Many years ago, Mayka was carved by a great stonemason out of mountain granite, and brought to life by the marks etched into her body. Now, many years after the stonemason’s death, she and the other creatures he carved live on the slopes of a remote mountain. Mayka is the only stone girl, forever twelve years old, her age carved into her as part of her story which brings all stone beings to life. Her life there seems permanent, as none of the stone creatures can die of age.
But one day, one of her friends stops moving. The years have eroded his stone, and the marks that brought him to life are worn away. Mayka knows that if no one recarves their marks, one by one, each of them will meet the same fate.
So Mayka sets off to Skye, a city in the center of the valley where there are said to be many stonemasons. She expects her mission to be simple, but instead, she discovers a place of complicated history and dangerous secrets. Not only that, but those secrets could put not just Mayka, but all her friends, in peril.
The Stone Girl’s Story is a fantasy book which reads almost like a fairytale. Sarah Beth Durst crafts a complex world with unusual magic, and Mayka’s narrative feels completely authentic for someone made of stone! The complexity of the world and magic reminds me of Spark and City of Islands, both of which I’d recommend if you enjoy this book. Mayka is an interesting and unique main character, and she also tells stories, something I love, being a reader and writer myself. I would highly recommend The Stone Girl’s Story to readers ages ten and up.
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