Titans wage war over the Creation Stones, seeking the final hidden Stone of Matter. Revealing glimpses of the Greater War. Ammon walks through dreams, witnessing the powers of light and dark. After experiencing the true nature of these Stones, he must choose which paths he will tread. And only one thing remains clear. The world of Proelum, and life as they know it, is about to change. Perhaps for the last time.
"Curious, is it not? How we all imagine ourselves to be the hero of our own story."
B.L. BARKEY was born in Colorado Springs CO into a military family on 22 September 1990. He was raised with two families, his parents divorced and both remarried. This essentially meant two furnished bedrooms and two Christmases, so it wasn’t a bad gig. He has three siblings in either family, making him the eldest of seven children. He loves his family and strives to be an example to his six siblings.
Both his families served our awesome country in the United States military. Throughout his childhood, he called many different places home, including Colorado, Illinois, Florida, Guam (still U.S. territory), North Dakota, Las Vegas Nevada, Idaho, Utah, California, New Jersey, Maryland, and Pennsylvania.
Since he was a child, he always had a passion for reading, fiction movies, adventure, and school. He always loved school, particularly math. He was the kid that would sleep in Algebra class, then wake up to ace the test. Yeah, no one likes that kid. Oh well.
He has recorded songs and lyrics of his own, and ran in multiple marathons, triathlons, duathlons, and shorter races. He ran the Boston Marathon in 2012 with a time of 3:03:00 in 103 degree-F weather. He completed his first full Ironman triathlon in July 2018.
Also after high school, he attended Colorado State University to acquire two degrees in Civil Engineering (BS and MS). Soon after graduation in Dec 2015, he was hired with J-U-B ENGINEERS in Idaho, and then transferred to Utah.
He is a single dad to two children (of the “canine” persuasion) named Toby (blue heeler mix) and Nala (husky wolf mix). Oh, and he has a cat named Lucy. She is cool too.
Brandon still loves reading, running, and math which is pretty much all he does now. He also loves traveling around the U.S. and other countries when given the chance. He hopes to publish his books, continue to contribute to society through engineering, and travel the world.
Gripping Story in itself, as well as for the first novel of the series of Litiguh. I listened to the audiobook version and read some of the prose. Great writing, addicting story, thorough characters. One of my new favorite sci-fi series. Can't wait for Book 2 in 2020!"
100% recommend! I'm a big fan on fiction/fantasy and this did not disappoint. It reminds me of the Mortal Instrument series, to get an idea of the type of world it takes place in. The author does a great job with detailed descriptions, keeping you immersed in the story. I'm excited for the next book to come out!
This book was entered in The Wishing Shelf Book Awards. This is what our readers thought: Title: Stone of Matter (Legend of Litiguh Book 1) Author: B. L. Barkey
Star Rating: 4 Stars Number of Readers: 15 Stats Editing: 6/10 Writing Style: 8/10 Content: 8/10 Cover: 7/10 Of the 15 readers: 10 would read another book by this author. 9 thought the cover was good or excellent. 7 felt it was easy to follow. 11 would recommend this story to another reader to try. Of all the readers, 8 felt the author’s strongest skill was ‘plotting a story’. Of all the readers, 7 felt the author’s strongest skill was ‘developing the characters’. 10 felt the pacing was good or excellent. 10 thought the author understood the readership and what they wanted.
Readers’ Comments ‘An interesting story. Solid character development and a poetic writing style. The plot, although interesting, is a little confusing and hard to follow. A good editor might help with that.’ Male reader, aged 54 ‘Excellent prose and a well-plotted albeit complex storyline. Not your typical adventure story; much deeper than that with a thoughtful hero named Ammon. This is not for a lazy reader; the author will make you work hard to understand everything. Just read the blurb on Amazon – it gave me a headache trying to work it out! This is a very talented writer but possibly he needs to help the reader to follow the intricate plot better.’ Female reader, aged 53 ‘Possibly the beginning of an excellent fantasy saga. Lots f potential here. I very much enjoyed it. This is a ‘thinking person’s’ fantasy.’ Male reader, aged 38 ‘Solid world building and an eye for developing characters, I’d happily read another novel by this author.’ Female reader, aged 47
To Sum It Up: ‘A complex fantasy adventure populated with interesting and well-developed characters. A Red Ribbon Winner and highly recommended.’ The Wishing Shelf Book Awards
This is how I search for Kindle books in general and how I came to find Stone of Matter...
