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Stone Heart (Heart of the Staff #3)

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A great evil awakens to shatter Niarg's peaceful world. In her remote island keep off the shores of Head, the fearsome sorceress Demonica at last learns from her unfaithful husband Yann-Ber the whereabouts of the long lost Staff of Power. He crawls before her to tell her that it has turned up in the hands of her granddaughter Spitemorta, the new queen of Goll, hoping to bu ...more
Paperback, 1, 738 pages
Published August 23rd 2012 by CreateSpace (first published July 17th 2012)
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Larry B Gray
Stone Heart, Book 2 of The Heart of the Staff series by Carol Marrs Phipps & Tom Phipps is an excellent example how fantasy fiction should be written. It is full of action and adventure which made it hard to catch my breath as the book progressed.

The authors did a great job of developing a tale that was both realistic and believable. It was full of plot twist and turns as you followed the adventures of several groups of characters. With the author's style of storytelling it was easy to follo
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Jason Hubbard
A flawed epic

From the start, this book rubbed me the wrong way, what with punctuation mistakes and missing words. I stuck to it, though, and found it readable enough--it's just that the occasional errors are distracting. I'd be more bitter if the story was no good, but it is pretty good in fact. It is Cleary inspired by The Wizard of Oz or the like, involving truly despicable witches working against good people. Our heroes aren't seasoned warriors or anything--they're just good, loving individua
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William Stuart
Stone Heart (Heart of the Staff) was an intriguing read for me. It was long, especially for a YA novel, but well written and full of fantasy adventure that so many of us love. With a large cast of characters, plenty of action, and lots of plot twists, I thoroughly enjoyed the read!

Synopsis (from the author): A great evil awakens to shatter Niarg's peaceful world.

In her remote island keep off the shores of Head, the fearsome sorceress Demonica at last learns from her unfaithful husband Yann-Ber
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Marlaine Flamingcrystal
Stone Heart is a well written story, although I had to concentrate to follow the very large cast of characters...The sorceress Demonica rewarded her skirt-chasing, faithless husband with severe boils, with the promise that at least he would die within a year. *Good for her to prolong his suffering, I also don’t like faithless men.* Demonica teaches Spitemorta how to develop her powers and together they become the two most dangerous Sorceresses.
Francene Stanley
I'm afraid I couldn't get into this plot. Perhaps the abundance of back-story and the myriad of character names, all difficult to pronounce or relate to, turned me off. I'm sure the authors put a lot of time and effort into creating the complicated story and unusual characters, so well done with that. Other people may enjoy the novel. But for me, this isn't a book I'd recommend.
R. James
To me, this one read like a cross between 'Chutes and Ladders' (Peppermint Forest, among other things) and a takeoff on Alice in Wonderland. That's not a

bad thing, but just how it came across to me. It was a decent story, but the plot was too reminiscent of Lord of the Rings for me to get too immersed.

Additionally, this one was *way* too long - it could easily have done without 200 extra pages and not have lost a thing as it tended to ramble a bit. The

editing also seemed to spiral downward fr
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