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Book Review - Fire Pool by David E Owen

Updated on October 31, 2017

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Have you ever written a fantasy novel or would you like to write one? If you are interested in how a published author starts out in imagining their book, check further down this article for the "Imagining A Book" section.

The Prophecy Stones is an exciting and imaginative trilogy by David E Owen. The Prophecy Stones control the ancient Elements: Fire, Water, Earth and Air in the world of Mundo a large landmass split in two by a giant range of mountains a thousand miles long. There is something special about this ancient mountain range for it calls people to the world of Mundo - people called "Arrivers" and in this world they have magical powers.There is already unrest, for the original inhabitants - the "Belongers" - have no such magical powers and resent the Arrivers' powers.

The story opens immediately with a wild and breathless night time chase, and we learn that the ancient protectors of the Prophecy Stones are losing their powers and the evil and wicked Lord Mool is on the move, along with the one who betrayed the Protectors and who wants to gather the powers of ALL the Prophecy Stones into one set of greedy hands.

Only one person - Nesta - ten years old and a powerful, though untrained wielder of magic, stands between the Prophecy Stones and those who would pervert their powers. She is joined by a failed soldier and two creatures, the beautiful Wireni and the powerful Huffer. On the opposing side is the betrayer, turncoat soldiers and the evil skyke and umbra.

The story moves through different areas of Mundo and climaxes within a volcano, at the Firepool, where Nesta and the Betrayer meet for a final battle.

And yet, even after the final battle, there is still work to be done, the Prophecy Stones are no longer active and Lord Mool is still on the move. Books 2 and 3 in this series are also now available and David E Owen has since written another novel, Evolvere, a thriller that involves a new virus from a Martian meteorite! The fourth book in the Prophecy Stones series has been written, so I am told, and could be published soon.

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What is Fantasy?

Carl Jung, the Swiss Psychologist had some things to say on Fantasy, "All the works of man have their origin in creative fantasy. What right have we then to depreciate imagination." and
"Without this playing with fantasy no creative work has ever yet come to birth. The debt we owe to the play of the imagination is incalculable.", quotes obtained from

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Fantasy is one form of fiction writing that often uses events and abilities outside our known ones in this world, including magic and different laws of physics. Just a few famous fantasy writers include Tolkien (Lord of the Rings) Terry Pratchett (the DiscWorld series - also totally hilarious) JK Rowling (Harry Potter) C S Lewis (Narnia series) Lewis Carroll (Alice in Wonderland) Lloyd Alexander, (Chronicles of Prydain) Philip Pullman (His Dark Materials) and Terry Brooks (Shannara series).

All of these writers include some kind of supernatural phenomenon in their works, such as talking animals, magical abilities, dragons, fairies, wizards, witches and elves. While all of these authors may write at different levels, their books can be enjoyed by anyone of any age because the stories they write contain truths that apply to this world and life as much as to their fantasy universes. Some of these books, for instance, C S Lewis's "Narnia" series, are seen as allegories, where the surface story can be enjoyed by anyone, including children, while the deeper meaning is perceived by older readers.

The term "Fantasy" has also been applied to science fiction (Sci Fi) novels. Science fiction readers and writers, however can probably be divided into two camps, those for whom science fiction is "hard science", that is, based on what can be extrapolated from what we can already do and Science fantasy readers and writers who also read or write about worlds and universes far away but ones that are not necessarily based on the laws that we understand to operate here and now. I have had science fiction readers and writers deride the use of the term "science fiction" for books that they term "science fantasy". I do not see much of a division myself, after all, Terry Pratchett's books on Discworld include stories about magic, witches and wizards, yet there are several books available discussing the science of discworld in quite scientific and scholarly terms!


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Imagining A Book

If you are interested in writing your own fantasy novel or even if you are just interested in finding out how an author thinks up their story, you may be interested in how this author, David E Owen first imagined THIS Novel.

He was a teacher and he used imagination with his students to help them with their writing. He describes the process on his web page for the novel as, "It all started through asking my classes to close their eyes and imagine scenes as I described them aloud. These included the students and their school chairs rising up through the classrooms above ( I was based in a block with many floors ...). As they rose, still seated, I asked them to notice the look of shock on other students' faces, feel the wind in their clothes and hair as they ascended out of the block, and visualise the landscape ahead of them,....

From such beginnings, we moved on to visit other planets where few humans lived but strange creatures lurked, and so, ... the world of Mundo was born." You can read the rest of this information and more on his web site at http://prophecystones.co.uk/

This must have worked with at least some of his students because at least one is now also a published author and when he comments on blogs, many of his former students also comment, showing they are interested in following him.


