In the Books featuring A Clash of Sword and Stone – Prequel to the Stoneweaver Saga by Cade Valion

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.

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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.

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About CP Bialois

Where do I begin? Well first I guess it's only fair to say that CP Bialois isn't my real name. It's a collaboration I made out of the three greatest pets anyone could ever want. My real name is Ed and I'm just an average person that has found a way to do what he loves. For as long back as I can remember I loved to pretend. Whether it was with my Transformers, GI Joe, or He-Man toys I loved to create intricate plots and have them fight it out. As a fan of horror, science fiction, action, and comedy I dare say my taste in movies are well rounded. Some of my favorites were Star Wars, Star Trek, martial arts, and anything with Swarzenegger in them. I'd write my own stories about the characters I saw in the theaters or TV or I'd just daydream about what I'd see myself as the hero of course. You can't have a daydream without beating the bad guys, getting the girl, etc. It's just not right to envision yourself as a flunky or sidekick. As far as books I loved Sherlock Holmes, Treasure Island, Dracula, and the normal assortment. My early love was the Star Trek novels, I'd read them or the Hardy Boys relentlessly. For a time I could tell you the plot of over a hundred books not to mention comics. I have to come clean and say that I learned to read because of comic books. I was bored, make that extremely bored when we started to read in school. Reading "the cat fell down" really didn't interest me. My dad, who continues to astound me with his insight to this day, figured comics would work. With that in mind he went to the newstand in town and bought issues of Donald Duck, Scrooge McDuck, Tales From the Crypt, and Spider-man. He patiently read through them with me until I picked it up. Whether it was him or the comics I learned to read in about two weeks and for a while few were as good as I was. For years after that whenever we'd go out he'd always spring for a couple of comic books for me. While it wasn't exactly the perfect beginning everything I've ever read or have seen has influenced me in some way and now is the time I'd like to share some of the ideas I've had over the years with all of you. I hope you enjoy my stories, they're always fun to write and I don't see myself stopping anytime soon.
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