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The Crown of Stones: Magic-Price Paperback – December 9, 2013

4.4 out of 5 stars 82 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in the Crown of Stones Series

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Born and raised in Atchison, Kansas, C.L. Schneider lives in New York's Hudson Valley Region with her husband and two sons.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 502 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (December 9, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1492829064
  • ISBN-13: 978-1492829065
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,686,492 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A great fantasy book. Love the cover too.

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.
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This book catches your eye from the beginning. Starting with the intense action of an unwinnable war, up through the breathtaking finale and leader into the sequel, Crown of Stones does not disappoint you with the plot. Ian Troy and his unlikely companions take a daring adventure to save the kingdom from those who would enslave it. There is intrigue aplenty, mystery, mayhem, and yes, magic. The bold and gripping first-person narrative, from the protagonist's view, will drag your emotions into the book, and will not let go! Make sure you have plenty of time to read, as you'll not want to put this one down.

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.
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I caught sight of this book on an advertisement and the cover drew me right in. I wasn’t disappointed. This book had a good amount of action and character development that kept me hooked throughout.

First, I loved how the magic was handled in this book. It was different, developed, yet not fully unearthed by the characters. It grew along with the story, which was quite nice.

I found the interaction of the races very interesting. I won’t spoil it, but there’s some great meanings in there if you pay attention. The world was developed nicely and had a good feel of fullness and history. The writing itself was very enjoyable.

So, fast-paced read, good writing, and nice world. How about those characters?

I will say that Ian and Malaq were my favorites. The other characters were a wide range and had flaws as well as admirable traits. It was a diverse cast and one I immensely enjoyed. Malaq had a fun, suave personality to him. I liked his humor and all around demeanor. I think I was drawn to Ian because 1) he was a magic user and I tend to like mages 2) he had a tortured side to him which is always alluring to me 3) he could be a badass! He was also a vulnerable character, one who was caught up in something bigger than himself and kept messing up because of it. I liked that he didn’t have all the answers, that he made mistakes. I will say, he had a huge weakness for women. Not a bad thing, it just started feeling... I don’t know, too predictable maybe? It wasn’t like it was the same girl that kept duping him, it was several. So it lost something there for me. Not sure how else to explain it. It wasn’t horrible by any means, it was just something I grew to expect. Oh, there’s a girl? You’re in trouble, Ian.

There were a few surprises at the end.
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This is the first published novel by the author, C.L. Schneider, and the first in a trilogy called The Crown of Stones. The Crown of Stones: Magic Price truly grabs you from the first page of the epilogue and doesn't let go for a few hundred pages. The author puts a tremendous amount effort into describing the characters and setting to the extent that I felt lost in the fantasy world she so intricately created. Her protagonist, Ian Troy, is developed carefully and revealed in layers just as you would get to know a stranger you've just met. His character has great depth and we, the reader, get wrapped up into his struggles and triumphs. You find yourself rooting for him, in spite of the seemingly impossible obstacles in his way. As he deals with his addiction to magic and begins to embrace his history rather than run from it, we see him rise to the call to save his people.

I wasn't sure what to expect from a first novel and a self-published author, however, I was truly impressed with the writing style and the polished editing. She has created a plot and characters that left me wanting more. She writes with a witty sarcasm and a well devised plan. I expected this to be my summer read, but I was so drawn in, I sacrificed many nights' sleep to see it through to the end. I can't wait to see what book 2 will bring!
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This book starts off strong, but quickly becomes intensely frustrating due to the incredibly stubborn and cliched protagonist. On the plus side the book is well-written, with few grammatical errors. On the negative side I never developed any empathy for any of the main characters because they were all so incredibly stupid and frustrating. Here's a list of the frustrating cliches (possible spoilers):
1. Hero repeatedly rushes without thinking into situations which he knows are hopeless
2. Friends repeatedly warn the hero that he's rushing into hopeless situations
3. Hero repeatedly ignores his friends and ditches them to rush off by himself
4. Deus ex machina; the author conjures an outside agency to repeatedly save the hero from himself
5. Hero is completely obnoxious, stupid, arrogant, and short sighted
6. Hero's friends become his friends because the author wants them to be friends - the hero shows them no respect, kindness, companionship or regard whatsoever. There's really no reason at all for these people to be his friends, and yet they are.
7. Hero is suffering from a debilitating spell, but refuses to be healed in order to rush off into another hopeless fight
8. Yeah, of course deus ex machina, an outside agency saves hero from himself again
9. Hero passes up multiple opportunities to kill the bad guys
10. Hero allows himself and his friends to suffer because he doesn't want to hurt the bad guys
11. Hero finally almost kills the bad guy, but instead of finishing him off.... well you can guess the rest 'cause we need a sequel
12. Hero has multiple opportunities to learn about his magic and become stronger, and repeatedly passes them up
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