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Weight of Stone (Vineart War #2)

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An island nation has vanished. Men of honor and magic have died unnatural deaths. Slaves flee in terror. . . . Are the silent gods beginning to speak? Or is another force at work in the Lands Vin?

Laura Anne Gilman’s critically acclaimed, Nebula Award–nominated Flesh and Fire introduced a brilliantly imagined world where the grapevine—cultivated by the Vinearts who k

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Hardcover, 374 pages
Published October 19th 2010 by Gallery Books
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Cathy
It's still very slow. I like the kids, but the pace is still stop and go, but even the go parts are slow. They travel, go home, startbout again, travel for three more months... I like that it shows how big the world is and how much they've taken on, but it dissolves all sense of urgency for the reader. And very little happens when things do happen. I think I could sum up the book in a few sentences. And I'm not sure of the point. The character study of Jerzy as a person and a Vineart is interest ...more
Todd
Apr 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Once again we are thrust into the Lands Vin in the second installment of Larua Anne Gilman’s Vineart War series, Weight of Stone (see my review of the first novel, Flesh and Fire, here). The likeable Jerzy, protagonist and Vineart apprentice of the House of Malech, is back again to fight the distant forces of evil that threaten the very livelihood that keep the Lands Vin together: the magic of the Vinearts and their spellwines. Excited to continue this fantastic story of sci-fi/fantasy, I dove i ...more
erin
Jul 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
I give this a 3 if only because I really like the story it continues. But I have to complain about the continuing evidence that this book had very little editorial presence. I was able to skip about every three paragraphs of unnecessary, repetitious stream-of-anxiety-ridden-Jerzy-consciousness or repeated-for-the-sixth-time-block-of-exposition. I really can't say how many times I'd be reading yet another paragraph involuntarily making my brain go "blah blah blah blah blah" and then scan desperat ...more
Sherie Davis
Jun 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
There were things I liked about this one better than the first and some I didn't. I feel like this one had more action and you got into the characters more. The only thing I'm not sure about - spoiler warning- is how Jerzy and co. keep setting out to find the taint and then turning back. It sort of feels like they're wasting time. Now there's probably method to the madness, certainly the various adventures are making Jerzy a stronger Vineart. But you know, as a reader you're like you're going ho ...more
scherzo♫
Apr 22, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: otherwhere
This would be better without the repeated explanations of how vine magic works and with some character development. Even Jerzy, the main character, is static. It's the magic that grows not Jerzy. He does not learn from experience and reacts the same way to each new crisis. Ao lives for trade, Mahault is stoic and wise and Kainam is brave and princely.

Why don't fantasy writers imagine a culture other than feudalism and other metaphors for good & evil than the cliched right-handed & left-h
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Pam
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This second book of the trilogy is even better than the first. The premise of magic existing through grapevines and wine-making is amazing and different. The world-building for this story is really quite good. And we are given more insight into the characters' backgrounds; learning more about the 'magic' and how it works. There is a mystery here, and I am so looking forward to seeing how it all turns out!
Yune
Apr 25, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
An oddly paced middle book in the series, where there seems to be a lot of movement to no particular end. Vineart Jerzy, who can draw magic from wine, has now put together a rather cozy group with the trader Ao, who's always looking for a good trade; the prince-heir Kaïnam, seeking to find his sister's assassin and the threat that has caused his island nation to withdraw from the world; and Mahault, a lord's daughter who chose exile and the possible path of a mercenary rather than her previous l ...more
Janet
Weight of Stone hits several of my automatic-1-star pet peeves, but it gets 3 stars from me for its original magic system - spellwine created by vitner mages bred from slavery. It creates an unusually aloof protagonist, Vineart Jerzy, with mild but refreshing differences from the well-tread Fated rags-to-High Mage route. I was engrossed moment by moment while reading, and didn't mind too much that we see fewer of the players and fewer moves on the overall game board in this novel than in Vineart ...more
Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides
I found the motif of Jerzy's loneliness to be interesting. But ... I don't know, this book has sort of put its finger on a lot of the problems I have with some recent fantasies. Too serious, as in they take themselves too seriously. I know that it's epic/classical/serious fantasy, and I'm not asking for everything to be a Piers Xanthony punfest. (Anyone who reads to the end of this review and has also read the book is probably not going to believe me. I will admit to a weakness for puns.)

