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Riddle in Stone: The Riddle in Stone Series - Book One [Kindle Edition]

Robert Evert
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Long after the last of the great heroes of old has died, the Undead King is stirring again, amassing a goblin horde ready to sweep out of the mountains and destroy all of humanity. The only thing preventing utter annihilation is Edmund—a stuttering librarian who knows a secret, a secret that every thief, assassin, and king would kill to have. Fleeing from relentless peril, Edmund wages a solitary battle against an ancient evil. But how can one man succeed when so many before him have failed?

"This unique plot is oozing creativity. You have to give it a read to properly understand why…you will not be disappointed, it is an excellent read!" (5 Stars) – Only the Indies

"In many ways, Riddle in Stone harkens back to the early days of modern fantasy where the hero is really an everyman confronted with an impossible task and, despite his own innocence, insecurities, and sense of inadequacy, accomplishes that which the great heroes of the time could not. Yet, there are enough differences to give it a fresh feel." – Maxine McLister

"Evert does an outstanding job. He isn’t afraid of the nastiness inherent in captivity. The process of turning Edmund from a sputtering coward into something resembling a hero is a long and ugly one." – Erin Eymard

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 715 KB
    • Print Length: 462 pages
    • Publisher: Diversion Books (19 Nov. 2013)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00BL09E6O
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #84,558 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    By day, Robert Evert is an ordinary university professor bent on stamping out ignorance and apathy wherever they may rear their ugly heads. By night, and during various faculty meetings, he is an aspiring fantasy writer. Living in northeast Ohio with his wife, two sons, dog, four cats, and a host of imaginary friends, Robert enjoys teaching, yoga, hiking, and writing. You may learn more about Robert Evert at where he discusses being a neurotic writer. Riddle in Stone is his first novel.

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    13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping from start to finish! 25 April 2013
    By L. Sears TOP 1000 REVIEWER
    Format:Kindle Edition
    Riddle in Stone is the debut novel by Robert Evert. And what a way to make a debut! This is one of the best fantasy adventures I have ever read, and if the word fantasy puts you off, don't let it. Fantasy is not my genre of choice. But then we're not talking whimsical faeries and chipper little elves here.

    Edmund is our anti-hero, overweight, balding, with a nervous stammer, and a love of books, he's never going to be anyone's first choice as an adventurer. The only adventure Edmund has ever been on has been through the pages of his beloved story books. However, striking a win for academics and readers the world over, when Edmund learns about a quest in the name of the king, he realises all those tomes he's read though the years have furnished him with the knowledge he needs to fulfil the quest. And in doing so Edmund hopes that the king's reward will help him win the heart and hand of Molly, the unrequited love of his life.

    Setting out on his journey, Edmund has little thought for what he's leaving behind and even less awareness of what he's about to get himself into. Making some of the most memorable friends along the way, including Thorax, the bravest dog ever to have lived, and Pond Scum a prisoner with the sunniest outlook on life that you could ever hope to have, there are plenty of characters to root for. But don't settle back into the comfort of your armchair just yet! Edmund's adventure also brings you face to face with a monstrous troll, some rather devious and wicked goblins, and plenty of terrifying scenarios that will have you on the edge of your seat.

    This totally absorbing and fast paced adventure is right up there with the likes of Tolkien's `The Hobbit`.
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    10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars An unlikely hero 21 Jun. 2013
    By Frenchie TOP 1000 REVIEWER
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    I stumbled upon Riddle in Stone during my wanderings on Goodreads and when I saw the cover, I just could not resist. Yes, I am ashamed to admit I still choose a book for its cover and I could never ignore a hooded cloak. And it is as well, Riddle in Stone is a fantastic debut book.
    Edmund is an unlikely hero. He is not an Adonis with a six pack and smouldering eyes but a fat, middle aged and stammering ordinary man. He likes be referred as a scholar, not a librarian.
    When one day, after being publicly humiliated due to his stammer, he decides he has enough of being downtrodden, ignored and used. After debating with himself, he knows it is time to go for an adventure, before it is too late, otherwise, he will regret the rest of his life. On his way, he finds an edit from the current king to search for the lost star of Iliandor, a king of old. So, Edmund starts his quest. He will brave many dangers, will experience sorrow and losses at the hand of the Undead King, the Goblin King, but he will plod on.
    We find here that the goblins hate being called goblins because the name has evil vibes. They also have a dry sense of humour and are educated. The two that captured Edmund, Kravel and Gurding, are very well spoken and their feelings get hurt when Edmund does not appreciate their seemingly good nature. In fact, they remind me of the FBI ''good cop, bad cop'' routine.

