- Magic-Price -
(The Crown of Stones: Book 1)
What if you were born with an addiction to magic? What if your pleasure meant their pain?
Ian Troy is one of the Shinree, a fallen race born with an addiction to magic. Enslaved and drugged to suppress their deadly desires, the Shinree live to serve their masters. After years of forced combat in Rella’s long, brutal war, Ian is desperate for peace. With defeat imminent, he defies the queen’s orders and wields the Crown of Stones; an ancient relic of untold power. Unaware of the artifact’s true nature, he ends the war, but pays a terrible price.
A decade later, Ian is still running from the blood in his veins and on his hands. Curbing his cravings with wine and regret, he struggles to forget. But when a fateful encounter with a pretty assassin brings him down that dark path again, Ian’s addiction is awakened—and denial is no longer an option. With the realm he gave up everything to protect once more in jeopardy, Ian becomes embroiled in a violent race for control of the Crown of Stones. As deceptions unfold, the truth becomes clear. To save the realms, he must embrace the one thing he fears most: his own power.
Magic-Price is the award-winning first installment in The Crown of Stones trilogy.
Everything comes with a price – even if you cannot see it
This book is a masterpiece of storytelling, with a uniqueness that is so rare in the fantasy genre.The story starts off with the very simple matter of black vs white, good vs evil, hunter vs hunted, that is so often the staple of fantasy books. But then it becomes something so much more, as we uncover aspects of Ian Troy’s life that he has tried so hard to put behind him. And no matter how far he runs from that past, it will forever haunt him.
What really made this book so interesting to read is the depth of background material, the history on which everything hinges, and the layers of secrecy all of which move us away from the simple light vs dark storyline. There are so many shades of grey that no one is entirely what they seem, and every action, every spell, every dream comes with a price. Some of those costs are simply more apparent than others.
If you have not read this book, and enjoy a really solid, gritty read, pick it up now, because not doing so comes with the price of missing an amazing read.