Walls of Stone (Grey Spaces, Book I)

Rated 4.75/5 based on 4 reviews
A young rogue with strange heritage seeks to make her way within the ghetto streets of her home. During her journey, she discovers that not everything is as it seems. Within both the world of the shadows and in her own mind, Jasmine must avoid dangers, make unwanted compromises and determine what, in the end, is truly most important to her. More

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  • Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
  • Words: 160,610
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 9781310529993
About Jason McAnelly

It has been a long journey from conception to completion, but at last my book is done and availble to share with the world. Hopefully people will find themselves as entranced while reading it as I was while writing it. And hopefully events will conspire to make this my full-time job, thus enabling me to get the next in the series out in less than the three years it took me for the first one.
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Reviews

Review by: Charlie Murdock on March 5, 2014 :
Four Stars.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
Review by: zenravn on Feb. 4, 2014 :
There are many things I look at when deciding whether I like a novel. They range from things as small and superficial as cover design to heavier things, like plots, characters, and themes. I also look at things that sit outside of the story, like the author and publisher.
Some of the things I admire about this book and its author: This is a fully-realized world, though we don't get to see much beyond a small, small portion of it, and it is filled with believable characters that you can just tell have lives beyond the pages of this book. If, after reading it, there was no intimation of book 2, I'd have felt cheated. As it is, I'll have a hard enough time with the sitting and waiting for it to come out. Jasmine is not my favorite fantasy character of all time. She's moody, childish, and sometimes I wonder how she has any friends. But, that's part of the fun. It's weird finding yourself rooting for someone you don't always like, watching them make decisions and wishing you were there to shake them bodily. Thankfully, there are more likable characters for when you just want to get along with someone for a few pages. These things tell me that I was immersed in what I was reading, and I can't ask more from a good cast of characters. I also really enjoyed the glimpses of McAnelly's vision for magic in the world he has created. I can get tired of the cookie-cutter mage shooting fire from his staff as his robe and wispy beard flutter from the updraft. Magic, here, is alluring, dangerous, and addictive. Spells have costs, and one's own humanity could be that cost.
All in all, I think it is a great story pulled together by a first-time published author. Beginnings are difficult and going it alone has to be a bit unsettling. To juggle writing a novel, without a publisher's advance to pay the bills or give one the free time to devote to the craft of good storytelling, and to have managed it somehow anyway is beyond me. As a would-be someday novelist, I know I don't yet have it in me. It's fun to catch an author at the beginning, because you get to be along for the journey, not only as the story progresses, but as the author's craft matures as well. I imagine this will be a fun journey.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Nishi Serrano on Feb. 3, 2014 :
Grey Spaces is a first by this author, and a fine tale of rogues, thugs, and adventure. GS walks a fine line between YA and New Adult. I liked the fact that the story reminds me of some of the CJ Cherryh novels I’ve read many years ago, and thoroughly enjoyed. The world is well-thought out, and the characters are strong. I’m sure Jason has many more quests to share.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Molly O'Blivion on Jan. 24, 2014 :
Set in a unique world that is at once striking and unsettling, driven forward by characters who are as layered as they are darkly charming, Grey Spaces has a kind of whimsical dystopian feel to it that kept me glued to its pages. It has pretty much everything I personally ever want from the books I read: Vivid language, powerful subtext and plenty of suspense. The story also harbors a fair share of surprises, much like Porsham Grand itself. I laughed some, I cried some, I became quite attached to the "trio" of main players... All in all, I'm incredibly impressed by this debut, and can't wait to read what happens next.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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