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Bound in Stone: Volume One (Soulstone Chronicles #1)

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Tehlm Sevet, the Shadow Master, the most potent summoner the world has ever known and the Earth Goddess’s valued slave; she has sent him to conquer the coastal kingdoms of the northeastern crescent where her worship has been eschewed, and he must risk all peril, even the destruction of his immortal soul.

But a child walks the earth who should not have been born and he will
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ebook, Third Edition, 360 pages
Published March 5th 2006 by Smashwords (first published September 30th 2005)
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Octobercountry
Jul 03, 2012 Octobercountry rated it really liked it
Eh, the official blurb for this title doesn't provide the greatest description; doesn’t really give a hint as to what the book is like. The text begins with an author’s note; she said the idea for the story came to her when she was wondering what would happen if an ancient god was incarnated into human society, born as a regular child. What would such a child be like if he had no memory of his past existence, nor any awareness of his inherent skills and powers?

And that gives us Kehfrey, who as t
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Tressa
Jan 17, 2012 Tressa rated it it was amazing
The first Bound in Stone novel starts us on a complex and oft times horrifying journey about an unusually gifted child and a suitably creepy mage. The boy's very likeable family of thieves quickly finds themselves entangled in Marun's twisted plots - coerced against their will into following along a dark path. And it's just the beginning...

I've only read the first book so far. There's no doubt I'll be continuing this saga. K.M. is a master of weaving a spellbinding tale that captures your attent
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Nana
May 30, 2013 Nana rated it it was amazing
Shelves: to-read-again
I loved the Volume One. I probably wouldn't have started reading the book, had I realized the seven year old hero of the tale would remain at seven years old throughout the book. But surprisingly, I liked how the author portrayed this very unique seven year old. I found the boy from a family of thieves and whores likable and interesting. His interaction with the captivating evil sorcerer was a delightful read. It was, however, Marun who turned what could have been just an interesting story into ...more
Fangtasia
Nov 30, 2013 Fangtasia rated it really liked it
I have to reluctantly say this book was mesmerizing. The M/M component was minimal, and not even a romance. That by itself would normally disqualify the book for me, enough to DNF. Then there's sexual (and otherwise) violence against children (two particularly harrowing instances), another reason for immediate abandonment of the story. The main character is a 7 year old boy, and remains so throughout the book. By the end, the adult MC clearly states he is "in love" with the child, but will not t ...more
Aurilla
Feb 27, 2013 Aurilla rated it did not like it
So... I have to wonder if I read the same book as everyone else who reviewed this. Seriously. Reading about a grown man who is sexually attracted to, and "in love" with, a seven year old boy is disturbing, and not in an interesting way. The frequency with which the author describes the little boy being naked, and how the antagonist "wants" him is just flat gross. That isn't even going into the scene where a grandfather rapes his 4 year old grandson and snaps his neck during the rape. In detail. ...more
Oconel
Dec 07, 2012 Oconel rated it liked it
The story is interesting but the POV is all over the place (which added with "the boy" "the sorcerer" etc, makes things confusing). As some others have said, the story is dark but that's not why I cdon't quite love it, mainly is because of the confusing writing and (view spoiler) ...more
S.M. Johnson
Mar 21, 2016 S.M. Johnson rated it it was amazing
This book was utterly delightful, perhaps more for me, and avid fan of M/M than it might be for others, but truly, I haven't read anything this fun since Dragons of Autumn Twilight, the Dragonlance Chronicles. I had a very difficult time putting this book down, and never wanted it to end. Kehfrey is very much reminiscent of the Kender,Tasselhoff Burrfoot, just as carelessly skilled and just as charming, but where Tas had the innocent nature of his race built-in, Kehfrey is growing up in a dark w ...more
Liz
Feb 16, 2013 Liz rated it it was amazing
I have read every single book of this series and I LOVE THEM ALL!. I can not wait for the next one to come out. I will warn readers that it does have gay (male on male) sexual content in every story so if this is something that offends or is morally unacceptable then DO NOT read this series, but if you are like me and what you are looking for is a great storyline a fabulous lead character then this series is the series for you. Every book continues on the story, but each book can stand alone as ...more
Benjamin
Apr 06, 2015 Benjamin rated it really liked it
Shelves: gay-fantasy
At seven years of age Kehfrey mystifies not just his close knit family but in addition the sorcerer who is so captivated by the beautiful young urchin. Yet for the time begin the sorcerer, Marun, has to content himself with Kehfrey's equally beautiful fifteen year old brother Vik as his lover. But Kehfrey;s precocious talents are enough to sustain Marun for the moment, and he is determined to discover who this little brat really is. However he has other problems to contend with including the rec ...more
Sarah
Jan 11, 2013 Sarah rated it it was amazing
So dark, mystical, and alluring. The relationships between all the characters were complex, yet I felt sympathetic with some of them, others I quite honestly hated. At the same time though I could not stop reading this book. I spent an entire night reading it. So ensnared into this fantastical universe with magic, elves, and ghouls and many other creatures. Absolutely loved it! Can't wait to read Volume two!
James Johnston
Mar 31, 2015 James Johnston rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Very Disappointed

