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Urchin finds himself journeying to a hostile island where the maniacal King Silverbirch and his sorcerer, Smokewreath, await him. Urchin will have to face challenges greater than those he has ever known, and in doing so will learn something of his own past that will change his life forever....

Title : Urchin and the Heartstone
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ISBN : 9780786854882
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 297 Pages
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Urchin and the Heartstone Reviews

  • Sarah
    2019-06-24 05:35

    This book and the rest of the series are at the same level as Redwall and Harry Potter and Chronicles of Narnia. I can't to read the third, I've read part on the internet and have to wait till my parents are done reading it. Oooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! The susppense! I even made a song about it I'm so bored. "The suspense, it's growing higher. My mood is growing lower... it isn't right, it isn't true, this is not coming from you!!!!! It isn't right, it isn't happening tonight!" It's small and doesn't really make sense, but I love driving "their honors" nuts with it! Go Urchin and Crispin and Padra and Needle and everone elas on Mistmantle!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Loren
    2019-06-17 03:41

    This book was less successful for me than the first one, because the main character is imprisoned for the greater part of the story and is acted upon by characters good and bad, but is unable to do anything for himself from beginning to end. That feels realistic, but it didn't lend itself to an exciting story.Still, in the absence of a compelling central story, the minor characters really shine in this book. The villains are even more vile. The secondary characters are even more adventurous. I'm coming to love Needle the hedgehog, Sepia the squirrel, and especially Fingle the otter more and more.The problem, I think, is that McAllister locked herself into believing Urchin is the hero of this tale, but it's not his story. Juniper, the mysterious visionary who befriends Urchin, would have made a better main character. At least he changes and grows throughout the story. Cedar, the double agent, is much more active in the adventure unfolding around Urchin -- and she's the one who gets the happiest ending. Even Queen Larch moved the story along better than its titular hero.Even so, I was nearly reduced to tears twice at the end of the book. If I hadn't been reading it aloud to my daughter, I might have allowed myself to indulge in happy homecoming tears, but I soldiered through.And I'm looking forward to reading the beginning of the third book to her tonight.

  • Sterrett Family
    2019-06-22 10:43

    Daniel: This was one of the best books I've read. Actually, I've never read any more books from The Mismantle Chronicles. I don't really have anything else to say. I'm speechless. (Get it?) Happy reading!

  • Bennett
    2019-06-12 08:40

    Finally reading the sequel.

  • Adinda
    2019-06-20 04:45

    Na het mooi afgeronde eerste deel was ik licht bezorgd over wat het tweede en derde boek daar nog aan toe zouden kunnen voegen, maar dat bleek gelukkig ongegrond. 'Krukel de koningsgezel' is een uitstekend vervolg, waarin hij door een megalomane naburige koning wordt ontvoerd. Krukel leert daarbij meer over zijn eigen achtergrond en de wereld waarin de boeken zich afspelen wordt verder uitgebreid.

  • Karainna
    2019-05-27 06:47

    Might be better then redwall!

  • Lauralee
    2019-06-15 06:49

    I love this series!

