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Stonehill Downs

(Bone Magic #1)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  86 ratings  ·  29 reviews
Malachi is the last of his kind—a magus who can communicate with the dead, and who relies on the help of spirits to keep his kingdom safe. When he's sent to investigate brutal murders in the isolated village of Stonehill Downs, he uncovers dangerous sorceries and unleashes a killer who strikes close to home.

Avani is an outsider living on the Downs, one of the few survivors
ebook, 400 pages
Published December 2nd 2014 by Harper Voyager Impulse
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Apr 09, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Bone Magic: 1
This book is a bit of a mess. Random, incomprehensible things happen left and right, enticing the reader to continue in the hopes that it'll all come together and make sense, but unfortunately that almost never comes to pass. To add to the confusion, the author mixes in alternating POVs, unreliable narrators, characters that don't react to situations in a believable manner, and inconsistent characterization. There's not much of a plot, just random occurrences barely strung together,
Apr 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes historical fantasy
Recommended to Mareena by: Dorothy at Pump up Your Book
Malachi Doyle is the King's Lord Vocent - a magus with the ability to communicate with the dead, and who relies on the assistance of the souls of the dearly departed to help him keep his kingdom safe. He is the last of his kind - highly regarded yet secretly feared by many - in his office as Royal Coroner. When he's sent to investigate a series of brutal murders in the isolated village of Stonehill Downs, he uncovers some dangerous and deadly sorcery and unleashes a killer who strikes close to h ...more
Dec 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So I received an email from Harper Voyager suggesting this book (legalese: i'm part of their Super Reader books for honest reviews!) and the jacket blurb made me immediately think of Tamara Siler Jones' "Dubric Byerly" fantasy/mystery series. While the bones of the two stories are vaguely similar (main guy is castellan/vocent, can see ghosts, English/Irish nomenclature), Remy lacks the polish with her first novel that Jones had with "Ghosts in the Snow".

This isn't a bad thing...Re
Katherine Harbour
The story is really a murder mystery set in a world of kings and magic. Avani is a weaver who can see the supernatural. Living alone on the Downs, she is the first to find a mutilated corpse that heralds the arrival of an otherworldly evil to the neighboring village. Malachi is the young magus who visits to investigate. Avani is soon forced to leave her life behind for the complications of court life, while also learning that Malachi has secrets which might connect him to the horror that has des ...more
Sarah Wright
Mar 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers who enjoyed The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab
4/5 stars - atmospheric and oddly cozy for a book with so many dead people in it

Stonehill Downs follows two protagonists: Malachi, a magus who can communicate with the dead, and Avani, a woman from a land that no longer exists who makes her living herding sheep and weaving beautiful cloth. Their stories intertwine when a series of horrific murders leads Malachi across the Downs to Avani's village. Accompanied by a boy who survived a mysterious massacre and Avani's avian companion, they travel ba
Anne Robinson
Feb 04, 2021 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this fantasy ebook and have only a few reservations. It was obvious that the book had not benefited from an editor as there were several spelling mistakes and homonyms in the text. Also, the story wandered in parts and too much attention was given to side issues rather than driving the story onwards.

The main characters were interesting and engaging but the world building was very standard - sort of medieval Britain plus magic. I have decided to read the sequel and I would be int
Feb 12, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book as part of a Goodreads giveaway.

It's a nice little tale, just never truly grabbed me the way I like a book to do. Malachi is the last magician in the land after his mentor Andrew is murdered. Together with an extremely powerful witch from the islands, Avani, Mal sets out to both solve and avenge his mentor. They are joined on their quest by Siobhan, the ghost of Mal's wife, the mysterious Everin, and the lad Liam.
Christine Proulx
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a nice change from typical fantasy tropes. I liked the characters; they felt realistic (well, realistic. but magical). Another reviewer was confused by shifting POVs; I found the POV changes pretty clearly marked. I liked that the ending was left open for a sequel, but still gave a satisfying ending.
Molly Ross
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I won this book in a giveaway and I am really glad I did. A very well written novel with great characters that you care about. The very best is the fresh new ideas in a genre that has been a bit stale of late! I can't wait to read the rest! Great job Sarah! ...more
CJ - It's only a Paper Moon
Two fit the editing, she's got talent. This book just isn't for me. ...more
Syndi Day
Sep 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i was the lucky winner of a copy of this novel through a goodreads win. it is a very complex story set in medieval times about a young woman who possesses magical skills and a man who also possesses magical skills in the form of talking to the dead. they reluctantly join up in trying to solve a series of horrible murders. their alliance is complicated by feelings of attraction for each other that neither of them want. this story is very descriptive of medieval days and involves lots of action, d ...more
Shari  Mulluane
Source: Requested from Netgalley
Original Review: Old Bat's Belfry

This is a story of two souls who were tailor made for each other. Though if you were to ask them, they would vehemently disagree. One is Malachi, who is the last known magus. A man who deals with the spirits of the dead. Then there is Avani who is a refugee witch, a loner and who, as it happens, can see both ghosts and visions.

Together they must fight off a great evil. One that threatens their kingdom. But first they must discover
Jan 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'The gods were never gentle with the ones they favored.'

Finding any biographical information on author Sarah Remy is a semi-fruitless mission. She apparently is form the State of Washington, an `equestrian, urban farmer, tortoise herder, and a reviewer for Readwave `(ReadWave is a new place for sharing 3 minute stories. We believe that 3 minutes is all it takes to tell a story that can change your life. We call these stories ReadWaves. A ReadWave can be about anything -- a confession, an experie
Dec 02, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed
Originally published at "The Nameless Zine". Check it out for more reviews.

