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Spirit Of The Stone: Book Two of the Shadowleague [Hardcover]

Maggie Furey
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21 Jun 2001 Shadowleague

As the Curtain Walls across Myrial continue to fail, the threat of war grows ever greater. But the Shadowleague, the council responsible for peace and order, is beginning to tear itself apart. If this occurs, any hope of avoiding the deepening crisis will be destroyed. And as the divisions spread, the ruthless and enigmatic Lord Blade rallies his supporters, waiting for his chance to take over.

To prevent catastrophe, Loremaster Veldan must persuade Zavahl, the tortured former Hierarch, to open his mind and unlock the knowledge of Aethon the Dragon Seer. With the fate of the world hanging on a half-remembered tale from long ago, Veldan, the firedrake Kazairl and their companions must travel down a dark and dangerous road. One that will lead them beneath the beleaguered city of Tiarond, deep within the mountain's living core where the secrets of the past lie buried.

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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; First Edition edition (21 Jun 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857239520
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857239522
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,374,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rich, colourful, infinitely enchanting. (David Gemmell)

Furey's prose is fluent and deceptively relaxed, and her twisting plot keeps the pages turning rapidly. (Starburst)

One of the few truly compelling fantasy sagas of recent years. (SFX) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The second volume in the stunning Shadowleague series, from the author of the bestselling ARTEFACTS OF POWER

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a very good read 14 July 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
maggie furey has created another completely believable and intriging world for the book to take place. the people in her stories are always explained well and have developed characters. i love the way maggie furey starts the book in many different places with different people and how each seperate story meet up with the others in the end. it is really interesting the way she chooses specific people and writes about them, but at the time they makes no sense in comparison to the rest of the book, but in the end those people, such as simple traders or two lovers, become the downfall of a wealthy merchant, or the bringing together of the hierarch Zavahl and the dragonseer. all the seperate stories tie into eachother and conect in some way or another. the only critiscism i have for this book is the way maggie writes the connection between Veldan and Blade, i would have liked a surprise instead of being told what was going on. i would give this book four and a half stars, but it was either four or five so...yeah. i would read her other books the artefacts of power series if you wanted to see maggie at her best. the first in the series is called Aurien.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Shadowleague Book 2/3 22 Dec 2009
Format:Paperback
Easy read and a good link between the other two in the trilogy. Maggie Furey is a great writer and her style lends to this type of genre. Well worth a read for a second time, as i gave my original trilogy to a young boy of 11.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good book, but not her best 3 July 2002
By Kali Tal - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Furey continues the story she began in THE HEART OF MYRIAL, chronicling the split within the Shadowleague as the League struggles to deal with the disintegration of the barriers that separate incompatible species on their home planet. It's a modern revision of the myth of Prometheus, and at its heart are questions about the nature of God, and the responsibility and danger that comes with too much power.
Like its predecessor, this is an absorbing tale. But the second volume of a series is the hardest to sustain, and Furey's excellent character portrayals are marred by the fact that she is juggling too many characters, too many perspectives, and too many sub-plots. Instead of rich insight into a manageable number of characters, the reader is constantly pulled out of one tale and into another. Though they doubtless all tie up in the next volume, the middle of this apparent trilogy is a bridge spun too thin. The Aurian quartet hung together far better, and I wish she'd written about the equally fascinating Shadowleague as a six-book series instead of as what looks like it's going to be a trilogy.
I particularly value Furey for the strength and insight of her female characters who, though all quite different in personality, convey together the full range of female experience and feeling. She has an amazing knack for humanizing villains (male and female) as well. If you're already a Furey fan, you won't want to pass this up, if only to get to the next book in the series. If you haven't read Furey before, definitely start with the first book in either this series or the Aurian saga.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pint-sized dragon steals the show! 13 Feb 2006
By Patrick J. Callahan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Let this review cover both SPIRIT OF THE STONE and THE HEART OF MYRIAL, since I will not find the time to review both separately.

This is a very good fantasy series. It reminds me a bit of the Rosemary Kirstein series of Steerswoman novels in that it is fantasy with a science-fiction world for a backdrop. It appears that the world of the novels was set up in a perfect balance countless ages before by some super race. Climate was perfect, and various different races and peoples were set on different islands with barriers between them called "curtain walls.' Now the balance of this world has gone way out of kilter and the world is headed for destruction. Even now the weather is so bad crops cannot be grown and starvation stalks some of the lands.

