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Posted June 27, 2005
Fantasy taken to a whole new level
Heir of Stone by S.L. Farrell is by far the best piece written in the Cloudmages series. It combines magic, mystery, politics, and brute strength together in a way that creates a complete masterpiece. Jenna MacEagan, the First Holder of Lámh Shábhála and Banrion (Queen) of Inish Thuaidh, has grown old and weary after holding the Great Stone for 40 years. The time has come for her to pass the stone onto the next suitable cloudmage and she chooses her granddaughter Sevei to be the next holder. On her way to meet her daughter, Jenna, along with Sevei, are attacked by Jenna's half brother Doyle who wants to hold the stone himself and the other Rithe (kings) also want Jenna's daughter, Meriel the Banrion Ard (High Queen) to die. While Meriel¿s husband and son, Owaine and Kayne, are on a military campaign against the threat of the Arruk, her whole family is being killed one by one. With the nobility completely against the family of the First Holder, is there any chance for them to survive? With luck Sevei becomes the Holder of Lámh Shábhála and has to go against the royalty to avenge the death of her family while Ennis, Meriel¿s youngest son who escapes from the hands of his evil Uncle Doyle and the despicable Rithe, is on the side of the Arruk. With Sevei and Kayne fighting against the Arruk with the power of the cloch na thintrí and Ennis fighting against his own kind with the Arruk with the power of his mother¿s cloch, Treoraí¿s Heart, a true rival in power to Lámh Shábhála, is it possible for the remaining 3 members of the Aoire bloodline to come out alive?
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Posted December 9, 2008
action packed swords and sorcery novel
Lamh Shabhala is the master cloch (a magical stone) that gives its wearer tremendous power. Jenna MacEgan is the First Holder and the queen of the Irish Thuaildh hated and feared by the royals who resent the power she wields over them even though they possess clochs albeit weaker ones than Jenna. The aristocracy also detests her daughter Meriel the healer because she heals many commoners instead of her own kind.--- Jenna¿s brother Doyle believes he should be First Holder and King; he enters into a conspiracy that successfully kills Jenna and Meriel and other family members except Sevei, Kayne and Ennis. Sevei wears Lamh Shabhala while her uncle is crowned king. The commoners revolt because they know he killed their beloved Meriel. While Civil War threatens the kingdom, the Arruk, sentient monsters with powers equal to the cloch wearers are ready to attack the humans. If the humans fail to band together under the command of Kayne who wields the power of a strong Cloch and has fought the Arruk, they will suffer death and an end to their empire. Sevei joins the battle but it is hard for her since Ennis fights on the side of the Arruk.--- HEIR OF STONE is an action packed swords and sorcery novel and the best of the marvelous cloud mages series. The battles scenes are every bit as exciting and imaginable as those found in THE LORD OF THE RINGS. Kayne is the character that is most dynamic as he changes from a warrior to a great leader of armies. The political intrigues and plots are a different kind of warfare where everyone loses. S.L. Farrell has written a series that rivals the works of Terry Brooks.--- Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 27, 2012
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