The Heart of the Stone (Stonewiser, #1)
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The Heart of the Stone (Stonewiser #1)

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Between truth and deception, between justice and abuse, a stonewiser stands alone with the stones. Or so begins the stonewiser's oath. But what happens when a rebellious stonewiser discovers that lies have tainted the stone tales? In a world devastated by the rot's widespread destruction, only the tales preserved in the stones can uphold the truth and defend the Goodlands....more
Paperback, 453 pages
Published June 1st 2008 by Mermaid Publishing Llc (first published May 1st 2008)
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Kayla West
Sariah has always thought that stones were pure in judgement. That only the truth was held throughout their natural substance, and on that supposed truth lies the very fate of the lands. But what happens when that truth is hidden or changed to submit to one, or even many, who does not want the true truth to come out?

When Sariah finds a terrible tale within stones she finds in the Guild's Vaults, a tale that was not meant to be found, and is almost killed because of it, she begins a journey that...more
Michelle Cornwell-Jordan
I will start off saying that this was my first experience reviewing an audio book, and it was an awesome experience! Really, Melissa Reizian Frank did a fabulous job with the story-telling and I enjoyed the experience immensely:)…

Ms. Machado’s story in one word was fascinating…wow! The story concerns Sariah who is a Stonewiser and has always believed that the Stonewiser Guild and those of her kind stood for Justice and all that was True…but after a harrowing experience, she discovers that what s...more
Stonewiser Saraiah was raised to believe that the Stonewiser's Guild stands for truth and justice. But when she nearly dies wising twin stones no sane person would touch, she learns that the stone truth may not be as it appears. Deception surrounds her and the rebllious Sariah sets off on her own desperate quest for truth.

The Heart of the Stone is a difficult story to describe. It's high fantasy that steps outside of cliched genre norms to tell the story of a woman hungry for both love and truth...more
My thoughts:
The storyline is original and interesting. The world has been created with great detail. I admit that I was somewhat lost at the beginning of the story, wishing for more explanation about Stonewising. It was a slow starter, but as the book progressed I found myself very interested. My heart went out for Sariah. The author has filled her story with a wide range of emotions and action. I will be getting the next book in the series so I can see where the story goes next.
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Shah Wharton
I had the great experience of listening to the Audible version of this very long book, read by the very enthusiastic Melissa Reizian Frank. Her ability to take on different characters, and add different voices, really helped me to digest the story.

Stonewiser Saraiah (our protagonist) was taken from her true parents as a child to live in servitude at the Stonewiser’s Guild beyond the Wall, and was raised to believe that the Guild stands for truth and justice. But when wising twin stones (which me...more
Wendy Hines
Stonewiser: The Call of the Stone picks up where Stonewiser: The Heart of the Stone leaves off with Sariah running for her life. She was banished by The Guild for revealing the truth of the stones, so now she searches for the only truth that can change her own and the world's fate.

Sariah is an exceptionally gifted stonewiser who always seems to find trouble. She's now on a quest to locate the one stone tale that can unite a divided people before a war breaks out.

Kail is a rebel leader, a warrior...more
First: I received this book free from Goodreads Firstreads. Now for my honest review:

This book is a fantasy book for adults with some romance. It creates a rather interesting, disturbing and confusing world. The belief system, the New Bloods, the Old Bloods, etc. were very difficult to figure out. As you go along, you slowly start to piece things together but I still felt a bit befuddled at the end of the book.

The plot moves along at a decent pace. The description of the settings were well done,...more
Tina Brimlow
This is the first book of Dora's that I have read. I thought it was amazing. I have read over a hundred books and this is the second book that made me cry. Her story telling felt so real to me and I don't get that from a lot of books.

Sarah who is the main character is a stonewiser who leaves the guild with the new blood. While she swore to work with the new blood she searched for the seven pairs of twin stones. In her journey she falls in love with Kael who is one of the new bloods that helped h...more
Elise Weber
I enjoyed the very unique concept of the book and I was immediately drawn into the story in the first half, but about midway I began to lose interst. In my opinion the writer put too much emphasis on the romance in the story and to me it felt out of place. It was almost like she had two different stories in mind, one the formulaic romance of the couple who start out hating each other and then end up up in love. Yawn. The other, a fantasy story. She couldnt figure out which one to write so she co...more
C2008: my first thoughts after closing the book is that it was terribly meandering. I thought that the overarching plot was good but there needed to be some focus as to what was the main aim of the story. Despite copious descriptions, the characterisation was pretty poor and the dialogue was not particularly sparkling. There were were some really gory parts that seemed to be plonked in there with a view to upping the gravity levels . Unfortunately, I felt that the gory sections were not an integ...more
Jun 12, 2014 Marsha rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2014
The Heart of the Stone by Dora Machado completely floored me. I have never read a story like this. And it was so well written. The characters are strong and consistent, the scenes are imaginatively described and consistent. I am not sure where the story line idea came from, but it never missed a beat. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. And now I want to wise stones...
Excellent writing

Dora Machado's writing is tight. Her characters are multidimensional, her plot arch thorough and satisfying, and her world a rich and well thought out place that makes sense. She also writes the most interesting sex and passion I have ever read. I'm thrilled and excited to find this writer!
Every once in awhile when I'm reading through a plethera of book summaries, I'll come across one that makes me stop and think, "Well, this sounds like something new." Stonewiser - The Heart of the Stone was one such book summary. I found the magic system of this story, stonewising, to be a fresh and innovative idea. The story is fully fleshed out and includes characters with internal conflict, struggle and growth; humor; stories within stories (swoon!); betrayal; battle scenes; a little dab of r...more
Wanda Hartzenberg
True to epic fantasy this is a book I will only recommend to lovers of the genre.

It is well written, world building is very well done and with extreme attention to detail this is not a fast read. It is however a novel premise and even though it took me some time to read I will read the other two books in the series in short form!

The only negative thing I really can say about this book is that it has some intense sex scenes. For most readers that won't be a negative, but they just aren't my style. Other than that, I really enjoyed reading it and quite liked the characters. It is a VERY dark fantasy, so do keep that in mind if you decide to read it. Don't expect a happy fluffy adventure, but an intense story filled with pain and challenges for the characters. But what I like is not seeing people suffer, but how they choos...more
Ashley Swick scriven
Very good storyline and I did get so hooked that I sped through it in two days. However, it seemed written more like a sequel. There wasn't enough explanation about the world in the first portion of the book. I spent the entire book trying to piece together what little information the author provided about the setting and history of the old world. A little information plainly stated in the beginning would go a long way in being able to get engrossed in the story more quickly. Still, a good read...more
What a refreshing and unique storyline!!! I am always on the lookout for new fantasy authors and Dora Machado definitely fits the bill! Her world building and characterization is detailed and her story telling is captivating. It is rare these days to find the complete package in one author. Usually an author will be strong in in one or two aspects, but hardly ever all three. Dora Machado is that rare find!!
Horrible book! Bondage, sexual sadism, graphic detail. Had to stop early on. I had gotten interested in it, before the "manure" was dropped into my mind in one big load. Really hacks me off. So mad to be subjected to this crap.
Trudy Pomerantz
Reasonable characters and plot. I do not, however, feel transported to the action as the novel seems somewhat lacking in description.
Excellent world-building!
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Dora Machado is the award winning author of the Stonewiser series. She is one of the few Hispanic women exploring her heritage and her world through the epic fantasy genre today.She holds a master's degree in business administration and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in history from Georgetown University. She was born in Michigan but grew up in the Dominican Republic, where she developed a...more
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