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Ritual of the Stones (Ballad of Frindoth Book 1)

Ritual of the Stones (Ballad of Frindoth Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Rob Donovan
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Over the kingdom of Frindoth hangs the shadow of the Gloom, a wraith-like creature that emerges every twelve years, demanding a sacrifice. Twelve individuals are selected by lottery for the Ritual of the Stones and one of them will give their life for their country to keep the people safe.

When Rhact, a candle-maker, learns his daughter has been selected to take part in the Ritual, he takes his family and flees. In doing everything he can to protect his family, Rhact has no idea of the repercussions of his actions.

In the capital city of Lilyon, King Jacquard moves to quell a rebellion. Certain warlords have broken away from his council and threaten his throne. Jacquard must deal with the uprising whilst presiding over the ritual. A ritual that also sees his son selected as a participant. Jacquard must keep his focus on ruling his kingdom even if it means losing his son.

The destiny of the Kingdom relies on the Order, a group of powerful warlocks and witches but even amongst their ranks, deception and betrayal emerges. For the witch Marybeth believes she has discovered a way to defeat the Gloom. Determined to uncover the truth behind her father’s death Marybeth sets out on her own path to free Frindoth from the Gloom - A journey members of the Order are eager to stop.

The choices of these three people will change the nation and begin a battle Frindoth may never recover from.

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  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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Born in Essex, I currently reside in Bromley, Kent (UK) where I live with my wife, two sons (no more!) and a King Charles Spaniel called Pickle.

After attaining a degree in Ancient History from Kent University in 2000, I held various jobs before joining the Home Office later the same year.

Currently I am a senior manager, heading up a learning and development team by day and writer by lunch!

Officially I am also the Lord of Tattingstone - a square metre of grass in a muddy field north of England.

I began writing seriously 5 years ago and have recently published my first novel, "Ritual of the Stones." It is the first book in a planned trilogy entitled, "The Ballad of Frindoth."

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3.0 out of 5 stars An intriguing and pacy fantasy 27 Aug 2013
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I love the premise here: every twelve years twelve people are chosen for a ritual; they wake one morning to find a coloured stone beside them, or under their pillow. They then have to travel to the capital, throw their stones into a waterfall and one will then be magically selected as a sacrificial victim, to appease something (or someone?) known as the Gloom. This is such an intriguing idea, especially given the variety of people chosen by the stones: a simpleton, a rapist and murderer, an elderly swordsman, a slave woman, a young girl, the king's only son... This is fascinating, not only for the question of how all this works, but also why? Why are things done this way? And what exactly will happen if the ritual fails? There are hints, but no clear answers. Of course, there's a lot more going on below the surface, with conspiracies and deception, and a plot to defeat the Gloom once and for all.

The first point of view character is Marybeth, one of the Order, a group which oversees the process of the ritual, magically empowered to ensure the compliance of the selected twelve. Then there's Rhact, an ordinary man in the village Marybeth is watching, whose daughter Janna is one of the chosen ones, and who isn't about to accept that without a fight. These two points of view give a very nice dual perspective on Marybeth: we see her first as a member of a group working to ensure that the country can continue peaceably by the sacrifice of a single person, a necessary evil that works for the good of all, while also hoping to put an end to the ritual altogether; but we also see her through Rhact's eyes as an evil witch, a terrifying person inflicting untold harm on families and communities. This is nicely done.
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5.0 out of 5 stars When can I read book 2?! 11 Aug 2013
By Hoppy
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A fantastic first novel!
I was looking for something different to read and I was intrigued by the premise of what this book had to offer.
I enjoyed the imaginative, somewhat dark story and found the writing style poised and natural, which made me feel very involved in the character’s individual story and anguish. The pace was fast and exciting with twists to surprise even the most perceptive reader. The impressive descriptive atmosphere created in chapter 1 had me hooked from the start. A great read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent first book 12 July 2013
By Nemo
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I like to read fantasy books and found this one while browsing, the cover caught my eye, and as the story line sounded interesting, I thought I would try it.
The idea is very clever, a mysterious creature that appears every twelve years and to stop wholesale destruction must be allowed a sacrifice from a randomly selected pool of twelve. You also have the gathering of a rebellion in the background with the bloodshed that this will bring.
There are some excellent characters here, to name a few you have: Jacquard the King who wants to do right by his family but also has to protect his Kingdom and his son Althalos. Marybeth the member of the powerful order, who wants to find another way to stop the Gloom- (there, is an excellent scene with her and creatures called the Custodians in the Marshes of the Night). There is also a strong supporting cast of characters who also add to the strength of the book.
The dialogue used is very natural between characters and quite earthy at times, which is good as it makes the characters seem much more real.
There is enough description, but not too much that it slows down the story, which is nicely paced with plenty of intrigue and action.
This is an excellent start to what I think will be a very good series, so would recommend this book; I will definitely be looking out for the next instalment from this author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Need to read the next one! 13 May 2014
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Really enjoyed reading this book. Great characters and plot. It is a great book. Need to read the next one!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wicked!!! 20 Nov 2013
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Fantastic fantasy story. Can't wait for the next one. Highly recommended. Couldn't put it down. Rob Donovan is our new modern day Tolkien. Genius!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic fantasy! 12 Nov 2013
By Anon
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A story of twists and turns that I truly didn't see coming. Believable characters that you feel you know and want find out more about!
Much more of a thriller than I had realised which has given it an edge above other fantasies.
The author has captured your attention perfectly and at the end you are needing to know more.

Highly recommend this for all lovers of fantasy, action and magical adventure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Gripping and Rich Fantasy 7 Nov 2013
A Fantastic fantasy novel filled with twists and rich images, I would recommend it to anyone interested in fantasy. I could not put this book down as it has enough description without slowing down. The author creates a fascinating story with great characters from warlocks to kings and I am looking forward to reading the next one!
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