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The Ruins on Stone Hill (Heroes of Ravenford Book 1) by [Spirit, F P]
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Book 1 of 3 in Heroes Of Ravenford (3 Book Series)

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I read this book at one sitting, resulting in a very late dinner. Chapters have intriguing titles that cause a total failure of the plan to read “just one more”. The town of Ravenford is like any small town… sorry, no… that’s fantasy becoming reality, exactly as it should. Skeletons, zombies, bugbears, stone men and evil wizards don’t exist. They absolutely don’t, do they?

There are four heroes, a Halfling, more than capable of slitting the throats of monsters twenty times his size by using his brain, a human, an elf, and a gnome. The challenge is to protect Ravenford from the numerous assorted villains. How the heroes attempt it, and whether they succeed… read it and see, but if you’re in charge of the cooking, send somebody out for a pizza.
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In a magical tale of discovery, a group of friends arrive at the little town of Ravensford that has fallen prey to dangerous enemies. Soon it seems they have become the town’s champion. A spiritblade, a gnome, a halfling and a wizard, they find themselves confronting monsters and fantastical creatures of all sorts. As they leap from one adventure to another, I found I was drowning in mythical creatures, and sometimes wishing for a few less and a bit more set-up into the magical world in which I was thrown. Despite that, I was drawn into the story for as the young friends successfully win each battle they are pitted against more difficult – sometimes bigger and more ghastly enemies than in the battles that came before and you really want to cheer for them. As they fight their way through each adventure, the young friends hone their unique skills and become an undefeatable band of odd-matched brothers. In a tale suited for young fantasy lovers, The Ruins of Stone Hill is a tale lush with fantasy, whose protagonists bond into a group of friends that you cannot help but cheer on.

