Author: Eric Buffington
Publish Date:October 11, 2013
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Series Name: Stones of Power (#1)
Plot (from Goodreads):
In a world where each person is born with a magic ability, the island of Denall is on the verge of an attack from a power hungry sorcerer, Mordyar, as he scours the world in search of the Stones of Power. While the stones are gathering and their power begins to be revealed, four boys leave their village on a rite of passage into adulthood and are swept into an adventure that will make men and heroes of them, if they can survive.
Why I Read this Book: I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my review.
ReviewI really loved this book. It is full of action and amazing fantasy elements. The touch of romance that was included was perfect!
My favorite part was the writing style. Eric Buffington used the perfect amount of description. I felt like I was in the story, but I was not bogged down by details. I was so engrossed in the story that I wanted to read it in all of my free time and I easily lost track of time.
In this story, everyone is born with a special power. Some people are born with better hearing and others have increased sight. There are also other special powers that are introduced throughout the book. These powers are indicated by special marks that are present at birth. If your special power is sight, than you will have marks above your eye. If it is hearing, than you will have marks near your ear. The Stones of Power, rare stones that enhance a special power, are being sought out by a powerful sorcerer who wants to use them for evil.
The main characters are seeking their rightful place in the world during their rite to manhood. The rite to manhood for the town that they are from is that you are exiled from the city for a year when they turn a certain age. During that year, you have to survive on your own. The characters learn many lessons during their exile and face many hardships.
The elements of survival mixed with fantasy makes this a perfect read for any reader.
Recommended Reading Age: 13+ for intense action scenes
Overall Rating: 5/5
Free Book Offer
Free Book Offer
Eric Buffington is offering free ebook copies of his book The Exile (book 1 in the Stones of Power series) on Smashwords. All you have to do is follow this link and use the code: sw69s.
Even better is that he is also offering 33% off of ebook copies of the second book of the series, The Invasion. Follow this link and use the code: uk44j.
His goal is to give away 10,000 free copies of Exile in the month of June.