Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of In the Books, featuring A Clash of Sword and Stone – Prequel to the Stoneweaver Saga by Cabe Valion.
About the Book: When a failed expedition leads to the deaths of an entire cohort of Nenevah’s soldiers, she sends her top spy and assassin, De Mauriac, to accomplish the formidable task of acquiring an asset she desperately needs. A slave to his addiction for the ‘blossom on the vine’, De Mauriac must bring back his quarry or the sorceress will let him perish from withdrawal.
To travel through the bandit infested Scabrous Hills and onward into the Poisoned Waste, De Mauriac relies upon a cutthroat band of brigands for protection. Haunted by his past and facing an impending mutiny from the brigands, he discovers his target to be only a boy, known as a ‘stoneweaver’, who has a prodigious natural power to bend stone to his will.
After the kidnapping, De Mauriac and his men soon find that their lives are at risk when the boy begins to use his magic to exact revenge upon them. Finding inspiration in the boy’s rebellious nature, De Mauriac begins plotting a means to defy Nenevah and acquire his own freedom.
A Clash of Stone of Sword is a prequel novella to The Stoneweaver Saga, an epic fantasy series, combining gritty old western inspired characters with a coming-of-age tale that features dark and surprising twists.
My Review: I took a little break from reading Epic Fantasy to recharge, and I’m pleased to come back to the genre by reading this book.
The story starts out narrow in scope and slowly expands as the story unfolds and we’re exposed to the world around De Mauriac. Well written and fast moving, the story is engrossing as it uses our curiosity to draw us in further with the origins of the child’s family and why they were in the middle of nowhere.
The characters were well developed and engaging. De Mauriac has a surprising amount of depth and surprises despite having his driving force explained early on. When he finds the child, their interactions are entertaining and dark as neither has anything to live for until later in the story. Sorry, but that’s all I can say without giving away spoilers.
Overall, this is a great introduction to a new epic fantasy series I highly recommend for those interested in darker stories.