ABOUT THE BOOK: Ian Troy is one of the Shinree, a fallen people with an inherent addiction to magic. Scorned and reviled for the deadly side of their spells, the Shinree are bred as slaves. Their magic is suppressed by drugs and used only as it serves the purposes of the other races.
Descended from a long line of soldiers, Ian is conscripted into the Rellan army and made to fight in their longstanding conflict against the ruthless Langorian invaders. The downfall of Rella imminent, Ian goes against orders and turns to the Crown of Stones, an ancient Shinree relic of untold power. Ignorant of its true purpose, Ian uses the crown to end the war, and pays a terrible price.
A decade later, still tortured by the aftermath of that day, Ian lives as a bounty hunter in self-imposed exile. Having renounced his magical heritage, he curbs his obsession with a steady stream of wine and regret. He struggles to put it all behind him, until a fateful encounter with a pretty assassin brings Ian’s past crashing into the present.
Targeted by a rogue Shinree, and a ruthless old enemy, Ian is forced to use magic again. His deadly addiction is rekindled and his life of isolation is brought to a swift end. With the land he gave up everything to protect once more in jeopardy, and his people’s future at stake, Ian becomes embroiled in a violent race for control of the Crown of Stones. To save the realms and those he cares for, Ian must embrace the thing he fears most: his own power.
“You might believe that magic means more to you than anything or anyone. That you have no other reason to fight but that Rella commands it. But I know better. I know what you could have done the day you channeled the crown. How much farther you could have gone. You could have ruled the world, Ian. Obliterated it. Instead, you removed yourself from it. You walked away. For us–for all of us. Call it guilt if you want. Call it penance. But shutting down a part of who you are for the safety of others…that sounds pretty damn courageous and self-sacrificing to me.” Turning to leave, he paused. “I came back to tell you. Guidon agreed to send an extra contingent to Rella. It’s a small victory, but I thought you’d want to know.”
REVIEW: This story is a whole new world of adventure, filled with lustful misconceptions and tempting spells. When you are at the edge of the world, the men you have sworn to protect—would you use anything in your power to save them? Or at least—attempt to save them? Schneider takes readers into a clash of existence where the rich and powerful have become enslaved and the brutal forces dominate the largest cities. War is the most common strategy for every wrong that has ever befallen a kingdom. Can one man, one magic-wielded, washed up, desperation of a man–really make a difference against forces that want him dead?
Ian Troy is a Shinree. His people, once a very powerful and dangerous combination of magic-breed, have been enslaved for years. As a way to protect the race against ultimate destruction and fear, the emperor provided a cure to aide those who did not want magic to define them. Those who wished to imprison them, used the drug as a weapon…unfair advantage against them. Once Ian was born, the king of Rella, made a pact that he would not do the same to Ian, but would rather he experience freedom in exchange for his allegiance to the crown. Ian fell in love with the Queen, but she was repentant against magic. With the onslaught of war decimating their numbers quickly, Ian must make a choice. Use magic from the Crown of Stones to try to save his allies, or die without every attempt possible. The consequences for his actions are dire and he must live with the decision that he makes—every day of his life—even after the daughter of his deceased Queen enlists his allegiance in yet another war that was doomed from the start.
This author is very creative and the story has a lot of originality. This installment is first in the series, which means that readers can fall into the pages without needing previous knowledge or back stories. With nearly all world-building, fantastical creations, there is always a bit of confusion in the beginning. Everything is being explained, certain aspects are foreign and characters are difficult to empathize with. Further in the story, readers should find themselves gaining a clear–if not precise–understanding of the main focal point of the story. Character development is superb and the work is well written. If you are a ready of dark fantasy and science fiction, you may find that this story is something that will interest you.
A copy of this book was provided to Turning Another Page by Silver Dagger Scriptorium Tours, but this in no way affects our honest opinion of the book or the review that has been written. We provide a five-star rating for Magic-Price by C.L. Schneider.
Magic-Price, the first book in The Crown of Stones trilogy, was not only my first published novel, but a lifelong dream come true. With the trilogy complete, my next venture is Nite Fire, an urban fantasy series featuring shapeshifters, dragons, and parallel worlds. Flash Point, the 1st book in the Nite Fire series, will released in early 2017.
My stories tend to run in the realm of dark, adult, and epic. If I wrote about vampires, they most definitely would not sparkle.
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