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really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  423 ratings  ·  152 reviews
Ian Troy is one of the Shinree, a fallen people with an inherent addiction to magic. Scorned and reviled for the deadly side of their spells, the Shinree are bred as slaves. Their magic is suppressed by drugs and used only as it serves the purposes of the other races. Descended from a long line of soldiers, Ian is conscripted into the Rellan army and made to fight in their ...more
Paperback, 502 pages
Published December 9th 2013 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing
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Feb 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow...I had been looking through books on Amazon similar to another I had just finished. Saw the cover, and thought of Geralt of Rivia (the Witcher) and Drizzt Do'Urden, they just popped into my mind. So I clicked on it and decided to check out the plot.

"Ian lives as a bounty hunter in self-imposed exile" - this line right here made me buy it, along with the rest of course, but I love a good protagonist who's a bounty hunter. Once I started reading I couldn't put it down, shut the door to my off
L.K. Evans
Mar 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: indie-challenge
I caught sight of this book on an advertisement and the cover drew me right in. I wasn’t disappointed. This book had a good amount of action and character development that kept me hooked throughout.

First, I loved how the magic was handled in this book. It was different, developed, yet not fully unearthed by the characters. It grew along with the story, which was quite nice.

I found the interaction of the races very interesting. I won’t spoil it, but there’s some great meanings in there if you pa
K.S. Marsden
Sep 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Ian Troy has spent the last ten years trying to forget the war - the choice he made and the countless lives he took. But things are coming full circle as an old enemy strikes again, forcing Troy to embrace the darkest parts of himself to fight back.

Ok, I really enjoyed this. As you may have guessed from the high rating.
Crown of Stones was one of the books in Indie Book Club's March group read. Yes, I realise that it's almost May. First of all, my inability to be on time for anything is infamous.
Jeremy Poole
Mar 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Book review
The Crown of Stones: Magic-Price
by C. L. Schneider
5 star.
This is a rare piece of magic indeed, it put its spell on me from page one, big action to start leading to a very personal first person experience.
The story is told through the perspective of Ian Troy, of the magic wielding race, the Shinree, enslaved and drugged they trudge through their life of hell. Answering to whatever master holds their chains. The story is not his fight for freedom as you might’ve expected, but a fight f
Jenni Bishop
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Crown of Stones: Magic-Price by C.L. Schneider is right up my alley and a wonderful start to the series. I really enjoyed her other series Nite Fire, I love a good fantasy story (it’s my passion and what got me hooked on reading, but I digress) which CL did a great job of writing this one. It’s dark overtones and unique magic, just made it more interesting. It is intricately woven and has many layers but the joy in the read was peeling back those layers to reveal the heart of the story and t ...more
Feb 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ian troy is a shinree ,and like elric of melnibone, he is a relic from the past.For shinree, magic is the most potent drug..and the price is always payed by life.Not the wielder's life..shinree magic leeches from life around the wielder.A cataclysm in the past swallowed almost the entire race of shinree. And the remnants were reduced to mindless slaves,subjected to kayn'l the drug that seals the magic.
Ian is perhaps the only free shinree.A warrior who ended a war in a single stroke.And he will
Apr 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Crown of Stones was a fun and episodic read with lots of action and adventure. The author creatively plots and structures narrative events, making it hard to put the book down. The Crown of Stones is a complex and rich story world. All the characters are well-developed and I enjoyed learning about their back stories, especially the main character Ian Troy as the lonely figure. As a fantasy novel, I felt that I was transported to another world. Yet, I think this book refers to our current mom ...more
Sep 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: physical-copy
I need the second one now!
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars

Magic Price is the first book in The Crown of Stone Series by C.L Schneider. It is a really well thought out and intricately woven, action-packed high fantasy- with sword fighting, magic, adventure, intensity, drama, originality, brilliant world building, surprising developments, intrigue, suspense, and so much more. I loved Ms. Schneider’s Nite Fire Series, and I am a sucker for epic fantasy, so it was a no brainer when I discovered this series- grabbing a copy and immediately diving in.
Apr 20, 2018 rated it liked it
First Impression: A cover full of emotion an an exciting magical premise.

