The Misanthrope: Stone's Story (Grimoire Saga #5)

The Misanthrope: Stone's Story (Grimoire Saga #5)

by S. M. Boyce

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Before Stone trained Kara Magari or taught the First Vagabond to master the Blood loyalty, he was nothing more than a slave boy named Terric.

Terric is a curious loner hellbent on reading his master's forbidden books. When one heist goes wrong, Terric abandons his old life and runs for freedom—only to fall prey to a ruthless man named Niccoli.

Niccoli is an isen—a creature of magic from the hidden world of Ourea—and he awakens within Terric an unimaginable gift. But this gift comes with a catch. Suddenly in control of newfound power he is forbidden to freely use, Terric realizes too late he simply traded one master for another.

In Ourea, a world dominated by the gifted, few isen dare defy their masters. Until now.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940153370217
Publisher: S. M. Boyce
Publication date: 01/03/2016
Series: Grimoire Saga , #1
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 177 KB

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The Misanthrope: Stone's Story (Ourean Chronicles #1) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
BOYCE HAS DONE IT AGAIN. This is fantastic, I am looking forward to reading her next book. The First Vagabond, Cedric story.
JGCJR More than 1 year ago
Most definitely a great read. Loved all the history on Stone and can't wait for more. The only thing that got me (selfishness on my plart, lol) was that I wish it had been longer. Still well written and lived every minute.
EJLewis More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this book! It started a little slow, but by the 3rd chapter I was hooked and had to stay up and finish it. I have to say, there isn't one book by this author that I haven't enjoyed yet - and I've read quite a few of them! Thanks for the great story!
TgreathornTG More than 1 year ago
Brilliant! SM Boyce has done it again! This story ties in lots of the details from Grimoire Saga, which is fabulous! Looking forward to the next great book.
PooBaker More than 1 year ago
I loved the story, it tied it well with the Grimoire Saga that I had already read. Look forward to anymore back stories that may be written.
bobbikinion More than 1 year ago
I love reading the side stories where a character gets their start and this one is no exception. Terric is put through a lot of things through his young life which continue into his adult life. He is brainy smart and has a very dry sense of humor. He plots and plots his adventures until one day he finds an opportunity to finally free himself. Niccoli is a very strange, ruthless man that only wants one thing and will stop at nothing to get it. S.M. Boyce really brought me into her story and held me there. I received this book for an honest review.
EmeraldBarnes More than 1 year ago
I'm a huge fan of The Grimoire Saga, so when I was approached about reviewing Stone's Story, I jumped on the chance. And I liked it, but I wasn't in love with it. Stone was very annoying and whiney, and although I enjoyed reading about his beginnings as an isen, I just couldn't get past how annoying he was. Although, I could understand why he would be so, I just wasn't a huge fan of his in this book. I do love him in The Grimoire books, though, so I definitely suggest you read this book. It's a great idea of how and why Stone is the way he is and all. It's a good book, but it wasn't my favorite. **I was provided a free e-copy in exchange for a fair, honest review.**
Shadowplay4u More than 1 year ago
The Misanthrope is a beautifully revealing and truly inspiring tale of a quiet secondary character in the Grimoire Saga who had a profound impact on its exquisite heroine. This is a story that reveals the inner workings and the hidden past of one who wielded a massive amount of influence. We are now granted the pleasure to see the events and people that shaped and molded him into the man that he became. We see how his passion and pitfalls led him to the one that would forever change his world. Stone was a teacher to Kara Magari for a time when fear and confusion ruled her heart. She stumbled upon a deeply hidden truth that shattered her world and let her in darkness. Stone was the only one who could lead her back to the light. While he would never have been seen as one who was capable of compassion, he proved that even one such as himself could find a small piece of redemption from his endless misery and regret. Kara found a fierce loyalty and surprising solace within the man who was seen as deadly and irredeemable. Stone intrigued me more than any of the secondary characters in the Grimoire Saga. It was his quiet and stubborn view of life that hooked me into wanting to see what all happened to him. To learn the details of his life was both devastating and intriguing. He was not at all like I had imagined which fascinated me even more. The revelations brought forth made my heart burn with intense sympathy and made me second guess my hastily made conclusions. No matter what we may see or experience, we need to let our heart lead us forward. Only then will we truly see what lies in the hearts of others. S. M. Boyce has given us such a wonderful gift in handing us the knowledge of Stone’s past which brings clarity to the struggle and the future of his world. Her characters are always much more than they appear and Stone is no different. He has a haunting past that has shaped him into the harsh yet lethal man that others see. I can never get enough of her brilliantly incredible world, and I would truthfully love to go back again and again and hope to see the astounding land that Kara longed and sacrificed for it to become.
miztrebor More than 1 year ago
S.M. Boyce has done it yet again. The Grimoire Saga may have ended with the release of Illusion last year, but my adventures through the world of Ourea are far from over. The Misanthrope is a welcomed return to the magical, dangerous world that Boyce created, and I couldn't have asked for a better story to read. Like the read of the books I've read from Boyce, there is no lack of genius writing. Each setting is written beautifully. Whether it's on Earth or in Ourea, I felt like I was there standing beside the characters, taking in the scenery, sounds, and scents. That's one of the things that drew me in early on. Strong, well fleshed out characters are also offered up in this book. Stone, the main character, was able to develop more in this book compared to when readers first read him in the later Grimorie Saga books. I felt like I was able to understand and sympathize with him even more having read his story, now. The side characters, while not the main focus of this story, were also brought to life to the point that I would enjoy reading books focused on their lives, as well. Each character has something to hook me in and make me curious about what makes them tick. Another thing that I thought made me enjoy The Misanthrope just a little bit more was that, while being part of a spin-off series to the Grimoire books, it felt like a book all its own. The was much shorter in length, yet packed just as much of a punch. it was a bit faster paced, and I think the story benefited its brevity in certain sections. For a book that covers many decades of Stone's life, it didn't feel like it was jumping forward too fast, nor did it feel like it was bogged down on any one time period. As with my reading of Boyce's previous books, I'm already getting impatient about her next release. Credric's story will be the next in The Ourean Chronicles and I have no doubts as to whether or not it'll end up at the top of my tbr pile once it's released.