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Editorial Reviews

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"Grimdark with heart and soul."
- Anna Smith-Spark, author of Court of Broken Knives

"From the fascinating world-building to the intriguing, colorful and memorable characters, The Heart of Stone is a pleasure to read."
- BookNest.Eu

"Dark, brutal and violent, and packed with heart and emotional depth, The Heart of Stone is an intriguing novel. Great characters and a well-developed world surround a complex monster protagonist in a powerfully grim standalone fantasy."- Alan Baxter, author of the Alex Caine Series
"Heart of Stone is a well-crafted novel that will leave its readers cursing the fact it's a standalone."- Graham Austin-King, author of Faithless

"Genuinely the best standalone novel I've had the pleasure of reading!"- JP Ashman, author of The Black Powder Wars Series

"This is Ben's best book yet. Plain and simple."- Michael R. Miller, author of The Dragon's Blade Trilogy

"A brutal delight with thrilling action and heart, rowdy and wise, bloody and tender at the same time. I had a blast, and got my heart broken too. I highly recommend checking this one out."
- Dyrk Ashton, author of Paternus

"The Heart of Stone is a solidly written and fascinating dark fantasy."- BiblioSanctum

"The Heart of Stone is a very, very good read."- Fantasy Faction

"The Heart of Stone is a must read if you can appreciate a long-lasting platonic relationship between protagonists in a brutal and violent battlefield setup that stays with you long after you have finished reading the book."
- Bohomind

"The Heart of Stone is one action packed, bloody, emotional ride and I loved it."
- Blogin' Hobgoblin

About the Author

Ben Galley is an author of dark and epic fantasy books who currently hails from Victoria, Canada. Since publishing his debut Emaneska Series, Ben has released a range of novels set in strange, unforgiving worlds, including the award-winning weird western Bloodrush and standalone novel The Heart of Stone. He is also the author of the critically-acclaimed Chasing Graves Trilogy and new Scalussen Chronicles.When he isn't killing off hordes of fictional beings, or arguing the finer points of magic and dragons, Ben enjoys exploring the Canadian wilds and sipping Scotch single malts, and will forever and always play a dark elf in The Elder Scrolls. One day he hopes to live in an epic treehouse in the mountains.Ben can be found on Twitter or vlogging on YouTube @BenGalley, or loitering on Facebook and Instagram @BenGalleyAuthor. Or just go to bengalley.com for all Ben's info.Get The Iron Keys, an exclusive, FREE short story set in the world of Emaneska when you sign up to Ben's Guild Newsletter at eepurl.com/c8F7Av

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B01MU5O6NI
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ BenGalley.com; 1st edition (March 30, 2017)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ March 30, 2017
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1838 KB
  • Simultaneous device usage ‏ : ‎ Unlimited
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 463 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.4 out of 5 stars 99 ratings

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Reviewed in the United States on February 5, 2018
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Sam | The Book in Hand_
4.0 out of 5 stars this is a great read, solidly written fantasy with some dark fantasy feels too
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 1, 2020
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4.0 out of 5 stars this is a great read, solidly written fantasy with some dark fantasy feels too
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 1, 2020
This is my first review with a new rating system, it is pretty simple.

So, the basics.

Rather than rate books on a numerical scale from one to five I am going to give them one of the following tags:

- Buy the Hardback
- Buy Paperback
- Buy the Kindle eBook
- Library rental or Wait for a sale

Here are a few things you can expect from The Heart of Stone:

- Big brother/Little Sister Vibes - An utterly wholesome and well developed relationship which came across vey sibling like in my opinion;
- Double agents, spies and political intrigue;
- Brilliant word-building of a country ravaged by war;
- Memorable characters who you will think about even while not reading the book;
- Violent Battles and Civil War;
- Dry Humour ;
- HEART

On to the full review...

Bloody hell! Right, I have a really weird relationship with the beginnings of novels. I really do. I either love them or hate them, obviously there is a middle ground in which I keep plodding on but sometimes, just sometimes a book has me in the first page! And it doesn’t have to be anything huge either. I’ll tell you what it was for this book...it was the sentence:

”He felt heavier than a mountain.”

See what I mean, that’s odd right?!

But that sentence just gave my crazy imagination so much. To feel heavy as a mountain you have to be pretty drained, pretty tired and dang near defeated! Why? Who is this person? Why so heavy? What life have you lead to warrant such a feeling! Then to be followed by a writing style I can love which paints such a vivid picture in my head...I'm feeling like I'm onto a winner, no? YES.

Now don't get me wrong this can change but I'm starting a book with the best possible start when this happens.

While it seemed to take me forever to read this book, I really enjoyed it! This book has so many elements to it, of which are all beautifully intertwined to create a compelling and intriguing plot. Though, this books biggest success to me was quite simply its characters.

I really liked Task, I found his personality brilliant. What was likely not necessarily meant to be humour had me chuckling quite a bit. Task does not mince his words and has a dry and blunt personality.

‘I didn’t hear you. Well done. Now leave me alone.’

Ahhhh, Lesky! Little Lesky (or leaky if my autocorrect had it's way) was amazing. How can you not adore a driven young person striving to make better of their situation and with a dream big enough to guide her?! The answer is you can't. You must love the spirited little love and I did! I adored her character and her budding relationship with a big grump of a golem.

'Lesky shrugged. ‘Mam says that fighters fight and survivors survive, but cowards cower. “You got to do what you are to be what you are”, and I ain’t no coward.’

This was the first book of Galley's that I have read I was really impressed with the writing style, it was detailed enough to bring out such vivid and incredible images while not falling into tedious or the over embellished category. My first introduction to Alabast was marvellous and Galley's ability to create such a brilliant world is deserving of much praise. I instantly liked Alabast and his introduction greatly reminded me of a certain character introduction from Jonathan French's 'The True Bastards'. I appreciated it then and even more so in 'The Heart of Stone' for the fact it sets up the character personality quickly and effectively!

Another thing that I liked in this series was, and this is going to sound silly so let me try and explain it 🙈 so Pocahontas was my favourite Disney girl and colons of the wind was my favourite song yanno the bit..

”I know every rock and tree and creature has a life has spirit has a name...”

Yeah that, always loved it. Always will so when I saw hints at Task listening to the stones stories and feeling the current of the earth like they were whispering to him the secrets of battle I bloody loved it. Like I said a bit weird but we all have our clicks 😂

'The mass of beating hearts, the nervous shiver of countless feet, the crashing of drums and shields… He felt them all, and through them he felt more than just stone.'

I could really write a ton more on this book. The plot, the characters, the world and the writing are all amazing but I'm aware I have waffled a fair amount in this review.

So let me round this up by saying this is a great read, it is a solidly written fantasy with some dark fantasy feels too. It focuses on the charaters and their growing relationships while maintaining a dynamic and interesting plot. Galley also filled a brilliantly written world with a great number of flawed, morally grey and wholesome side characters.

'He could not fight for the Truehards; not for Huff. But he could fight for men and women like these. Men and women who were shackled by the sway of their betters, just like him.'

Any way that's it from me, and now as you are aware I will be rating my books on a buy hardback, paperback, kindle or rental/wait for a sale system...

The Heart of Stone is definitely (if it wasn't just published for audio and eBook) a book I would get in paperback form!

- It is a book I would read again
- The cover is also great
- I would feel honoured to have this on my shelves at home
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Barry Mulvany
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a pretty bleak book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 15, 2018
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a great read
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 24, 2019
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Freckles
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 23, 2021
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James Brown
4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling read, more please. Will be a tough act to follow...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 13, 2019
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