Humphrey Biddle

Humphrey owns an old book shop in Oxford. He looks just like a rumpled old hobbit. He is a palaeographer, his speciality being old manuscripts and ancient writings. A long-time friend of Ebrahim Faza, Humphrey saved Ebrahim's life in Cairo years ago. Humphrey knows a lot about the quest and the Seven Stones of Power. Some of this information he cannot even tell Adam, even though he would like to do so. He is best friends with Archibald Curran.

"No need to worry. You're not walking around with the fate of the world in your pocket."

Appears In:

Chronicles of the Stone Book 2

Archibald Curran

Archie is an expert of 5th and 6th century Britain, his speciality being the Dark Ages. He is very annoyed that when he retired from the Ashmolean Museum, his rival Florian Boldwood took over. Archie loves being the center of attention and hates it when anyone else hogs the limelight. One of Archie’s unfortunate traits is to blab things he should keep secret ... and this turns out badly for Adam. However, he is loyal and will do anything to help a friend, even when he is petrified. Archie adores yummy food like cake and treats.

"Get me out of here right away. I have work to do."

Appears In:

Chronicles of the Stone Book 2

The Eaters Of Poison

Malevolent, dangerous, and capable of killing merely by scratching someones skin, the Eaters of Poison belong to the Ancient Association of Alchemists. They are looking for the long-lost Book of Arthepius, a manuscript that holds the secret to longevity. Their quest clashes with that of the kids and Dr. Khalid. Just the sounds of their voices and the smell of their robes is enough to turn anyone's stomach. However, they keep their promise to Adam and help his scientist friend Dr. Mercury Jones perfect his universal antidote. They also give Adam a very useful gift.

"We do not share our secrets with outsiders, but this Mercury Jones ... is he a practitioner of the ancient arts?"

Appear In:

Chronicles of the Stone Book 2

Ink Blott

Ink (real name Benjamin) is Humphrey's adopted son. Ink knows very little about his real father and nothing about his real mother. He is studying the classics at university in Oxford and will more than likely follow in Humphrey's footsteps. Ink becomes like a big brother to the kids as they embark upon their quest. Ink faces down the Eaters of Poison and even though he’s scared, he will never let anyone see it. Ink finds out some very important details about his real father and Dr. Khalid.

"I’m here to protect whatever my father discovered - whatever it is you wanted so badly you had to kill him for it."

Appears In:

Chronicles of the Stone Book 2

Kim Maleka

Adam and Justin are aghast to find that on the eve of their second adventure, they've been saddled with an African girl called Kim Maleka. Kim, who is Adam's age, is Aunt Isabel's foster child. Although she enters the adventure feeling slightly at a disadvantage and with school problems hanging over her head, Kim ends up having extremely good ideas and has a practical side that comes in very handy. She develops great confidence and, in the end, the boys consider her an integral part of the team.

"Thanks, guys. I knew you'd come get me."

Appears In:

Chronicles of the Stone Books 2-7


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