The Lost Medallion
The Lost Medallion by Bill Muir and Alex Kendrick has been reviewed by Focus on the Family’s marriage and parenting magazine. It is the first book in "The Adventures of Billy Stone" series.
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Thirteen-year-old Billy Stone is the descendant of a ruler who made a big mistake. Two hundred years before Billy was born, on the tropical island of Meekah (called Aumakua in some versions of the book), which is found in the Pacific Ocean, young Prince Huko decided to play dress-up and wore his father's powerful medallion. The medallion, gold with a blue stone in the center, allowed the good King Kieli to keep his people safe from natural disasters as well as from Cobra, the evil, power-hungry ruler of a nearby island. While playing, Huko lost the medallion. Cobra learned Kieli's kingdom was powerless, and he attacked. He killed the king and took many from Meekah into slavery.
In present day, Billy Stone lives with his father, an archaeologist, on Meekah. After Billy's mother died of cancer, Dad became all the more focused on finding the legendary lost medallion. Mom, whose family descended from King Kieli, had always believed Huko's reputation and their family pride could be restored if the medallion was found. Billy hunts for the medallion, too, aided by his orphaned friend, Allie. Cobb, a descendant of Cobra, who wants to control the island, has his thugs watch Billy and Allie. When Billy finds the medallion, Cobb threatens to harm the boy's father unless Billy hands over the relic. Suddenly, Billy and Allie find themselves transported 200 years into the past.
Billy and Allie quickly recognize their island but are shocked to meet up with Huko and his friend Anui. Huko is pleased to see the medallion but feels Billy may be a threat to his throne. The two begin a cautious friendship, interrupted by an attack from Cobra's men. Cobra has learned about the return of the medallion. He steals it from Billy and intends to kill the children. Billy, Allie, Huko and Anui escape. They make their way cautiously around the island in search of Kieli's former adviser, a man named Faleaka. When they finally find the old, seemingly crazy man, he speaks to them in riddles that prove to be valuable life lessons. He helps them escape to Cobra's island, where they intend to free the slaves and use them to form an army against the evil ruler. In the process, Faleaka takes an arrow for Huko and dies.
Cobra grows angry when he discovers the medallion will not work for him. An adviser informs him it will only function for someone with a kind heart. Cobra promptly kills the adviser and vows to get Billy on his side so the boy can make the medallion do his bidding. When the children arrive on Cobra Island, Billy sneaks up on the sleeping Cobra in an effort to get the medallion off his neck. Billy is able to read the medallion's inscription — we become what we believe — before Cobra wakes up. Cobra imprisons Billy in a cell and puts the others in his slave camp. He tries to break Billy's spirit, bribing him and even telling him his friends are dead. Billy refuses to help Cobra. He breaks out of his cell and is reunited with his friends. Together with the slaves, they make a plan to overthrow Cobra using harmless but distracting pineapple bombs. The attack ends in a stand-off between Billy and Cobra. Billy is able to turn Cobra's own poisonous claw upon the dictator, and Cobra dies. Billy and Allie return to present day and marvel at the improvements made in light of their journey to the past. In preparation for book two, the story ends with a dark figure stealing the medallion.
Allie says her mother always told her she was an accident. Faleaka replies that she may have been an accident to her mother, but she was no accident to her Creator. When Faleaka takes an arrow in the chest to save Huko, the prince asks why the old man would die for him. Faleaka replies that a great king once died for him. As he dies, Faleaka tells Huko that when he sees Kieli in the afterlife, he will tell him about the kind of king his son is becoming. Billy realizes that through riddles, Faleaka was urging the kids to fight life's battles with healthy hearts and souls. He says people are significant because God created them to love and treat others with kindness. We will do what we were created for, Billy says, if we use our hearts and souls the right way.
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Cobra slashes Faleaka's face with his claws, cutting across both eyes and causing great agony. Cobra kills King Kieli and others who cross him with a swipe of his poison-tipped, claw-like fingernails. As Cobra tries to stab Billy, the boy turns the villain's claws back on him. Cobra slices his own throat and feels a terrible burning sensation as warm blood runs down his neck.
Allie kisses Billy on the cheek, but it is innocent.
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Readability Age Range
10 and up
Bill Muir, Alex Kendrick