Characters: Ian Troy narrates his painful journey of confronting his past to fight for his future. His family, friends, and enemies are well thought out and often relatable. I was saddened how all characters seem to be hopeless addicts to either magic or power. Although I don't like Troy very much, there are redeeming supporting mates to cheer on such as Jarryd. The connections and relationships are tangible and complex, m
Nov 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Enchanting, Magnificent, Unbelievable, Brilliant and a Masterpiece. I couldn’t imagine how C.L. Schneider crafted the world building because I was awestruck with how she built it and introduce it to her readers slowly and amazingly on the novel. I was lost in the world of Troy. I could imagine that I can feel his pain real time. The struggles he fought, the guilt that he tries to hide and his courage, it was outstanding, outrageous and passionate.

Aside from the world building, the another thing
C.L. Denault
Dec 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
So. I’ve started this review a half dozen times and haven’t been able to come up with the right words to convey how I feel about Magic-Price (and the Crown of Stones series in general). I’ve read other reviews, seen how eloquently they talk about execution and pacing and plot, and wonder if I’ll ever be able to do this right.


Okay, so I’m just going to be real. I was drawn to Magic-Price when I saw the cover roll through my Twitter feed. Being a person who loves earth tones and gritty cover
Clifton Stringfield
Jan 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I had heard good buzz about this work, and though I rarely commit to high-fantasy I felt drawn in by the spell its cover cast upon me. But, as I delved beyond the fancy façade, I found that spells come with a heavy price. The only race able to use magic are the Shinree, and each time they cast they must pay with some measure of life from their surroundings. It is at times a devastating trade-off, one which the story's broken protagonist Ian Troy has sworn off due to its addictive ...more
Stefan Mroczkowski
Oct 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
C.L. Schneider is a masterful storyteller. She was able to tell a tale that was unique, superbly written, and full of adventure. I absolutely loved the originality of the story, as it was unlike anything I had ever read before. In many ways, it was like experiencing magic in a new and refreshing way, which was very exciting.

The story certainly held my interest throughout. I really liked the idea of how the protagonist, Ian Troy, was ultimately a dark, flawed character. For example, Ian was deepl
Tom Reinhart
Feb 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great fantasy book. Love the cover too.

One of the things that makes a great book is to take something common, and put a new twist on it. C.L. Schneider puts a new twist on magic, making it an addictive and painful burden to its users. It's a brilliant new perspective on magic using, and Schneider nurtures and develops this unique concept brilliantly.

The world she has created is vast, colorful, engrossing, and most importantly, believable. Schneider is a master at creating entertaining and be
Matthew Harrill
Mar 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
First off, I very much enjoyed this book. I love a good fantasy and while I have not always gotten on with first-person perspective this kept me engaged throughout. I very much enjoyed the magic system, the ideas resonating with me because of similarities to a series I wrote myself in days gone by. The protagonist (more of an anti-hero rather than a good guy) was frustrated, prone to addiction, and weak at a very fundamental level because of both of these traits. This made me most interested in ...more
Mar 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
A solid and good book. Well thought out magical system, quality world building, interesting characters, fast paced action, fluid conversation, all tied up together in an interesting page turner of a story. I'll post more on my website but suffice to say I did enjoy this book and look forward to the sequel. ...more
Christopher Taylor
Apr 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was a Goodread. The magic in this was worthy and well played through out the story. There is a consequence for its use. Enjoyed this tale and look forward to the next book.
May 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I am definitely reading the next book!
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This story is powerful and complex, with all the trappings of good dark, epic fantasy: comprehensive world building, interesting characters, nasty villains, violence, smut, brutal warfare and all such ugliness. It doesn’t pull any punches. But my favorite element of this book is the protagonist, Ian Troy. I’m admittedly partial to tormented characters, particularly warriors, warlocks and the like, and Troy did not disappoint. Reckless, passionate, pissed off and stubborn to a fault, he is one mi ...more
Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is rather long but will keep you entranced. Twists and turns galore as Ian Troy attempts to find out who he really is and how to control the magic he inherited as a Shinree--a full blooded Shinree. He is a slave to the Queen who wants to be at war without him using magic. He finally tires of it all--finds a crown of jewels--and uses it--everyone on both sides dies. He swears off magic after this for 10 years, which is incredibly difficult for a Shinree.

