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Secrets Set in Stone by James Haddell, published by Emira Press

We have a trilogy!

I’ve been highly anticipating the third book in James Haddell’s Tales of Truth and Treasures series and after reading, I’m now desperate for book 4!

Once again, the pages are literally packed with history, mystery, magic and adventure and there’s excitement and suspense around every corner. Prepare to be caught up in thrilling chases with old enemies as our protagonist (The Lost Child) Tia, sister Meghan and best friend Pasco get closer to the truth and treasures.

This was my favourite book of the series yet! I got some series Goonies vibes as the trio explore the secret smugglers tunnels beneath Stormhaven. There’s booby traps galore and the children must negotiate trap doors, falling boulders, giant spikes and trip wires, all whilst being pursued by baddies. There’s also a definite Indiana Jones feel with giant rock faces rolling back to reveal hidden chambers and secret caves.

For those of us already invested in The Lost Child’s Quest, James Haddell does a great job of quickly summarising the previous two books and placing the reader immediately back in the action. However, if you’re new to the series, it might help to quickly get a feel for how Tia’s epic quest begins – click on the covers below to read my reviews of books 1 and 2. It’s absolutely a series worth investing in for children in Year 4 upwards.

As with the previous two installments, book 3 reached a satisfying conclusion, but I’m literally desperate now to uncover the mysteries of Tia’s past that have still been deliberately left unresolved. The children are tantalisingly close to solving the mysteries and I can’t wait to join them on the next stage of their quest in Dagger, Spear and Sword which I am crossing my fingers that we won’t have to wait too long for.

Visit James Haddell’s Tales of Truth and Treasure website, for samples of some of the fantastic supporting activities that accompany each chapter of the book, developed for teachers, parents and home-educators. 

Click on the image below for the link to FREE supporting Twinkle resources.

With thanks to James Haddell to Emira Press for providing me with a review copy of the book in advance of publication and inviting me to be part of the blog tour.

Secrets Set in Stone and the previous books in the Tales of Truth and Treasures series can be purchased here


One thought on “Secrets Set in Stone by James Haddell, published by Emira Press

  1. Lovely review Emma. I loved the first book in this series which I read just as I was leaving school library to move to hospital library and somehow I managed to miss book two! Now I know that I have two more to look forward to 😊


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