I really wanted to like this book.
Published as part of Harper Voyager’s new “Impulse” line, this budget priced e-book (a limited-run paperback is coming later this month) was “discovered” in an open call for submissions and chosen from over 4500 manuscripts.

Billed as a murder mystery/procedural with magicians, Sarah Remy’s debut follows Malachi, the vocent (necromancer) for King Renault who is sent to the remote Stonehil
Dec 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
I was given a promotional copy of this book by Harper Voyager U.S. for review.

Stonehill Downs is the story of Malachi, the king’s vocent (talks to spirits) and last magus in the kingdom, sent to the remote village of Stonehill Downs to investigate the very weird and bloody murders of a local lord and some Kingsmen. It is also the story of Avani, a foreign weaver, who has settled in Stonehill Downs and is the one to find the bodies. Unfortunately, soon after he arrives to investigate, things esca
Cheri Roan
Jan 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Unique Combination Of Fantasy, Mystery and Suspense!!

Avani is a stranger among the people of Stonehill Downs. But when she and her raven Jacob discover four brutally murdered men on her property and three are Kingsmen she wonders why, but her visions tell her nothing. When Malachi the vocent, who speaks to the dead, is sent to investigate, he unleashes a killer that wipes out the whole village. Leaving only Avani, Mal and a young lad named Liam on a quest to save the kingdom from an unknown da
Jan 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was a bit skeptical about reading Stonehill Downs, but I decided to give it a shot anyway. Sarah Remy definitely has talent, and she shows a lot of promise in this one. It's an extremely easy read and Remy writes in language that is easy to understand and follow. The book was a pretty quick read overall; I ended up reading the entire thing in one night. I found it to be interesting and engaging for the most part, with a lot of well written characters.

I started getting into the Fantasy Genre ju
Reg Shell
Feb 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

5.0 out of 5 stars Stonehill Downs is a great fantasy with many an interesting twist and turn., February 4, 2015

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Author Sarah Remy has, in my opinion, written a great fantasy. I found it easy to understand and picture the fantasy world she created. The language she uses in the full-length novel Stonehill Downs is easy to follow. All her characters come to life for me. As a reader I enjoyed following along the jour
Michelle Travaille
Firstly I won this book through the Goodreads First Reads giveaways, so thanks to them.
This book is an easy and engaging fantasy book that flows well. The story is seen through the eyes of Malachi (the last Vocent/Mage, who can see spirits) and Avani (and her bird Jacob) who are are brought together by the murders of Kingsmen at Stonehill Downs. After the destruction of Avani's village, in which the dead rise to slaughter everyone, she reluctantly travels with Mal to the capital to discover wha
William Bentrim
Dec 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A tale of cultural clash and poignant love, violence and discovery is told with compassion and detail. Remy has created a land where lies magic and death and barrows and others.
This story details murder and growth.

Avani is a survivor of a natural disaster and both lonely and alone. She tends sheep and weaves, seen as an outsider in Stonehill Downs. Mal is a Vocent, the king's counselor, mortician, detective and assassin. He is ghost ridden and is some ways as lonely as Avani.

Remy crafts memor
Nov 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Pub date: Dec 2, 2014
What a fascinating fantasy! Like a fast- paced mystery, the author draws you into Avani's world quickly, but you have to be patient to figure out Mal's; two great characters who I look forward to seeing again. This might even be a re-read for me- I'm so reluctant to let the world go, especially since there's so much revealed at the end. I don't want to spoil this good book for anyone else, so I won't say anything more but READ IT and don't read more about it until after!
Anita Kearney
Jan 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sarah Remy gives us an enjoyable read with lively characters and a fully realized world. Malachi is the last of the Magi ( priest ) he speaks with the dead and is the obvious one to investigate a series of brutal murders on the down. Avani is your typical outsider, not someone native to the downs, she too has magic. The two work together to solve the murders and learn to trust each other with long held secrets.

I would recommend it to those new to the fantasy genre and young readers.
One of my favorite fantasy reads of 2016.
Love the character of Avani : sounds like the Island that she is from is based on India?
I like that she is darker complected.
Malachi is another great character - I love the tortured, serious, magister trope.
There is a hint of romance to come.
The side characters like Liam and Kate are well fleshed out.
Books 2 -3 are out, so I am eager to keep reading....
Xondra Day
* Copy via Goodreads First Reads and the author *

I'm not a huge fan of fantasy, but this was a pretty good read. It lagged a little in the middle, but picked up again in the end.

I'd love to see a book about Avani's beginnings living on the Sunken Islands. I think that would be a very interesting read!
Dec 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
I liked this story. A fantasy, where Avani and Malachi can speak with the dead and dream of dangers yet to come. Avani 's town is destroyed and all the villagers murdered, the king sends Malachi to find out who would do such a crime. They learn to work together and will have more adventures together as this is the first in a series. Great read for teens to adults. ...more
Dec 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent fantasy

I really enjoyed the rich characters in this book. I was drawn in quickly and wanted to know what would happen to them. The world she creates is rich with traditions and Lord and I hope there is a second novel so I can immerse myself in it again.
John Hausrath
Jun 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book in the giveaways. It was a very enjoyable read. Kept my attention throughout. I would recommend this book. Looking forward to reading other books by this author.
Jan 12, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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