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Stoneweaver - A Clash of Sword and Stone (Dread Magic #0)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  72 ratings  ·  61 reviews
When a failed expedition leads to the deaths of an entire cohort of Nenevah’s soldiers, she sends her top spy and assassin, De Mauriac, to accomplish the formidable task of acquiring an asset she desperately needs. A slave to his addiction for the ‘blossom on the vine’, De Mauriac must bring back his quarry or the sorceress will let him perish from withdrawal.

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Kindle Edition, 206 pages
Published July 27th 2017 by Cabe Valion
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Ren The Booknerd
*arc generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*

Reading this book was like watching a movie. The scenes are well-written. They're very detailed and descriptive. At first, I thought the flow of the story was kind'a slow, but, once I got to the good part, I couldn't stop reading anymore. Chapter four did it for me. It was a blast, like literally. It woke me up from my sleepy stupor.

Nenevah, the evil in the story sent De Mauriac to find the stoneweaver, an
Sep 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The powerful imagery in this book can leave a reader stupefied on what to say to describe it. But I'll give it a try. Each scene was very-well developed. The aesthetics of the descriptions were like a dream or a priceless painting come to real life. Like a play being performed well on stage. De Mauriac is a very strong character. I like the depth of the dark elements of the storyline. I'm a fan of Fantasy and Adventure stories. Valion weaves an epic tale that is incomparable. The characters are ...more
Oct 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: readtoreview
3.5 stars
This is a short novella and is a prequel to the main series. I can say to you that this is not perfect, and it is not great. But it wasn’t bad, at all! The idea of this series is really good, with an interesting world building (I mean, the author really put some care and dedication into it!) and interesting characters. The author creates a new world with some cool things, like the quick silver’s rivers, I loved them! And the people who inhabit it seem interesting, even if we just get a
Keep Calm Novel On
The author provided a copy of the ePub in exchange for an honest review.

The novella, A Clash of Sword and Stone is a prequel to Cabe Valian’s series Stoneweaver Saga. The multilayered primary and secondary characters immediately draw the reader into the visually explosive read. Fans of fantasy fiction will not be disappointed by this well-written story. The ending is a perfect set-up for the next installment in the series.
Alicia Huxtable
Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a intriguing storyline this book has. I was engrossed from page 1 and wish it was actually a full length book. The characters are well written and enjoyable to read.
The 4 star rating is only due to length....had it been a full length novel, it would have warranted 5 stars
Len Evans Jr
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The author accomplishes everything one would want from a series prequel and does it with style and writing that truly makes me wish that book one of the series was now available. The concept of a stoneweaver is introduced, as well as several of the MCs. Once I started reading I literally could not put the book down. The world the author has created is fascinating, I found the concept of quicksilver (mercury) rivers with specialized boats to sail on them particularly awesome. I can't wait till ...more
Melani Smith
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
~Review request from the author~

De Mauriac is running an errand for his master to get a "package" he gets a group of thieves to go with him. After a long travel with not much going on they get to the package and get it with little effort. On the way back though this package is taking out the thieves one by one. Along the way there is also bog men, dragons, a quicksilver river and other nasty things that could get the best of them. De Mauriac however gets the package to his master with little
Joe Smits
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very easy to sum up this novella – READ IT. Novellas typically are limited in their character development, but with De Mauriac, the author provided great insight into the conflict of his addiction and his ability to think through situations and not blindly blast into battle mode. This also holds true for the others in the story – there was enough detail to visualize the characters as well as the fictitious world around them. The story line was very well thought out, giving smooth interactions ...more
Sep 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very solid book. Characters had good depth and the “world building” was diverse and varied. The quest to grab the “treasure” was well-executed and the unmitigated hatred of the “treasure” was eloquently phrased. The wordsmithing was adult; the phraseology, the words themselves, and some of the context. I do not mean risque I mean I needed to look one or two up in a dictionary. This is not a young-adult book. It is written for an intelligent adult audience. It is executed with precision and I ...more
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this prequel story. The story was well written and had a nice flow to it. The plot was interesting and while the prequel was a very short story,( I found myself finishing it easily in one sitting) I felt like I read a complete chapter in the bigger story that is to come. The main character has an interesting backstory and what is shared only seems to be the tip of the details. The story involves the main character who is sent to retrieve a young boy by a mistress who has ultimate ...more
Pat Dewey
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Storyline worth the read. Twists and turns with intrigue and a blend of black magic effecting the new life of the young boy.
C.p. Bialois
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I took a little break from reading Epic Fantasy to recharge, and I’m pleased to come back to the genre by reading this book.

