewyn ends up doing. She hasn’t told me yet! 😀

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