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Heir of Autumn (Heartstone Trilogy #1)

3.68  ·  Rating Details ·  200 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews

Children of the Seasons rule the city-state of Ohndarien, a bastion of freedom and justice in a brutal world. But their brightest star, Brophy, the Heir of Autumn, has been falsely accused of murder, and the utopia falls to treachery and deceit. Exiled to an enemy kingdom, Brophy's only hope for survival lies in the deadly gladiatorial game of Nine Squares—and in the uncer

Kindle Edition, 608 pages
Published (first published January 1st 2006)
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Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Dec 08, 2008 Shannon (Giraffe Days) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who wants more from their fantasy than the usual cliches
Shelves: fantasy, 2008
The free city of Ohndarien, built by survivors of fallen Efften three hundred years ago to control the passage between the Great Ocean and the Summer Sea (resulting in a great deal of wealth and influence), is governed by a council called the Children of the Seasons, direct descendants of the original four founding families.

Brophy is the heir of Autumn and will one day take the Test of the Heartstone, driving a shard of diamond into his heart. If it doesn't kill him he will take his father's pl
May 04, 2010 Bertrand rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, high-fantasy
After just a few pages, the tone is set. The setting of the trilogy is quickly described and reminds both Middle Ages and Antiquity. As said above few details are spilled over the world where the scene is taking place and you feel right away that the focus is going to be on both characters and storyline. Ohndarien: a gigantic city protected by a great wall and headed by a Council whose power is hereditary but conditioned by a terrible test. Ohndarien and his hostile neighbours, its melting-pot, ...more
Sep 01, 2014 intrepideddie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-classic
This book is pretty standard fantasy; there are some interesting bits, but no plot twists or surprises. Very predictable, all told. That alone wouldn't necessarily make it a bad read, but it IS a bad read. Here's why:

1. Atrocious dialog. 15-year-olds talk like scholarly 40-year-olds. For the most part, everyone talks like everyone else, regardless of age, gender, or "nationality". The authors also used far too many words and phrases from today's vernacular -- and that really kills the suspension
Jan 11, 2011 Ithlilian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The first third of this novel caught my attention, the second part was dragging, and by the third part I didn't really care what happened. Heir of Autumn starts out as a tale of two friends, one is humble and a model citizen, the other lies and is borderline evil. We get a feel for their lives and then the good one is accused of murder and exiled. He is then taken in by a queen and forced to compete in a contest for his freedom. By the time he is free his homeland is facing a massive war and he ...more
Rena McGee
Heir of Autumn is the first book of a fantasy series. This not only the first book in the series, but also the first book written by these authors. First novels always seem to be at least a little awkward. The writer or writers haven’t quite hit the tone they were aiming for, the prose or dialog might be a little stiff, the pacing might be off. Even if the writer has previously been published, the first novel is often immediately recognizable as a first novel. It is sometimes difficult for me to ...more
Richard Radgoski
Sep 24, 2011 Richard Radgoski rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I very much enjoyed this book. On the surface, its about a young man who is destined to become the Heir of of the ruling few of the city of Ohndarien, but things don't go as planned and the city must fight off invasion plans while the young man follows a much more difficult path to his destiny. Book 1 of 3. Events towards the end of the book really seemed to ramp up dramatically, and I'm a little concerned about where the next book will pick up. Still, it's a mature fantasy with a m ...more
Really good characterization and an interesting magic system in this fantasy novel. (Also, no elves, orcs, etc to be found here. Refreshing.)

However, all the quality world-building and character-building is spoiled by the authors' propensity to completely skip over important clashes.

i.e. a duel in the final act of the book -- that's been built up to throughout the entire story -- finally happens. we see the two mighty warriors draw weapons and square off. then....cut scene. come back to them, th
Jan 25, 2015 Donna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Talk about world building. These two authors have created such a rich and diverse world. I had to read a couple of chapters to get my feet under me, but even then I had to know more and where they were going. This does not read like a debut novel. Giles Carwyn and Todd Fahnestock have created a fascinating society. Brophy, son of the Brother of Autumn, is the focus of this first book in the series. He is coming of age in a stressful time, betrayed by his aunt’s foreign-born husband who has usurp ...more
Russell Anderson
The story-line was great, as was the writing but there was a bit too much sex to make it a really good book. I nearly stopped reading it several times because of those scenes. It ended with a pretty solid resolution, so I'm not sure where the second and third books in the trilogy are going to go.
Jan 27, 2010 Rory rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this fantasy trilogy immensely. If you enjoy fantasy novels then there is no reason you will not enjoy Book 1 (Heir of Autumn), Book 2 (Mistress of Winter), and Book 3 (Queen of Oblivion).
Anna Loan-Wilsey
Feb 18, 2013 Anna Loan-Wilsey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was nice to read a fantasy book that was self-contained, no trilogy or long series to commit to. The end was nicely surprising, albeit a bit sad.
Nicola O.
Aug 11, 2007 Nicola O. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Excellent, meaty read. Epic adventure, peril, magic, loyalty and betrayal, with a well-measured dollop of sensuality.
Jul 11, 2012 Laura rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, e-book
Credo che questa sarà l'ultima volta che mi costringerò a finire un libro anche se non ne vale per niente la pena.
Alex Jahnke
May 05, 2009 Alex Jahnke rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Nothing special (except there is sex in an fantasy book maybe), but an entertaining read. The book is a bit to slow in the beginning, but get's the right pace later.
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