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A small-press published book (published by Hollywood Books International). Intended to be a series, but it's unlikely that the sequel, Samantha Stone and the Emerald Dagger, is going to come.Ten-year-old Samantha Stone lives with her mother in New Orleans after the flood. One day, her mom is savagely attacked by an unknown force and put into a coma, resulting in Samantha being sent to live with her father, Sam Stone, a scientist traveling the seas. His boat is attacked, and Samantha has to escape again, to a fantasy world called Aerynon, where she learns that her mom is in fact the intended queen of the realm, and Samantha is the prophesied savior. So she reluctantly begins training to learn how to use her hidden powers and, she hopes, be able to fight back.The book has a brisk pace, fun characterizations, some unique ideas and a Lemony Narrator who isn't as bad as you'd think (and stops being Lemony halfway through the story).
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