THE BLESSING STONE: A HISTORY OF THE WORLD
As a meteorite falls to Earth, a stunning blue stone is left among its ashes. Found by a woman, the stone is credited with the new understanding her tribe achieves. Thus a legend is born. Thousands of years later the stone enables an infertile couple in Canaan to have a child. In ancient Rome, the stone is part of a Christian martyr's possessions and becomes a cherished relic. Centuries afterward, the stone's powers are attributed with saving an English convent from Viking invaders. The stone continues to travel as far as Tibet, Martinique and even the American West.
Everyone who comes in contact with the magical stone is affected by its powers, real or imagined. Each novella stands alone with fascinating, appealing characters at a pivotal point in the cultural history of the world. The larger-than-life storytelling and fascinating, carefully researched history enable THE BLESSING STONE to join the ranks of the finest sagas. (Jan., 500 pp., $25.95)