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The Stone And The Maiden (The House of the Pandragore #1)

3.57 of 5 stars 3.57  ·  rating details  ·  102 ratings  ·  9 reviews
The Stone and the Maiden has all the elements of a great fairy tale--a corrupt king, an evil wizard, a conniving stepsister, and, of course, a beautiful princess and a handsome soldier. Author Dennis Jones weaves an intricately threaded story around these classic characters in this action-packed tale.

The Ascendancy is rotting from the inside out. Archates, incompetent Dy

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Hardcover, 422 pages
Published by HarperCollins Publishers (first published April 29th 1999)
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Zelly B.
I ... I hesitate to give it a 5-star rating, and put it into my favourites shelf.

But, there you have it.

I first read this book ... maybe a year after it'd come out, a random find in the public library, and I absolutely loved it. I was really young and impressionable, and I was finding my own footing as a fantasy writer, and this book kind of made me really, really happy.

Then I bought a copy for myself a few years later, reread it, and gasped in horror at my taste.

It is a decent story, if wholly
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theduckthief
"Theatana's palms were damp with suppressed excitement. She folded her arms, and with her fingertips stroked the brocading of her cloth-of-silver sleeves. Below the window where she stood, the small paved rectangle of the Penitential Yard lay cold and gray in the dawn. The courtyard was deep in the oldest part of the Numera, next to the prison beneath the Bucelon Ravelin, and in the courtyard's center stood a double gallows."

A horde of barbarians are invading The Ascendancy, an ages old kingdom
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Renée Yoxon
I read this when I was 15 because someone told me there was a sex scene in it. I was deeply disappointed by the mere paragraph of sex and was left with the feeling (which unfortunately foreshadowed much if my teenage sex life) "is that it?"

I'm sure I'd like this if I reread it now but there you have it.
Natalie
This is a great book. The writing is not always as tight as it could be, but the plot is exciting and cohesive, the characters are fun to follow, and the world is so richly and perfectly imagined that it makes up for almost everything else. Several cuts above bodice-ripper fantasy (you know, the shirtless guy and the dragon and the swooning damsel). Only criticisms: a) the romantic tension is well-done and properly understated, but its eventual replacement does not live up to its predecessor (e. ...more
Lyssa
Nov 01, 2012 Lyssa rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of David Eddings
Shelves: fantasy
This book was a classic "epic" fantasy. It had lots of adventure, angst, and magical elements. A great amount of fictional history (which is always enjoyable, if you ask me), and a good promise of a sequel. Obviously a first novel, with several cliches and some "easy" transitions, but overall, a good book.
Lindy
I enjoyed this book very much. It's straightforward fantasy with evil magical sorcerers and black magic and kings and princesses. A little predictable but fun nonetheless. If you're looking for a talented author tackle straight up fantasy this is a great book. I especially enjoyed Jones' writing style.
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My first fantasy book that wasn't written for a younger age group. I absolutely adore it, and have a lot of nostalgia for it.
Janette
Meh. I enjoyed it, but it was a fairly stereotypical fantasy tale.
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