The Stone in the Skull

The Stone in the Skull

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"The Gage is a brass automaton created by a wizard of Messaline around the core of a human being. His wizard is long dead, and he works as a mercenary. He is carrying a message from the most powerful sorcerer of Messaline to the Rajni of the Lotus Kingdom. With him is The Dead Man, a bitter survivor of the body guard of the deposed Uthman Caliphate, protecting the message and the Gage. They are friends, of a peculiar sort"--
Publisher: New York : Tom Doherty Associates, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780765380135
Branch Call Number: Fantasy / Bear, Elizabeth
Characteristics: 366 pages ; 25 cm.


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JessicaGma Jul 10, 2018

I really liked this story about the Dead Man and the Gage, but also all the backstory on the kingdoms in the area because you know war is happening at any moment. I didn't find it slow moving and liked the female characters quite a bit. The romance maybe wasn't terribly organic, but hey, when you're a rajni, you can't be picky. Looking forward to more adventures of the Gage and the Dead Man

Mar 09, 2018

This book is extremely slow. I read a few chapters and couldn't continue. Too many words.

Nov 27, 2017

There is two problems with this book:
1. There is no climax what so ever. This entire book does not have a three act structure at all. It is completely one act. All set up no pay off.
2. There is a physical romantic relationship between two main characters that occurs in the middle of the book with no build up at all. It's just BAM. The author uses it as justification to nail the main characters to a conflict neither of them are invested in. It's shoddy and just...disappointing.

On a high note, the world building is great, I did enjoy the two male characters. I thought they were interesting. The female characters weren't bad...they were just boring and rather passive heroes.

Over all it was disappointing. Leave it be and find something else to read.


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