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Riddle in Stone: (The Riddle in Stone Series - Book One)

Riddle in Stone: (The Riddle in Stone Series - Book One)

4.8 20
by Robert Evert
"This unique plot is oozing creativity. You have to give it a read to properly understand why…you will not be disappointed, it is an excellent read!" – Only the Indies, 5 Stars

"In many ways, Riddle in Stone harkens back to the early days of modern fantasy where the hero is really an everyman confronted with an impossible task and, despite his own


"This unique plot is oozing creativity. You have to give it a read to properly understand why…you will not be disappointed, it is an excellent read!" – Only the Indies, 5 Stars

"In many ways, Riddle in Stone harkens back to the early days of modern fantasy where the hero is really an everyman confronted with an impossible task and, despite his own innocence, insecurities, and sense of inadequacy, accomplishes that which the great heroes of the time could not. Yet, there are enough differences to give it a fresh feel." —Maxine McLister

"Evert does an outstanding job. He isn’t afraid of the nastiness inherent in captivity. The process of turning Edmund from a sputtering coward into something resembling a hero is a long and ugly one." — Erin Eymard

Long after the last of the great heroes of old has died, the Undead King is stirring again, amassing a goblin horde ready to sweep out of the mountains and destroy all of humanity. The only thing preventing utter annihilation is Edmund—a stuttering librarian who knows a secret, a secret that every thief, assassin, and king would kill to have. Fleeing from relentless peril, Edmund wages a solitary battle against an ancient evil. But how can one man succeed when so many before him have failed?

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Riddle in Stone Series , #1
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Meet the Author

By day, Robert Evert is an ordinary university professor bent on stamping out ignorance and apathy wherever they may rear their ugly heads. By night, and during various faculty meetings, he is an aspiring fantasy writer. Living in northeast Ohio with his wife, two sons, dog, four cats, and a host of imaginary friends, Robert enjoys teaching, yoga, hiking, and writing. You may learn more about Robert Evert at robertevert.blogspot.com where he discusses being a neurotic writer. Riddle in Stone is his first novel.

