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 report prepared by Rodney Powell