Book Review: Raising Sleeping Stones by P.H.T. Bennett

raisingcoverTitle: Raising Sleeping Stones

Author: P.H.T. Bennett

Genre: MG Fantasy

Age Group: Middle Grade

Rating: 4 stars

Purchase: Amazon

Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

Like every kid in Solasenda, 11-year-old Kiva Stone has been far too busy training for one of the five town guilds to think about something as useless as dreaming. But when she and her sister DeeDee uncover a mysterious plot to get rid of them, their only hope lies with a shadowy group of people who get unimaginable powers from their dreams. As the girls escape with them up the river, they start learning secret dreaming techniques that have been forbidden for centuries. But how can they learn enough to stand against the enemies chasing them? The answer lies in the shattered history of Orora Crona, the lost Valley of Dreams, and whoever can piece it together first will rule for centuries to come.

In Raising Sleeping Stones, 11-year-old Kiva Stone spends the majority of her time training for one of the five town guilds. She doesn’t have time to play, let alone dream. When Kiva and her sister DeeDee uncover a plot to get rid of them, their only hope is a mysterious group of people who get unimaginable powers from their dreams. As they are taught secret dreaming techniques that have been forbidden for centuries, enemies flock around them.

As in most fantasy books, the characters go on a quest of self-discovery and meanwhile explore the world around them. Despite that, the book feels very original, the world building is solid, and the characters are intriguing. Kiva, and also DeeDee, go through a lot of character growth throughout the book. They’re not the same people at the end as they were at the start. The proces is gradual, but as a reader, you can feel it.

The world building really impressed me. The writing was fast-paced and I was completely engrossed in the story from the moment I started reading.

The book is ideal for middle graders and young adults, and offers a rich, lush fantasy setting and engaging story.

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