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Improving As An Author

As with any skill, authoring improves as the skill is practised. I have noticed improvements in authors' styles, characterisation, story layout, and how stories are presented in many series I have read. Sometimes an author goes "back in time" to write a novel that should have formed a prequel to the original books and it is possible to see how they have had to twist the story to fit with what has already been published and also to see how their style has evolved. With some other series, I have stopped reading around about volume 12 or 13 because much of the new books have been repetitions of previous volumes or there was such a lag between the publication of volumes and the plots were so complex that I had literally "lost the plot" in reading them.

It is possible to see therefore that even published authors can improve their style and technique as they continue to practise their craft.

If you want to improve as an author, then write, write, write. It does not have to be published, although that provides opportunities for constructive criticism, just continue writing.

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The Prophecy Stones

The Prophecy Stones was originally a trilogy but will shortly become a quadrilogy or a quartet. Book 1 is available either as a Kindle book or as a paperback published by Austin & Macauley. Books 2 and 3 are available in a Kindle edition. All are fast-paced page-turners and are suitable for anyone from teens upward. As an adult, I enjoyed this book and I would class it in the same area as that of Philip Pullman's works (His Dark Materials) and even Eoin Colfer's Artemis Fowl books. If you have read and enjoyed either of those, you will enjoy this series too, although the Artemis Fowl books would be classed more as funny, whereas the Prophecy Stones are more of a serious read, like Philip Pullman's work.

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You have quite a bit of information about Fire Pool, Book 1 of the Prophecy Stones, a Fantasy series. You also have information about the process of imagining such a book and the importance of imagination in life.

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Fire Pool - Three books available

You can read Fire Pool for yourself, either as a paperback or in the Kindle edition. The three books are "FirePool", "Light Seeker" and "Dark Betrayer". The fourth book in the series, "Exile" should shortly be published.

Prophecy Stones: Part One - Fire Pool
Prophecy Stones: Part One - Fire Pool

The first book in the series - introduces Nesta and her helpers. Thrust into something she doesn't understand, Nesta has to learn to use her great power to save herself and her world.

 

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      RoadMonkey 8 days ago

      Thanks you for visiting and commenting.

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      Jackie Lynnley 8 days ago from The Beautiful South

      Well, glad I stopped back by. This time I will write this book title down and check the library for it!

      Thanks.

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      RoadMonkey 5 months ago

      Thanks very much Bill. I really ought to post a few more articles here. I am hoping this author will produce another new book later this year. I think there is one partially written but I don't know when it will be published.

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      Bill Holland 5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Just checking in to see if you had written something new and I had somehow missed it. Still, it was good to read this review again. Heading to the library soon; maybe I'll find this book there.

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      RoadMonkey 6 months ago

      Thank you very much. I recently found some old fantasy stuff that I wrote many years ago and the stories have now started running through my head again. Maybe I should find time to publish some of it on Hubpages!

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      Bill Holland 6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm going to the library today in search of this book. It's time I delved into the fantasy genre once again, and I remembered this review. Thank you again!

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      RoadMonkey 21 months ago

      These books are definitely in teh fantasy area and I enjoyed them.

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      RoadMonkey 21 months ago

      Thank you for reading.

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      stella vadakin 22 months ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

      Sounds like something that my grandson would read. He loves books on fantasy. Thanks for the article.

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      Bill Holland 22 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you for the review. I'm always looking for good thrillers.

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      RoadMonkey 2 years ago

      Thank you for reading and commenting.

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      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      Sounds like a compelling tale of fantasy. I'll have to give it a read.

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      RoadMonkey 2 years ago

      Thank you for reading. I have heard that there is going to be a follow up to the FirePool trilogy. What does that make it? A quadrology?

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you for the introduction to these books. The series sounds very interesting!

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      RoadMonkey 2 years ago

      We all have our favourite types of books. I just love fantasy, magic and science fiction. But I also like non-fiction and self help books too.

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Thanks for the review. I'm undecided as to whether or not I would enjoy this book. I go more for non-fiction, do-it-yourself", and self-help books.

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      RoadMonkey 2 years ago

      Thank you very much

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      stella vadakin 2 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

      A interesting and enjoyable hub. Have a great day.

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      RoadMonkey 2 years ago

      Thank you very much. I haven't seen a new book from this author recently, just waiting for his next!

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      Mel Carriere 2 years ago from San Diego California

      Sounds like an interesting read. I have read Tolkien, CS Lewis, and new Game of Thrones series, so I guess you could say I like fantasy, although I just like good books, period, regardless of genre. Great hub!

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      RoadMonkey 2 years ago

      Thank you for reading and commenting.

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      Suzette Walker 2 years ago from Taos, NM

      I haven't heard of this author or his books until reading this. They sound interesting and I will be looking into these books to read. Thanks for sharing your review of them with us.

