“The Heart of the Stone” by Dora Machado
This is book # 1 in The Stonewiser Trilogy
Between truth and deception, between justice and abuse, a stonewiser stands alone with the stones… Or so begins the Stonewiser’s oath. But what happens when a rebellious stonewiser discovers that lies have tainted the stone tales?
Like her fellow stonewisers, Sariah always expected to spend her life wising truth from the stones. But when she discovers lies in the sacred stones, she is forced into a pit of intrigue with only her stone pledge and her wits””along with her bitterest enemy””to protect her in a desperate quest to restore justice and prevent her world’s destruction .
This touches on one of the strengths of the novel – that it is both plot driven – as well as an intimate portrait of a young woman’s painful journey toward maturity….This is a page turner with heart and deserves to find a wide readership – http://www.sffmedia .com
“Stonewiser” is a finely crafted fantasy with unique concepts, and a vivid living world that will draw readers in and not let go. Midwest Book Review (Reviewer’s Choice Selection)
Once in a while, a new fantasy/adventure comes out that doesn’t travel well-worn paths in the genre but instead gives us a vivid new world, an exciting set of original characters, and page after page of non-stop intrigue, action, twists, revelation, and fun. STONEWISER is the best to appear in years. – Barnes & Noble review
Machado’s writing is as competent as her characterization, being vivid and often poetic. The plot itself is well devised and generally moves along at a good pace… There are quite a few surprises… I was surprised to find that the novel was often a little darker than I expected, and there are one or two quite brutal moments that add a nice (dare I say it) gritty feel, without coming across too heavily. Machado’s world also comes across well in her writing.
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