The three young people are off on yet another adventure. They have to find all of the seven stones of power before evil claims them for evil gains. Adam and Justin, cousins, and their Aunt Isabel’s ward, Kim, are on a mission to find the third precious stone of power. Like their adventures in Scotland and Egypt, this third book in the “Chronicles of the Stone” series takes the young people to Mexico and the land of the Aztec and Maya. With a mixture of adventure, fantasy and history, the plot unfolds with the same excitement as the first two books, this one beginning with a plane crash in the jungle. Left to their own devices, the stranded young people must find their way to a lost Maya city, where they believe the third stone is hidden. Dr. Khalid, the evil that has plagued their adventures so far, has once again cheated death and is hot on their trail.
And, if myth and history and fantasy succeed, the reincarnation of two important Aztec gods will rule again. Tezcatlipoca a powerful Aztec god, ruler of the night sky and a dark god of sorcery and war, has shattered the isolated groups of Maya descendants who continue to live in the jungle, kidnapping many of them for his own personal gains. His name, which means Smoking Mirror, continues to instil fear. It is the power of fear that allows him to take control of so many people and make them his minions. His complete opposite, Quetzalcoatl, a feathered serpent, god of the wind and the star called Venus, is the embodiment of good. Red-headed Adam bears resemblance to Quetzalcoatl. With his ability to see things, to have visions, and, even though still considered a child, his ability to do the unexpected, makes him a powerful force against evil.
Fiona Ingram’s “The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper” is a powerful, exciting story full of adventure and knowledge. The history and mythology of the Aztec and Maya people is thoroughly researched and presented in a compelling way to attract readers, young and old, to learn more about this ancient civilization. The author weaves thoughtful considerations into her characters: the importance of family, of heritage, of friendship, as well as the power of working together as a team. As good and evil project the plot forward, so, too, does the depth of characterization strengthen the bonds. The three young people, plus their new native friend and guide, Tukum, are only as strong as their ability to work together, as is seen over and over again in this story. Conflicts amongst friends are resolved with patience and understanding, creating stronger bonds in the process, as is seen between Tukum and Justin, who seem so much at odds throughout the story until Justin saves Tukum’s life.
A story which both educates and entertains. What a great combination!