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  • File Size: 1120 KB
  • Print Length: 237 pages
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  • Language: English
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By Ignite TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 Oct. 2013
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This is the story of Sam who was a survivor of a terrible plague which killed all his family and almost everyone in his small town. He was befriended by another young boy, Joshua and eventually taken away by a group of monks with whom he found a happy and peaceful life. A couple of years later the monastery was sacked and Sam was the only survivor. As he escaped, he took a dark stone with him, which gradually but inexorably altered his behaviour.

The writing is fluent and descriptive and I loved the away the story flowed. The author is able to describe both beauty and horror and to evoke both disgust and pity. This is sensitive horror. I felt for Sam as he had to cope with the death of all those he loved, and later as he found his own actions were beyond his control. I felt his anguish as he lost his innocence and fell prey to the power of The Dark Stone. A great story with its own built-in horror.
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I started reading this story without the first idea of what it's about. Mark Faulkner is one of the authors that I will read their book, whatever it is.

This story was about a young boy in ye olden times who loses his family to the plague and has to survive on his own wits.

This is a gory story at times, what with dying of the plague and dying of being chopped to death and it's not a happy story at all. The author sets the scenes so well I was feeling cold and wet most of the time.

This is yet another good book by this author, very enjoyable indeed.
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This was an interesting story. Two boys, survivors of a plague that decimated their city, are left to their own devices for several months in what has become a gigantic grave yard. Then one day they see a small caravan of monks coming towards them. There was no way of knowing at the time, of course, that this was the first step towards unleashing an ancient evil being upon an already blood soaked land.

I thought the author did a great job of describing the aftermath of an epidemic and the struggle for Sam and Joshua to figure out what they were supposed to do without any adults to rely on. Given that they are both around twelve years old it's not a huge surprise that this might involve episodes of drinking too much brandy and not thinking things through (which leads to inadvertently burning down a good chunk of the city). Then the boys end up being separated. Sam goes with the group of monks from the caravan and Joshua stays- and an act of kindness by the monks will become the reason for their destruction.

Once the violence starts the story gets much darker. There is quite a bit of very graphic violence and innocents are not spared. There are a couple of sexual encounters but they are brief and constitute a very small portion of the book.

I was somewhat disappointed in the ending but when I thought about it I came to the conclusion that it probably couldn't have ended any other way and still retained the integrity of the story.
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I was really enjoying this book until the halfway point when it started to become weird and lost me completely. I just couldn't carry on reading, I became bored and listless with it. Shame.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa245ac0c) out of 5 stars The Dark Stone 8 Oct. 2013
By Joo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I started reading this story without the first idea of what it's about. Mark Faulkner is one of the authors that I will read their book, whatever it is.

This story was about a young boy in ye olden times who loses his family to the plague and has to survive on his own wits.

This is a gory story at times, what with dying of the plague and dying of being chopped to death and it's not a happy story at all. The author sets the scenes so well I was feeling cold and wet most of the time.

This is yet another good book by this author, very enjoyable indeed.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2445030) out of 5 stars Sensitive horror 10 Oct. 2013
By Ignite - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This is the story of Sam who was a survivor of a terrible plague which killed all his family and almost everyone in his small town. He was befriended by another young boy, Joshua and eventually taken away by a group of monks with whom he found a happy and peaceful life. A couple of years later the monastery was sacked and Sam was the only survivor. As he escaped, he took a dark stone with him, which gradually but inexorably altered his behaviour.

The writing is fluent and descriptive and I loved the away the story flowed. The author is able to describe both beauty and horror and to evoke both disgust and pity. This is sensitive horror. I felt for Sam as he had to cope with the death of all those he loved, and later as he found his own actions were beyond his control. I felt his anguish as he lost his innocence and fell prey to the power of The Dark Stone. A great story with its own built-in horror.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa24450a8) out of 5 stars Dark Days 10 Aug. 2014
By BirdieTracy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This was an interesting story. Two boys, survivors of a plague that decimated their city, are left to their own devices for several months in what has become a gigantic grave yard. Then one day they see a small caravan of monks coming towards them. There was no way of knowing at the time, of course, that this was the first step towards unleashing an ancient evil being upon an already blood soaked land.

I thought the author did a great job of describing the aftermath of an epidemic and the struggle for Sam and Joshua to figure out what they were supposed to do without any adults to rely on. Given that they are both around twelve years old it's not a huge surprise that this might involve episodes of drinking too much brandy and not thinking things through (which leads to inadvertently burning down a good chunk of the city). Then the boys end up being separated. Sam goes with the group of monks from the caravan and Joshua stays- and an act of kindness by the monks will become the reason for their destruction.

Once the violence starts the story gets much darker. There is quite a bit of very graphic violence and innocents are not spared. There are a couple of sexual encounters but they are brief and constitute a very small portion of the book.

I was somewhat disappointed in the ending but when I thought about it I came to the conclusion that it probably couldn't have ended any other way and still retained the integrity of the story.
HASH(0xa245ae34) out of 5 stars Good book but not my normal read 15 Jan. 2014
By Berserker - Published on Amazon.com
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The story is well written and I finished it in 3 days while also going to work so it kept my interest. It's not a happy story or one where you feel satisfied that things will work out in the end. A little heavy on graphic horror and zombies which I don't read often. The 2 main characters are teenage boys so that left me a little uneasy with their 'adventures' in a 'deserted' town. I just felt kind of empty as I finished it but I think that may have been the author's intent. It's well paced and does get to places where it is hard to put down. I just can't give it 5 stars even though I might pick up something from this author again.
HASH(0xa2445138) out of 5 stars Great read! 24 Jun. 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Good read! start off slowly, but built throughout the block. Caught me by surprise at the end and that is unusual. I will be following this author. Thank you again for an exciting escape.
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