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Fraction of Stone

(Fraction #1)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  107 ratings  ·  50 reviews
Wind tunnels, torrential rains and earthquakes tear apart Casden. The cause of the world’s imbalance is unknown, but the mounting occurrences suggest there’s little time before life ceases to exist.

Rydan Gale and Akara Nazreth are the only humans with the ability to wield magic. The tattoo on their necks and the discovery of an ancient book, dictate they are the key to the
Paperback, 293 pages
Published March 21st 2013 by Sapphire Star Publishing (first published March 4th 2013)
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Cassie Mae
Dec 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is one I'll read over and over and over. Kelley Lynn did a wonderful job of creating a completely different world with characters who feel like real people, even when they can do things real people can't. I found myself so absorbed in the story, I'd be reading for what I'll promise myself 20 minutes, but hours have passed. The action mixed with the light romance was a perfect blend for this fantasy book.

And if I could, I'd take Rydan and wrap him up in a little box and ship him to myse
Dec 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Talk about totally drool worthy men in this story. I can't decide which one I love more. I think I'll go ahead and love them both.

This story is so good. I love magic and the challenges these guys face. I couldn't put it down - had to keep turning pages! A definite must read. :D
Cristina Buzoianu
Mar 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Originally posted on my blog, Bibliophile Mystery:

This book has a sudden start, right in the middle of a war. The action could make you feel a little bit at a loss, because it’s so abrupt, but don’t worry, you won’t have to wait a lot to find the answers.

I’m not a big fan of the long descriptive paragraphs in a book, I’m more of a dialogue type of reader, that’s why it took me a while to get used to Kelley’s style. But as soon as I managed it, the book grew
Jade Hart
Dec 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I was extremely lucky to Beta for this story and so good. Kelley is a fabulous writer and the natural disasters really hit home to me seeing as I've lived through a stack of earthquakes myself. :) LOVE.
Dec 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Love the characters in this story! I feel like they could be people I would know and want to be friends with. I love how you write Kelley Lynn :)
Dec 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Fraction of Stone was one of those books I put off finishing, because I wasn't ready for the adventure to end. I formed a relationship with those characters, and at times, it felt like I was traveling alongside them. Lynn did a great job with pacing. Their quest was long enough to feel arduous, but short enough to hold my attention.

Honestly, I could see this story becoming a video game or a graphic novel. It has that universal appeal to it. :)
Jan 17, 2013 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

When Kelly first sent this review pitch to Tynga, I was very excited to snatch this book up for myself. It sounded like a really unique debut novel, and I’m happy to report that my initial hunch was correct. Lynn’s debut was both creative and well written. She introduced us to two characters that I very much enjoyed. And the fact that this book was a light, quick read will make it the type of book that you can read just about anywhere.

In my opinion, the strongest point of Lynn’s debut i
Mar 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-books, 2016
Ugh, I'm just so angry I finished this book. Though I rushed to finish it, it's just one of those books I just wished didn't have to end. When I started this book, I as I seem to often do, forgot what it was about. All I remembered was I needed to read it.

Fraction of Stone was incredibly easy for me to get into. I didn't want to put my kindle down. Which was nice, I haven't really been able to keep my attention on anything. The book was also a quick read for me, I finished it in about two days.
Jenny Morris
Dec 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Where do I start with this book? I knew from the first page, Kelly Lynn, was a very talented lyrical writer. The pain Akara goes through is described with such beautiful words. The pomp of Rydan is done so well. And the way they come together is full of twists and turns. Akara not knowing if their is anyone in the world worth saving. Rydan so sure of himself. But they both get dumped on their heads and have to examine the way they've always thought about life.

