The Precious Stone trilogy by Kerstin Gier was originally published in German in 2009. The young adult, fantasy series was so popular, two years later it was translated and published in English, along with further worldwide publication. I confess that I was in part drawn to the lovely book covers as well as how many of my friends had read the series. The story centers on a London-based teenager named Gwyneth who learns that she comes from a line of time travelers and is lucky enough to also possess this gift, though her cousin does not. Her first time hop happens accidentally one day while she's not feeling well. She tells her best friend and is able to time travel a couple of more times before she tells her mother, in part because she's so startled by seeing her own doppelganger during the time leap. It is then that she learns the true circumstances of her birth, meets the members of The Lodge who act as guardians of time, and learns of what duties and adventures await her.
Ruby Red (#1)Official Summary:
Gwyneth Shepherd's sophisticated, beautiful cousin Charlotte has been prepared her entire life for traveling through time. But unexpectedly, it is Gwyneth, who in the middle of class takes a sudden spin to a different era!
Gwyneth must now unearth the mystery of why her mother would lie about her birth date to ward off suspicion about her ability, brush up on her history, and work with Gideon--the time traveler from a similarly gifted family that passes the gene through its male line, and whose presence becomes, in time, less insufferable and more essential. Together, Gwyneth and Gideon journey through time to discover who, in the 18th century and in contemporary London, they can trust.
[2 stars] When I started this book, it was a solid three or four stars: interesting premise, cool setting, curious problem. It felt, however, that the story lost its footing and trajectory when the protagonist's journey actually begins. Gwyneth is clumsy and has a rather funny personality.
Sapphire Blue (#2)Official Summary:
Gwen’s life has been a rollercoaster since she discovered she was the Ruby, the final member of the secret time-traveling Circle of Twelve. In between searching through history for the other time-travelers and asking for a bit of their blood (gross!), she’s been trying to figure out what all the mysteries and prophecies surrounding the Circle really mean.
At least Gwen has plenty of help. Her best friend Lesley follows every lead diligently on the Internet. James the ghost teaches Gwen how to fit in at an eighteenth century party. And Xemerius, the gargoyle demon who has been following Gwen since he caught her kissing Gideon in a church, offers advice on everything. Oh, yes. And of course there is Gideon, the Diamond. One minute he’s very warm indeed; the next he’s freezing cold. Gwen’s not sure what’s going on there, but she’s pretty much destined to find out.
[3 stars] Funnier than the first. The novel includes a Cats-reenactment scene that is beyond ridiculous. That sounds weird out of context--and it is--but when you're reading it, it's funny but equally strange.
Emerald Green (#3)Official Summary:
Gwen has a destiny to fulfill, but no one will tell her what it is. She’s only recently learned that she is the Ruby, the final member of the time-traveling Circle of Twelve, and since then nothing has been going right. She suspects the founder of the Circle, Count Saint-German, is up to something nefarious, but nobody will believe her. And she’s just learned that her charming time-traveling partner, Gideon, has probably been using her all along. Emerald Green is the stunning conclusion to Kerstin Gier's Ruby Red Trilogy, picking up where Sapphire Blue left off, reaching new heights of intrigue and romance as Gwen finally uncovers the secrets of the time-traveling society and learns her fate.
[2 stars] Witty dialogue throughout the series, but the second installment is my favorite.
Have you read The Precious Stone Trilogy?