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There are two deftly handled time frames here, both the present day narrative and the story of those working in the 18th Century at the Cathedral in Worcester. We meet those producing sculpture for monuments as well as those carving to renew the fabric of the building. Simeon is determined to find the name of the sculptor whose work he has so admired. The story is exciting as it reaches a climax both now and in the past. It's a thrilling and unusual story, beautifully written and very engaging in its subject matter. There's a short author note at the end so that we can see where some of the inspiration came from. However, I wouldn't underestimate the role of the author's imagination. This is a great bit of storytelling.
The author obviously did his research well which is always a good basis for any story and is obviously familiar with where the book was set as these places come to life as you read about them. In addition however there is an energy to the story that makes you want to find out what happens next in both time frames. The reader really gets a good insight as to what is going on but at the same time is kept guessing all the way to its conclusion- a real page turner. I found it a very thought provoking and imaginative tale, from which the reader can draw thier own interpretation to some extent.
This has been a thoroughly enjoyable read for me and the author should be congratulated on a great first book- roll on the next one.
A very well written book and I can't wait for this author to publish more work. 10/10.
What makes Stone Ties very clever is the way the author tells the story from both ends of time. Chapters about the modern day characters, are interspersed with chapters set in the late 18th century, allowing the reader to really understand the person and stonework Simeon is searching for.
I would love to know whether the two stories were written separately and then woven together, or whether he swapped from one to the other, just as we read it. What is obvious, is the amount of research the author has clearly put into this book. There are a couple of pages at the end of the book which give us some insight - something I wish more authors would consider.
I have read somewhere that the author has another book on the way. I hope we do not have to wait too long.
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