Heir of Autumn (Heartstone Trilogy #1)
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more