Ten years after the events recounted in Heartstone, enemies threaten Elinala's peace by threatening its chief architect?Derrick of Loneoak Island. Not only does this conspiracy have roots in the mysterious Shadow Empire, but the conspiracy also has a far more terrifying goal?to force Derrick into reawakening heartstone.
The conspiracy's method? Destroy everything Derrick loves.
Once again, ancient evils threaten to destroy Elinala, but this time the greatest evil may be caused by Derrick himself.
Exactly what the Shadow Empire wants.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Though I really enjoyed "Heartstone" and was looking forward to the sequel, I was still amazed at the direction this fantasy took, and I couldn't put it down! Once again Derrick of Loneoak Island is put through the wringer (How much CAN one guy take?), but this book adds political intrigue and interesting angles on economics, warfare, and religion, in addition to the non-stop action of the first book. Schreiber brings back all the favorite characters, but, be prepared, some will not survive this book. I'd give this six stars if I could. I'm also glad that the book is available in epub format from several sites (though, for some reason, not on the Nook store yet).
This novel is a must-read. The fantasy is well-developed and imaginative, Schreiber is a precise and intelligent writer, and the pace is suspenseful and intriguing. I literally could not put this book down toward the end. I would recommend this book to anyone, not just fantasy readers; Heartstone: Under the Shadow is a book for anyone looking for an escape from the real world. On a side note, the epilogue is definitely a good addition on Schreiber's part.