The story starts out narrow in scope and slowly expands as the story unfolds and we’re exposed to the world around De Mauriac. Well written and fast moving, the story is engrossing as it uses our curiosity to draw us in further with the origins of the child’s family and why they were in the middle of nowhere.

The characters were well developed and engaging. De Mauriac has a
Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. What a great action packed magical journey this was. A novella to a potentially great series. I was hooked from page 1 and had to read as fast as I could.
We see a character named De Mauric on a quest that was given by his mistress who has a powerful hold over him and is queen of her kingdom. The quest is to capture a young boy who has mastery over stone. I'll not spoil the story for you except to say it's a must read. Can't wait for the rest of the series.
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great story. I loved the characters and how they evolved, even in a short book that I read in one evening.
The beautifully described sceneries, and nicely depicted characters reminded me of the Western genre, but this is not a low fantasy world, where a bit of magic is timidly added. No, this is clearly a fantastic world, and a dangerous one.
It's my first time reading Cabe Valion, but A Clash of Sword and Stone did a great job in making me want to see what's coming in the main series. I'm
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The novella, Clash of Sword and Stone, is a prequel to the Stoneweaver Saga series by Cabe Valion. This book has a very unique storyline. I've personally never read anything else like it. The author describes this series as "combining gritty old western inspired characters with a coming-of-age tale that features dark and surprising twists." As out of the ordinary as that sounds, that is a very accurate depiction even of the prequel. Cabe Valion sets the stage nicely for the main plot. The ...more
Hope Glidden
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
* Kindle copy provided by author for an honest review*

While I was excited to be asked to read this for an honest review, in the back of my mind I expected this to be like most first books by an author – just average. Was I ever wrong!

Mr. Valion has honed his craft, and has a fine grasp of the English language. From Cinnabarren Peaks to the Mired Temple, I felt like I was with De Mauriac on his journey. The characters are well developed, and the scenes are well-crafted.

This is definitely a
Matthew Shileikis
Upon starting the book I knew nothing going in and to my surprise I found sword fights, a magical creature and a main character who is likable. The story was well put together and I can't wait to get my hands on the next book to come out. I would say if you are into fantasy, sword and sorcery type stuff you will enjoy this.

*ARC provided by author in exchange for a honest review*
Sep 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received the ARC from the author.
I really enjoyed this book. It was epic in it's tale and kind of magic. It sometimes felt somewhat rushed and I missed more in depth descriptions of the world and the characters but all in all is was enjoyable. I'm looking forward to the next part.
Blake Billings
Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**I would really like to give this book 4.5 stars.**

I just finished reading my review copy of this book. I can honestly say, that I already wish I had book one in my hands. I was very impressed by a lot of things this story had to offer. The only reason I docked it a half star is because I was able to put it down. I, by no means, had trouble getting through it, it just didn't grip me like a couple other books I have read. Seriously, the only non-positive thing I could say about it.

Now on to the
Aug 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Disclaimer – The author kindly provided me with a free ARC in exchange for an honest review

A Clash of Sword and Stone is the prequel novella to an upcoming fantasy series from Cabe Valion, and I must say, the author certainly started it off with a bang. This novella’s packed to the brim with action, intriguing characters, and fantastic world–building, which I suspect will only get better as the series goes on.