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“The Ruins on Stone Hill” is a great adventure/fantasy tale that captured my attention from the first page. Its characters are an unlikely group consisting of a human, elf, halfling and gnome, who are all young and inexperienced, trying to master their craft and find their way while defending a small town from the deadly creatures that surround it. As the story unfolds, several more adventurers provide assistance along the way. I appreciate the author’s use of names that are creative but not so unusual that they are difficult to remember. The characters are very likeable, and the relationship that develops between them is endearing and becomes stronger with every new adventure. Speaking of adventures, the battle scenes within the story are very descriptive but not too gory for those of us who might not appreciate that sort of thing. The story has just the right amount of fantasy, action/adventure, mystery and even a bit of romance to keep the pages turning. It is a well-written and well-paced book that forms a wonderful foundation for the series. I recommend it highly!
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Do not get me wrong I enjoyed it a lot but I felt it could have been better. There should have been some women heroes and villains. Also if the aurther is going to use so much Dungin and Dragon material he should place a open gamers licence at the bottom of his book. I did not see it if it is here. He realy should do this or they could see him.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Okay, so, I want my own Lloyd Action Figure Doll 27 April 2015
By Red Sapphire - Published on Amazon.com
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F.P. Spirit unfolds this story in a way that reveals the nature of the characters by showing them in action with one another. There are few large blocks of back story or character exposition. The absence of these telling-techniques keeps the story moving forward while allowing readers to get to know the characters. There is a good balance of interior monologue on the part of each character and enough personal history is provided to let readers connect with each of the principal players. I really like the way these characters are getting to know each other’s quirks, faults and strengths through situations where they are called upon to work together to win the battles they encounter. The magic and creatures are wonderful and never ending. Something new and entertaining is introduced in every conflict. I won’t give away any specifics, but I do have my preferred creatures, based on their uniqueness. It’s obvious from the title of my review who my favorite character is, and I do expect to be notified when Lloyd’s action figure is available for purchase. However, I really like this entire team, and my second favorite is Seth. This book is pretty much non-stop action, and when the team rests, the reader is ready for a rest also. Lots of interesting secondary characters people this fiction, and I think this is a great adventure book for young readers.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Fantasy Escape! 17 Feb. 2015
By Tamie D. E. - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a perfect escape novel for fantasy fans. No overwhelming angst--the book doesn't take itself too seriously. No long, drawn-out descriptive scenes that leave you waiting for action. On the contrary, the action starts immediately and carries on throughout the book.
The book reminded me of Dungeons and Dragons (which I will admit I played once or twice many, many years ago). But Spirit brought the characters to life with wit and humor.
I saw some reviewers wished for more romance, but I thought The Ruins on Stone Hill was exactly as advertised—a fantasy adventure. Much like Tolkien, Spirit does not concentrate on romance, although there are few hints of it here and there. That suited me just fine; I didn’t feel romance would add anything to the story.
Another reviewer mentioned the lack of strong female characters. Now I am a big fan of books with strong lead female characters. But to be honest, I prefer that type of book when written by a female author. I had no problem with any of Spirit’s female characters—they weren’t simpering, wimpy idiots by any means. They simply weren’t a part of the band of warriors (his main characters). I didn’t miss having a woman in the warrior group. His characters, male and female, were rich and multi-dimensional.
At times, I felt the word choice and speech patterns were inconsistent with the medieval fantasy setting, but overall this didn’t detract from the engaging story. He hooked me enough to want to read the rest of the series. (And as busy as I am, that’s saying a lot!)
If you like clean, action, fantasy adventure with elves, wizards, orcs, and a variety of other less familiar fantastical creatures, you’ll love this book.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could use a bit more substance 28 Mar. 2015
By D.H. St. Martin - Published on Amazon.com
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The Ruins on Stone Hill (Heroes of Ravenford Book 1) is about a bunch of guys getting together to have adventures. Using both physical weapons and magic, they fight off orcs, giants, golems and wicked wizards, usually destroying the bad creatures in the process. It’s a bit of a romp, and as such, it’s enjoyable. Unfortunately, I look for a bit more in a fantasy novel.
To me, fantasy novels offer the potential of placing a hero (male or female) on a quest that we as readers can identify with, allowing us to cheer those heroes on and celebrate when obstacles are overcome. The quest should involve something of moral or ethical value. A grail. The destruction of an object that could allow the baddest guy around to rule the world. Something worth fighting and dying for. In this book, the first quest to map a keep and potentially recover a scroll for a probably good wizard is taken on with a promise of payment in the end. To me, money doesn’t quite meet my criteria for a quest.
In addition, there doesn’t seem to be much of a plot. Jumping from one adventure to the next, with little or no connection between them (save for the fact the two most important people in the town—the mayor and the wizard—are the ones sending them out) does not a plot make. Which leaves me thinking that the only plot in this is what it takes to pull this group together. And for a story about adventures, we sure skipped the third one fast. They started out, and then they were home again.
As a woman and a writer of fantasy myself, I found the stereotypes of the few female characters a bit too much to handle. Kailay, the barmaid at the local establishment, has doe-eyes for Lloyd, the big, strong, handsome human in the group. She is “buxom” and referred to twice in three paragraphs as she is introduced as a “young girl.” That really got to me. She’s not a child (I hope). And then, when Kailay recognizes that Lloyd has eyes for another, she completely falls apart. Be still my feminist heart (and mouth). Three other women of minor prominence have equally boxed-in roles—all of them noble, beautiful, well-educated and practically perfect. And then there’s the half-human, half-orc warrior woman who shows up briefly, fights valiantly (a little Xena warrior princess there), but, being on the wrong side, cannot be allowed to survive. Now, she was interesting.
On the picky side, I found some of the language to be a little too modern. To me, a fantasy set in a typically semi-medieval world should watch the modern clichés and metaphors. I was jarred out of the story several times with phrases such as “picture perfect” (which to me implies a camera being involved somewhere).
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Book Review of The Ruins On Stone Hill by F.P. Spirit 12 Mar. 2015
By Joy Nwosu Lo-Bamijoko - Published on Amazon.com
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This book told a very fascinating story, but first, let me point out two factors in the story that I considered a kill joy. The first is the way the author constantly flashed back to explain why a character in the story could perform some action, which we were not previously told the character could perform. The second is the way the author used myriads of small details in the story, details that could have been left to the imagination of the reader, details that the reader should have been allowed to fill in. Now, these details did nothing but prolonged the length of the story, and made the story unnecessarily too long.

The story, as I already said was very fascinating. I got to meet creatures of different natures binding together to work together for the good of all. In a world populated by the good and the bad, where the bad is constantly looking for ways to do the good in, it was a pleasure to see how these creatures, both big and small, humans included, combined and complemented their different skills to root out evil. I was warmed mostly by how Seth was always the one that dispatched the wizards. These dark spirits never saw him coming.

I enjoyed the read, even if I would have liked the story to be compressed a bit to shorten it. In other words; say what you have to say without stretching the story.
5.0 out of 5 stars Several adventures in this first book 11 May 2017
By Diane Rapp - Published on Amazon.com
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Anyone who enjoys epic Fantasy should grab the first book in this series. I enjoyed meeting each of the Heros and learning about their world. Several adventures are included in this first book but the action doesn't stop there, since they must learn who is behind all the problems facing Ravenford. Loved the the book and started reading #2 already.
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