The Garden of Stones
An uneasy peace has existed since the fall of the Awakened Empire centuries ago. Now the hybrid Avān share the land with the people they once conquered: the star-born humans; the spectral, undead Nomads; and what remains of the Elemental Masters. With the Empress-in-Shadows an estranged ghost,... show more
An uneasy peace has existed since the fall of the Awakened Empire centuries ago. Now the hybrid Avān share the land with the people they once conquered: the star-born humans; the spectral, undead Nomads; and what remains of the Elemental Masters. With the Empress-in-Shadows an estranged ghost, it is the ancient dynasties of the Great Houses and the Hundred Families that rule. But now civil war threatens to draw all of Shrīan into a vicious struggle sparked by one man’s lust for power, and his drive to cheat death. Visions have foretold that Corajidin, dying ruler of House Erebus, will not only survive, but rise to rule his people. The wily nobleman seeks to make his destiny certain—by plundering the ruins of his civilization’s past for the arcane science needed to ensure his survival, and by mercilessly eliminating his rivals. But mercenary warrior-mage Indris, scion of the rival House Näsarat, stands most powerfully in the usurper’s bloody path. For it is Indris who reluctantly accepts the task of finding a missing man, the only one able to steer the teetering nation towards peace.
Publish date: May 21st 2013
Pages no: 506
Edition language: English
Series: Echoes of Empire (#1)
Not worth finishing. I had a very hard time getting into the novel. A combination of flat characters and the new names/races. I'm all about delving face first into a fantasy world with little to no set up, but this one doesn't work for me. I never felt connected to the characters or interested enoug...
The Garden of Stones by Mark T Barnes **Note: as it turns out, I'm just not a fan of epic fantasy. If you are, you probably should just ignore this review and go try the book. Long ago, the world was ruled by the Seethe, a tempestuous species of wind elemental who value beauty in all things, fro...
The Garden of Stones is the first installment in the Echoes of Empire fantasy series by Mark T. Barnes, and it is quite simply a spectacular concoction imbued with potential brilliance. From the very first page of this epic, Mr. Barnes immerses his first time reader in a world filled with vivid cu...
Right up front you are bombarded with a wealth of information about the world and those that inhabit it. At times it's just too much to absorb for the average reader. If you can get through the first half of the book you'll find this is a really great read. I wasn't fond of the exotic descriptions, ...