We follow our main character De Mauriac, who is on a mission he needs to fulfil to have
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was offered an Arc of this preview story to the Stoneweaver series and happily accepted. Unfortunately, with my school and life events as of late, I was only able to just get to it; but I'm glad I finally did.
To story of the Stoneweaver, A Clash of Sword and Stone brings us to a world of magic, mystery, and characters the likes of which are a refreshing change in the genre of fantasy. De Mauric has been sent on an errand of sorts from his patron Nenevah. He is to retrieve a package that is
Genelle Themann
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
This should actually be rated a 4-1/2 star...I only docked it for a few grammatical errors and misspellings. But the story itself was very captivating with a blend of distrust, death, treacherous travels, bog-men, an evil entity named Nenevah, and a developing relationship between De Mauriac and the young boy he was coerced to bring back to Nenevah. The boy had the magic ability to form rock into a soft, molten substance, hard spiked throwing balls, and to manipulate even the hardest of stone to ...more
Jan 07, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
*generously provided to me by the author for an honest review*
As only a short prequel novella (which is normally released after a full length novel and the readers already have a feel for the characters and the world), this didn’t allow for too much world building or character development. But it was still enjoyable.
At times, the story became confusing due to the changing point of view. It would often switch between 2 characters within the same paragraph, with no warning except the names of the
A copy of this novella was provided at no cost by the author.

I enjoyed this novella quite a bit. There were a handful of proof-reading errors that should have been caught, but nothing that distracts too much from the story.

The story had some of the common epic fantasy elements, but for the first time I felt like perhaps I was viewing the story from the side of the villain. This may not be accurate as this was my first glimpse into the Stoneweaver universe, but I hope I am right. I can't recall
Jan 16, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Great story and characters. It has all the elements of a great fantasy epic with unique ideas, an intriguing world, and fascinating lore. I enjoyed the story itself quite a lot but there was something I was disappointed by. The writing itself needs word. While it is not bad writing, it also leaves something wanting. The main problem is that the story is told and not shown. There were many scenes I felt should be longer and more in dept. Instead of being told someone is thirsty, I would have ...more
Oct 03, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stoneweaver is a prequel story in the Dread Stone Magic series. It is also the first story by Cabe Valionso I wasn't sure what to expect. What I found was a different take on the typical magical abilities storyline. This could be read as a standalone though the story continues in future books. There is violence.

The book blurb adequately describes the storyline so I'm not going to repeat that all info here. The author did a good job of explaining what is going on and describing the characters and
Oct 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
*I received a free Kindle copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.*

When I first received this book, I didn't really pay attention to the length. I wish I had because when I finished it in less than a couple of hours, I found myself wishing there was more. Stoneweaver is a very promising start for this series. There are several interesting concepts that I hope to see elaborated upon in the next book. I can't say what they are because I don't include spoilers in my
Fee Roberts
Stoneweaver - A Clash of Sword and Stone by Cabe Valion is the first book in a new epic fantasy series, The Dread Magic Saga. De Mauriac is sent by Nenevah to retrieve an asset, a Stoneweaver.

This tale is a promising start to a new epic fantasy. The concept is very interesting; a new take on magical abilities that I had not read before. The characters are well fleshed out, and the story is well written. It has imaginative world building. My only complaint is that it is too short! I'm interested
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my goodness, I've only enjoyed a hand full of books more than this book and I can't wait to see what De Mauriac, an assassin for this evil mistress does next! evil When Nenevah's after an entire cohort never returned from her mission she sent him knowing he never failed her.. As a trusted spy, he was charged to complete the mission and he only had a week to get back to her castle or the "vine" would drive him mad if he didn't get his dosage! I liked the way the author reeled his readers in ...more
Oct 31, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I found the world building lax at first. I wish the evil queen would have been introduced before the journey took place. I understood he was addicted but it wasn't until the last part of the book we really understood how deadly the vine was. This is suppose to be the prequel to a series that hasn't come out yet. but something things that were mentioned already make it seem like there could be a prequel to a prequel. Like how the prince gave over his entire life to this queen. I hope the next ...more
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