This ne
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Peter
Dec 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
The middle book of a trilogy is often the hardest to write. The first book is carried by the initial story idea and the final book brings the conflict to a resolution, but the middle book has to carry the story forward, keeping the readers engaged without taking anything away from the concluding book.

Weight of Stone, the middle volume of Laura Anne Gilman's Vineart War triology, gets an A- from this reader. At the end of Flesh and Fire, the opening volume, Jerzy, the former slave, now vineart a
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Barbara ★
The political hierarchy is incredibly complicated but basically boils down to a division of church and state though not really in a religious sense. In no way is it a religious novel. The wine masters (vinearts) are only able to draw magic from the vines. They are not allowed to interfere with the landowners and vice versa. The Sin Washers (who oversea this division from the vinearts perspective) declared that if the vinearts and the landlords intermingle, they become too strong and have the pro ...more
drey
Jan 02, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2010-reads
Weight of Stone picks up where Flesh and Fire left off... Jerzy's in trouble, and is on the lam with Ao--a trader, and Mahault--a noblewoman. Taking on the seas isn't one of his better ideas, but he's trying to find the source of the taint, because he believes that is what his master would want him to do. Too bad he can't ask, but the Washers are looking for him after the events at Aleppan.

Unfortunately, fate intervenes, and the trio acquires a fourth--Kainam, princeling from an island nation h
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Kevin Parks
Aug 31, 2015 rated it liked it
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William Bentrim
Nov 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Weight of Stone by Laura Anne Gilman

Jerzy, the apprentice vineart is back with friends combating the mysterious attacks on the Vin lands.

The Vin Lands are plagued by a mystery. Unknown magic stalks the land hidden in chance occurrences. Vineart Malech takes an apprentice, Jerzy, who shows surprising adeptness. The book changes focuses on how Vineart Malech and his apprentice Jerzy approach the strange occurrences in their land to focusing on Jerzy and his three unlikely friends. Jerzy’s experie
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Jennifer
Nov 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
The second in the fantasy series known as "The Vinearts War." I really enjoyed the first book, "Flesh and Fire," which introduces a land in which political power is carefully separated from magical power. Central to the functioning of both is the cultivation of grapes and the creation of wine imbued with great magic by the masters of the craft: the vinearts. The best--and really imaginative--parts of the book involve the methods of working the soil and fermenting the wine. (O.K., it's kind of a ...more
Benni
Thanks to the author and goodreads for the advanced reading copy; I was very excited to see that I got a signed hardcover!

I hate to say, "I really wanted to like this book," since I want to like every book I read, but there it is. I bought the first book in the series, Flesh and Fire, which was likeable but incomplete, only a set-up. I really like the Lands Vin and the magic system that feeds on spellwine.

The protagonist is named Jerzy, a name that takes me out of the Lands Vin and instead to th
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K. Bird Lincoln
Mar 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
So the wine-magic (Vineart) in this book is still cool, Jerzy is a totally emotionally complex and interesting main character, and we're just now getting hints about the taint that had spread through Jerzy's home lands and what the true cause of the political upheaval is.

But most of all we watch Jerzy, his pals Ao and Mal, and new-found princeling pal Kainam sail around on the ship, argue about where to go to find the taint, come to an agreement, change course, and then just go home to Jerzy's h
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Sarah
Nov 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
On one hand, this was a good read - it kept my interest and the characters remained engaging. The political/intrigue back story was very nicely drawn out as well. But at the same time, what makes this story stand out from every thing else in the genre - the whole working of the wines and vines - was sort of tossed in, for the most part, as a secondary thought. Instead, the characters were sent around the world and back again in a series of adventures that...were not all that necessary.

Only a fe
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Janet Whalen-Jones
Feb 27, 2012 rated it liked it
I dont read High Fantasy. (low tech high magic in an author created world.)This is something different. Magic comes from WINE. Vintners, called Vinearts, incant spells into vin magica that can be decanted by the users. Princes and people of power can't control Vinearts, and Vinearts can't have power over men, by the decree if the god Sin Washer. Of course somebody is messing with the balance of power, and our young hero team must put things right. Read the 1st book Flesh and Fire for the basics ...more
Kathleen Burket
Jul 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
In Weight of Stone (Vineart War, Book 2) ,Laura Anne Gilman has created another engaging volume in the continuing story of Jerzy, former slave and vineart student to Master Vineart Malech of House Malech. Jerzy lives in a violent world in which wine is used to perform magic. Everything in their society seems to be breaking down due to a taint from an unknown source. In this book, Jerzy and his friends set out to find the source of the taint. Interesting story, but I found that this book dragged ...more
Amanda
Feb 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
There is something about the magic system in this series that fascinates me. I love to read about the spellwines, and how different vines in various soils can produce all sorts of magic, from healing to wind spells. It's very interesting, especially because the author's love of wine craft comes through in her writing.
It had been a while since I've read the first book, but I was able to dive in very quickly. There is a lot of back and forth and indecision on their quest, which is pretty realistic
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Kat Richardson
May 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Finally a series that feels like High Fantasy but without the boring bits, in-jokes, bad puns, and a lot smarter than most. Engaging story that goes in some unusual directions not with the plot as much as the details and the magic systems--because really Quests aren't new, but what Gilman does with hers is marvelous. And of course we all know there's magic in wine....

