on Sep. 23, 2016 :
Casting in Stone by Morgan Smith is a page turner that I finished in one sitting. Caoimhes journey: to breath, to feel, to live is a journey that many readers will feel connected to. I want to learn more about the world the author has created and I cannot wait to read the next book in the Averraine cycle!
(reviewed 29 days after purchase)
on Feb. 11, 2016 :
“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)
on Dec. 6, 2015 :
Another awesome story! While not the same characters as Morgan's first book of the series, this one is just as mesmerising!
(reviewed 76 days after purchase)
on Sep. 14, 2015 :
Morgan Smith does it again. For many new authors, the second novel is weak. They put their heart and soul into the first novel after polishing it for years, but the second novel often is made of the leftover bits that couldn't be shoehorned into the first. Not here. The author continues to write well crafted stories set in a complex world inhabited by strong, believable characters. The plot of Casting in Stone is less complex than A Spell in the Country, but it still kept me reading late into the night.
To her credit, Smith does not continue the story of the characters in the first book, but instead gives us an entirely new cast set in another part of the country. We learn more about the history, mythology, magic, and politics of the world she's created and that both allies and enemies can be as dangerous as the magical spells wielded by the power-hungry priestess of Penliath.
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)