A.M. Justice's Reviews > Magic-Price
Magic-Price (The Crown of Stones, #1)
Fascinating, well-plotted and well-paced character-driven fantasy, with excellent world-building. Loved the look at oppression and the effect it has on oppressed peoples, particularly how they can be conditioned to buy into the oppressive regime and become enforcers and protectors of that system. Ian Troy is an engaging character who is as lovable as he is irksome for his impetuousness and commitment to those he loves. The magic system is well designed and integral to the plot, which I enjoyed. Schneider's writing is vivid and strong, although the text could use a thorough line edit as there are quite a large number of typos and dangling modifiers that can be jarring. That and a few too many rescues and recoveries that read as plot-convenient knocked this down from 5 to 4 stars. Nevertheless, I liked it enough I immediately bought and have begun reading the sequel.
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