The Adventure of Stan and the Emerald of Foundation

Rated 4.00/5 based on 7 reviews
Stan Pike is an ordinary teenager, who stumbles into an adventure to seek a magical Emerald, which has the power to repair the recent damage to his town, caused by the terrifying dragon, Gordon the Gruesome. He and his best friend, Marvin, must race against the evil wizard Gustavo and his goblin army, in order to save their town. More
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About Ben Walsh

Ben Walsh is a physiotherapist from Leicester.
He enjoys reading most genres, particularly crime thrillers and action packed, fantasy. His debut novel, 'The Adventure of Stan and the Emerald of Foundation' is out now.

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Michael Diack reviewed on Nov. 17, 2015

For a debut novel this is really good and I see a great potential in this writer. It’s very imaginative, charming and will surely appeal to the pre-teen audience. I enjoyed the fast-paced nature of it and particularly the high-fantasy elements, which is my favourite genre. I hope the author continues writing more and honing his skills.
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Gloria Piper reviewed on Nov. 14, 2015

Walsh plunges us into adventure with twelve-year-old Stan, his best friend Marvin, and older brother who are driven to steal gold from a dragon. As a result, Stan's brother is killed, and Stan and Marvin are banished from town for inciting the dragon to burn it.

With the help of the mayor's daughter, a wizard, a thief, and others, the boys find themselves not only hoping for redemption but striving to find a magical emerald before an evil wizard finds and uses it for world domination. There are booby traps, an army of goblins, and a curse to overcome before our heroes can attain victory.

A strong entry and exit from chapters keeps the reader engaged. Characters are interesting and distinct from one another. This is clearly a children's novel with youthful and energetic writing. The descriptions of emotion and action are vivid.

Nevertheless the story is published too soon. Problems abound with punctuation, grammar, redundancy, inappropriate words, logic, and typos. The writing is often naive.

With proof reading and editing, however, this entertaining story can become outstanding. A satisfying ending leaves an opening for a sequel.
(review of free book)
K S Ferguson reviewed on Nov. 6, 2015

This is an amusing sword-and-sorcery fantasy most probably for the 10-13 year old age range. The mid- to upper teens will find it too young for their tastes.

As other reviewers have noted, the book surrounds the adventures of Stan. In some ways, he reminds me of Charlie Brown. It's like a black cloud of Fate follows this kid wherever he goes. He's accompanied by his loyal friends and eventually joined by a group of adults to go against a goblin army to save his village and his kingdom.

The relationships between the children were endearing. Events occassionally seemed contrived to get the right character in the right place at the right time instead of being the consequence of choices. The book definitely needs an edit. It's not a great example for readers of a young age trying to grow their vocabulary and being misled about the definitions of words based on their usage in the text. I debated whether to give the book four stars or only three based on the editorial issues, but based on the storytelling, I decided four was an appropriate choice. Three and a half would be more realistic until the book gets a professional edit.

I received this book in exchange for an unbiased review.
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Ellie Midwood reviewed on Oct. 29, 2015

I really enjoyed this one! It has it all: adventure and fantasy, goblins and wizards, dragons and of course young noble heroes ready to risk their lives to save their town.
The action is very well paced and will keep you on edge rooting for the main characters – a young boy Stan and his best friend Marvin, who got banished from their hometown after the dragon they disturbed destroyed it. But learning the secret of the magical emerald that can give its master everything he wishes for, they go on a dangerous quest to get it, even though it means fighting against a small army of goblins and their master – evil wizard Gustavo, who’s after the Emerald as well.
If you’re a fan of fantasy worlds and adventure, this book is certainly a must-read. The author did a great job in creating very engaging plot and characters, I definitely give it five stars!
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Emma Woods reviewed on Oct. 22, 2015

The Adventures of Stan and The Emerald of Foundation is a high fantasy story suitable for all ages. Though there are dragons, wizards, goblins, and curses, the scenes are not so graphic that a younger audience couldn't enjoy them. In fact, I think children as young as seven or eight would love them. Ben Welsh has set the stage in a magical, action packed world for his main character, Stan. The tale begins with Stan and his comrades breaking into a cavern of gold guarded by Gordon the Gruesome, and every chapter after sends Stan and his friends through a chain of events that leads to a mountainous adventure with no lack of sword fights, archery, and a magical emerald with powers beyond belief. The final battle brings Stan full circle, and the ending leaves the reader waiting for the next installment of Stan's adventures.
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James Cardona reviewed on Oct. 14, 2015

A cute tale that’s perfect for middle grade students interested in a comical and fun dragon and goblin adventure. This is the author’s first work and he certainly has a talent for storytelling. The characters are engaging, fun and relatable and their friendship and their feelings for each other remind me of school chums out exploring. Good stuff.
Some points were taken away for grammar and some confusing word choices which could be cleared up with a little editing.
Overall, an enjoyable read perfect for a preteen and at a great price.
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JBSmith00 reviewed on Oct. 5, 2015

I really enjoyed reading this book, the start was action packed but then became a little bit slower, but after the first few chapters I became really interested and cared for the characters. I hope there are more adventures.
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