An uneasy peace has existed since the fall of the Awakened Empire centuries ago. Now the hybrid Avn 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 Shran into a vicious struggle sparked by one mans 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 certainby plundering the ruins of his civilizations 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 Nsarat, stands most powerfully in the usurpers 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....
|Title||:||The Garden of Stones (Echoes of Empire #1)|
|Format Type||:||Kindle Edition|
|Number of Pages||:||506 pages|
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The Garden of Stones (Echoes of Empire #1) Reviews
Some books just leave me wanting more.
You know that feeling when you a finish a really good book and you don't want to leave the world it's set in? That any book you pick up after just isn't right because it's not the book you were just reading?
Well that just happened to me.
I love it when that happens! You can read the rest of my review here.
Garden of Stones reminds me why I love to read fantasy. In it, Mark Barnes creates a unique and exquisitely detailed setting, where many races and cultures co-exist, sometimes well, sometimes badly, but always plausibly.
It is populated with a diverse and complex cast of characters, some I love to hate, some I love to love - as they explore the universal human themes of love, survival, belonging, and the powerful drive to find out what they're capable of. All of which produces great internal and ...more
The Garden of Stones is truly epic in regards of the imagination and world-building author Mark T. Barnes put into his work.
The book is overflowing with sense of wonder, magical objects, interesting races and memorable characters.
At the beginning this cocktail can be overwhelming, cause the reader is put right into the middle of a battle with complicated political motivations. Within the first 100 pages the reader needs to remember around 40 characters and twice as much new terms.
For some chara ...more
A fantastically crafted world that welcomes you in with characters that stand tall amoungst a world of ambiguity.
Mark Barnes fills every page with the complex details of his world, it's politics and magic. Like a baroque church the closer you come the more interconnected complexity you see.
Yet against this backdrop his characters stand out with their greater motives driving dynamic action in set pieces that create a fantasy story driven by politics.
I was often reminded of Dune and Herbert's gr ...more
Actual rating: 3.5 stars.
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, especially of the battle scenes. The book as a whole has a lot to offer with well fleshed out characters and a plot that is anything but simple. Overall it was an enjoyable read and I look forward to ...more
I really wanted to love The Garden of Stones by Mark T. Barnes, but I only thought it was just OK. There are some really spectacular aspects to this book. From the fantastic writing, the deep and complex world, the magic system, and the rich history of the world are all exceptionally well done. Unfortunately, I really didn't like any of the main characters. I also found the first 25% of the book to be almost too slow and too complex to continue reading.
I did push through the very slow st ...more
About time for something new!! Warning, Barnes doesn't screw around here, he presents a fully realised world, and you will be thrown in the deep end. He makes the assumption that his audience is intelligent enough to swim rather than sink. The beginning is a whirlwind, it is straight in to action an intrigue. Politicking is heavy in the air and the pace moves quickly, driven by both character and plot. Female characters seem to function in all 3 dimensions, which is delightfully refreshing.
We ar ...more