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Core of Stone

Core of Stone
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Published: March 12, 2016
Author's Twitter: @Dragonwriter14
Stone’s answer to nearly every problem has always been magic — but that’s off the table now. All he’s got are his wits and his courage to keep himself and his friends alive. Can he put aside his pride and bitterness long enough to prove there’s more to him than magic?   Alastair Stone knew it would take a big sacrifice to end the Evil’s hold over our world. He was ready to make that sacrifice — but he expected it to be his life. Never in his worst nightmares did he think it would be his magic. He’s on the fast track to self-destruction when a friend convinces him to take a desperate last chance. He heads to Las Vegas to find the only man who might be able to help him, but instead finds some old allies in dire need of his own help with a deadly — and very magical — threat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Source
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Published: December 15, 2015
Author's Twitter: @Dragonwriter11
The portals are closed. The Evil have lost their pathway between their home and ours. No longer does humanity need to worry about extradimensional bodysnatchers with a thirst for pain and terror pouring through to wreak destruction on Earth. The problem is, while there might not be any new Evil coming through, a whole lot of very powerful, very angry Evil are still stuck on our side. Desperate now, they’re forced to put aside their differences and work together to come up with an ambitious plan to get their pipeline of soldiers up and running. And now they’ve got a dangerous ally on their side: a black mage with a longstanding hatred of Stone. Will Stone and his friends figure out what the Evil are up to before they can set into motion something that can’t be stopped–and that will end up killing thousands of people in the process?

 

Reviewed by Tahlia Newland

Another excellent book book in the Alistair Stone Cronicles. This series is a must read for urban fantasy fans. The author has the wonderful ability to write exciting action-packed books that also give sufficient weight to character development.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Forgotten

The Forgotten
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Published: May 18, 2012
Author's Twitter: @Dragonwriter12
What do you do when you discover an extradimensional plot threatening the safety of the entire world, but you can’t tell anyone because literally anyone on Earth could be part of it?   When Alastair Stone is asked to question a disturbed child who’s committed a horrific act, Stone has no idea what kind of rabbit hole he’s starting down. He uncovers more instances of appalling crimes, all committed by people with no history of violence. Before long Stone crosses paths with Jason Thayer, a young man searching for his runaway sister who might be a victim of the same bizarre affliction. Stone and Jason are embroiled in a network of odd homeless people, strange symbols, and deadly danger. Even if they find Jason’s sister in time, there’s no way to know if they can help her – and it’s soon clear that the problem’s a lot worse than they originally suspected.

Reviewed by Tahlia Newland

5 Stars

This is a wonderful urban fantasy. Great characters, different story line and no vampires! Wonderful. Worth it’s Seal of Excellence.

 

 

 

 

 

Stone and a Hard Place

Stone and a Hard Place
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Published: March 16, 2015
Author's Twitter: @Dragonwriter11
Dr. Alastair Stone, Occult Studies professor and powerful mage, has his hands full trying to keep the two sides of his life separate as he trains a new apprentice, deals with a malevolent entity trapped in the basement of a wealthy old woman’s massive home, and battles dark mages intent on enslaving it for their own ends. Debut novel of the Alastair Stone Chronicles series.

Reviewed by Katt Pemble

4 Stars

Professor Alistair Stone is a powerful mage, teaching occult studies to mundane (non magical folk) students. When he takes on Ethan, a young mage, as a favour to one of his mage colleagues and friends, Dr Stone embarks on a journey of self discovery as much as Ethan.

The character of Alistair Stone was reasonable, I liked his personality and methodical approach to teaching. He was suitably eccentric enough to keep things interesting, but stable enough to appear reliable.

Ethan is a completely different matter. Ethan is meant to be 18, but the way he conducts himself, especially in relation to women is more fitting for a 15 or 16 year old boy. Bordering on TSTL (Too Stupid To Live), his character was so flimsy he almost doubled as a tool the real characters used to advance the plot. All his internal debating with himself over what to tell Dr Stone and what not to was quite boring and rather immature and annoying.

The start of the story spent a lot time introducing the world and magic rules. It was done by way of educating Ethan, but it allowed for the reader to get a solid understanding. It felt a little longer and a little slower than I’d have liked, but I could see it served a purpose.

The ending of the story was a completely different matter all together. The story was like rolling a giant boulder up a slight incline, only to have it reach the apex of the hill and then have it leave you behind as it roared down the decline on the otherside. The ending scenes were fast, almost too fast, and considering the light style of writing, quite dark and sinister.

The ending left me feeling like it was more of an anti-climax than a climax. The unanswered plot threads left to dangle in the smoke and haze, intending to lure you onto reading the next book. While the main story plot was completed, these smaller threads were left unanswered, almost like a tiny little hook. Daring the reader to take a bite out of book #2.

The story was interesting and engaging, the writing style mostly light and extremely easy to read. R.L. has a solid grasp on good English and uses those skills to keep the reader interested in the story. If you’d like to try an urban fantasy story with some sinister dark elements, give this book a try. I will be reading book #2 at some point in the future for sure.

**Note: I was provided an electronic copy of the book in return for an honest review**