Literature / The Prophecy of the Stones

Three Stones, three young girls.
One will discover the Gift.
One will recognize the King.
One will convince the two others to die.
Of three Stones only one fate will remain.

In Paris, a 14-year-old girl named Joa is succumbing to illness in a hospital. She is kept alive only by a "dream" of a fantasy world, where three girls—Jade, Opal, and Amber—are chosen by a prophecy to restore goodness to the world. The girls have nothing in common. Jade is the spoiled daughter of a Duke; Opal is a quiet, seemingly emotionless strange girl; Amber is an impoverished but kindhearted peasant. Strangers at first and forced to go on a quest together because of the prophecy, they ultimately become true companions after their shared ordeals.

Each of them is given a precious stone corresponding to their names and they attempt to unravel the meaning behind the stones and the prophecy. Their quest leads them to participate in a rebellion against the evil Council of Twelve, travel through the pristine, magical realm of Fairy Tale, and visit the Anthropomorphic Personification of Death. They discover from an oracle that they must defeat the Council of Twelve for good in order to fulfill the prophecy and free the land. In order to do this, they must find "The Chosen One" who will lead the Army of Light in the final battle.

This was written by French teen Flavia Bujor wrote the novel over 6 months while she was 13 years old.

This work provides examples of:

  • Barefoot Sage: Oonagh, emphasizing a combination of wisdom and childlike innocence.
  • Beauty Equals Goodness: The three heroines are described as exceptionally beautiful (even Opal), both on the inside and on the outside.
  • Four in total.
  • The Ghibduls, the Proud Warrior Race Guys who hate all humans, have passed down a belief since the dawn of time that a man would come into their forest and lead them into a new era of harmony with other species.
  • Clap Your Hands If You Believe: Fairytale is protected by a "magnetic field" that only allows those who believe in freedom, individuality, and imagination to pass.
  • The Corrupter: The girls encounter a girl who manages to bring out the worst in everyone else by displacing her hatred into them.
  • Creator Provincialism: The City of Thaar, described as the last remnant of the past, is actually Paris.
  • Cruel Mercy: The reason why the Sorcerer of Darkness let the Nameless One go is live with their shame. Except Death was on strike at the time so it was a farce.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Amber - brownish-reddish hair, brownish-reddish eyes.
  • Daddy's Girl: Jade, who is devastated when it's revealed that the Duke is not her real father.
  • Dangerous Sixteenth Birthday: The girls are sent on their quest when they turn fourteen.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Elfohrys and the Nameless One have a few humorous exchanges while they are taken prisoner by the Ghibduls.
  • Death by Adaptation: Joa, who lives in French and German variants, but dies in english one.
  • Death Takes a Holiday: She's busy having a moping fit about how nobody's ever happy to see her, and she thinks she looks fat.
  • Don't Fear the Reaper: Death is very nice.
  • Dreaming of Things to Come: Joa. The twist is that the fantasy world in her dream is the future, and Thaar used to be Paris.
  • Emotion Eater: The birds of prey who guard Oonagh's cave. Why such a nice lady keeps them there or chooses to live in a cave surrounded by them, I have no idea.
  • Evil Counterpart: The Army of Darkness to the Army of Light, and the Sorcerers of Darkness to the Sorcerers of Light.
  • Evil Feels Good: Invoked in Janelle's Motive Rant. She does evil stuff because she enjoys being evil.
  • Fallen Hero: Elyador was described as a noble man who was seduced by the Army of Darkness, but eventually he realized the error of his ways and deserted. He also got his memories erased.
  • Fate Worse Than Death: Amnhor claims this happens to people who try to walk through the Seal of Darkness without magic.
  • Freudian Trio: Played with. Amber is clearly The McCoy and Opal is a distinct Spock. Jade, however, is not a typical Kirk. She follows her Id (like a Mc Coy) but is hardly idealistic or compassionate. Moreover, she is always the last one to balance out conflict among the three, a traditional Kirk role, which Opal usually takes.
  • Gray Eyes: Opal, of the cold and strong willed variation.
  • Hellish Horse: An Army of Darkness commander rides an "enchanted black stallion that breathed flames from its nostrils". Really.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: The original Council of Twelve simply wanted to spread peace, but over time they were corrupted by power.
  • Identity Amnesia: The Nameless One/ Elyador has no idea who he is, thus his name.
  • Just Between You and Me: The Thirteenth Councilor plays this straight at the end. It gives the girls just enough time to figure out how to defeat him.
  • Knight Errant: There is an entire class warriors wandering about called hovalyns. The Nameless One is one of them.
  • Kuudere: Opal is Emotionless Girl played straight initially, but she warms up. Adrien might have something to do with it.
  • La Résistance: Led by Adrien against the Knights of the Council of Twelve to free the city of Nathrynn.
  • Light Is Good: The Army of Light sides with the heroines.
  • Master Swordsman: Jade is described as being able to best the most experienced of the Knights of the Council.
  • Meaningful Name: Joa later points out that her name is the initials of Jade, Opal, and Amber. Also, her ex-boyfriend is named Eli Ador.
  • Parental Abandonment: Joa is an orphan. Also, Jade, Opal and Amber end up dealing with issues relating to their true parents abandoning them.
  • Red Shirt Army: If there's a battle, expect the vast majority of unnamed good guys to die.
  • Talking the Monster to Death: Opal tries to do this, but gets stabbed in the heart for her trouble. Adrien picks up where she left off and pulls a more successful one.
  • Theme Naming: Jade, Opal, and Amber are named after their stones.
  • The War to End All Wars: The book leads up to this but the ending reminds us that evil cannot be permanently defeated.