|Plot Summary of Hazard's Price - The Chronicle of Unbinding 1|
Stone has written a very good novel that combines the genres of sword&sorcery with spy thriller. Long ago a terrible war was fought between two nations: Chaldus and Yndor and it was fought by mages to prevent another war of magic from rising up a spell was woven.The spell took most of the magic from the world. This was called the binding. Only a selective few ministers from these countries know the words to undo the spell. And now someone is killing these ministers and torturing them to gain the words for that spell. Galatine Hazard, a rich businessman, who has a dark past as a thief and spy is being framed for those murders. He must stop the assasin before he brings two countries to war and unlease the powers of that spell! Stone's novel has some gripping scenes of intrigue, magic and action.This novel also has characters like Hazard who finds out that you cannot escape your past. Taylor Ash-the courageous head of Chaldean Intelligence. Cain-Hazard's best friend and business associate. Aston-the wily retired head of chaldean intelligence and wizard. Hain-the sadist assasin who is hired for the murders. The only that prevented me from giving it five-stars is Stone takes too long to get Hazard on the trail of the assasin and this novel is another ... (sigh) series in the making because there is a cliffhanger.
This synopsis report prepared by Rodney Powell
|Chapter Analysis of Hazard's Price - The Chronicle of Unbinding 1|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
Descript. of chases or violence - 20%
planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 30%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 30%
Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places - 20%
Tone of book
- very upbeat
FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- fantasy world/fantasy past
Spying & Investigations
What is main char. doing?
- finding an assassin (political)
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
- Domed/Underground City
A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:
- humans in a primitive/fantasy society
- very controlled society
Planet outside solar system?
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
scientific jargon? (SF only)
- none/very little science jargon needed
How much dialogue?
- significantly more descript than dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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