The Ninth Stone

The Ninth Stone A jewel thief is on the loose in old London town and is murdering his victims Sarah O Reilly who works as a typesetter in a newspaper office becomes embroiled in the mystery that will eventually lea

  • Title: The Ninth Stone
  • Author: Kylie Fitzpatrick
  • ISBN: 9780297852766
  • Page: 419
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A jewel thief is on the loose in old London town and is murdering his victims Sarah O Reilly, who works as a typesetter in a newspaper office, becomes embroiled in the mystery that will eventually lead to India and a jewel with terrifying and occult powers.

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    1. Well, this book took me ages to finish. I suspect it was because I wasn't really drawn in to the plot, and I kept waiting for the 'occult' part of the novel to kick in, which it doesn't really do. There is some mild spiritualism (which given that the novel is set in the Victorian period, I would be more surprised if it didn't feature in it somewhat), and discussion of Hindu beliefs in particular to the energies of gemstones. Kali and her thuggees make an appearance, but for me it just wasn't eno [...]

    2. One of the reviews hits it on the head for me - "Some nice ideas, but they weren't fully developed". I felt like I should've loved it, but it was just a little bit flat - and very much a novel of two halves, the first in the London slums and interesting stuff about the newspaper trade, the second in India almost a different book. Good characters, excellent descriptions, touch of the supernatural, whisper of romance it just didn't "fly" for me

    3. One of the best books that I have read in quite awhile. Mystery, intrigue and murder travels between England and India.

    4. Unusual Victorian IntrigueOrphaned on the streets of London at a young age, Sarah O’Reilly has the weight of the world on her shoulders. She struggles to keep her and her little sister Ellen out of the workhouses, and to avoid prostitution, or street begging to keep a roof over their heads and food in their bellies. Disguising herself as a boy, Sarah gets a job as a messenger at one of the local newspapers. Seeing her intelligence and potential, the paper’s editor finds a soft spot with Sara [...]

    5. First Sentence: On principle, Lord Herbert was content to leave the governing of everyday affairs to his wife.Sarah O’Reilly disguises herself, not very successfully, as a boy to work setting type for ads at a newspaper in order to support herself and her younger, rather fey, sister and keep them off the streets. She is befriended by Lily Korchnya, writer of a column on “exceptional women” and widow of an artist. Lily has been asked by Lady Cynthia Herbert, whose husband was murdered in In [...]

    6. Desire itself gives me life; its actions form my fate, for an action without desire has no destiny.Last line from The Ninth Stone by Kylie Fitzpatrick. This was a book of two halves. Usually when a novel splits its time between England and India, I prefer the time it spends in India. However, on this occasion, Victorian England (first half) proved to be a more exciting setting than India’s harems and opium dens (second half,) which frankly bored me. The Ninth Stone began with interesting ideas [...]

    7. A good story that has history, murder and mystery as its elements. an orphan girl, Sarah O'Reilly has disguised herself as a boy so that she can work in a newspaper office. There she meets a young widow, Lily Korechyna, who writes a column for the paper, under another name. The time period is 1864 and ladies were frowned upon for being "outspoken and independent".Lily is asked by Lady cynthia Herbert to catalogue her collection of jewels. Lady Cynthia has recently returned from India, where she [...]

    8. A prince in India is set upon finding nine jewels of different hues and he has all but the most rare. We first pick up the tale in historic London where we learn about gems, then the second part of the book moves to India. We see that the prince or rajah has set the whole village to scouring the streams for gems washed out of a mountain vein and while anyone finding a gem is rewarded, this is a pittance compared to the value of jewels and to the prince's wealth. The trouble is, the old tales say [...]

    9. This was a very disappointing read! The story started on a really strong note, but just lost steam half way through. The second half consists of pages and pages of rambling that has little connection with the first half. It's like the author had a couple of good ideas but had no clue how to resolve the mystery So she just wrote a whole lot of pages to bore the reader into quitting the book before she would have to reveal a solution.

    10. I felt this was an excellent first novel that married a compelling mystery against the dual backdrops of Victorian London and the early years of the British Raj. It had interesting and engaging characters and kept my attention. I particularly appreciated that she didn't sensationalize elements such as spiritualism and the cult of Kali but blended the mysticism into the overall text.In terms of characters it is very much a woman's book with men as supporting characters.

    11. I thought the first half of this book was much better than the second half which seemed to lose its way, particularly the part of the story set in India.While I liked this I don't think I'll be in a hurry to read more books by this author.

    12. Would have liked a more sinister ending or at least a more sinister villan Still characters were well rounded, believable. The myths included in the story were very interesting and I liked the quotes at the start of every chapter.

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