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Publisher's Summary

Between truth and deception, between justice and abuse, a stonewiser stands alone with the stones. Or so begins the stonewiser's oath. But what happens when a rebellious stonewiser discovers that lies have tainted the stone tales? In a world devastated by the rot's widespread destruction, only the tales preserved in the stones can uphold the truth and defend the Goodlands. In this world, stone truth is valued above anyone's word, and stonewisers are the only ones capable of retrieving the tales from the stones, the only link between past and present, order and chaos.
Sariah is the most gifted stonewiser of her generation, but her talent does not atone for her shortcomings. A survivor of the Guild's brutal training, she is curious, willful, and disobedient. Yet not even Sariah is prepared for what she finds when she steals into the Guild's Sacred Vaults: A mayhem of lies and intrigues that shatters her world. Hunted, persecuted, and betrayed, Sariah must make an unlikely alliance with Kael, a cynical rebel leader pledged to a mysterious quest of his own. The fate of their dying world depends on their courage to overcome centuries of hatred and distrust. But not even the grueling journey has prepared them for what they're about to discover. Because nothing is really as it seems, and the truth is more intricate and devastating than they ever suspected…
Vibrant with detail, alive with compelling characters, and packed with intriguing action and unforeseen twists, Stonewiser is an unforgettable adventure, an exquisite, heartwarming tale from a mesmerizing storyteller.
©2008 Dora Machado (P)2013 Dora Machado
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3 out of 5 stars
By Deedra on 05-17-15


Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?


Would you recommend Stonewiser to your friends? Why or why not?

yes,because everyone is different and they may like it more than I did

Any additional comments?

I really wanted to like this book.I did not.I was gifted a copy through Audioblast for an honest review.I found it very hard to follow,meandering,and full of dogma,it seemed,just for dogmas sake. The narrator ,Melissa Teizian,was fine for this project.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Steve H. Caldwell on 05-17-15

A great genre mixing fantasy!

I was given this book for free by the narrator in return for an honest review, so here goes. I had never heard of the Author or narrator, but after listening to this, they are both a revelation. The story takes place in a post-apocalyptic fantasy world that has been rebuilt somewhat by separating the rotten lands from the still viable areas. Knowledge is stored on stones in a magic process, and they are readable by magic users called Stonewisers. The stonewisers guild controls all the stonewisers, keeping them in a form of slavery. The main character, Sariah, is a particularly rebellious but strong stonewiser. She breaks into the archive and wises Twin Stones, which are supposed to be unreadable. They show her a scene from the breaking of the world, and an Intrusion gives her a prophesy. She is punished for her troublemaking, and as she ends up escaping with some badlanders who had been captured by the Shield, which is the enforcement arm of the Stonewisers. They escape to the badlands after a series of adventures, where Sariah Stonewises for the clan, until circustances force her to return to the goodlands. There, she is held by the main Shield as she trys to finish learning the rest of the knowledge of the breaking. When she does, it changes everything about the world, causing multiple forces to be arrayed against her to try and keep her silent. Meanwhile, she discovers that love is a real thing, haveing never seen it before. This is a very original take on these themes, with the action moving along at breakneck speed. The characters are deep and thoughtfully created, with strengths and flaws to help flesh them out. The villains are suitably evil and not cliched, with realistic motivations. I can't wait to get into the second book. Melissa's narration was spectacular. She used multiple voices, tones and accents, handling both male and female voices while giving each character a distinct flavor. I would recommend this book to any fantasy fan, you won't regret it!

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