- free in sci/fi fantasy section - Cover work - page count (over 300 pages) then... - blurb/description
I'm not an indepth review writer but here are some honest thoughts since finishing the book:
The writing is absolutely beautiful and reaches out to the reader both setting and the characters. It was a pleasure to get lost in this world. Similar and familiar to our own world but with more possibilities.
The writing is thought provoking and intelligent.
The characters have real depth. And there's a strength in their relationships with each other. Sometimes these relationships are lost in stories (personal opinion) but the author did well with balance between main characters and side characters in his work. The trials they go through are believable and relatable despite being in a fictitious world.
Ammon was a wonderful character. Believable, kind, thoughtful, strong and resilient. Following his journey was enjoyable. Always wanted him to succeed. I thought that his character grew through the story too. Often having to believe in himself but also face the things he didn't like about himself.
The book explore light and dark, joy and sorrow, success and failure... how these things could shape a life journey. That choice is free and yet the price is consequence.
It's rare to find a work of fiction that makes you question your own path in life. And moments of "I've wondered that too..." A story of growth and life purpose. Absolutely brilliant.
I can only finish here by saying, if you enjoy a thought provoking, what-does-it-all -mean adventure then give this book a chance and give it a read.
Also, a big thank you to the author :) Keep writing!
This was an interesting book. I'm not quite sure where to place it. At first, with the cover, setting, and characters, I thought this was fantasy, but as it continued on, it seemed a bit Post-Apocalyptic with a Post Destruction Earth type setting, though they don't call it earth. Then it turned Sci-Fi with a game involving an Anti-Gravity room. I'm just not sure where to put it genre-wise. It revolves around a teen in a school setting, learning about worlds and universes. The plot can get quite confusing at times, and it's meant to be a thought-provoking story. The overall story was good, though at times unclear. I did really enjoy the narration by KC Johnston.
Ammon, his family and friends live on the amazing island of Cephas. it is a tropical paradise, guarded by the Sector Guardians. it is Ammon and his brother Mikeal's greatest dream to become Guardians and they have worked hard to pass the tests to become so. Ammon, in the meantime, has been visited by strange dreams that terrify him. do the dreams have something to do with his goal in life?
engrossing so much so that i went back and re-read sections just to make sure I was following the storyline correctly. a must for it to adults.
Amazing stories of becoming. Growth at its finest.
I can not wait to read the next book in the series which will hopefully be released as soon as possible. Yes, to me, this book was really that good. You follow a young man through his life and decisions that make him closer to the pwrson whom he is to become and you also see his friends and some of their consequences for decisions they made. It is a page turner until the very end.
I had a really fun time with this read, the characters were dynamic and the world was unique, despite some predictable fantasy tropes, it never felt cliche. I think this series will be great. This is awesome for fans of large, high fantasy stories with its own world and system.
Gripping story, definitely hard to put down this book! Glad I have it on kindle to make it easier! Well written and continues to get better and better as it goes along. Characters are very relatable and the story is as well! Lots of clever writing and really can make you stop and think about your own life in a good way. It’s a great story and a fun journey where you feel connected the whole time. Strong recommendation!
The beginning of this story is absolutely alluring, I was drawn in by the descriptions of these great beings and their battles that took place immediately. The storyline was intriguing and full of adventure. This will have you hooked and wanting to read more from the very start due to the unique otherworldly settings, likable characters, and fantasy feel!
So far, this book has NOT been a disappointment. It's well written, fun, adventurous, and allows one to fully immerse themselves into the book. If it wasn't for the fact that my body required sleep, I wouldn't put it down. This could quite possibly become a best seller. B. L. Barkey is the real MVP.
Stone of Matter was incredible from cover to cover. I am eagerly waiting for the next book! The story is captivating with the ideas between good and evil and the characters are complex, yet well rounded. I loved every bit of it!