In a world dominated by religious law, the ruling theocracy is about to enter a period of unprecedented upheaval. A pilgrim from a forgotten place ventures into the desolated heart of the Widelands, where myth meets reality and only the faithful or truly fortunate dare enter. A rebel and a young apprentice both seek answers they had never thought could ever be answered. And all the while, the future of their world hangs in a precipitous balance. Their journey will lead them to uncover long-lost secrets and truths that will shake the very foundations of the world and change everything, forever.
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I downloaded a free version that reads like a scroll to try out the Kindle reader on my new tablet, and after a couple of chapters was so engrossed that I bought the regular version. Did not disapppoint- kept me interested on several levels and had some surprises. It transported me to that world. A good read!
I don’t know why I got this. That’s all I have to say. I am done writing about this. all done.
The forge of stones is not an easy read. It’s long and at times unnecessarily over descriptive, the story has a variety of characters, that are seemingly unconnected and the writer jumps from place to place.
However, I still really enjoyed this fantasy, science fiction meets total recall (Schwarzenegger). It really intrigued me and I felt I wanted to finish it. The character were well written and I felt their pain and their hope. I also felt their frustration and inability to affect the ongoing war.
I do feel the writer did himself a disservice by not making more of the battle for power in Pyr, this could have been far less descriptive and more driven. The story would have been more effective if it had been a little shorter.
But when all said I liked it.
Disclaimer: I received this book from the author in exchange for a review.
An interesting intersection of fantasy and science fiction with a hilarious robot although the story suffers from too much detail, which makes the story slow to read.
The book begins with introducing the main characters and those chapters made me think that this would be a standard fantasy novel. The world is intriguing although it’s very stratified and a little hard to believe. You get a lot of different viewpoints from different aspects and parts of the society. That helps to flesh out the world a little. The story lines of the characters start to intersect although it does seem a bit forced at points.
I liked how the story lines began to come together and how the science fiction aspect of this book began to be slowly revealed. I must admit that I was not always able to follow what was going on this book, especially when it came to the Pilgrim. My confusion increased when the book turned into science fiction. The robot, whom I love since he is such a great character, explains everything, but I am still left with many questions. I wonder what will happen next in this story and if there will be a sequel.
I would recommend this book to those that enjoy fantasy with a large cast of characters and fantasy with a large does of science fiction.
This book was way too lengthy for the story that finally emerged. I truly believe that author could have written the very same story and cut the book in half by eliminating the wordy descriptions of everything. It took me a while to get into the story because there were so many different characters and he kept switching back and forth between them. He did keep me intrigued enough to want to find out the ending, but alas! At the end, I was disappointed. I like happy endings, not to say that this ending wasn’t happy, but it could’ve been happier. The bad things that happened to the good people in this book, far outweighed the one good thing that finally happened. To sum it all up, I kind of feel like I wasted my time finishing this one. So many times I was tempted to put it aside and go on to something else, but I would get strung along by some mystery that needed solving or some question that needed answering, and so I would read on. I’m glad to be done with it though, and I’m glad this guy didn’t write sequels, cause I think he’d have a really hard time selling them. Oh yeah, keep your dictionary handy, cause the author loves showing off his extensive vocabulary! :-}
This author was too verbose in discriptions of individuals thoughts. Seemed more like a book work filler. He could have accomplished the same trains of thought with a lot less words.
Tolkien’s Silmarillion starts off with many characters. So does Forge of Stones. This is not a casual read, due to the many threads.
I had trouble finding the arc through these snippets, though I did find the writing of individual pieces intriguing.
A few quotes from the book –
“Using the player immersion tank, I will perform a neural-field emission scan of the sunject’s brain. After the affected, malformed or damaged individual neurons have been assessed, I will selectively rearrange the cellular structure at the micron level utilizing pion-polaron wide beam emissions as well as single-scope graviton-assisted field-induced magnetic photon effectors. Utilizing finely tuned quantum-level manipulation techniques coupled with my extremely accurate analysis will result in the subject being its old self again within a few minutes.”
“Each time he would begin anew, trying to win this morbid game, utterly destroying everything and everyone. Then he would go on, in other worlds, ravaging more and more souls as his thirst for blood and torment cannot be sated.”
As an aid, the main character is Hilderich.
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