by John Schreiber


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Heartstone by John Schreiber

Legend said that heartstone could cure any illness, but Thrylain the Great, the founder of Elinala, understood its real power and destroyed all heartstones.
Or so he said.
Seven hundred years passed and people forgot, When a crippled prince was born in Elinala, the king ordered his son's death. Many died trying to protect the child, and in the ensuing chaos the boy disappeared-along with a pendant from the royal treasury. Everyone believed that the child was dead and the pendant destroyed.
But they were wrong.
Now grown to manhood, Derrick's only clue to his past is his gold pendant with a long-forgotten heartstone. When Derrick tries to learn his true identity, the kingdom of Elinala is forever changed as hidden crimes are exposed, ancient evils set free, and the full power of heartstone is finally unleashed.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781425781736
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Publication date: 09/28/2007
Pages: 380
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.85(d)

About the Author

John Schreiber grew up in Saint Paul, Minnesota, reading science fiction and fantasy novels. At Hamline University, he graduated with English departmental honors for his study of science fiction, and he later wrote his master's thesis on the modern epic fantasy.

Today he lives in southern Minnesota, where, in addition to being an award-winning teacher and theater director, he has written three novels set in the Midwest (Hillcrest Journal, Passing through Paradise, and Life on the Fly) and the short story collection, Tales from 2 A.M. He now returns to his literary roots with the epic fantasy Heartstone.

What People are Saying About This

Andrew Johanson

"With his latest book Heartstone, Schreiber employs a cinematic style and razor sharp dramatic prose to write the most romantic of genres-the modern fantasy novel."--(Andrew Johanson, Paradise Post)

Terry Campbell

"Schreiber has a wide range of imagination and the talent to put it into words. His imagination invents word pictures that spark the mind to envision a screen larger than Hollywood is capable of."--(Terry Campbell, News-Enterprise)

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Heartstone 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Without a doubt, this is the most entertaining, engrossing, and well-written fantasy in years--probably the best since Tolkien. You'll agree--even if you don't like fantasy. Great for book clubs and individuals who like great books.
Maverick77 More than 1 year ago
In a tangled web of magic, this classic epic of good v.s. evil is a must read for any fan of fantasy! Any other author would be hard put to write a story line so captivating. This book could drag you right through that rainy day because once you start you can't put it down. Enjoyable for young readers and adults alike!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read this fantasy now several times and each time I see more I that I missed on the previous reading. This is a tremendously structured novel with many layers--yet it is fast-moving, constantly entertaining, and suspenseful. Highly recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was skeptical that Schreiber who was known for writing realistic fiction could make a fantasy novel work--I'm glad to say this is a small-press masterpiece. He packs in the action and characters of some of those massive trilogies in one book! He does this by cutting out all that extraneous pulp-fiction verbiage so common in fantasy fiction--with one sentence he nails characters and/or settings by planting an amazing image in your mind. The best thing I can compare it to is if the writers of the Bourne movies had written Tolkien--fast-moving scenes that develop a tightly-woven, complex plot. We get a complete story with fantastic characters--all in one book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Though, I've only read a preview for this book, I was so engrossed with it that I wanted more. I was bummed out to see that it had not made it to B&N shelves yet. But, I won't have to wait long. Schreiber has outdone himself with this fantasy novel. I recommend it for those who enjoy fantasy adventures like Eragon. *two thumbs up*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fantasy that makes me think of The Lord of the Rings and Eragon. Recommended for teens and young adults.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
well i am Marcus and this book is very amusing. i am one of mr. Schriebers students and he recommended this book to me and im glad he did.  the detail he puts in this book is exceptional and the setting of the story is awesome! I also like how he wrote it out like a play where its  jumping scene to scene and you can still actually tell whats going on. And with this story, you can not and I repeat CAN NOT guess whats going to  going to happen next, he has got me stumped and all parts, I have not read all of the story yet but i plan on it, I cant even put the book down