Along his journey he meets several ver
A.J. Norfield
Some excellent writing and a well-woven story, even if it did not fully succeed in drawing me in. Read my full thoughts on the blog: ...more
Mar 03, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Veronica Strachan
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A unique magic

Schneider has created a unique magic system and thrown in a cast of great characters, lead by an outcast and reprobate Ian Troy. World building is solid and the plot cracks on a pace.
Great tale. Ready for book 2.
Nov 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is the review that I wrote for

Like most people who frequent the pages of Fantasy Faction, I read a lot. I have many favourite authors who have released several books or even several series. Being a writer myself, I have also started to delve into independent authors work. One such author is C.L. Schneider, who approached me and suggested I try her dark fantasy series, The Crown of Stones. I bought the first book in the series, Magic Price, in an Amazon sale and decid
Stan Sudan
Dec 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
From the beginning of C.L. Schneider's The Crown of Stones: Magic-Price, the style of her storytelling is at once both poignant and relatable. Within three pages of reading about Ian Troy, a Shinree, with an uncontrollable addiction to magic, who is a member of a slave race that suffers a horrible consequence after allowing his innate magic ability to surface a little too wildly, I was sufficiently hooked--enough so to want to recommend this book to my fantasy-reading friends.

I was surprised by
May 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: have
I read the Audiobook of this again in February 2018. Still loving it and can't wait for the others to be released in this format. I felt it was done really well.
I received a copy from the author for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion in any way.

Sometimes, you just know you’re going to fall in love with a book or series and I’m happy to say I was right on the money with this one!

Told from the POV of Ian, a Shinree soldier, the book opens with a battle in the war that
Jan 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ten years after using the Crown of Stones to end a bloody conflict, Ian Troy has thrown himself into self-imposed exile in an attempt to forget his mistakes and the incredible loss of life he caused. But old enemies never forget, and they’re stirring in the realms of darkness to bring Troy’s harrowing past back to haunt him. Now, he has to forge new alliances and place his trust back in his magic if he is to defeat his greatest adversary yet.

The Crown of Stones: Magic-Price, by C. L. Schneider,
Clare Meyers
Dec 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
I liked this story a lot. There were a couple of spots in the beginning where the pacing didn't quite feel right, but overall, it pulled me in and kept me there.

The world was well-thought out, and I was glad to see it introduced gradually instead of in info dumps. We're given reasons for the conflict that spans years (instead of it getting hand-waved away as "that's just how it's always been"). But while one of the characters insists that the evil country can be saved, it is portrayed with littl
M.E. Walker
Dec 23, 2014 rated it really liked it

I love when I open a book (well this was on my kindle so I didn't technically open it) and immediately know I'm going to love a writer. This was how I felt with Crown of Stones. From the very beginning--perhaps three or four words in--I was hooked.

I equally loved and hated all of the right characters. I was so invested in Ian's life, my heart stopped and raced so many times I was sure to have an arrest at some point.

Schneider did such a brilliant job of creating this world and all of its be
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Born in the Midwest, I live in New York's scenic Hudson Valley Region with my husband and two sons. A huge reader since childhood, I penned my first full-length novel in high school on a typewriter in my parent's living room. That was when my dream of becoming a published author was born. Life happened, and it took a while, but I can honestly say: it's the best job ever.

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