  • Rebecca
    2019-06-11 05:24

    Not as strong as the first book, sadly. I loved returning to Mistmantle and this was a really fun, carefree little read full of cute but fierce talking animals with swords, but I agree with a lot of the reviews in that it's just not as fun to have our main character locked up in a cell for most of the book away from his friends while forces both good and bad pull his strings.And, like Captain Padra in the first novel, there's a side character in here who ends up stealing the show from poor Urchin. Since Urchin is locked in a cell on another island and, in a touch of realism, doesn't immediately escape from it, a female squirrel named Cedar ends up doing most of the work and almost leads Urchin by the paw for a good portion of the novel. The conflict on Whitewings is ultimately not Urchin's battle to fight. You almost get the feeling that the outcome would've been the same if Urchin just stayed home.Not that I minded too much since I ended up really liking Cedar, but still. Two books in and Urchin of the Riding Stars has not lived up to all of the prophecies attached to his name. It's a shame, really. I really like Urchin - the scenes where he lets himself be driven to tears out of sheer frustration and when he finds out about the identity of his parents really tugged at my heart, so sincere in the execution - but the poor little squirrel hasn't really shined yet. Maybe next novel?I'm really starting to enjoy the Mistmantle series, with that being said. These books were always popping up in my recommendations on account of all the Redwall I've been reading and these books really carve their own niche into the talking animals with swords genre normally dominated by Redwall. The biggest strength in Mistmantle over Redwall is that, with its smaller cast of characters and its smaller area of geography compared to the sprawling epics contained in the Redwall series, a lot of the characters really get to shine. Sepia and Needle in particular - with half the novel devoted to them finding the titular heartstone - are really growing as interesting characters.Speaking of interesting characters, my word. McAllister knows how to write some of the most horrific animal villains I've ever seen in a children's book. King Silverbirch and Smokewreath would be right at home in a Don Bluth production, they're so twisted in both their designs (the illustrations are fantastic) and their motives. I never thought we've have a crazed sorcerer wearing the skulls of his victims performing blood magic with the harvested organs of slaughtered enemies to the king in these cute little squirrel novels but I'm so glad we did. Smokewreath was a blast. I think my biggest problem is how the villains are defeated in this novel. When you have characters as strong and as interesting as King Silverbirch, Granite, Smokewreath, and Bronze, it almost seems like cheating to have the resolution be (view spoiler)["oh look, the castle collapsed with everyone in it thanks to a weak faultline!" (hide spoiler)]. It's a karmic death similar to how Lord Husk is dealt with in the first novel, but ultimately less satisfying to have all these interesting characters disposed of in one fell swoop. Have just the king fall in that way, but then have a confrontation between Juniper and Smokewreath or Granite against Urchin. You don't have to make our heroes actually spill any blood, but these characters deserved to be taken down in a much more dramatic fashion befitting of their characters and designs.There was also the problem of the villains - and this happened at times in the first novel - where they're having their suspicions but then they reason "Well, I could do something about this now, but instead I shall wait until the last moment; then I'll really get them, mark my words", because then it made the quick disposal of a couple villains a little too convenient.Ah well. I think these books are leading to something big. This book could've been better, but it was fun, and in the end, that's all that really matters.

  • J
    2019-05-27 04:42

    Remember, one man's book-flap summary may be another man's spoiler.Yay! More adventures of squirrels with hedgehogs, otters and moles! I mean this in the best way, as author McAllister has created a tender, believable world of furry creatures who together tend-mend-defend, and celebrate with rituals and with feasts.A threat comes in the fog to envelop the friendly island of Mistmantle. Urchin -- a squirrel of uncertain parenthood, with rare pale coloring, who is just coming into manhood -- is forced away from home by deceit, to the Island of Whitewings, whose king is fixated on hoarding wealth by endless mining for silver. He oppresses his subjects and turns the environment toxic with mining dust. The wicked king hopes to seize Mistmantle, to have a pristine environment for his personal use. He imprisons Urchin, but the resourceful yet humble squirrel is able to covertly make alliance with Whitewings subjects who are secretly plotting to regain their liberty.There's a "deus ex machina" in the story. The freedom fighters are assisted by a movement of the earth, a collapsing of the king's castle caused by over-tunneling in his frenzied search for silver.In the end, Urchin makes his way back to Mistmantle bearing several gifts. Beyond his own safe return, and the return of several friends who went to rescue him, Urchin also brings home Mistmantle's missing "heartstone" (a flecked stone that can only be held fast by the rightful king), as well as a likely bride for Crispin, whose coronation as king of Mistmantle had been deferred until Urchin is again safe at home. This short slip of a poem is not only a prophecy by Brother Fir, the priest squirrel of Mistmantle, but also a coded summary of the whole story:"Over the water the Secret will bring them.Moonlight, Firelight,the Holy and the True,the Secret will draw them home."

  • Stephan
    2019-06-03 09:38

    En fin fortsättning på en fantastisk serie!Berättelsen om Urchin fortsätter där den förra boken slutade. Övergången är faktiskt så pass smidig att det nästan känns som ett nytt kapitel bara.I den förra boken fick vi följa Urchin och hans äventyr på Dimslöjornas ö i kampen mot både förrädare och tronpretendenter. Den här gången går färden, ganska ofrivilligt för vissa, till ön Silvervinge. Här regerar den smått galne kung Silverbjörk. En igelkott totalt besatt av silver. Hans undersåtar får arbeta ihjäl sig i silvergruvor runt hela ön lever i ständig skräck för kungens nycker, hans soldater och den ondskefulla Rökslinga. En trollkarl som sägs besitta fruktansvärda krafter och som står i kungens tjänst... om det nu inte är tvärtom?Urchin får tassarna fulla med att försöka hjälpa folket på Silvervinge. Under tiden som Dimslöjornas ö ännu en gång står inför hotet om annalkande krig och förräderi... En grymt spännande berättelse som går ovanligt djupt för att vara en barnbok. Förräderi, lojalitet, religion, förtryck och rasism är tydliga delar i berättelsen och författaren målar, trots de gulliga djuren, upp en både mörk och skrämmande historia.Det enda jag kan klaga på är hur sekundär Urchin kan kännas till och från. Mycket sker utan hans inverkan och när han väl börjar agera på eget initiativ så är boken nästan slut. Ett slut som kommer lite för plötsligt för min smak. Deus ex machina i sanning!

