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The Blessing Stone
by Barbara Wood

Category: Fiction / General
450 pages; ISBN: 031227534X

Rating: 9/10  (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner


The Blessing Stone
Barbara Wood
St. Martin’s, Jan 2003, $25.95, 450 pp.
ISBN: 031227534X

Three million years ago, a meteorite journeyed through the atmosphere of the third orb around the sun. The remnants of the meteorite crash on the planet leaving as its survivor a blue crystal. 100,000 years ago in Africa, The Tall One finds the crystal that somehow saves the life of her ailing Old Mother. Over the millenniums, the gem is passed from one generation to another, ultimately crossing the Mediterranean to Europe, eventually to the Middle East, and finally the Atlantic during the California Gold Rush to America. A hundred plus years later in an upstate New York hamlet the jewel resurfaces on the handle of a hippy’s roach clip.

THE BLESSING STONE is actually an anthology consisting of eight solid tales that are tied together by the blue stone. The stories are well written though a few are obvious as to what will happen. The three BC “books” are incredible while the Roman and Dark Ages tales are terrific. Though the remaining trio is well done, they feel too “modern” (even with one in the sixteenth century) to focus on the mystical jewel until that 1969 farm with a half of million strong. Still Barbara Wood provides an engaging history of the world.

Harriet Klausner


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