The Heart of Stone

The Heart of Stone

by Ben Galley

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"Grimdark with heart and soul."
– Anna Smith Spark, author of The Court of Broken Knives

"Dark, brutal and violent, and packed with heart and emotional depth, The Heart of Stone is an intriguing novel. Great characters and a well-developed world surround a complex monster protagonist in a powerfully grim standalone fantasy."
– Alan Baxter, author of the Alex Caine Series

"This is Ben's best book yet. Plain and simple."
– Michael R. Miller, author of The Dragon's Blade Trilogy

"A brutal delight with thrilling action and heart, rowdy and wise, bloody and tender at the same time."
– Dyrk Ashton, author of Paternus

"From the fascinating world-building to the intriguing, colorful and memorable characters, The Heart of Stone is a pleasure to read."
– BookNest

"The Heart of Stone is a very, very good read."
– Fantasy Faction


Merciless. Murderer. Monster. He has been called many names in his time.

Built for war and nothing else, he has witnessed every shade of violence humans know, and he has wrought his own masterpieces with their colours. He cared once, perhaps, but far too long ago. He is bound to his task, dead to the chaos he wreaks for his masters.

Now, he has a new master to serve and a new war to endure. In the far reaches of the Realm, Hartlund tears itself in two over coin and crown. This time he will fight for a boy king and a general bent on victory.

Beneath it all he longs for change. For something to surprise him. For an end to this cycle of warfare.
Every fighter has a last fight. Even one made of stone.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940157420536
Publication date: 03/30/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 404
Sales rank: 707,291
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Ben Galley is an award-winning purveyor of dark fantasy from the UK. He is the author behind the gritty and epic Emaneska Series, a western fantasy series, The Scarlet Star Trilogy, and the new standalone The Heart of Stone.

Aside from writing and dreaming up lies to tell his readers, Ben works as a self-publishing consultant and tutor, helping fellow authors from all over the world to publish and sell books. His website will tell you all you need to know about DIY self-publishing.

Ben can be found being loquacious and attempting to be witty on Twitter (@BenGalley), Facebook (/BenGalleyAuthor) or at his website

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The Heart of Stone 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
HouseValerius More than 1 year ago
"No right. No wrong. Only war." Task has seen more than enough of war in his four hundred odd years. But it is what he was made for. He is bought and sold as a weapon and he has to obey his master. But this latest war and the friendship of a young girl are making him question things. Can a stone golem really change? Despite the battle scenes, and there are several, there is a strong emotional core to this book. As a being whose sole purpose has been to be used as a weapon of war, Task has seen the worst humanity, or the 'skin-bags' as he calls them, has to offer. He has become disillusioned with the entire race but is forever bound to them by the magic that gives him life. As a thinking individual, he fully understands the consequences of his actions and the conflict between what he wants to believe and his lack of free will to resist orders drives a significant chunk of the book. It's very well written and draws the reader into empathising with Task. Task isn't the only viewpoint character, even if he does carry the majority of the narrative. There are various other point-of-view characters, all of whom add their own perspectives on the war and, on Task himself. Each is different enough to add flavour and history to the world. Speaking of that, it seems like the author has invested enough time into the world-building that it could definitely be explored again, even though this is a stand-alone novel. If I have any complaints about the book it is that it seemed like there was a bit too much crammed in at the end. This made things feel either rushed or like there were plots that may have originally been planned for another volume condensed into this one. Even with that, The Heart of Stone is a very good book and one that I would definitely recommend to fantasy fans. And the audiobook version is great too, with the narrator changing tones and accents to portray the characters to great effect.