Stone and a Hard Place

  • by R. L. King
  • Narrated by Kevin R. Czarnecki
  • 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

It's hard enough for Alastair Stone to keep his two lives - powerful mage and mundane Occult Studies professor - separate without an old friend asking him to take on a new apprentice. Especially after a university colleague wants him to investigate a massive old house for things that go bump in the night. Still, Stone figures it's an easy job: just turn up, put on a little show, and announce that the house is clean.
Only it isn't. A malevolent spirit is reawakening in the basement, imprisoned between dimensions and intent on escape. If it succeeds, countless people will die. Worse, a trio of dark mages want to help it break free so they can control it for their own sinister purposes. They'll do whatever it takes - including seducing Stone's young apprentice and using him against his master - to get what they're after.
With time running out, Stone has to stay alive long enough to uncover the spirit's secrets. But even if he does, he fears that his own power won't be enough to send it back.


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Customer Reviews

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A great listen.

I had picked up this book for the e-reader a while ago but I haven't had much time to read so when I saw there was an audio book I jumped at it. it's from an unknown author who advertised on Facebook with something along the lines of if you like the Dresden Files give this a shot, and I did. It was great! seriously worth a listen.
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- Jarrett

A Very Strong Start to the Series

I often struggle with getting into new books. I need to care about the characters and be intrigued by the story or I quickly lose interest. Often times the setup and character development involved in starting a new series is just painful to me. I also hate it when everything is spelled out. I need to use my imagination and to be kept guessing in order for a book to hold my interest. This book did a great job of avoiding the pitfalls that often turn me off when starting a new series. Information about the world and the characters came in snippets and through dialog rather than lengthy set up.

I was admittedly inclined initially to parallel Stone with Dresden, but he quickly pulled away as an independent and distinct character, the similarities being entirely superficial. there is clearly a Dresden influence in Stone, and I could easily see them inhabiting the same world, but at the end of the day, the comparison is more akin to a musician inspired by another musician. if you like one, you'll probably like the other, but each is different and unique in its own right.

The story had a few minor bumps here and there, but new series often do. Even my all time favorites have a few rough spots, particularly in the early novels. Overall though, it was a very entertaining read. I was hooked early and stayed engaged. I am invested in the characters and look forward to seeing where the story goes next. I may even have to read the paper books rather than wait for the rest on audio. anyone who knows me knows this is quite the compliment.
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- Darykk

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-27-2016
  • Publisher: Magespace Press