Kelley Lynn does such a great job at
Dec 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful tale of humanity, full of action, magic, and challenges. It's hard not to love the tough, closed-off Akara as well as the cocky, lay-it-out-there Rydan. Every page sucks you further into their journey to determine if the world is worth saving. EXCELLENT!
Jan 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
*Some minor spoilers may be included.*

I don't know what I was expecting to find when I first started Fraction of Stone, but it certainly wasn't this. The summary intrigued me with talk about the fate of entire civilizations, the entire world, hinging on the decision of one single girl. In most YA stories, the hero or heroine always does whatever it takes to save all of humanity, but in Fraction of Stone.....that was certainly not the case. Instead, our heroine doesn't believe the world is worth
What makes Fraction of Stone such a fascinating book is Lynn's narrative decision to choose two completely different characters as narrators, effectively pitting them and their beliefs against one another. As the synopsis reveals, Akara, one of the protagonists, can be viewed as an anti-hero. She has suffered in so many ways throughout her life and simply wishes for respite through death, fully aware that her refusal to save herself and aid Rydan most likely means the end of the world itself. Ry ...more
Raina {The LUV'NV}
Jan 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Fraction of Stone started with an epic battle scene. I was immediately pulled into the story with the details of this fantasy world's war, the dynamics between one greedy side and one serene yet charged, and how one girl suffered like no other on its sidelines. Akara Nazreth, the female protagonist, enslaved, hidden, and abused, made my heart clench the very first chapter. Her voice is visceral, her need to end her torment so palpable, I was gripping my Kindle as I read as quickly as possibl ...more
3.5 stars

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"No matter how many times he resolved himself to defend the world and the people in it, doubt always crept back in."

Ryden and Akara are the only two people left who can wield magic. Their power has made them weapons, used by their respective people to fight each other in war. But while Rydan was treated like a prince among the Tarmack, Akara was treated like a slave among the Liasam. When Liasam falls to the Tarmack, Akara is handed over as an offering, h
Apr 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
She's Got Books on Her Mind

One boy, one girl, two very different lives, and a choice that will shape the world. Akara has been forced to kill for the side of Liasam. She's not respected or loved for what she does but hated and feared for what she can do. She will never forgive them for what they have made her do and the way she's been treated. Rydan fights for the Tarmack's who promise glory and pleasure. His life is drastically different from Akara. He's been able to be taught by his good frien
Ornella (Nyx)
Finally a good YA Fantasy. I loved this book. If it weren't cause I had an exam in the morning I would have read the whole thing through. Still went to sleep at midnight though xD

I'll be honest, I wasn't expecting that much new from the blurb. It kind of seemed like a Romeo and Juliet type of romance with a little fantasy thrown in. Boy was I wrong! And so glad for it! There was romance, but it was so beautifully done. It had a realistic development, specially coming from a girl who has been tor
Marked By Books
Mar 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
For those of you who have been watching what I've been reading lately, you may have noticed that I just finished Mastiff by Tamora Pierce, the third and final book in the Beka Cooper series. Now you might be wondering why I'm even bringing that up. You'd say to yourself, "But Taylor, this book isn't written by Tamora Pierce!" And you would be correct.

The reason that I brought it up was to lead into the idea of epic fantasy. And when I say "epic," I really do mean "EPIC." It's not called "boring

This review first appeared @ Moosubi Reviews!

FRACTION OF STONE is one of those books that might not have a ton of action, but, to me, was still a fascinating read, mainly because I loved the characters and the different issues it dealt with. By the end of the book, I fell in love with the world and characters, and was left wanting more!

I'm the type of reader who, for some reason, loves reading about broken characters. Their pain, development, and eventually, redemption is just so moving f
Mar 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
I don’t read a ton of fantasy books, but when I do, I thoroughly enjoy them. This was no exception. It was filled with action and an adorably sweet romance.

Akara has been tortured and used as a weapon to fight against a warring city for her whole life. She is one of the only two people left in this world who has the talent to wield magic, the other is Rydan, the magic user for the opposition. When her side loses, she is sentenced to death, but she is saved by Rydan and they escape together. They
Jan 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
To be honest, there wasn't much to go off on in the summary so I was going into this book half blind. In the beginning, I was constantly worrying that I would end up disliking the book. It starts off with a battle that ends the war between the Tarmack and the Liasam, but the way the fight was written didn't really capture my attention. I just spaced out for a while, it felt unrealistic and detached. Thankfully, the story picks up the tempo once Rydan and Akara meet. That's the turning point of t ...more
Mar 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
I really enjoyed Fraction of Stone. It’s been a while since I last read, and this book only served as a reminder of how much I miss reading and why I love to read. From beginning to the end, the story was well laid out, interesting and just so addictive to read. I couldn’t, or perhaps, didn’t want to look away from the book. The characters were strong, with the character development excellent. The ending was great, and only made me want to read more.

