“Casting in Stone,” is an expertly crafted tale taking place in a wondrous mythical world. The protagonist piqued my interest and I was immediately plunged into a story I could not put down.
“Casting in Stone” is told from Caoimhe’s point of view and starts with a devastating tragedy and mystery. The protagonist is one I truly enjoyed. She is an unintentional and worthy hero not often seen in fantasy.
Each chapter is more intriguing than the last, weaving a stimulating tale leaving you wanting more. The mysteries of Caoimhe’s birth, childhood and benefactors—a host of peoples spinning their webs of deceit and manipulation.
Most of the story takes place in Rhwyn. However, through flashbacks, we are introduced to different places, times and given greater pieces of the tragedies of Caoimhe’s life. Starting with the hatred of her parents and shunning of all those about her, save her grandfather.
The characters are well thought out and described. I found myself empathizing and rooting for Caoimhe. Though, she seemed an unlikely hero, she was also an inevitable one. Her past was devastating and cruel and yet she survived by repressing any emotion. Actually, she may have had the greatest emotion and loyalty, especially for he sister, Meryn.
The level of intrigue is mind-blowing with just the right amount of twists and surprises to keep you interested, not frustrated. I read this book in one sitting and started looking for book II as soon as I finished. Morgan Smith has written a fabulously engrossing tale filled with believable and fallible characters. There is just the right amount of magical/spiritual elements as not to overshadow the story, but to enhance it.
I thoroughly enjoyed “Casting in Stone” and will be searching for more titles from this author.
(reviewed 6 months after purchase)