  • Lara Ivey
    2019-05-31 04:50

    Mistmantle is waiting for Crispin to be crowned King, but they must first find the Heartstone and deal with the mysterious ship from Whitewing. Urchin has to travel to the hostile island of Whitewing where he learns the truth about his life and comes to the aid of those who have helped him. This story is filled with excellent language, character development, and has nice twists and turns. When done, you can’t wait to read the next one in this series.*The heads of each island claim to be making decisions that are best for the islanders. Do you agree or disagree? Why?How do their actions compare to actions from our government today?*SMELLS…Urchin smells from special oils used to heal Juniper. These smells remind him of the apple and mint cordial made by Apple back at Mistmantle. These smells bring memories…what smells bring memories for you? Think about it and make it with an adult if you can.*(pg. 142) What can you do to help others? Urchin tells King Silverbirch that he didn’t NEED silver. What do you NOT need, but have? Were King Silver’s “wants” getting in the way for the inhabitants of the island? Are any of your wants getting in the way of helping others? Take time to think about this.

  • Evan
    2019-05-28 07:24

    This book was very suspenceful and adventureous. The story is about a squirrel named Urchin who is taken far away and imprisoned who later maust find a way to get back to his homeland. Urchin discovers many of the answers that he had been longing to know ever since he knew who he was. King Crispin is probably my favorite character because he add a bit of a twist to the main plot-line. I can relate to Urchin when he is taken away from his home and friends and family. I loved this book! it was very suspenceful and made me keep wanting to read on and on.My favorite part is when something happens to Urchin, however, I won't tell you but you'll know what I'm talking about when you read it. I would highly recomend this book to anyone who likes adventurous books and/or suspenceful books.

  • King Haddock
    2019-06-17 09:32

    This book was just as good as the first one, still basic, but a worthwhile read. The insane king was slightly overdone, though, and the supposed sorcerer could have been improved to be more menacing. Instead, the antagonists could hardly be taken seriously in the book, even though one knew from context they could be dangerous. It just could have been more effective if these characters - and the others not mentioned - had been improved. I found the heartstone interesting in that this series is realistic (other than the human attributes given to the animals of Mistmantle and the islands, of course) until one gets to the legendary heartstone. While it is a unique idea, it felt somewhat out of place in this series.

  • Jen
    2019-06-11 02:26

    Not quite as delightful as the first book because the Mistmantle creatures were skirting the sappy factor of Redwall, but still very good and a very quick read. McAllister has a really good handle on how to present hard topics (rebellion, greed, misplaced loyalty, prejudice, grudges) without making them didactic. This is a phenomenal thing to be able to do, no matter the audience. I also really appreciated her connection to the first book in terms of the villains still being around; just because the main bad guys are dead doesn't mean that all things are rosy, which is real and not often seen in sequels. I'm pretty bummed that I don't have the third one ready to hand--but Christmas is coming soon....

  • Margaryta
    2019-06-01 03:31

    Cuteness just never takes a holiday, does it?This was a really fun adventure, I gotta say, not at all worse than the previous book. The plot was very cleverly thought of and the writing is free flowing and catchy. The illustrations still continue to make me have more 'awww...!' moments and the storytelling is just great.The king is very vicious in this story - even though he's a cute animal I would still squish him if he were real. Who treats such a cutie squirrel like that!? I don't care if you're adorable as a hedgehog YOU TOUCH URCHIN AND YOU DIE!!!*clears throat* Ahem, now then, going on.....Ah, well, I think amazing pretty much covers it. Where will the author take the next book? Who knows, I really look forward to seeing the rest of Urchin's ongoing story progress

  • Inkylizard
    2019-06-19 02:37

    What really makes me love this book is the characters. The world of Mistmantle and the newly revealed Whitewings are richly created, but the characters are what really sell the story. There are so many lovable, brave, heroic creatures that I would be hard-pressed to choose a favorite, and the antagonists are fun to hate or fear. The plot was interesting, although I thought the denouement was at times too convenient. There were ties to the first book, which I had read a bit of a while ago, but I did not lose any significance of events or appearances because the plot of the first book was explained at the beginning. I thought this installment was well-written, and I look forward to the future adventures of Urchin and his friends in the other Mistmantle Chronicles.

  • Dayna Smith
    2019-06-23 07:22

    The second in The Chronicles of Mistmantle series. When a delegation arrives from the island of Whitewings asking for Urchin's help he is tempted to go - as soon as Crispin is crowned king. Then he finds himself kidnapped and taken to Whitewings against his will. Once there he discovers he must save the island to save himself. As Crispin seeks to rescue Urchin, he discovers the Heartstone is missing and he can't be crowned without it. An excellent sequel to the first book. Fans of the Redwall series will love this one as well.