From the start, I was hooked. The book threw m
Lelia Taylor
Feb 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: full-reviews
Imagine a tale of two warring kingdoms that each have “possession” of a wielder of magic. Imagine also that one of those magicians, for lack of a better word, is hailed as a conquering hero while the other is no more than a weapon held prisoner for years and forced to do the bidding of her king. Akara has been enslaved for so long she doesn’t even know how old she is and certainly has little desire to keep living. Little wonder, then, that she sees no real value in ending the natural disasters t ...more
Jul 04, 2013 rated it liked it
This is a classic story of two people fighting to save the world… only one of them doesn’t think the world is worth saving.

It’s an intriguing twist on the anti-hero.

I have mixed feelings about this book. This is Lynn’s debut, and unfortunately it shows. There were many stereotypes, such as an old man explaining a quest, a lost idyllic civilization, and orphans with amazing powers. Other aspects were amateurish: too much description, injecting tension into the book through random acts of God, exp
Mar 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
A pleasant surprise. I wasn't sure what to expect when I started reading Fraction of Stone. But, by the end, I was definitely impressed.

The plot line for the book was unique among all the YA out there. And the world building of it all was flawless.

I loved the character development in this book. Throughout the book, I felt like the Rydan and Akara went through real, believable growth.

Akara was a complex character. She has been through more than most people would survive. At the beginning, her w
Mar 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
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I was extremely surprised by this one! It is really a challenging feat to write a fantasy so I wasn't sure what I was expecting. FRACTION OF STONE met, and exceeded my expectations.

Rydan and Akara are the only living ones left of their kind: magic wielders. Their history is unknown to them, and while similar-they live totally separate lives. Rydan is treated like
Apr 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book very much. The timeline covered a long period of time. Most books I read showcase a short period of time but a huge increase in emotion. I understand traumaic experiences bring you close fast, but sometimes it's just too fast. This one was comparable to real life. It was very interesting and the growth of the characters was slow but steady and it kept me interested throughout.

Looks like this is the first one in a series. I would classifiy it as YA paranormal. There is an attra
Mar 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Magic – I always love when I come across a good Fantasy book that really embodies what I love about the genre, awesome magic, world etc. Fraction of Stone is a wonderful example of this. You are dumped into this extremely rich world full of interesting events and people. And you are also treated to some pretty incredible writing from Kelley that really helps to boost that immersion into the story.

The story was extremely rich, which I love to see in a Fantasy book. I think Kelley did a fantastic
Mar 06, 2013 rated it really liked it

Fraction of Stone is a fantasy book, and I haven’t really read a lot of them. So, with a vague blurb, I wasn’t sure what to expect. But from what was there, I knew this would be different, unique. Boy, I wasn’t wrong. Right from the start it was exciting.

These two very different people who grown up just as different lives, being pitted against each other during the war, are now working together to possibly saving the world. Akara life has been so awful, she was basically a prisoner, being used
Mar 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
''Fraction of Stone'' was an interesting book and I'm so glad I had the opportunity to read it. It is full of action, adventures and suspense. Kelley's writing style was beautiful enough to make you want to read more and more.

Kelley tells us the story of Akara and Ryan, two people endowed with magic and cool skills. Ryan saved Akara's life and now he is determined to make her believe that the world is worth saving. Akara had a rough life before she met Ryan. She lived in a cage, without good fo
Oana D. L.
Apr 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
What started with a war and ended with one of the main characters saving the world turned out to be the kind of story i wanted to read.
This book wasn't too complicated-that if i don't count how the main characters met and what made them run for their life.

Rydan and Akara were the last people with magic.The only ones who could do things the other people only imagined.But how they met wasn't exactly the best way.
Rydan's life was almost perfect,meanwhile Akara spent her entire life like a slave.
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Eventually the day came when the voices in Kelley Lynn’s head were more insistent then her engineering professor’s. So instead of turning to her Thermodynamics book, Kelley brought up a blank page on her computer screen and wrote.

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