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The Call of the Stone by Dora Machado
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An eerily compelling dark fantasy set in a watery world peopled by a primitive non-industrial society engaged in vicious power struggles while trying to survive in extremely harsh conditions. Sariah is a stonewiser and able to glean tales from stones but she has been condemned to death and is seeking instead to serve her atonement (and save her life) by finding the story that will unite the disparate peoples who are constantly fighting each other as well as the pervasive Rot that threatens to destroy the land.

A somewhat disquieting read which is insidious in its appeal as one gets reluctantly engaged in the story which combines fanaticism, romance, political machinations and a frighteningly harsh world. The tale would be better enhanced if one had read the first book in the series so that the myriad of storylines would not be quite so overwhelming but the author's deft touch at descriptions keep the reader enthralled and anxious to discover what new horrific experience Sariah will have to endure and overcome.
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Reading Progress

January 12, 2010 – Started Reading
January 16, 2010 – Finished Reading
January 18, 2010 – Shelved
January 18, 2010 – Shelved as: fantasy

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