The Stone of Vitality
by Allan Packer
Series: The Stone Cycle #5
Published by Luminant Publications
Publication Date November 26, 2021
Genres: Action/Adventure, Fantasy
Written for: High-School/Young Adult, Adult
When the abduction of an imperial princess sparks a tense standoff between Rogand and the distant Empire of Ahr, the dispute threatens to engulf Arvenon and its allies.
Hurrying to the Rogandan capital with an Arvenian delegation, Will joins the kings of Rogand, Castel, and Varas to plan a response. The upheavals that overtake them quickly thrust all else aside.
While the Grand Vizier of Ahr ruthlessly pursues his secretive agenda, mystery and suspicion swirl around the long-lived High Priest of the Rogandan Dark Gods.
No one is prepared for the emergence of the Stone of Vitality.
Note: The Stone of Vitality is Book 5 of The Stone Cycle, a multi-part saga. The story will continue and conclude in Book 6, The Hope of Vitality.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Also in this series: The Stone of Knowing, The Cost of Knowing , The Seer, The Stone of Authority, The Struggle for Authority
One test of a good book for me is how well I can stay connected with it even when I’m reading in a busy place. Especially while I’m waiting for the results of something I’m concerned about. If I can stay invested in the story under those circumstances – it is a winner! And The Stone of Vitality had the privilege of undergoing and passing such a test.
I’ve really enjoyed the way the various stories of The Stone Cycle saga tie together and yet each one is different enough to make them unique instead of feeling like the same story with a different cover. This installment brings us to a time of peace between Rogand and the neighboring countries it was previously at war with, yet with threats arising from a new enemy.
I loved Kamash! He was such a fascinating character. His love for his companions and the way he interacted with them won me over from the start! I had a feeling that I would be surprised once his secret was revealed, and I was right! As he left the only home he had known for so many years to return to civilization, everything in his life changed. Though he didn’t appear constantly throughout the story, his role was essential. And I’m glad for the indications that his story isn’t over yet.
Seeing Thomas and Will in a new stage of life for them – as husbands and fathers – was great! The way they had to weigh their decisions differently because of their families brought a new element. And seeing the mighty Will think irrationally when the situation turned personal… Well, you’ll have to read and see.
With intrigues, nefarious plots, difficult choices, and even romance, The Stone of Vitality is a great story for lovers of epic sagas. But prepared though, the ending leaves some characters in undesirable circumstances, awaiting the resolution in The Hope of Vitality, the conclusion of The Stone Cycle series.