Bound in Stone: Volume One

Rated 5.00/5 based on 8 reviews
One unsanctioned robbery. One stolen item.

In the city of Wistal, a sorcerer plans a holy war that will engulf kingdoms. But a theft at his manor has delayed his agenda, pitting him against the hidden rulers of Wistal, the criminal Syndicate. The sorcerer sets a trap, only to find that an extraordinary young thief is a wildcard to upset the most ambitious plans of gods and men. More
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Words: 122,770
Language: Canadian English
ISBN: 9781927397152
About K.M. Frontain

I am an anglophone writer in Quebec province, Canada. I like to write epic fantasy with romantic elements and particularly enjoy stories of relationships between men, though this is not my only reading interest. My published stories often have glbtq content.

The Soulstone Chronicles blurb: An enigmatic deity reborn as a human being has been enslaved to work the downfall of the religious sects governing a coastal crescent of his world, but nothing can contain this perilous individual forever, not the memory-crippling blackness of death, the ominous earth goddess who seeks to recapture him, or the powerful spell that binds his soul to a stone.

The chronological order of the series is as follows: Bound in Stone, The Gryphon Taint, The Disposition of Ashes, The Redemption of Tehlm Sevet. Future sets are planned: The Sun Bane, The Apostate God, and Hell Walker.

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Review by: larsme on Feb. 08, 2015 :
One of the best books i ever read.
What i like most about it is how well it executes its protagonist; a child prodigy.
Usually this kind of character borders on a split personality - childish with his peers and adult genius on the job.
This one manages to unify both aspects; staying both consistent and genuine.
Also it brings its own set of issues. Like being in love while staying, you know, childzoned. (One of the few things i can tell without spoiling anything)
(review of free book)

Review by: beginstomorrow on July 13, 2014 :
An excellent read. There's little that I can add that the other reviews haven't said already. Suffice it to say that I've gone on to buy the next book in the trilogy and I'm currently enjoying it. (This is also the first five-star rating I've given to any book I've purchased on Smashwords).
(review of free book)

Review by: fluffyrhino on April 11, 2014 :
The reason I downloaded this book in the first place is just because it seemed vaguely fantasy-ish, and it was free. I figured, what can I lose? It'll waste time.
I really did not anticipate what I was getting myself into. I bought and read the entire series in very short time, and I didn't even want to post a review until I had read all of the books. I LOVE them. So very, very much. This series is so amazingly unique! I have easily read thousands of books, and fantasy/sci-fi have been my favorite genres. After reading so many books you start to anticipate the stories; they're all much the same. Not so with this series! Every twist and turn was a surprise; completely unexpected, but so natural in it's execution. The plot wasn't twisted out of contrary need to seem different, it's just extremely well thought-out and purely creative! And the history! The back-story! The immensity of the effort that must've gone into creating this extremely in-depth world is overwhelming!
Honestly, I'm cheap and stingy and I don't usually buy books (with so many free books and the library's resources it's usually not necessary.) But I consider it a privilege to have bought all of the books in this series, it hardly seems like enough to express my gratitude to the author for the time, effort, and consummate skill involved in creating this world that has given me so much enjoyment over the last week or two that I've been reading. DEFINITELY download this book, and form your own opinions, but I'm sure that you'll agree!
(review of free book)

Review by: debby de on Aug. 18, 2013 :
Can not stop read this book. So good, like it so much
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Review by: Vany on Sep. 28, 2012 :
I read this and the rest of the books when it's first published. The series was amazing; I couldn't stop reading it and it has left a really big impression on me.
(review of free book)

Review by: Samdarius on Aug. 15, 2012 :
I found this book presented a compelling story with likeable characters that urged me to read on and on till I finished the book in now time at all.
It's one of those few books you start reading and cannot put down until you finished it. I already finished the next two books of the series and bought the next three because the first trilogy were that good (and because I want to know how the story continues).

I'm really happy that there will be more books of the Soulstone Chronicles as stated by K.M.Frontain because I know I'm going to read them all.
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)

Review by: tomwild on Aug. 08, 2012 :
Tressa Green's review says it much better than I could ever. Loved this book and am lookng forward to the second of the trilogy.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Tressa Green on June 24, 2012 :
The first Bound in Stone novel starts us on a complex and oft times horrifying journey about an unusually gifted child and a suitably creepy mage. The boy's very likeable family of thieves quickly finds themselves entangled in Marun's twisted plots - coerced against their will into following along a dark path. And it's just the beginning...

K.M. is a master of weaving a spellbinding tale that captures your attention and won't let go. Frontain doesn't flinch in the least penning the darkest, most horrific scenes that won't leave your mind long after you've closed the book; yet you can't look away as you're skillfully led into the next scene still a bit breathless.

The darkness is lightened to a more bearable level by the sheer irreverent jubilance of Kehfrey and his delightful family. The charisma of the characters and the familial love even charm the rare smile from Marun's lips. Those rare moments when Marun shows a bit of lingering humanity makes him a sympathetic and almost likeable villain. It's the wonderful characters (even the ones I don't like) that truly shine in this very well written fantasy novel.
(reviewed 11 days after purchase)

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