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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (November 3, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553103938
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553103939
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,585,036 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Mychael ab Arawn, son of the rulers of Merioneth, faces an apocalyptic battle for his kingdom in this slow-starting fantasy romance set in 12th-century Wales. Armed with the Magia Blade, a powerful sword used by the last Dragonlord to command the ancient sea dragons, Mychael allies himself with Llyna, the last surviving aethling, a warrior and an acolyte to the last high priestess of magic. In an apparent effort to spice up the manichean showdown with the forces of evil, McReynolds at first reaches for narrative complications. Twenty-seven characters, including two dragons, are introduced before chapter four?some of whom do little or nothing to move the story along. Many locations, including subterranean settings, and their resident creatures also appear in the first few chapters, and wispy allusions to past events abound. This tangle at the novel's opening is unfortunate, as it's bound to discourage some readers from continuing to the smoother story that develops later. McReynolds rewards those who wait?until the disappointing conclusion, that is, which focuses on a frustratingly minor character. In between, McReynolds (The Chalice and the Blade) treats us to attentive descriptions and a story line that begs to be transformed into a video game.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

McReynolds follows up her successful The Chalice and the Blade with this tale of 12th-century Wales, where a boy raised in a monastery has a vision that leads him to the nymph Llynya and her fearful quest.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By MellyH on September 2, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book, by no stretch of the imagination, should have been found in the ROMANCE section. This book deserves to stand by the Tolkien books in the Fantasy section. Sure, when I picked it up, I expected some soppy Johanna Lindsey-ish farce.
Instead, I found a deep plot, excellent characters, and a well- used map of their location and the underworld. I also found characters torn apart by the past, reliving it at every turn in deep caverns filled with real danger.
There are trolls, elves, wyverns and some humans thrown in for a real Dungeons&Dragons time. Anyone familiar with Guy Gavriel Kay's work will notice many of the same references: dockalfar, liosalfar and several others. Those who love Irish lore will love trying to pronounce half the words in the book. Female Tolkien fans might enjoy the more romantic twist on the old battles for good and evil.
A very well written book by an excellent writer who knows her fantasy worlds and how to get a true readers attention.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 5, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This is a challenging fantasy novel. You have to pay attention to almost every sentence so you won't get lost in this fantastical world, but it's well worth it. Glenna McReynolds is a master weaver of words who gently draws you into her web of dreams. Be patient and your rewards will be great! This book is much more of a fantasy than a romance, but the romance that is at the core is exquisitely written and deeply moving. I'll definitely be looking for the next book in the series.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 6, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and found it hard to put down. However, I was rather disappointed with the ending! The whole book was a build up to a great battle and when the battle finally came, we didn't any details of the biggest battle; the one between the dragons and the blackness. I wanted to be there with Ailfinn Mapp, Ruddlahan, Varga and Owain to see what happened to them too and was disappointed with what I got.
I will be buying the next book, Prince of Time, when it comes out. I really do enjoy the stories Ms. McReynolds has written so far.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 20, 1998
Format: Hardcover
In 1198 Wales, the rightful keepers of Carn Merioneth have successfully regained possession of the land. However, to the victors may go the spoils, but for Michael ab Arawn, the triumph is tainted by the fact that the two dragons, who repel the forces of darkness, appear to be missing.

Regardless of the peril to himself, Michael knows that he must find the missing guardians or else. He begins his quest into the dangerous caverns where the spawn of dragons, the pryf, dwell. All his so-called allies except one have personal agendas, making each of them more dangerous to Michael and his quest than his known enemies, including an evil so malevolent that his eternal soul is at stake. Only Llynya of the Quicken-tree seems to really want to help him succeed, but he wonders what her agenda actually is.

DREAM STONE is an incredible experience that takes the reader into a Medieval world of fantasy where the unbelievable feels real. The characters, including the ultimate evil, the pryf, the dragons, and the mortals come across as genuine with realistic motives. The story line is romantic fantasy at its best. Glenna McReynolds has written an epic adventure that will elate fans of fantasy and Medieval romance as a stunning novel worth reading.

Harriet Klausner
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anna M. Ligtenberg VINE VOICE on October 2, 2007
Format: Hardcover
ISBN 0553103938 - I am not a fan, at all, of fantasy. Throw in romance and you've pretty much written my worst nightmare of a book. So I was quite surprised to find out that this book was better than that. Still, there are a few things that bother me, even beyond the similarities to Dune.

Mychael ab Arawn is the son of the last rulers of Merioneth, now ruled by Rhuddlan, leader of the Quicken-tree clan. Mychael doesn't have all the facts about who he is and his destiny, but he knows that he has a wildness inside of him and the fire of dragon's blood in his veins. He meets and falls for the elf Llynya, who is part of his destiny in more ways than one. Slott, the Troll King, has been freed from an enchantment after 500 years and things are happening in the deep dark that brings Mychael's destiny ever closer. As war looms, he will be called on to call the dragons, and lead the Quicken-tree to victory over the forces arrayed against them - and he can't succeed without Llynya at his side.

For the Dune similarities, they're only in the beginning of the book: boy child born to a priestess from a long line of priestesses, who has him even though she was forbidden to do so. There's giant worms, twins, and reference to Transformation. On the weird front, Mychael has dragon's blood from his mother and "'Twas what came from allowing love to make a match"... which just leaves you wondering about who loved who. For language, there's at least a half dozen uses of "friggin", which clashes with common language in 1193; McReynolds has made up all kinds of names and language and then comes up with "quickety-split" for the name of a fast move which seems really lazy and cracked me up every time I read it.
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TARA JANZEN, New York Times bestsellling author of CRAZY HOT and CRAZY COOL of the STEELE STREET SERIES of books, also writes as GLENNA MCREYNOLDS, the author of thirteen Loveswept romances, an epic medieval fantasy trilogy, THE CHALICE AND THE BLADE, DREAM STONE, and PRINCE OF TIME, and a contemporary romantic adventure set in the Amazon, RIVER OF EDEN, a book considered a classic in the genre. She has won numerous awards for her writing, including a RITA from RWA.

She loves doing research for her books, and her love of anthropology and the natural sciences has helped her create the landscapes of her novels, from the rich historical background of THE CHALICE AND THE BLADE trilogy, to the shores of the blackwater rivers flowing through the lost world of the Amazonian rain forest in RIVER OF EDEN.

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