Wind tunnels, torrential rains and earthquakes tear apart Casden. The cause of the world’s imbalance is unknown, but the mounting occurrences suggest there’s little time before life ceases to exist.
Rydan Gale and Akara Nazreth are the only humans with the ability to wield magic. The tattoo on their necks and the discovery of an ancient book, dictate they are the key to the world’s survival.
But the greatest obstacle for saving mankind isn’t the bizarre creatures, extreme betrayals and magic-fearing men hunting them.
It’s that Akara doesn’t believe the world is worth saving
Fraction of Stone begins very abruptly, I actually thought that the file was damaged on my kindle and that I'd missed some pages because the beginning just throws you into the action and you really don't have much time for introductions and world building, it's okay though because it all settles down soon enough. The beginning basically sets the pace for the book though, this book was fast paced at most points and you have to be completely immersed in the book to follow what's going on. Seriously, I thought the pacing in this book was fantastic!
On top of that, the characters are pretty well fleshed out. On the most part they were well developed, though I'd have liked to see more development for Tristan and Rydan's friends at home as they show up later in the story and I would have liked to get to know them more. Akara and Rydan were fantastic though, I supported Akara from the start but it took me while to warm to Rydan as he started out very selfish and judgemental with Akara. I did love the slight bits of romance that are there, it's very VERY subtle but at the same time it's pretty obvious how it's going to work out.
Plus, the fantasy side was very original and enjoyable. There was a mystery and an adventure, and the story was well developed with a great back story about the Gia stone and Kara and Rydan's past.
Overall I was very impressed with Fraction of Stone and would recommend it to anyone looking for a good fantasy novel! I would have liked some more development for the backing characters though.
Overall Rating: B+
Book released 21st March 2013 by Sapphire Star PublishingBook received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review (Review requested by author)