The book actually started off well enough and was fast paced enough to keep my interest. Little did I realize what surprises this little novel had in store. The main character really became grating on the nerves and eventually I was treated to some really poor dialogue plus situations that made no sense whatsoever.

The worst, by far, was the prostitution of underage children as well as some rape thrown in for creepy measure. These very serious subjects were put into an unrealisti
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Andy Schmidt
I enjoyed the book itself and I tried to take into account that the author was creating a character where everything was working against the title character from the beginning. Unfortunately I could not look past the frequency and graphic nature of the homosexuality and homosexual rape scenes that the book contained. The story is not improved with the graphic descriptions of these scenes and, therefore, should not have been included.
I would have given 5 stars as the book was entertaining but I
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Achim
Jul 22, 2016 Achim rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-high, series
Well then ... I can't clearly describe how I feel about this book. Don't know if I ever can. There's too much in there that I'm not comfortable to read about but then does an author have to comfort me? Sometimes the story only has to capture me although it leads me way outside my comfort zone, force me to read further while my mind wants to break free and read something lighter. That it does.

It's High Fantasy of a dark kind. It's not about romance although at the end the emotions of the characte
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Ayanna
For a good 20% or so I felt like I had absolutely no idea what the heck I was reading.
For one thing, the blurb seems to be either talking about a completely different story or something that happens way further on...
There was also an inundation of characters and customs and languages and idk whats. I had a lot of trouble attempting to keep track of everybody...

Hmm...I think this is. The blurb is weird because it puts the focus on Tehlm when the focus is actually on "the child."

All I seemed to ge
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Dave
Jun 23, 2013 Dave rated it it was ok
I think it would have been a very good book it wasn't for all the homosexual blah blah blah. It just went on and on and on throughout the book. It was disgusting. The rest of the story line was fresh, creative, and detailed. But with all the homosexual blah blah blah I will not be getting any of the other books.
Michelle Nibbe
Jul 29, 2013 Michelle Nibbe rated it liked it
To be honest I kept getting confused because two characters had very similar names, but I kept reading as it was intriguing.
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I am an anglophone writer in Quebec province, Canada. I like to write epic fantasy with romantic elements and particularly enjoy stories of relationships between men, though this is not my only reading interest. My published stories often have glbtq content. I do not write in the m/m genre. Many of my novels include female characters who may be involved with main characters.

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Other Books in the Series

Soulstone Chronicles (1 - 10 of 12 books)
  • Bound in Stone: Volume Two (The Soulstone Chronicles)
  • Bound in Stone: Volume Three
  • The Gryphon Taint: Volume One
  • The Gryphon Taint: Volume Two
  • The Gryphon Taint: Volume Three (The Soulstone Chronicles)
  • The Disposition of Ashes: Volume One
  • The Disposition of Ashes: Volume Two
  • The Disposition of Ashes: Volume Three
  • The Redemption of Tehlm Sevet: Volume One
  • The Redemption of Tehlm Sevet: Volume Three

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