- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 13717 KB
- Print Length: 1813 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Magespace Press; 2 edition (11 Jan. 2016)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01AIVV6U8
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer reviews: 200 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #94,450 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Alastair Stone Chronicles Box Set: An Alastair Stone Urban Fantasy Collection (Alastair Stone Chronicles Books 1-4) (The Alastair Stone Chronicles Box Sets Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Stone is a fascinating character, with foibles and strengths, he's no one dimensional hero. He's not a Dresden clone, but someone you can imagine inhabiting the same world as Harry, a little more refined, a little less gritty but no less sarcastic and witty.
The supporting cast are also sympathetic characters who you want to see more of.
I am a huge fan of the Hellequin stories and I had hoped this would be in a similar vein - it very definitely isn't and you haven't already read them, head that way rather than buying these.
I thoroughly enjoyed this set of books and would recommend it to anyone who wants adventure, danger and a yearning for a very grown up type of "Harry Potter" magic. Brilliant.
Very well-written, engaging plot lines. Credible and intriguing world and settings. Interesting characters, conversation and development.
Definitely recommended reading.
Top international reviews
A very, very good read. I wholeheartedly recommend this, and the whole series.
Now if she could get the rest of the books on audible it would be awesome. At the moment there is only one.
If you like a bit of modern magic without pedantic theory that drags at the plot, adventure without bodice ripping or ridiculous James Bond saves, and an interesting story, your money and precious reading time will be well spent.
Alistair Stone is a professor of the Occult at a university. To those not magically inclined, that is what he is. To other magical people, he is a mage, but one who appears more comfortable with the role of researcher of magic than a practitioner. There are two types of magic: black magic and white. They are differentiated by how the mage draws the energy to create the spell. Alistair says of himself that he is a white mage with streaks of grey. This is the same as the story. For the most part, there is no clear line between black magic and white and only some correlation between the type of magic and good and evil. Thus, these stories - the first three of several that build on one another - are full of nuances. The characters are very believable and well developed; they also go through very normal human actions and emotions sometimes fraught with poor choices leading to bad endings. There is a crisis, of course, that Alistair is the best mage to address, and the crisis evolves and magnifies as the stories progress one into the next. The characters evolve and progress as well so that I was drawn to care about them. I have already obtained the next in the series.
Sometimes I’d get wrapped up the the story, but the author made that difficult with the unrealistic dialogue. Try to picture two people actually having a conversation like they do in the book and you’ll find that it’s choppy and awkward in delivery. Plus each monologue is just a bit too lengthy for normal conversation.
For being a free box set, it’s worth a read. However, I wouldn’t pay for it.
A more than decent series, although it could have done more by taking it's time to set up the world further. As-is, it's above passably decent.