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Ruins on Stone Hill

(Heroes of Ravenford #1)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  293 ratings  ·  58 reviews
What do you get when you mix an elf, a gnome, a halfling, and a warrior? Magic, mayhem, and loads of sarcasm.

Glolindir thought he knew all about magic until he came face to face with his very first monster. He only survived thanks to:

Lloyd, the gallant spiritblade as talented as he is reckless.
Seth, the mysterious halfling whose knives are nearly as sharp as his tongue.
Kindle Edition, Revised, 366 pages
Published December 6th 2016 (first published June 6th 2014)
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N.N. Light
After one hundred and fifty years of peace, dark forces stir in the town of Ravenford. Is this a precursor of war or something even more sinister? A young warrior, an elf, a halfling and a gnome band together to face these creatures of darkness. What they encounter is more than they’re prepared to deal with. But with courage, magic, quick-thinking and an unseen protective force, these four heroes may be the catalyst needed to defeat the forces of darkness. If they fail, the world will be plunged ...more
Carl Stevens
This read like a gaming group plodding through a couple of modules that would have been more fun to play than to read. The characters were the conventional motley crew thrown together for no particular reason other than AD&D needs adventurers; an elf mage, halfling ninja, gnome cleric, and human warrior roll their dice and go on campaign.
The prose was more limping than limpid weighed down as it was by excess baggage. After twenty or more occasions of someone asking “curiously” I hungered for som
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Denise Liebig
Mar 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“The Ruins on Stone Hill” is a great adventure/fantasy tale that captured my attention from the first page. Its characters are an unlikely group consisting of a human, elf, halfling and gnome, who are all young and inexperienced, trying to master their craft and find their way while defending a small town from the deadly creatures that surround it. As the story unfolds, several more adventurers provide assistance along the way. I appreciate the author’s use of names that are creative but not so ...more
Greg Spry
Sep 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Ruins on Stone Hill (Heroes of Ravenford, #1) by F.P. Spirit is a very enjoyable young adult novel in the swords & sorcery sub-genre of fantasy. The book serves as an origin story for a group of young heroes as they meet and embark on their first adventures together.

The prose and dialog flow very smoothly. Clearly, the author has great expertise with the written word and knows how to make action unfold. The main characters are well-crafted with unique personalities. Each quest or battle is c
Ryshia Kennie
Sep 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

In a magical tale of discovery, a group of friends arrive at the little town of Ravensford that has fallen prey to dangerous enemies. Soon it seems they have become the town’s champion. A spiritblade, a gnome, a halfling and a wizard, they find themselves confronting monsters and fantastical creatures of all sorts. As they leap from one adventure to another, I found I was drowning in mythical creatures, and sometimes wishing for a few less and a bit more set-up into the magical world in which I
Susanne Leist
Aug 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Escapism fiction at its best., August 18, 2014
susanne leist, author of The Dead Game (Woodmere, NY) - See all my reviews

This review is from: The Ruins on Stone Hill (Heroes of Ravenford Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
A fantasy adventure where a town must be saved by a motley crew of supernatural figures. Askel the gnome, an endearing figure, tries to lead them into battle. With their own unique powers, they valiantly fight to save the town of Ravenford. There's an adorable elf, who lightens the way
Shannon Pemrick
Jun 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
*This review may contain spoilers. You have been warned*

Wow, what a book! Where to start... I'll start by saying I'm not particularly fond of the YA genre. It's usually always the same story. Hero has ordinary, boring life and is thrown on an epic quest with new powers/skills he never knew he had and he has to stop some evil. The Ruins on Stone Hill is not that kind of book and it sucked me right in! (whew!) So major props to F.P. Spirit!

