Garden of the Stone

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At the heart of the fortress lay the Garden. At the heart of the Garden lay the Stone. — a living entity of power beyond understanding. Then came Bron, his arrival long foretold as the one who would restore the balance to a world torn asunder centuries ago. But Bron had other plans. He stole the Stone...and vanished.

Now Bron's daughter Cariad, a skilled empath and assassin, must follow the footsteps of a father she's never known into the depths of the same fortress. Waiting ...

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Overview

At the heart of the fortress lay the Garden. At the heart of the Garden lay the Stone. — a living entity of power beyond understanding. Then came Bron, his arrival long foretold as the one who would restore the balance to a world torn asunder centuries ago. But Bron had other plans. He stole the Stone...and vanished.

Now Bron's daughter Cariad, a skilled empath and assassin, must follow the footsteps of a father she's never known into the depths of the same fortress. Waiting there is Jolyon, her father's greatest enemy, a man whose thirst for domination is matched only by his taste for blood. Cariad must learn the secret of Jolyon's strength before it is too late. For just as her father's arrival was prophesied, so too is his return.

Author Biography:

Victoria Strauss was born in Exeter, New Hampshire, and graduated from Vassar College with a B.A. in Comparative Religion. She wrote her first novel when she was seventeen, during a year off between high school and college. She lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, with her husband and three cats.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
At first glance, Strauss's sequel to The Arm of the Stone appears to be a standard medieval fantasy--complete with a cardboard theocracy, an inquisition, and a stolen sacred artifact, a stone that has the power to reunite the worlds of Mindpower (the realm of magic) and Handpower (technology). Within a few chapters, readers will realize that the author's execution of these popular themes is anything but average. A professional assassin, Cariad is the daughter of Bron, the hero who reclaimed the stolen stone; she leads the resistance against the theocracy of the Guardians, who still control the separated worlds. While Cariad attempts to infiltrate the Guardian's Fortress to restore world balance, she sends Konstant, her trusted soldier, to the world of Handwork to find Bron and help him return to Mindwork with the stone. The plot is complex yet convincing, and the abundant, well-chosen details of the settings--as well as the carefully developed characters--make this high fantasy a superior and original novel. (Dec.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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In a world set by Limits enforced by the Guardians, Cariad is one of the Gifted. A noted assassin and heartsenser, she works for an underground movement. This resistance group strives for a new world order in which mindpower and handpower can work in harmony, with no strict Limits. Cariad struggles with a prophecy that revolves around the stone, a worshipped entity of power only seen by few high-ranking individuals. Several years ago, Cariad's father, Bron, took the stone into the world of handpower. Cariad knows the prophecy foretells her father's return with the stone and knows that she will somehow aid him in coming back to this world. Meanwhile, Bron's enemy, Jolyon, has gained even more political power and wants Bron killed. Although Cariad is sent to the Fortress to discover information about an operative, Cariad finds that she cannot let go of her hatred of her father's enemy. While in the Fortress, Cariad learns the ways of the downworlders and even falls in love with an ungifted agent while plotting Jolyon's assassination. Strauss has created a complex plot filled with action, suspense, intrigue, and romance. Although the novel is a sequel to The Arm of the Stone, it does stand alone and can be enjoyed by first-time readers. Rich characterizations and vivid settings combine in a story that readers will relish. Cariad is a strong female protagonist who will appeal to all readers with her tenacity and courage in battle and her conflicted and inhibited emotions in relationships. Highly recommended for serious readers of fantasy. KLIATT Codes: SA—Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 1999, Avon/Eos, 485p, 18cm, 99-94995, $6.99. Ages 16to adult. Reviewer: Ginger Armstrong; Principal Lib. Assoc., Chesterfield Cty P.L., Chester, VA, May 2000 (Vol. 34 No. 3)
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A powerfull tale of repression, rebellion, and prophecy.
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(Starred Review) A superior and original novel.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780380797523
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/1/1999
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 4.19 (w) x 6.91 (h) x 1.33 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2004

    Captivating!!!

    I just lost the last 5 days of my life reading 'The Arm of the Stone' and 'The Garden of the Stone'. I've read a lot of fantasy, and rarely have I been captivated as quickly and as thoroughly as with these two books. I look forward to reading more of her works--this had such a satisfactory ending that I suppose there will not be a sequel. Superlative vision and skill in weaving such a fine tale.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 1999

    Destiny and choice

    Victoria Strauss expands upon the themes of technology, spirituality and human nature she took up in THE ARM OF THE STONE. This story of parallel worlds divided by the choice to use either mindpower or handpower moves in unexpected and satisfying new directions as a legend's daughter fulfills her own destiny. Strauss introduces intriguing new characters and details the sometimes painful enlightenment of familiar ones. THE GARDEN OF THE STONE makes some interesting points about mankind's nature and destiny, avoiding the obvious position of cheerleading magic and boo-ing technology. Thoughtfully and with finesse, this novel holds a mirror free of enchantment up to humanity, posing hard questions and exposing weaknesses that we might yet, with no little difficulty, overcome. May Victoria Strauss bless her readers with a long and fruitful career.

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