"Five out of five stars - A treasure for genre fans that should not be overlooked!"  -- Midwest Book Review

"...has the best elements of a good fantasy. The characters are likable and realistic. The plot has plenty of twists. There is humor, coming of age, values, and logic buried throughout the story. Five stars." -- Bob Spear, The Book Barn


Sixteen-year-old novelist Riley Carney works magic in this high fantasy adventure story brought to life by memorable, vibrant characters. The Fire Stone, the first book in the captivating Reign of the Elements series, is rooted in genuine adolescent thought and emotion throughout a journey of danger, friendship, and courage, as a group of teenagers, led by fifteen-year-old Matt, attempt to save their world. Matt knows how to shovel hay, dig trenches, and dodge his father’s whip, but when three terrifying creatures attack Matt, and he is rescued by a wizard, he kidnaps a baby alorath, and is befriended by elves, Matt’s life transforms overnight from dreary to astonishing. When he unwittingly joins a quest to find the Fire Stone, one of the elusive Stones of the Elements which have the power to destroy the world, Matt is thrust into a string of perilous adventures. He soon discovers that magic does exist and that he has extraordinary powers that can change his destiny and determine the fate of Mundaria.

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After successfully recovering the Fire Stone, fifteen-year-old Matt wants nothing more than to enjoy himself with his friends in the magical forest of Amaldan, home of the elves, but Matt knows that the evil elf Malik will never stop seeking the Stones of the Elements. And when a plague from ancient years resurfaces, threatening the lives of an entire city, the only way to ensure their survival is to find the second Stone of the Elements, the Water Stone, which possesses mysterious magical healing powers. Matt, Samsire, and their friends, set off on another quest, following the clues of a long-dead dwarf adventurer, as they desperately race against time and Malik's forces to find the Water Stone before it's too late. 

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Matt must confront a treacherous council of wizards and new, powerful enemies, all while dealing with the absence of Samsire, his alorath friend. Malik is on the move, and his power continues to grow. Matt and his friends know that time is running out. They must journey across Mundaria to uncover the mystery of the magical power emanating from the south. Secrets, magic, and danger are in store for them as they work to unravel the mystery of Matt's past and the location of the Wind Stone, knowing that the fate of Mundaria depends on them. 

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For more than a century, Malik has hunted for the Immortality Scroll, longing for endless life. Yet the Scroll still remains hidden and shrouded in mystery. Matt learns that the longer the Scroll stays hidden, the more dangerous it becomes. Meanwhile, Galen searches for the source of the deadly new shadow beasts that hunt down all who oppose Malik. Matt and his friends must battle new, terrifying enemies to save Samsire's life before the final showdown between Malik and Matt, with the fate of Mundaria hanging in the balance. 

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Malik has begun his conquest of Mundaria. His powerful new army has spread to the most distant corners of the land and destroys all in its path. The threat to Mundaria is great, and Matt and his friends know that there is little time before the scourge of darkness consumes their homeland. They search for a secret that could bring Matt and Galen the past that has been hidden from them and help them overcome Malik's darkness. As the final battle approaches, the people of Mundaria unite against Malik, but Matt knows that only he can fulfill the Prophecy of the Elements and determine the fate of their world.

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Growing pains are an essential part of teenage life, for better and for worse. Some “mistakes” turn into positive, life-changing experiences, and some apparent triumphs seem, in retrospect, like low points. Some first kisses leave you feeling on top of the world, and others can make you want to hide under a rock. In Dear Teen Me, your favorite YA authors — including Lauren Oliver, Ellen Hopkins, Tom Angleberger, and Carrie Jones — revisit critical moments from their young lives and offer advice and guidance to their teenage selves. Listen to find out... • Who had a really bad first kiss? • Who found her true love at 18? • Who wishes she’d had more fun in high school instead of studying so hard? • And who skipped prom to go to a Grateful Dead concert, only to wind up stranded and alone? The letters cover a wide range of topics, including physical abuse, body issues, bullying, friendship, love, and enough insecurities to fill an auditorium. Some authors focus on a hilarious mistake or one especially big day, others offer words of hope for desperate times. So whether you’re a theater kid, a band geek, a bad boy, a good girl, a loner, a stoner, a nerd, or a jock, you’ll find friends — and a lot of familiar faces — in Dear Teen Me.

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