The story starts off with our heroes, Glolindir, an elven
Dawnita Fogleman
Apr 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
I love CLEAN fantasy. The story and characters here are so much fun!
SA Krishnan
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent adventure and science fiction with a bunch of characters which are very different and interesting in their own way.
D. Martin
The Ruins on Stone Hill (Heroes of Ravenford Book 1) is about a bunch of guys getting together to have adventures. Using both physical weapons and magic, they fight off orcs, giants, golems and wicked wizards, usually destroying the bad creatures in the process. It’s a bit of a romp, and as such, it’s enjoyable. Unfortunately, I look for a bit more in a fantasy novel.
To me, fantasy novels offer the potential of placing a hero (male or female) on a quest that we as readers can identify with, allo
Steve Justice
Aug 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Ruins on Stone Hill by F.P. Spirit is an entertaining fantasy story with some deep, engaging characters, with the only slight criticism being a lack of real originality.

What I mean by a lack of originality is that is that many of the standard Tolkien or Dungeons & Dragons fantasy tropes are quickly evident: the elven mage, the snarky rogue, the noble warrior, sinister wizards, orcs, bugbears, undead warriors, etc. etc. etc. Of course, this is not a criticism for many people, and I actually
Kristen Walker
Classic dungeon crawl is a light, fun read.

The Ruins on Stone Hill is pretty much what I expected: a classic adventure in the style of Tolkien and Dungeons and Dragons. A brace band of heroes, looking to make names for themselves, undergoes a series of quests to help the town of Ravenford. Along the way, they make friends and outgrow some of their youthful mistakes.

The story is light and easy to follow, suitable for a children's book. Although the characters are quickly identified as a human war
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A group of friends are travelling together, an elf, Glolindir and his familiar, a raven, a gnome, the cleric Aksel, a Halfling, the dwarf and Seth the ninja assassin team up with a human warrior, Lloyd, a lord and a spirit blade and Brundon and Titan, human mercenaries, one a skilled tracker, the other a great warrior in order to battle orcs, bugbears, zombies and undead, a necromancer and stone golems. The friends, unlikely a group as ever there was, found that teamwork was everything. When the ...more
Please Pass the Books
The Ruins on Stone Hill by F P Spirit is the first installment in the epic fantasy adventure Heroes of Ravenford series. Written in a unique style that is entirely the author's own and dives immediately into an action sequence, we're introduced to the initial mix of characters: The human Lloyd, halfling Seth, elven Glolindir, and a gnome named Askel. Together, this seemingly mismatched group fight off orcs, wizards, and a whole host of fantasmic beasts as they venture through well depicted and t ...more
Joy Lo-Bamijoko
Mar 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jonathan Dixit
In The Ruins of Stone Hill, we follow the growth of a group of misfit D&D-type characters as they engage in a heroic odyssey. It is clear that many readers really plug into and enjoy this book; I, however, agree with the minority of reviewers who think that it lacks originality. I also struggle with the two-dimensional nature of some of the characters, and at times details pertinent to the story occur inorganically. That said, this book is not without the charm evoked by any decently written sto ...more
Natasha House
Aug 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fun story about a group of friends who set off for adventure! The group goes from adventure to adventure, helping towns and different people who’ve hired them to rid them of some form of evil.

What I liked: This was a fun fantasy story with an Elf, Halfling, Dwarf, and a couple humans. There are lots of fun mini adventures—to keep your interest. I really enjoyed Seth (the Halfling) he was my fav! I loved his sarcastic nature. The author does a well job in building his characters and giving you
Sarah Stuart
May 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book at one sitting, resulting in a very late dinner. Chapters have intriguing titles that cause a total failure of the plan to read “just one more”. The town of Ravenford is like any small town… sorry, no… that’s fantasy becoming reality, exactly as it should. Skeletons, zombies, bugbears, stone men and evil wizards don’t exist. They absolutely don’t, do they?

There are four heroes, a Halfling, more than capable of slitting the throats of monsters twenty times his size by using his
Michael Kane
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Outstanding and I would like to give it 6 stars. The character development, including the wheres and whys, is terrific and provides significant insight as to the interactions between the protagonists. The action is wonderful and exciting and I will definitely be making time in my life to continue the saga.
Please note that I am jealous of the author's talent.
Michael Kane
C.S. Boyack
Mar 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
fun fantasy romp

A group of mismatched friends go on a string of adventures together. Along the way they build friendships and test their mettle against a number of evil creatures. They also improve in both skill and power, setting up the next volume nicely.
Richard Rouillard
A fun read!

