Stonewiser: The Heart of the Stone Kindle Edition
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This book started a bit slow for me and I thought the love connection happened way to fast to be in any way believable. As well, I thought that the violence and sexual language was a bit overdone at times. In those moments it felt like the character was put in situations more for the shock value than because they needed to happen for the story to develop.
But by the end, the story had gathered momentum and some of the side-characters had developed enough that the world felt more real to me. So I would probably give this a 3.5 with hope for the rest of the series as long as the second book picks up where the first left off.
The story does have a bit of a rough start but picks up fine. Many good story elements. New ideas all over the place, very nice. Now when it comes to stonewising it is so cryptic and muddled I still don't know the everyday uses of stonewising. Brief mentions of contracts and agreements late in the story are about it. At this time you are pretty deep into the book. If you keep me in the dark, please have a good reason. So I guess they are memory stones and that is about all I venture to say. Other greater powers show up late with just as little development. I really wanted to know more.
Intrigue and spots of romance as the book progresses. I liked the writing overall. Some reviews claim terrible writing but all I saw were minor errors. In fact I really liked this except for the lack of knowing about what is a main theme in the story, stonewising.
Looks like two more books at least and I am not sure whether to continue. And then I realize given how much I read plus the quality of my recent downloads that yes, who am I kidding. I will be reading the next one at least hoping they get even better. I have enough detail by the end to enjoy the story. Good read that was free even.
Thanks to Dora Machado, my love of fantasy has been rekindled. "Stonewiser: The Heart of the Stone" is an intelligent, original, vividly drawn tale without all the typical tropes that make me want to run the author through with a halberd or something. It's still an epic story of magic and romance, but with fresh new takes on both. The writing is excellent, the characters are engaging, the love story has just enough of the bodice-ripper about it to be really fun while still managing to be believable, the heroine is both empowered and vulnerable, and above all the premise and world-building are entertaining and unique.
If you're tired of the same old fantasy fare, give Machado a try. I'm so glad there are more books in this series!
It is not often I write reviews on ebooks I read, and when I do it is usually to save potential readers from terrible literature. I am thrilled to say that this is the very first 5 star review I have ever given!
To begin, I would like to say: I did see a review that said WARNING SEXUAL VIOLENCE and I was a bit upset. Yes there is a slightly graphic scene in the very first chapter of the book and I too asked myself, is this an erotic fiction?? No no NO it is not!!! That's one of the few sexual scenes in the book and the rest are beautifully appropriate and tasteful. it succeeds in creating an image of a main antagonist as well as the damage to the protagonist. If it were me, I would have waited so that some sensitive people would not be turned off so early and risk them not reading on, but I am no writer! Just know that this is not the overall theme of the book.
I like that this book made me want to go back and read it again. There are lots of hints of things to come that you would never catch because they are so subliminally woven into the story. Though it is not so convoluted that you don't see the connections as they unfold.
The emotions are very believable. The voice in Sariahs head is like ours. Sometimes she's brave beyond logic because she's angry, more times she's meek because she's scared and confused. This is so refreshing because the emotions are totally appropriate and she's not a super hero that's just brave all the time.
I could go on and on but no one will care to read such a lengthy review, so just please please read this book and spend your hard earned $2.99 on the second and third books like I did and will as long as she's writing them!