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      RoadMonkey 2 years ago

      Thank you very much

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      The Harry Potter books are my favorites of all. I used to enjoy reading Catherine Cookson, but while I was avid reader of fiction a few years ago, it has gotten to where I can't concentrate on it. I must have non-fiction. How to, history, or current events, something along those lines.

      Very interesting to learn about these books just the same. I wish you well with your Ph.D. Voting this review up and useful.

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      My son talked me into reading fantasy books and I really love them; or many anyway. I don't like them to get too out there to make me lose track, lol. Watership Down was the first I ever read.

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      RoadMonkey 2 years ago

      Yes, Wind in the Willows is classic. I prefer young adult books quite often, myself. I like science fantasy or magic, like Harry Potter

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      I love wind in the willows, prefer kids story books

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      Lana ZK 2 years ago from California

      Interesting! I do prefer to read factual books though, just because reality is so much stranger than fiction, in my experience :)

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      RoadMonkey 2 years ago

      Thank you, glad you enjoyed the review

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Hi, I love Carl Jungs quote, and yes he was so right! this sounds fascinating, I hadn't heard of this book before, but its my kind of reading, so thanks, I will definitely look out for it, nell

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      RoadMonkey 2 years ago

      Thank you for reading the hub.

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      anglnwu 2 years ago

      I've not heard of this book but that's probably because I'm not a fantasy book person. Good review.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A great review here and sounds a wonderful idea to read these books. I will have to go to those links thank you.

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      RoadMonkey 3 years ago

      It is certainly interesting. I enjoy science fantasy.

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      Randall Guinn 3 years ago from Pinellas Park, Florida

      As soon as I finish reading the couple I have, I will get the first book. It sounds interesting. I have always enjoyed reading about things that do not happen in everyday life.

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      RoadMonkey 3 years ago

      Thanks very much. Hope you enjoy it.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      You just reminded me I have to pick this one up.

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      RoadMonkey 3 years ago

      He has now written a fourth book too but that one is a thriller.

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      Angela F 3 years ago from Seattle, WA

      I haven't read it (and was unaware of the author) but am adding to my reading list. Thanks!

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      RoadMonkey 3 years ago

      @Craftymarie: Thank you for reading and commenting. I hear he has another book due out next week.

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      Marie 3 years ago

      This is exactly the kind of book I do like to read - it's going on my growing reading pile!

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      RoadMonkey 3 years ago

      @SteveKaye: Thanks for visiting and commenting. He has a new book being published soon - Evolvere.

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      SteveKaye 3 years ago

      This is the first time that I'm hearing about this book. It's fascinating that so many great quests against monstrous evil are taken on by small people who find a way to triumph.

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      RoadMonkey 3 years ago

      @TreasuresBrenda: Thanks for reading. The author had an offer on a few days ago, not sure if it is still available.

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      Treasures By Brenda 3 years ago from Canada

      I'm not sure that Fire Pool is my kind of story but I know a few other people who might be interested.

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      RoadMonkey 3 years ago

      @smine27: I certainly hope so! There is sale pricing on the complete trilogy until Boxing Day (I think) but only on the complete trilogy (not the individual books), according to the author's last post. Thank you for visiting and posting.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      I am intrigued.

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      RoadMonkey 3 years ago

      @seahorse60: Thanks very much for visiting. I just heard recently that the 3rdbook has now been published. I must add it to the lens.

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      seahorse60 3 years ago

      I haven't read the book but you've told me just enough to whet my appetite. I'll go check it out thanks!

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      RoadMonkey 4 years ago

      @TanoCalvenoa: Yes, it's a great name, isn't it? I don't know how some people just pick the "right" name for their characters, it must be a knack they have. Thanks for visiting.

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      TanoCalvenoa 4 years ago

      I like the name "Lord Mool." Good bad guy name.

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      RoadMonkey 4 years ago

      @Nightcat: Thank you. My Kindle is one of my favourite "toys". I love reading but as I am currently studying, I can add PDFs to the Kindle and work while on the train, as the Kindle is so easy to carry and read. Thanks for visiting.

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      Nightcat 4 years ago

      This sounds wonderful and reminds me a little of the Skulduggery Pleasant series. Alas, I do not own a Kindle, but this is very tempting. Great lens!

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      RoadMonkey 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you for visiting. I hear book 3 is due out soon, so waiting for that!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      No telling the truth have not read it but I like the story description so it will stick in my memory. I don´t have a Kindle yet. Liked reading this very much though. Have a great week ahead.xxx

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      RoadMonkey 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Yes, me too. I have looked at the web site and it appears that it is nearly ready!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Yes, I read this book on my Kindle and enjoyed it very much. I have also read Light seeker, so am waiting for book 3 to be published.