I'm really enjoying this series and I'm very glad the next is out so I can read it as soon as I have time. I'd have rated it a lit
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Andrea
May 11, 2011 rated it really liked it

What a great continuation of this series and I certainly am left wondering what will happen to Jerzy and his friends. Laura Anne Gilman continues to amaze me with her storytelling. This book makes me want to read more fantasy and to get totally immersed in these worlds that writers have created! I wasn't always a huge reader of fantasy, until recently. I am glad that I took a chance on the Vineart War series! There is a mystery, magic and adventure! I am number five the line of holds for the ne
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Neida
This is a very hard book for me to review. While the plot is very good and the writing even better, I still fail to connect with the main characters, especially Jerzy. Jerzy, Mahault, Ao and Kainaan seem a little flat to me as I mentioned in my review of Flesh and Fire. They are very humourless. The pace is slow, but I like that. To me the best part of any story is the set-up and the leading to...something. It is definitely an original storyline and I will certainly read the 3rd volume when it c ...more
Jane
Jul 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
I enjoyed Flesh and Fire, the first book in the Vineart War series, but this book is even better. It took me a bit to get into the first book, as characters and the world were introduced, but this book moved at a steady pace and when I wasn't reading it, I wanted to get back to it. There were a couple of plot turns that seems a little pointless to me, but aside from that I enjoyed it a great deal. I eagerly await book three.
Unwisely
Mar 27, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2014
Another fun entry in the wine-magic series. It hasn't gone off the rails even with A Few Developments that I didn't care for. But it looks like it's going to wrap up in the next book (how retro!) and I'm interested to see if she can end it satisfactorily.

(I am not a wine drinker, but I had a couple of glasses with friends tonight. This series didn't give me a greater appreciation for it, unfortunately, it still tasted like I would've preferred something else. Alas.)
Mark
Mar 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable continuation of a fun and original series.

Weight of Stone expands upon the world of the Lands Vin and the cast of characters we had been introduced to in Flesh and Fire. We learn more about the concepts of different factions and the desires and motivations that drive them. We learn a face and name for the adversary we only knew of in our periphery before. Our young heroes come of age and things get real.

Revelation and evolution abound. A definite success of a sequel.
Michael Spires
Jan 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
I'm not sure what book the other reviewers were reading, but I don't think it's the same one that I read. This volume, even more so than the first in the trilogy, was a page-turner. I could've gulped it all in one sitting, if I'd let myself. As it was, the time when I could pick it up each night was one I was looking forward to the entire time I was reading it. I can't wait for the next book in the series!
John Mellby
Dec 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Like the first book there are a lot of nice ideas but it just doesn't fit together enough for a great rating.
In one instance the #2 character in these books, the Master Vineart, is killed offstage and off-handedly.
The main character is almost Mary Janedly gaining new and unexpected powers, and instead of investigating them he just ignores them. At least until they are needed to deas ex machina his way out of trouble.
Elizabeth
May 23, 2013 rated it liked it
Like the first in this series, this book wandered quite a bit. It finally seemed to gain some direction for the last third and was exciting and difficult to put down. However I did not like the ending since it foretold more wandering about in the third book. Ugh.

This series uses grapes and wine as a source of magic.
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By the time she was fourteen, Laura Anne Gilman knew she would be an editor, a teacher, or a writer.

By thirty, she was all three. She's a little focused that way (when not being distracted by -oooh shiny!).

After fifteen years working in NY publishing, Laura Anne became a full-time writer, with more than twenty novels under her various bylines, including THE COLD EYE and SILVER ON THE ROAD, the Neb
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