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“From the very first page of [The Garden of Stones], Mr. Barnes immerses his first-time reader in a world filled with vivid cultures, unusual species, ancient mysteries, and complex characters. Through beautifully worded descriptions, he unveils an original fantasy landscape, filled with amazing details.” ―Bookwraiths.com

“Barnes drops his readers into a complex world that makes for an immersive experience for lovers of epic fantasy. The political machinations and constant familial betrayals are reminiscent of Jacqueline Carey’s
Kushiel series…The female characters on both sides are every bit as strong as the males, a refreshing change in epic fantasy. Highly recommended.” Library Journal

The Garden of Stones was an immersive fantasy. It felt like being in the eye of a storm…When I finished, I simply did not want to leave this world…” Reading Reality

“You know that feeling when you a finish a really good book and you don’t want to leave the world it’s set in? That any book you pick up after just isn’t right because it’s not the book you were just reading? Well that just happened to me…I loved this world and the characters.”
―Marktimmony.com

“If you’re looking for something different, something to strike that vein of Eastern Fantasy with a twinge of weird, this is what you need to go with. Barnes has crafted a great debut with plot twists galore, exactly what speculative fiction needs.”
Acerbic Writing

“This is an incredible read…It is a rich and lyrical style [that] flows. Tantalising all the senses. The world is detailed and tactile, with an almost awe-inspiring depth to it…Mark T Barnes is going to be huge, once the world gets up to speed!”
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“[I] quite enjoyed this world that Barnes has created. It’s full of wonder and imagination, tons of creatures, and races that were well-crafted and constantly interesting.”
―SFFaudio

About the Author

Mark Barnes was born in Sydney, Australia, in September of 1966. A strong athlete, he was also drawn to the arts at a young age, penning his first short story as a seven-year-old. He worked in finance and advertising and eventually landed satisfying work in information technology, where he continues to manage a freelance organizational change consultancy. In 2005, when Mark was selected to attend the Clarion South residential short story workshop, he began to write with the intention of making it more than a hobby. Since that time Mark has published a number of short stories, worked as a freelance script editor, and has driven creative consultancy for a television series. The Garden of Stones is his first novel.


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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ 1611098939
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ 47North (May 21, 2013)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 506 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 9781611098938
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1611098938
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.25 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.4 x 1.4 x 8.2 inches
  • Customer Reviews:
    3.9 out of 5 stars 278 ratings

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Mark Barnes was born in Sydney, Australia, in September of 1966. A strong athlete, he was also drawn to the arts at a young age, penning his first short story as a seven-year-old. He worked in finance and advertising before establishing himself in IT services management. Currently he owns and operates a freelance organizational change consultancy.

In 2005, when Mark was selected to attend the Clarion South residential short story workshop, he began to write with the intention of making it more than a hobby. Since that time, Mark has published a number of short stories, worked as a freelance script editor, and has driven creative consultancy for a television series.

Mark is the author of the Echoes of Empire series, published by 47 North. The series includes The Garden of Stones, The Obsidian Heart, and The Pillars of Sand. The Garden of Stones made the Top 20 fantasy novels for the 2014 David Gemmell Legend Award, and was a finalist in the Top 5 for the 2014 David Gemmell Morningstar Award for Best Debut/Newcomer. At present Mark is working on new urban fantasy, and epic fantasy, projects.

You can find out more at www.marktbarnes.com, his Facebook page at www.facebook.com/marktbarnes.author, or follow Mark on Twitter @MarkTBarnes.

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