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Banished (The Riddled Stone Book 1) by [Gaskins, Teresa]
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Who Stole the Magic Shard?

Crown Prince Tyler raised his hands. The crowd fell silent at once. “I have made my decision,” the prince announced. “From this moment forward: Christopher Fredrico is banished from the kingdom of North Raec. If he is found within our territory, his life will be forfeit."

All Chris wanted was to be a peaceful scholar who could spend a lot of time with his friends. Now, falsely accused of stealing a magical artifact, he is forced to leave the only home he knows. But as he and his friends travel towards the coast, they find a riddle that may save a kingdom—or cost them their lives.


Banished is the first book in The Riddled Stone, a serial fantasy adventure by homeschooled teen author Teresa Gaskins.

About the Author

Teresa Gaskins is 13 years old and has been homeschooled all her life. She was creating stories before she could write, and has completed NaNoWriMo the past three years. She started this book in the 2011 edition of NaNo, and it is her second finished novel, though the first one published. While Teresa enjoys a wide variety of fiction, fantasy has always been her favorite genre. Other interests include horse riding, computer programming, and making videos. She lives with her cat Cimorene (and the rest of her family) in rural Illinois, surrounded by corn and soybean fields.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 158 pages
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  • Publisher: Tabletop Academy Press (June 30 2012)
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  • Language: English
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa642fd80) out of 5 stars captivating fantasy story with a well-thought-out plot Aug. 21 2012
By Wayne S. Walker - Published on
Format: Paperback
Christopher Fredrico is the nineteen-year-old son of a nobleman, Earl Diard Fredrico, in the kingdom of North Raec, ruled over by King Miles. Chris's oldest brother Anthony is a knight in service with the Duke of Grith, and his twin sister Trillory seems to have some magical abilities. Formerly a united realm, the kingdom of Raec was divided into North Raec and South Raec following the Great Reac War. During the war King Miles had followed a series of cryptic clues that led him to the magical Riddled Stone, surrounded by hard, black rock which split into five Shards. This enabled him to make peace. For the past four years, Chris, who is planning to become a scholar, has been in school with his three friends: Arnold, who is training to become a knight; Nora, from the city of North Yorc; and Terrin, of the forest people of Xell.

At a party for Crown Prince Tyler Coric, a man named Darwin, who is the caretaker for one of the Shards, announces that it has been stolen and shows a brooch marked with the seal of Earl Diard's house which was found at the scene. Chris's brother Anthony then comes forward to accuse Chris of the crime. Because of the evidence and Chris's inability to prove his innocence, he is banished by Prince Tyler from North Raec and given one month to get out of the country or forfeit his life. Arnold, Nora, and Terrin decide to go with him, but on the way to the Diamond Isles, Chris changes his mind and determines to start looking for evidence that might prove him innocent. But before they get very far, they are attacked and captured by a group of savage Harpies. Will they survive the attack and be able to escape? Will Chris ever find anything that will help to show his innocence? And what is his brother Anthony's motive for accusing him?

Banished is a captivating fantasy story with a well-thought-out plot that would be a credit to any writer. But it is especially remarkable coming from a thirteen-year-old student who has been homeschooled all her life. Teresa Gaskins actually wrote this book as a project for the National Novel Writing Month program. One noteworthy thing about the book is that there is no sexuality or bad language (the euphemistic interjection "Blasted" is used once), so, other than those who object to the presence of any kind of magic in books, parents can let their kids read the novel with no reservations. However, be forewarned. When you reach the final page and find the words, "Not the End...," you will cry, "Oh! No!" The story does not resolve itself at the end and then pick up in a sequel. Rather, the plot is left hanging at the end and will continue in another book. I for one feel as if I simply can't wait to read the next installment to find out what happens to Chris and his friends. It's that good!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By sc319 - Published on
Format: Paperback
A captivating story that I could see easily translated into movie format. Theresa Gaskins is a talented author, and at thirteen, her imagination, story telling ability and writing style are commendable. I can't wait to read the sequel to find out what happens next.
HASH(0xa6034438) out of 5 stars While I want to like this book Aug. 21 2015
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
While I want to like this book, it borrows too much from another author. The story is very similar to works by Tamora Pierce, to the point that names are the same. It is clearly written by a young author who is getting her start by copying an established author. While I applaud her effort, I hope that in the future she is at least original enough to change the names, hopefully even come up with an original story line.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6950318) out of 5 stars Awesome Book, Worthwhile Read Jan. 27 2014
By Katie Grace - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
This book was enjoyable. It was a quick and easy read, and was a good story. What astonished me about this books, was the author's age. Teresa was 13 years old when she wrote this book and is now almost done with the sequel. I felt like the characters could've been a little bit more developed, but I'm thinking we'll get to know them better in it's sequel. The plot was exciting, and the fantasy creatures seemed real. Overall this book was a worthwhile read :) Very clean and well done.