The Gemstone Chronicles Book One: The Carnelian by William Stuart, is about a family's adventure in the magical world of Celahir after they free an elf from a fairy cross, a cross made out of gemstone, they found while rock hunting. In return for freeing him, the elf gave each of them gemstones according to the month in which they were born. They were attacked not long after freeing the elf and fled into Celahir. In Celahir though, the humans found that they could tap into the power of the gemstones the elf had given them and they could all serve as a great threat against evil. Once they were in Celahir they set out to recover the gemstones of the elven bow. The main reason the elf had been trapped in the stone was because he had seen who had taken the gems from the elven bow. They have to recover the gems in order to stop both the elven world and the human world from tipping into evil ways.
I would rate this book 5 stars because it kept me hooked with a great story line. I can easily picture all the characters as they adventure in the world of Celahir. I would recommend The Carnelian for intermediate readers who like stories with magic and that are full of danger and suspense. It does have some fight scenes where animals die, but they are not main characters. I loved this book and I am going to read the rest of the series.