As a player of the world’s greatest fantasy RPG game, I’m picky about fantasy novels. This novel has so far served to satisfy that craving for great and fun fantasy reading in between my gaming sessions. Can’t wait to read more of the series!
William Stuart
Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I went back to my fantasy roots for this review. As with many of my recent reads, this one came up on my Amazon recommendations, so I decided to read Ruins on Stone Hill (Heroes of Ravenford, #1) by F. P. Spirit. Here are my thoughts!

Synopsis (from the author): It has been nearly one hundred and fifty years since the end of the Thrall Wars, when the four dread Thrall Masters wreaked devastation across the land of Thac. The world has been relatively quiet since, but dark things have started to ri
Aug 26, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has taken me close to a month to read (I believe I added it to my currently reading list at about 20%). At first I was worried it would be my first DNF but after pushing through to the half way point it really picked up.

In the early chapters this book suffers heavily from trying to explain the world to you. It doesn't have info-dumps but rather it reads like it's a novelized version of a D&D campaign. As someone who enjoys fantasy worlds like that I did enjoy the worldbuilding Itself,
Elizabeth Lavender
This was a fun adventure page after page. The company of characters meet an array of scary enemy creatures along their journey, all of these courtesy of the rich imagination of the author. The company of characters he has put together for the journey is intriguing as well. We are given a elf, gnome, human, halfling, and almost immediately they are joined by two more humans. As far as their positions, we are given a wizard, cleric, warrior, mysterious halfling that is multi-talented, but shuns se ...more
Dec 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

Magic, adventure, and quite a few laughs. This is what Ruins on Stone Hill brought to the table and it did not disappoint. Even though I am a sucker for anything fantasy, I still like (and need) an engaging story with appealing characters and this story was just that.

While I did certainly enjoy this story, I would not say it is on the same level as some of my favorite fantasy novels. The characters are highly likable, and I found m
Renee Arthur
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An elf, a gnome, a halfling and a human? What is this group doing traveling together? It starts with Glo, Askel and Seth traveling with a caravan when they are attacked by orcs. They all have their own strengths and are doing fairly well against the orcs. They see a rider coming up the road and he jumps into the fray with his swords and helps finish the orcs off. The rider, Lloyd, is a human and he joins the companions on their way to Ravenford. Once they get there and their tale is heard, they ...more
Margaret Stevens
Feb 06, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those stories that starts at the beginning of a friendship and documents how the characters grow as time progresses. We start out with a halfling, a gnome and an apprentice wizard. Next we add a warrior with two swords sheathed on his back. They meet in a caravan heading for Ravenford and the catalyst is an attack on the caravan. They manage to merge their talents to battle the attackers and afterward they pledge their unity. Unfortunately, it's long past dark when they pull in to ...more
Jan 01, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This story was an okay young adult fantasy - it was nothing ground breaking or too interesting, though some of the fights and interactions with monsters were interesting. The author ripped a lot straight from Dungeons and Dragons, which really took away from the work for me; at least change the spell names, etc. to give it a little more originality. There was also a severe lack of female characters or character variation in the work. Whenever the male protagonists met a female character they mad ...more
Katie Guest
May 06, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf

While I thought this book had a lot of potential, I couldn't continue due to the writing style, which was unengaging and flat.

All of the character were cardboard cutouts, who experienced no emotions whatsoever. I didn't care about any of them. There was absolutely no tension, no stakes, and everything just fell into place perfectly; they didn't have to "work" for anything.

The writing style was super stiff and all telling. A character would think something, and three sentences later say it
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F.P. Spirit is an avid science fiction and fantasy fan. A Trekkie before it was cool, F. P. became hooked on fantasy the moment he cracked open his first copy of Lord of the Rings. When he is not lost roaming the multiverse of sci-fi and high-fantasy fiction, F. P. is either creating adventures for his roll-playing friends a

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