The Stoneholding (Legacy of the Stone Harp Series #1)

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Darkness looms over the ancient world of Ahn Norvys, and the Great Harmony of Ardiel lies rent asunder. Prince Starigan, heir to the throne, has been abducted and power has been usurped by a traitorous cabal

In the mountainous highlands of Arvon is the small but ancient community the Stoneholding, which has held out against the gathering forces of the evil Ferabek. Here by tradition, from earliest times, the High Bard has resided as guardian of the Sacred Fire, as well as the ...

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Overview

Darkness looms over the ancient world of Ahn Norvys, and the Great Harmony of Ardiel lies rent asunder. Prince Starigan, heir to the throne, has been abducted and power has been usurped by a traitorous cabal

In the mountainous highlands of Arvon is the small but ancient community the Stoneholding, which has held out against the gathering forces of the evil Ferabek. Here by tradition, from earliest times, the High Bard has resided as guardian of the Sacred Fire, as well as the golden harp called the Talamadh. But in his search for the lost prince, Ferabek has attacked the Stoneholding with his Black Scorpion Dragoons and razed it to the ground. Wilum, the aged High Bard was forced to flee for his life with a ragged band of survivors, including Kalaquinn Wright, the wheelwrights’s son.

Kal, green in years and understanding, was torn from his pastoral life in a remote highland clanholding, and thrust out onto a broader stage in a journey of danger and escape, discovery and enlightenment. Now, as night covers Ahn Norvys, he must save what remains of the hallowed order of things and seek his destiny, a destiny that lies far beyond the Stoneholding.

He must somehow find Prince Starigan and rekindle the Sacred Fire.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439133491
  • Publisher: Baen
  • Publication date: 3/30/2010
  • Series: Legend of Stoneharp Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 624
  • Product dimensions: 6.88 (w) x 4.32 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

James G. Anderson is a teacher, catechist, musician, and poet, and holds a BA and MA in theology from Franciscan University in Steubenville, OH. His interests range from gardening to fly fishing, from winemaking to songwriting. He lives with his wife and three sons on the Canadian prairies outside Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Mark Sebank has worked as an editor and translator, with several books to his credit. He holds B.A. and M.S. degrees in Classics from the University of Toronto. When not engaged in wordsmithing, he enjoys playing hockey, splitting firewood, and savoring the peace of his backwoods farm on the edge of the Canadian Shield in the Upper Ottawa valley of Ontario.

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  • Posted December 27, 2009

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    Grabs the attention, which is why I bought this book.

    The very beginning of this book got you involved right away. Unfortunately that was the prologue, I am since painfully slogging through. I will usually read a book this size, in a couple of nights. Three weeks in and I am only half way through.

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  • Posted August 25, 2009

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    an exciting energizing epic fantasy

    The king of Ahn Norvys is assassinated and the queen and their infant heir are kidnapped. With a power vacuum looming, the powerful Mindal merchant council select dangerous Gawmage as the ruler although many object though none as strongly as those in the highlander Stoneholding keep in Arvon.

    It has been almost two decades since the murder and Gawmage has tightened his control through a powerful army that is strangling the kingdom. The only hope to rally opposition resides with the lost Prince Starigan, whom has not surfaced in all that time. Gawmage's army seems set to destroy all holdouts including Arvon. Although feeling ancient and achy, the High Bard of Arvon Wilum knows time has run out as the Black Scorpion Dragoons attack. He will need to venture out of the devastated keep for the first time in decades and pray that the sacred artifacts that he guards diligently, the Sacred Fire and the Talamahd golden harp, will remain safe while he, his apprentice Kalaquinn Wright, and a few ragged survivors of the assault search for the lost prince and find a way to relight the Sacred Fire.

    With a nod to Beowulf and Tolkien, the strong cast (especially the intrepid brilliant apprentice and his dedicated intelligent master) makes for an exciting energizing epic fantasy. The story line is fast-paced and filled with action although some spins seem doubtful with what is known in this realm. Still fans will relish this super saga once the audience understands Baen has left at least for STONEHOLDING the science fiction and alternate history genres.

    Harriet Klausner

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