The Stone of Mercy – Book 1 of the Centaur Chronicles
Winner of the 2017 Gold Medal for Juvenile and Young Adult Fiction from the Feathered Quill Awards and the Silver Medal from the Literary Classics Awards.
Be it known throughout the land that The rightful heir to the throne of Crystonia will be the wearer of the Silver Breastplate with its four stones of light: The Stone of Mercy, The Stone of Courage, The Stone of Integrity and the Stone of Wisdom.
By tradition, the ruler of Crystonia will be the one in possession of the Silver Breastplate. Yet the rightful heir has not appeared and the throne that sits atop Mount Heilodius has stood empty for a century and a half.
The kingdom is being torn apart as the biggest and strongest races battle for control. Even the herd of peace-loving Centaurs has splintered into two factions, one awaiting the promised bearer of the breastplate, the other seeking power and control over the land.
Unbeknownst to all but a very few, the Silver Breastplate has been created. In due course, it is presented to a sixteen-year-old Duende girl named Carling, one of the tiny descendants of the fairies that once filled the land. But the silver breastplate is not complete. In order for its wearer to have the skills to rule the land righteously, the young Duende needs to find the four stones of light that are needed to finish this magical source of power and authority.
This is the riveting story of Carling’s quest. She, along with her friends, must risk their lives to save their land and fulfill the assignment given to them to complete the silver breastplate.
About M.J. Evans (Denver, Colorado Author)
M.J. Evans was born in Oregon but moved to Colorado as soon as she could! She is a life-long equestrian and has written many horse-themed books, from non-fiction trail guide books for equestrians to middle-grade and YA fantasies and novels.
She lives near Parker, Colorado with her three horses, a standard poodle and her husband of forty-five years. The couple's five fabulous children are scattered around the country and her happiest moments, even more than when she is riding in the mountains, are when she is with her children and grandchildren.
M.J. has been honored many times for her writing talents and she is always humbled when readers, young and old, love her books. She has also served on the board of directors of the Colorado Authors' League.