  • D-lyn
    2019-06-06 04:33

    This book picks up nearly about where the other left off with more about the younger characters and a new quest-adventure. Very exciting. Though I did see stuff coming that the animals were too naive to see. This adventure is totally new yet had ties to the past one. The bad guys were bad and the evil magic was kinda gross (cut up animal bodies and a desire to kill and hold the heart for power)I still recommend ages 11 and upWith that said I will read the rest of the Chronicles I'm sure!

  • Caleb
    2019-05-28 06:24

    This book is even better than the original. The plot is unique, the characters vivid, more of Urchin's past is revealed and the resolution is wonderful. Never before have I read a children's series with such a good sense of spirituality, in the form of the 'Heart'. It is a difficult topic for children's literature to handle religion and this book handles it incredibly well. It brings a sense of hope to the protagonists on their perilous journeys.

  • Rachel
    2019-06-13 07:31

    This is the first Mistmantle book I read (I know -- out of order.) Initially I thought it was simply a Redwall ripoff (I mean -- really? The castle is made of red sandstone?) But in many ways it's more nuanced than my friends from Mossflower ever could be.Sadly, Brian Jacques is dead. But Margaret McAllister is not. And these books are just as enjoyable as Redwall in its heyday. I look forward to Urchin's continued adventures.

  • Elaine
    2019-06-05 02:22

    The story of Urchin and the island of Mistmantle continues as Urchin is kidnapped by an evil king of another island. Another engaging book in the Mistmantle series as Urchin tries to find his way back again to Mistmantle.Our family sped through this book after being so taken with the first book in the series. I must admit that the story was so touching or something, there were tears in my eyes towards the end of the book.

  • Esteban Parra
    2019-06-19 10:42

    Este tramo en la vida de Urchin es mucho más oscuro, profundo y fuerte que lo mostrado en el libro anterior. La vida de esta ardilla es una pasada total, su valentía me dejó al borde del llanto. Página tras página suceden cosas que te impiden perder el hilo.Debía ser un cuatro, pues aunque es una buena historia, no es excelente; pero resultó en un tres, pues el sentido dermatológico que emplea Margaret McAllister de ir al grano siempre, roza en lo exagerado.

  • Christine
    2019-06-21 02:41

    Still really like this series. It's a great adventure story that's full of loyalty, courage, and strong friendships. Great book for children. The power of goodness and love is easy to discern, which I think is important for young readers. This book does deal with evil and death, but it's done gently and is appropriate for upper elementary and beyond. I look forward to starting the next book.

  • Natalie
    2019-06-01 03:20

    I liked this book even more than the first. In the beginning, it felt slow but sped up into a fascinating story of powerful good against crazy evil. Urchin, the main character, is forced to a distant island to be sacrificed but instead turns the tables on the crazy king and his evil sorcerer. The story has surprising twists and even a spiritual message.

  • Rosemarie
    2019-06-17 09:36

    The second in this Mistmantle series does not slow Urchin's story. The world is wider in this plot; new characters and settings enhance the appeal of the first book. The author's voice is true and her talent for weaving a tale with vivid language, careful plot development, and developing characters meeting new challenges is stronger here. The philosophy is true--a most enjoyable read.

  • Sara
    2019-06-06 03:46

    It does not live up to the first book - this one's plot drags and it has too many characters to follow, many with chapters in which they are frankly doing pretty boring things. My kids lost interest.

  • Jessica
    2019-06-24 10:48

    I read this book several years ago, and can't remember even the most significant events. I do remember somewhat enjoying it, although less than I did the first book in the series, but a story that doesn't captivate my attention enough to leave its place in my mind is not worthy of much notability.

  • Freda
    2019-06-20 02:26

    Loved this book, McAllister has a talent for setting scenes. Reading her books really make me feel like I'm right there. This Book I think out of the other two that I read has the most descriptive scenes. And, even though it's a story about Squirrels, there were parts where I was genuinely scared.

  • Alexandra
    2019-06-07 07:28

    This book had some very unexpected twists, but they were all really amazing. The characters are very real in their reactions. This book reminds me of Mossflower, but it has its own twists and plot that makes it very unique.

  • Loo
    2019-06-03 02:21

    The characters were still terrific, an aspect of the first book that I thought was particularly satisfying. However, the plot wasn't as tight, and I didn't feel satisfied and like I'd taken a journey. But still a good read. Urchin grows up a lot, and it's great to see him become wiser.