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Riddle in Stone (The Riddle in Stone Series - Book One) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What I really enjoyed about this book is that what SHOULD happen, DID happen.  In other books, the good guy gets captured by the bad guys and he escapes like nothing happen.  In this book, there's a gritty reality to what happens, yet it's always surprising.  A terrific read.  If you like dark fantasies, give it a look.
SSDailey More than 1 year ago
I really wish there was a way to give half-star ratings, because this book is really a 4.5 for me, but when I can't do the half-star then I round down. Anyway, this was a great first novel by Robert Evert. I received a copy from NetGalley and finished it a few days ago. The main protagonist, Edmund, is a rather normal guy. He is a fat, balding, stuttering librarian who happens to be infatuated with beautiful Molly, but is told by others that Molly would never want someone boring...so Edmund decides to set off on an adventure, which is a completely rational idea. He quickly discovers that adventures are nowhere near as glamorous as the ones he has read about all his life. He gets tired quickly, his muscles are sore from all the walking, and he gets blisters. At first his only traveling companion is a dog, but then things get interesting when he encounters a troll. From there the story continues as Edmund gets mixed up with some goblins, basically becomes an enslaved laborer, and has to try and solve an ancient riddle. It really was quite the adventure and Edmund does a lot of growing throughout (though physically he shrinks).  My only issue with the story was that Edmund seemed to spend a lot of time alone, so a lot of the story seemed to be just his mental ramblings, but it does give the reader a good idea of what goes on in Edmund's mind. Also, I would like to see that Edmund finds a way to overcome his stuttering as the series progresses because sometimes reading it was a little tedious. Still, this was an enjoyable book and I look forward to the sequel.
jfox2200 More than 1 year ago
A book to savor! I am truly loving this book! I am savoring it because although I want to know what happens next, I don't want the story to end. I was hooked from the first page, as I quite enjoyed that Robert Evert took the time to build a strong foundation on which to build Edmund's character traits in his adventurous and heroic tale. I can easily relate and empathize with Edmund's limitations, desires, wants, and needs, especially his reluctance to leave his beloved Molly and family home behind in Rood. I can see elements of literature that tell me Robert Evert is educated and well read and I applaud him for his outstanding debut novel and look forward to watching his development into a very successful author
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am not a big fantasy fan. But this isn't really a fantasy.  It's set in a fantasy world, yes. But the character isn't the typical fantasy hero and the story is something that could be in any genre.  It's about a man who wants to be something he's not in order to win the heart of the woman he loves.  There are some very humorous part in the book.  But there are also some very graphically violent parts too.  Not bad violent.. Just parts that will make you wince as you picture watching what the main character is watching.  Five stars.
BookwormsFancy More than 1 year ago
Riddle in Stone is the debut novel of author Robert Evert.  Frequent readers of the Bookworm’s Fancy will recognize the name from an author interview and a small feature in Around the Web #2.  He was one of the first authors that I met in the course of working on this blog.  I was surprised by his down to earth attitude about his writing. Let me say that it starts off a little slow and a bit tedious due to the way Edmund thinks and speaks.  But the slow start is necessary to set up the character and gives the reader a glimpse into his inner struggles.  Once Edmund leaves Rood, the story picks up immediately.   He leaves his home with his head filled with the legends and history that he read in his books.  But is soon forced to face the fact that all he has believed in was a lie when he is captured by goblins.  All that he has to sustain him during his captivity is a few spells that his mother taught him when he was younger and his love for a local woman named Molly. For his first outing as an author, Evert does an outstanding job.  He isn’t afraid of the nastiness inherent in captivity.  The process of turning Edmund from a sputtering coward into something resembling a hero is a long and ugly one.  It is the inherent want to survive at any cost that finally pushes Edmund to that transformation.  This transformation is what allows Edmund to triumph over the goblins and rescue his beloved Molly. Evert creates interesting characters that you can’t but identify with and root for.  You find yourself cheering on Filth, Crazy Bastard, and Pondscum.  You find yourself loathing the goblins and yet intrigued by the goblin king.   With this story, Evert has successfully put a new spin on the ordinary fantasy character that either through magic, destiny, tragedy, or hardship becomes a hero.  I have read a lot of books in my life and I have never read one that managed to do that any better than this book.   With Riddle in Stone, Robert Evert has given us a fantastic debut novel, though not without some rough parts.  The great thing is that Evert is a new author; and his writing and storytelling can only improve.  I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to its sequel, which we get a glimpse of at the end of this book.  
Itskrissybaby More than 1 year ago
Robert Evert hit the ground running with his book Riddle in Stone. As soon as I read the storyline I was hooked and wanted nothing more than to curl up and read with this book into the night but then I realized I had a life OUTSIDE of reading.  With Edmund our very un-heroic main character, we venture across lands far and wide to help find something greater than life in his books. The odd thing was that Evert is not my sort of style usually but I loved the fact that it hooked me from the beginning. This book is full of suspense and emotion where we can lose ourselves. This book teaches us that our life isn't the only life out there and that there's lots to be learned from ourselves.  I would highly recommend this book to anyone who asks. I can not wait for the second book. Bravo, Evert.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just had the pleasure to finish Riddle In Stone, a new fantasy novel by Robert Evert. There is something in the pages to interest even the most die hard fantasy warrior. The tale of Edmund, the unlikely - as he travels across the land in search of his honor and dignity, is one that will keep the reader engrossed until they reach the end, longing for more. I would invite you to come with me on the journey with Edmund as we explore a new world, masterfully created by Robert Evert. I was excited, saddened, horrified and intrigued and more. The only problem with episodic tales is having to wait for the next book. Thank you Robert Evert!! Julia Davis Vancouver, WA 03-06-2013
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The main character, Edmond, starts out this fat, stuttering, bookish sort who wants to find meaning to his life and to, maybe, win the girl of his dreams, Molly.  So he goes off to complete a quest, to find an ancient relic that has been lost for ages.  But the quest goes wrong very fast.   The book is very grim at parts.  But it's well worth it to get to the end.  Edmond transforms into somebody completely different.  It's an amazing story, well written, with incredibly memorable characters.  
dsubsits More than 1 year ago
Riddle in Stone (The Riddle in Stone #1) by Robert Evert Robert Evert’s debut novel, Riddle in Stone, is an exciting dark fantasy novel with interesting plot twists.   Edmund, an overweight, stuttering, librarian, decides to leave his hometown of Rood after being humiliated in front of the woman he loves.  Upon seeing a declaration from the King in Eryn Mas, stating that the person who brings him the Star of Norb will be made Lord of the Highlands, Edmund decides to go on a quest. Unfortunately, the quest is not as glamorous as all the books Edmund has read.  Edmund undergoes a number of life changing experiences including being captured and tortured by goblins. If you are a fan of dark fantasies, humorous goblins, and magic this book is for you. ARC provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An exceptional story, well-crafted with the most unlikely characters you'll ever meet--well-spoken goblins, an optimistic prisoner named Pond Scum, a hero who is fat and stutters.  The book is very dark at times, but rightfully so.  I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Robert Evert's first book is wonderfully written and entertaining! Edmund, the hero of the book, is a shy, awkward and chubby antiquarian that goes on a unplanned quest for a treasured item. In his travels, sometimes horrible and not for the faint of heart, he meets up with some interesting characters and changes into a strong and clever individual. I would recommend this book to anyone that loves adventure and fantasy and wants to see the unlikely individual succeed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story line. Good read. 386 pages.
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I am now going on to the next book in the series***i hope it will be as good as this one !!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i like this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great page-turner that keeps you guessing how he's going to escape or survive, but sometimes, he doesn't succeed. The main character is likeable and flawed, and is by no means a typical "hero". He is smart, and uses reason most of the time. It's got some brutal moments, but it works well and I am definitely getting the next book in the series.
ns2010 More than 1 year ago
Unlikely hero in this fantasy story makes it a great read for teens and adults!! Edmund is a stuttering librarian that goes up against the undead king to save his world. He does not get a happy ending but it was vividly written!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An excellent yarn. Riddle in Stone starts of a little slow but once it gets going it is an excellent read. The characters are strong and story builds as you go along. Well worth a read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book!  The characters were completely unlike what you'd expect from a fantasy. The evil guys were funny. The hero wasn't musclebound.  There's a dog. Perfect surprise ending.