    Riddle in Stone is a long quest but it is also the arduous journey of one's discovery. Edmund, a bit pedantic and a coward at the beginning of the story, slowly changes as his adventure develops. He loses weight, obviously, but this is not the most important change. He becomes less selfish, even brave. He does things that terrifies him but he does them nonetheless because if he does not, then he will die.
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    9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Dark Fantasy - wonderful... 26 July 2013
    By sharon
    Format:Kindle Edition
    An unusual hero, totally believable whose decision to leave his village has a domino effect of devastating consequences.
    There's a wonderful mix of of goblins, trolls and elves with a definitive dark undertone having a flavour of the Brother Grimm Fairy Tales of old, I loved it.
    I was standing by Edmund all the way, even though he tended to argue with himself before making a decision it was like his old self arguing with the emerging new Edmund.
    Relished the cacophony of individual characters I especially enjoying the nefarious Goblins and the realm they lived in.
    A wonderful début, can't wait till the next instalment, on my automatic reading list..
    A must for fantasy fans who like it dark and epic.
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable debut novel 29 Sept. 2013
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    There are a lot of fantasy books out there where the main character is highly skilled, charismatic etc. That is not so in this book. It's the first thing that sets it apart from others in the genre.

    Edmund, the main character, is a librarian and someone with a stutter. Very much someone that others take advantage of and mock. It is this mocking that leads to him finally deciding to up and leave in search of adventure, because he thinks it might help him win the hand of the woman he loves.

    And so he begins his journey with the goal of finding an object that the king seeks.

    However, as with most spur of the moment choices, he hadn't thought it through. He's been reading books for most of his life and he learns that the world is not really how his precious books portrayed it to be. He is also totally unprepared for the dangers that he will inevitably face.

    That's the beginning of the book. What sets into motion his adventure. I won't say more, but I do want to talk about other aspects.

    First of all, the characters are rather good. Goblins for instance. They are not how you'd picture them being. Sure, they're nasty, but they're not stereotypical and two of them make for rather nice villains. This extends to other elements of the book as well, as Edmund finds that life and the world in general is not really how it's portrayed in the tales.

    Then there's the character development. Edmund grows quite a lot as the story progresses. When you first meet him, you probably doubt that he could turn into a hero. Sure, he'll never be the stereo-typical hero, but he learns and grows, becoming quite heroic in the process. So, it was quite nice to watch him develop as a character.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great story
    This book is a brilliant read and I couldn't leave it down. It's great to see how Edmund has evolved into the man now in the book and I can't wait to read the next book
    Published 4 months ago by Sharon Thompson
    5.0 out of 5 stars A really good start to the series
    A great start to the series and one that builds a great setting , character types and all the stupid and foolish things that men do to themselves when they should know to do... Read more
    Published 4 months ago by Bear10
    5.0 out of 5 stars but this one I really did enjoy. I would recommend it heartily
    I am difficult to please where books are concerned, but this one I really did enjoy. I would recommend it heartily.
    Published 8 months ago by shadowspirit
    3.0 out of 5 stars An engaging hero
    Edmund always wanted to do something extraordinary with his life but had never had the nerve. Finally, after a humiliation, he runs away and blunders into an adventure. Read more
    Published 8 months ago by Mrs GM Scott
    5.0 out of 5 stars really enjoyed this book the dry humour is brilliant
    really enjoyed this book the dry humour is brilliant, I laughed so much at the sarcastic remarks made when they where in the pits that I could just see the expressions on there... Read more
    Published 9 months ago by Mrs F.
    4.0 out of 5 stars Simple enjoyable read
    This story follows the pattern of unlikely hero developing powers and moving to greatness. The book doesn't pretend to be more than it is. Enjoyable fantasy that delivers. Read more
    Published 10 months ago by Joanna FISH
    5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book as it was a real change in ...
    I loved this book as it was a real change in style for me. I hardly have time to read new authors as I am normally trying to keep up with my favorite ones but I can say I will be... Read more
    Published 11 months ago by Michael Howard Hawkey
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good start
    A good start to a GREAT series of books
    Published 11 months ago by WelshGman
    4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
    Quite different to what I usually read but clever and well done.
    Published 11 months ago by Darren
    3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
    Not the best read but it was alright.
    Published 11 months ago by Susan
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