Blog Tour Spotlight: The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper
In The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper, author Fiona Ingram brings back the history-loving, adventure-chasing trio of Justin, Adam, and Kim. This time, a sightseeing airplane ride over the Mexican jungle ends in a plane crash and an encounter with an uncontacted jungle tribe. Thanks to a set of English-speaking missionionaries long in since gone, the tribal leader and his grandson speak English and agree to help the trio stay one step ahead of Dr. Kahlid in the persuit of the third stone of power.
Written with a middle-grade reader in mind, this book offers adventure, wild animals, and a deep dip into ancient Aztec and Mayan history. The lanugage used keeps the story easy to understand while also introducing several Spanish, Mayan, and Aztec words.
The cover and formatting are well done, and the handful of illustrations included with the text add a nice visual to help young readers see everything from the uncontacted tribe to the ancient gods that become an important part of of the story. Spelling and grammar were stellar and I did not notice a single error.
Plot and strucuture were well done, with a singular, linear plotline made easy for this level of reader to follow and get excited about. The story is told primarily through dialogue which made it easy to hear the voice of the characters and made me think that this would be an excellent tv-series or movie adaptation.
My only critique of this book is the lack of internal dialogue or description of character feelings. While the dialogue kept the plot moving, we spend very little time getting to know the characters. I have not read the first two books and it's entirely possible that the author relied on character development from the first two books. That being said, should a reader start the series from this book, they will not be lost in the storyline without the first two books, I just would have liked to have seen a bit more introtrospection from each of the three main characters. Also, the addition of a bit more narrative prose would have helped things to not feel so convenient and would have heightened the tension a bit.
The cliffhanger epilogue was a nice addition and likely set up the next book. I also liked the additional in-depth infomation included at the back of the book about the ancient Mayan and Aztec cultures.
As written, I think this would be an outstanding addition to any young reader's collection! Even older readers will learn something new about this fascinating part of ancient history.
A plane crash! Lost in the jungle! Hunted by their old enemy, will Adam, Justin, and Kim survive long enough to find the Third Stone of Power? With only a young boy, Tukum, as their guide, the kids make their way through the dense and dangerous jungle to find the lost city of stone gods, where the Stone of Power might be located. River rafting on a crocodile-infested river and evading predators are just part of this hazardous task. Of course, their old adversary Dr. Khalid is close behind as the kids press on. But he is not the worst of their problems. This time Adam will clash with a terrible enemy who adopts the persona of an evil Aztec god, Tezcatlipoca, and is keen to revive the ancient tradition of human sacrifice. Adam, Justin, and Tukum must play a dreadful ball game of life and death and maybe survive. Will they emerge alive from the jungle? Will Dr. Khalid find the third Stone of Power before they do?
About the Author
Fiona Ingram is a children’s author, but up until a few years ago, she was a journalist and editor. Something rather unexpected sparked her new career as an author—a family trip to Egypt with her mother and two young nephews. They had a great time and she thought she’d write them a short story as a different kind of souvenir…. Well, one book and a planned book series later, she had changed careers. She has now published Book 3 (The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper) in her middle grade adventure series Chronicles of the Stone, with many awards for the first book,
The Secret of the Sacred Scarab, and a few for Book 2, The Search for the Stone of Excalibur, and one already for Book 3! She also teaches online novel writing for aspiring authors and she finds that very satisfying. Relaxation time finds her enjoying something creative or artistic, music, books, theatre or ballet. She loves doing research for her book series. Fiona loves animals and has written two animal rescue stories. She has two adorable (naughty) little dogs called Chloe and Pumpkin, and a beautiful black cat called Bertie.