Review of The Crown of Stones: Magic-Price

The Crown of Stones: Magic-Price

by C.L. Schneider

Reviewed by JMD Reid

b00hew3szq-01-lzzzzzzzIan Troy is haunted by his past and his abilities. He is a Shinree, a race who can use magic. But magic always comes with a price. To cast a spell, something living has to die. When Ian Troy decides to end the war between his nation, Rella, and the Langorians using the fabled artifact the Crown of Stone, magic’s price goes two far killing both armies and his lover, Queen Aylagar.

Ten years later, Troy has vowed to never use magic again. Fear and reviled as the man who killed so many people, he exists as a bounty hunter, staying on the fringes of society trying to forget his guilt. But events are moving again and Troy finds himself embroiled in a plan that will affect all the nations of the world.

Once again, Troy will be forced to use magic to protect Rella and his friends as he faces against a Shinree who wants to restore the glory of their enslaved people. A people addicted to magic fed off living creatures’ deaths.

Schneider’s writes a fast-paced plot, zooming from one catastrophe to the other as Troy has to react to the machinations of his enemy while trying to protect those around him. He fights against the call of magic, battling it like an alcoholic battling his demons. The only problem—the alcoholic doesn’t need to drink to have the power to protect Rella and those he cares for.

Troy does.

Schneider explores the moral question of what to do with a race of beings that has to kill living creatures to fuel their addictive magic. Especially when said magic is so useful from oracles, to healers, to soldiers capable of fighting with more skill, and even teleportation. Should they be enslaved by drugs? Set free? Or exterminated? With magic’s price so high, there are no easy answers as she explores this dilemma through the unfolding plot.

The use of first person for a fantasy novel was interesting. It is not often done, but it works great here. She keeps the book entirely from Troy’s perspective and since he is at the fulcrum of the enemy’s plans, it keeps his character right in the heart of the action. If you’re a fan of fast paced writhing, exciting action, and romantic encounters then you’ll enjoy the first in the Crown of Stone trilogy.

You can buy Crown of Stone-Magic Price from Amazon!

4 thoughts on “Review of The Crown of Stones: Magic-Price”

  1. Sounds great, but question:
    Another 1st-person woman writer, Robin Hobb has never convinced me that her characters are always who they are depicted as. For example, in the Soldier’s Son trilogy, the main character never comes across as male to me. The interiority is all wrong.
    The old adage, “write what you know’ comes into play. I suck at writing 1st-person female characters. Every woman who reads them says they’re too ‘male’. What was your take on Crown of Stones from this perspective?

    1. He felt like a male character to me. I’ve never read Robin Hobb, so I can’t comment on that. Of course, their is a great deal of overlap between men and women in terms of personality and intelligence with the most important difference on the sexes being their interests with women being more focused on people and men more focused on objects (this is why you’ll find that girls who are math prodigies in primary school are less likely to study mathematics at college level than boys). This difference in interests when combined with the fact women tend to be more agreeable than men and tend to have a higher verbal intelligence were as men tend to have a higher spatial intelligence leads to the majority of lifestyle choices that differ between the sexes. Now that’s at the population level. At the individual level, you can have a woman that is low in agreeability, object focus, and with a great deal of aggression that can read as a more masculine character and have a male character that’s more person focused, more agreeable, and have a more feminine character.

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