Stoneheart by Charlie Fletcher

A city has many lives and layers. London has more than most. Not all the layers are underground, and not all the lives belong to the living. Twelve-year-old George Chapman is about to find this out the hard way. When, in a tiny act of rebellion, George breaks the head from a stone dragon outside the Natural History Museum, he awakes an ancient power. This power has been dormant for centuries but the results are instant and terrifying: A stone Pterodactyl unpeels from the wall and starts chasing George; He runs for his life but it seems that no one can see what he’s running from. No one, except Edie, who is also trapped in this strange world. And this is just the beginning as the statues of London awake? This is a story of statues coming to life; of a struggle between those with souls and those without; of how one boy who has been emotionally abandoned manages to find hope.

I picked up Stoneheart by Charlie Fletcher simply because of the narrator. It’s not often I chose a book this way but I love listening to Jim Dale. He is fantastic, books come alive when he narrates them.

I’m not sure I would have finished Stoneheart if I was actually reading it. The entire 400+ page book takes place in a 24 hour time period. It’s very descriptive. I enjoyed the story but didn’t really connect with the characters until the very end. Stoneheart is the first book in a trilogy. I will probably listen to the other two in the series simply so I can listen to Jim Dale.

If I was only rating the story itself I would only give it 3 or 3.5 stars but the audio version gets 4 stars. Have I mentioned how much I love Jim Dale?

Content: There are a few mild expletives scattered throughout this story.

Rating: 4 Stars – Be sure to listen to the audio version!