Stone and Sun by Graham Edwards sends Jonah and Archan on a headlong race to the very top of Stone’s mighty wall. A thousand worlds must be crossed before the summit is reached … and in this race there is no second prize.
Newest passengers on the Bark’s greatest voyage yet are the mysterious Tom Coyote, flung to Stone from the erupting Mount St Helens in 1980 and, more mysterious still, the diminutive Mister Ren, who claims to have created immortality. In the glare of its guardian sun, the fate of Stone – and all the worlds on which it depends – hangs by a thread.
Jonah must reach deep into the strands of memory to turn the flow of time’s river to his advantage. But tinkering with history, as he has already discovered, is a dangerous game …
- “This is not another collection of fantasy clichés, but something rich and strange” – LineOne
The story behind Stone & Sun
I remember vividly the eruption of Mount St Helens in 1980. I was fifteen years old and couldn’t believe something so Biblical could really happen. I guess it was inevitable I’d try to write the event into a book sooner or later. Doing so allowed me to introduce my Victorian explorer Jonah Lightfoot to a character from the late twentieth century – a culture clash I couldn’t resist.
Jonah meddles with time in quite a big way in the previous book, Stone & Sea, but only in this final novel of the trilogy do the full implications of his earlier actions become clear. I love the labyrinthine possibilities of time-travel and I wasn’t about to wrap up this long story without exploring it to the limits.
Stone & Sun begins with the following ‘quotation’:
Come with me now
Hold on tight
I won’t let go
Actually it isn’t a quotation at all, but a message of reassurance from me to the reader. This was a tough book to write and, during the editing process, I realised the story had a lot of sharp edges. In some places it was in grave danger of falling apart altogether. I think I managed to smooth out the rough parts, and to get everything to hang together, but in truth I’m not certain who I was really trying to reassure with that faux quote – you or me.
So, does everything all work out in the end? What does Jonah discover when he reaches the summit of Amara? Does he finally solve the mysteries of the world-wall that is also known as Stone? More to the point, just how do you kill an immortal dragon?
To find out, you’ll have to read the book.