THE RAVENSTONE, The Secret of Ninham Mountain by Diane Solomon and Mark Carey #middlegrade #twins @dianesoloman @MarkCareyWriter



“You were born to this path! This quest is your fate.”

Imagine a raven appearing out of thin air and guiding you to an exquisitely carved icon that glows with ancient light and pulses with shamanic power.

This is how the adventure begins for Nadia and Aidan Shaw, thirteen-year-old twins, who live in idyllic Cold Spring, New York, on the banks of the Hudson River. Armed with the power of the Ravenstone and their own special gifts, they embark on a harrowing quest across centuries, at the bidding of a mysterious old shaman. They must depend on their courage, their faith in their friends, and luck. Or is it destiny?

If they succeed, what they bring back could
change the course of human existence.


There is something very special about twins, a bond that often makes them life long friends, well Aidan and Nadia are definitely like that, in fact you could say they are like peas in the pod or the two sides of a coin, different but you don’t get one without the other. Now the house where they live has been in the family for years, and just keeps accumulating more and more junk in the attic, so mum asks them to sort it all out. This is the beginning of an adventure that will change not just their world but everyone else’s too…………. but only if they are successful.

What a tremendous adventure this is for Aidan and Nadia as they become time travellers with a massive responsibility not to change historical events that will affect the future in a negative way. But they have been given a mission to carry out from an old Shaman that asks for their help, with a small task at first that they must complete to prove they are then worthy to help him.  The two of them already have very special abilities which will help them hugely in the past. A truly gripping and exciting adventure for the two youngsters.

Diane Solomon and Mark Carey have made a formidable team creating a very original story line that links together very well. The use of a mirror and twins is very clever but also do check out the twins names and see if you can find anything unusual about them.  It is this attention, the going that extra mile, that makes this book very special. The detail of what life would be like in the past is super, with  writing that is very appropriate for middle grade readers. There are times in the book that will give an adrenaline rush but won’t leave the young readers frightened. This book really gave me goose bumps  which I have got again just writing about it. An awesome read!


Writer, Singer, Songwriter, Homeopath, Nutritionist. Diane Solomon enjoyed a wonderfully diverse career path that included her own variety show on BBC TV in England and major tours with Glen Campbell and Kenny Rogers. Her highly successful singing career has given way to her lifelong dream of being a writer. This is the first novel written with her husband, Mark Carey, a retired biologist, naturalist, and accomplished voice-over artist. They live in New Hampshire, on 55 acres of woods and streams, where they spend many hours designing gardens and meadows, and watching wildlife. Website:

Mark is a retired biologist, naturalist and accomplished voice-over artist. This is his first novel. He lives with his wife, Diane Solomon, and two English setters, in southern New Hampshire, on 55 acres of woods, streams and meadows.

Publisher: Eloquent Rascals Publishing (September 26, 2016)
Publication Date: September 26, 2016
Genre: Middlegrade Fantasy
Print Length: 222 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble




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