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The Crown of Stones: Magic-Price Paperback – December 9, 2013
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"For a rollicking, unpretentious good adventure, The Crown of Stones: Magic-Price by C.L. Schneider has few rivals...the perfect blend of fantasy and adventure, a tale of magic, bravery, and war." - Reader's Favorite
This book is one of the most original fantasy novels that I have ever read. Schneider is a wizard with her words." - Peachy Keen Reviews
The characters are beautifully flawed and realized. The story is a fine addition to any collection...a very bright star that is well worth notice." - Red Star Reviews
"Magic-Price is a fantastic read... If you like dark fantasy with a twist and want to support a truly talented independent author, then do yourself a favor and pick up Magic-Price." - Stephen Rhodes, Fantasy Faction
From the Author
What if you were born with an addiction to magic? What if your pleasure meant their pain? Immerse yourself in a time-spanning epic tale of a flawed hero, a fallen race, and a land at war. Journey through a world torn apart by prejudice and fear, where peace hinges on the strength of one man as he struggles to embrace the very thing he fears most: his own power.
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I enjoyed this story. It has an interesting take on magic and a hero who is flawed enough to be relatable and interesting. The story is very dark, but that just kind of makes it a guilty pleasure. The world-building is outstanding, and the landscape is populated by people who seem unusually real. It does have a major cliff-hanger ending, but that's not a problem because the next book is already out, so there's no waiting to find out what happens. Five stars, and I look forward to the rest of the series.
The ONLY thing keeping this from a five-star rating is the sadly plentiful grammar typo, which one would think would not occur in the days of Spell-Check... Missing periods and the like will distract those for whom good grammar is essential. Overlooking that, however, C.L. Schneider's work with The Crown of Stones is on par with Tolkien, Jordan, and all the great high-fantasy writers, with the added twist of the rare first-person narrative.
One of the things that makes a great book is to take something common, and put a new twist on it. C.L. Schneider puts a new twist on magic, making it an addictive and painful burden to its users. It's a brilliant new perspective on magic using, and Schneider nurtures and develops this unique concept brilliantly.
The world she has created is vast, colorful, engrossing, and most importantly, believable. Schneider is a master at creating entertaining and believable inter-relationships between her characters; at one point when a character met their demise early in the story, I was truly left wanting more, and that was just from one character.
Schneider has put into play another great fantasy world, with great concepts and characters, that will lead all of us into its yet to be told tales, and I cant wait to read them.
The story starts off with the very simple matter of black vs white, good vs evil, hunter vs hunted, that is so often the staple of fantasy books. But then it becomes something so much more, as we uncover aspects of Ian Troy's life that he has tried so hard to put behind him. And no matter how far he runs from that past, it will forever haunt him.
What really made this book so interesting to read is the depth of background material, the history on which everything hinges, and the layers of secrecy all of which move us away from the simple light vs dark storyline. There are so many shades of grey that no one is entirely what they seem, and every action, every spell, every dream comes with a price. Some of those costs are simply more apparent than others.
If you have not read this book, and enjoy a really solid, gritty read, pick it up now, because not doing so comes with the price of missing an amazing read.