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I enjoyed this story. It has an interesting take on magic and a hero who is flawed enough to be relatable and interesting. The story is very dark, but that just kind of makes it a guilty pleasure. The world-building is outstanding, and the landscape is populated by people who seem unusually real. It does have a major cliff-hanger ending, but that's not a problem because the next book is already out, so there's no waiting to find out what happens. Five stars, and I look forward to the rest of the series.
Ten years later, Troy has vowed to never use magic again. Fear and reviled as the man who killed so many people, he exists as a bounty hunter, staying on the fringes of society trying to forget his guilt. But events are moving again and Troy finds himself embroiled in a plan that will affect all the nations of the world.
Once again, Troy will be forced to use magic to protect Rella and his friends as he faces against a Shinree who wants to restore the glory of their enslaved people. A people addicted to magic fed off living creatures' deaths.
Schneider's writes a fast-paced plot, zooming from one catastrophe to the other as Troy has to react to the machinations of his enemy while trying to protect those around him. He fights against the call of magic, battling it like an alcoholic battling his demons. The only problem—the alcoholic doesn't need to drink to have the power to protect Rella and those he cares for.
Schneider explores the moral question of what to do with a race of beings that has to kill living creatures to fuel their addictive magic. Especially when said magic is so useful from oracles, to healers, to soldiers capable of fighting with more skill, and even teleportation. Should they be enslaved by drugs? Set free? Or exterminated? With magic's price so high, there are no easy answers as she explores this dilemma through the unfolding plot.
The use of first person for a fantasy novel was interesting. It is not often done, but it works great here. She keeps the book entirely from Troy's perspective and since he is at the fulcrum of the enemy's plans, it keeps his character right in the heart of the action. If you're a fan of fast paced writhing, exciting action, and romantic encounters then you'll enjoy the first in the Crown of Stone trilogy.
The ONLY thing keeping this from a five-star rating is the sadly plentiful grammar typo, which one would think would not occur in the days of Spell-Check... Missing periods and the like will distract those for whom good grammar is essential. Overlooking that, however, C.L. Schneider's work with The Crown of Stones is on par with Tolkien, Jordan, and all the great high-fantasy writers, with the added twist of the rare first-person narrative.
The story starts off with the very simple matter of black vs white, good vs evil, hunter vs hunted, that is so often the staple of fantasy books. But then it becomes something so much more, as we uncover aspects of Ian Troy's life that he has tried so hard to put behind him. And no matter how far he runs from that past, it will forever haunt him.
What really made this book so interesting to read is the depth of background material, the history on which everything hinges, and the layers of secrecy all of which move us away from the simple light vs dark storyline. There are so many shades of grey that no one is entirely what they seem, and every action, every spell, every dream comes with a price. Some of those costs are simply more apparent than others.
If you have not read this book, and enjoy a really solid, gritty read, pick it up now, because not doing so comes with the price of missing an amazing read.