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A hundred years after a World War, Moses Stern, spy and gunslinger, serves the Vatican in La Ciudad, Mexico. On a mission north of the Rio Concho, he falls prey to vampire witches and Coyote, a shape-shifting trickster. The witches are searching for a human champion to rid the earth of dragons; and, when they capture Stern, they realize they have found their man. All they ...more
Paperback, 334 pages
Published May 1st 2014 by Britton International, Inc. (first published February 13th 2014)
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Chris
Sep 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received this book as part of GoodReads First Reads giveaway.

I liked it. This book tells the story of Stern (a former Catholic priest turned blacksmith) who is delivering a message in northern Mexico when he is kidnapped by vampire witches and asked to do something about the dragons that have been plaguing the world.

The book reminded me of the Odyssey in the beginning. Stern will be on his journey, doing his thing when the crap will hit the proverbial fan and he'd be thrown into some new adven
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Ken
Sep 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
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**Received from Goodreads First Reads giveaway.**

Moses Stern lives in a world far different from our own. Although the physical features of his world, Mittilagart, seem to match our own earth, everything has changed. There are hints that this may be post-apocalyptic, or it may just be an alternate world. In either event, Stern is a former Black Robe, a religious order which may have descended from the Jesuits. He was officially removed from the order for fathering a child, but he still performs
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Ant
Sep 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. I must admit that I approach this sort of fantasy book with caution - what can be added to this sub-genre, after all? However, I was pleasantly surprised - the story is complex but engaging, with some well-drawn characters, and the setting is revealed to be a well thought-out world. The mix of magic and science put me in mind of King's Gunslinger series, with the political machinations of Game of Thrones. If that sounds like high praise, that's exactly my ...more
Amanda NEVER MANDY
Nov 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
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**I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.**

I enjoyed this book for the simple fact it read like an old folk tale. I was also quite impressed with the author's ability to work with a lot of back story and a variety of characters without overwhelming the reader.
Jen
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I had met the author of this book some years back when he was still writing it. I'd gotten a short preview and had always meant to buy it when it came out. It took me longer than planned, but I'm so glad I did pick it up. I read this book after finishing several very amazing fantasy series by Brandon Sanderson. I didn't know if another book would live up to what I'd been enjoying the past few months, but I truly enjoyed Harvey's Grimoire of Stone. Fantasy is a somewhat new genre for me, but I re ...more
Wendy
Mar 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Wendy by: Goodreads/Giveaways
In "Grimoire of Stone" which I won through Goodreads Giveaways Keith Harvey weaves together science, legends and magic into a fantasy of epic proportions that begins when Moses Stern a blacksmith by trade working for the Black Robes in La Ciudad, Mexico is given a mission to deliver three edicts; to a Cardinal, the head of the Brotherhood in Martinelle Pueblo and a Bishop. Along the way he almost loses his life, as well as all his possessions in an altercation before being swept away to the alte ...more
Caroline
Sep 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
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I won this as a First Reads on Goodreads

It took me a while to get into the story but once I did I really enjoyed it.It is a fantasy and there are a lot of characters so it is best to read regularly so as not to get confused with the plot.In some ways it had shades of The Lord of The Rings as an epic tale with lots of different realms and Stern( the main character) trying to fight evil in it's many forms.The descriptions of the characters are good and it is a page turner.I am looking forward to r
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Tal S
Dec 20, 2014 rated it it was ok
this was a Goodreads giveaway, and it's taken me a while to read it. (i also had a very long review typed and lost it. drat).

short review: i didnt like it. long review: coming soon, probably after Xmas as i have no brain space :)
Kim
Nov 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
won book in the first reads giveaway. don't normally read scifi/fantasy but this book kept me going til the end! a great read and would highly recommend!!
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Keith Harvey is the author of five novels, "Vogel Flies South," "Vogel and the White Bull," "Cave Gossip," "Okeanus," and "Grimoire of Stone;" and two books of poetry, "Petroglyphs," and "Sea-Snails on a Black Chow’s Tongue or, a Castaway’s Poems in a Bottle." In 2009, his fantasy novel, "Okeanus," was a semi-finalist in the Amazon/Penguin Breakthrough novel contest. In 2014, Kirkus named "Grimoir ...more

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