In this setting, we have several most interesting characters on a dire mission, related to an effort by the "Shadowleague" to save the world. Naturally, there's a quest element -- the world cannot be saved if the heroes of the Shadowleague cannot come to a greater understanding of how the world got the way it is, and how it is controlled. Ironically, there is a scientific, central control center for the world which is totally misunderstood by the superstitious and ignorant peasants who now run everything. So this science center is NOW used as a magical temple for the priest class. I mean, sometimes you just want to THROTTLE these fools.

The character that is SO MUCH FUN and really steals the show is Kaz, the firedrake. This character is a pint-sized dragon. Bright red, covered with scales, and with the toothy dragon's jaws and head. HOWEVER, the firedrake is only about the size of a rhinoceros. Big, yes. But not huge, if you get my drift. The firedrake is an intelligent character in the story who communicates with telepathy. He is also a magical creature and a fire creature -- he can launch jets of intense flame for 25 or thirty feet -- the heat is enough to even melt metal. He also has quite a personality, always sneaking off to eat a sheep or two. I mean, this firedrake is a big guy, and those fires need to be stoked, you know?

Just for the record, the books have a few REAL dragons -- and I mean, these guys are really huge. Like about the size of a small freight train. Fortunately, to avoid going too far overboard on dragons and their firedrake cousins, the real dragons take something of a background role in the novels.

Great fun, fast moving, very imaginative -- and Ms. Furey writes VERY well. Some of the other reviewers have complained there's not enough action, but action is a trade-off against characters. To build interesting characters you need lots of dialog, and to supply this the endless action occasionally has to be put on hold. For my part, I think the balance between action and characters is pretty well maintained in the book.

I recommend both Heart of Myrial and Spirit in the Stone. Am looking forward to reading the third one ASAP.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Spirit of the Stone: book 2 of the Shadowleague 8 Sep 2005
By Terri Thompson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is a good continuation of the first episode. Some interesting characters are introduced that I found are worth caring about. There are intriguing plot twists and tensions between characters that obviously aren't going to be solved in the scope of this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome author 27 Aug 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Wow! Furey is so real in her stories. The Aurian series was so colorful and epic. The characters she creates are all realistic, with very human personalities, instead of the typical idea of a heroin. Even the animals crack me up. Everytime she describes something, it makes me see and feel the magic. Often, writers describe something, and you can see it but not feel it. In the Heart of Myrial, Kaz is my favorite character, Followed closely by Shree. I love how she described Aethon's voice inside Zavahl's head. I don't remember her exact wording, but it was something to the effect of "honeyed music interlaced with flashes of metallic colored lights." Who would have thought about putting the word "metallic" into a description of a Dragon's voice? My advice to first time readers: If nothing else, read it because of the Firedrake Kaz! He's hilarious!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars exciting epic sword and sorcery fantasy 3 Jun 2002
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Myrial is a place like no other; the ancients created this world as a refuge for species in danger of extinction. Impenetrable barriers known as the curtain walls separate the different realms from each other. The Shadow League led by Cergorn is the keeper of all knowledge both magical and mundane.
Amarun a Loremaster in the Shadow League is branded a traitor and flees the land, traveling through the curtain into the realm of Callisora. There in the capital city of Tiarond, he builds up a power base with his ultimate goal to march into Gendival and take control of his former associates, the Shadow League.

Through his machinations, the curtain is lowered and vicious flying creatures attack Tiarond, destroying the local army. Amarun travels back to his homeland intending to use whatever means necessary to take control of the Shadow League but to his surprise he finds unexpected allies who don't approve of Cergorn's rule.

Fans of the Shannara series by Terry Brooks and Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy will definitely enjoy Book 2 of the Shadowleague, SPIRIT OF THE STONE, an epic sword and sorcery fantasy novel. Told from the viewpoint of many different characters, both human and magical, readers feel at all times as if they are in the middle of the action in spite of some problems keeping track of whose whom. Maggie Furey is a talented storyteller who captures and keeps the attention of her audience.

Harriet Klausner
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