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The Descent to Madness (Graeme Stone #1)

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BOOK ONE of the Graeme Stone Saga sees the eponymous hero, the twenty-five year old from Britain, hurled from his humdrum life by forces unknown, to land on a far-flung world of ancient magic and barbarian slave traders.

With no memory of his former life, Stone tries his best to adapt to life in this strange new land. His body is changing; growing faster, tougher, stronger
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Kindle Edition, 279 pages
Published August 21st 2012 by Gareth K Pengelly
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Mia Darien
Sep 03, 2012 Mia Darien rated it liked it
(This got a 3.5 on my blog, which translates to a 3 here.)

This is going to be a hard review to write for me, because my over all opinion is kind of conflicting between the first part and end part of the book.

For the first 80% of it, I found it over-written and wordy. Now, admittedly, I’m a little quicker to label something as both of these traits than a lot of people. Some people love the style. I used to, but I apparently have less patience for it. There were some strange word choices and the f
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Marisa
Sep 14, 2012 Marisa rated it liked it
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I’d like to thank the author for giving me a free digital copy of this book in return for an honest review.

Let me start by saying that I wound up liking the book quite a bit. It was a refreshing change in pace from what I’ve been reading lately, which was nice. Overall, I’d probably give it a 3.5, but chose to round down because I didn’t enjoy it as much as other books I’ve given 4 stars.

What I liked most about the book was the plot. I felt it was decently paced. A bit slow to start, but then
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Nicholas
Nov 21, 2013 Nicholas rated it liked it
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This first outing by a new author in the dark fantasy genre shows promise for the future. Like many first works it improves as your read further; at the beginning it is very wordy and I particularly had difficulties maintaining suspension of disbelief in the face of excessive description of how the magical powers of the protagonist were working. I think that the author was attempting to make magic seem more plausible by showing exactly how it worked, but for me the effect was the opposite; my ...more
Rebecca
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I feel no interest in continuing. The main character is suddenly a superman but with no depth at all. No personality or character. Don't feel like wasting more time on this nonsense
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Gaz Pengelly lives in rural UK with his wife, dog, two cats, three chickens, umpteen rodents and a snake.

When not writing, he can be found careening around on his motorcycle or sitting in the garden with a pipe and a nice pint of real ale, depending on his mood.

Gaz's fantasy and horror books are inspired by his favourite authors; namely Masterton, Herbert, Brooks, Pratchett, Gemmell, amongst other
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Other Books in the Series

Graeme Stone (4 books)
  • Stone Rising (Prologue - The Graeme Stone Saga)
  • The Fall to Power (Graeme Stone, #2)
  • From the Ashes (Graeme Stone, #3)

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