Publisher: Sapphire Star
Source: Blog Tour
Release Date: March 21st 2013
Series: Fraction #1
Genres: Fantasy & Magic
Wind tunnels, torrential rains and earthquakes tear apart Casden. The cause of the world’s imbalance is unknown, but the mounting occurrences suggest there’s little time before life ceases to exist.
Rydan Gale and Akara Nazreth are the only humans with the ability to wield magic. The tattoo on their necks and the discovery of an ancient book, dictate they are the key to the world’s survival.
But the greatest obstacle for saving mankind isn’t the bizarre creatures, extreme betrayals and magic-fearing men hunting them.
It’s that Akara doesn’t believe the world is worth saving.
I was extremely surprised by this one! It is really a challenging feat to write a fantasy so I wasn’t sure what I was expecting. FRACTION OF STONE met, and exceeded my expectations.
Rydan and Akara are the only living ones left of their kind: magic wielders. Their history is unknown to them, and while similar-they live totally separate lives. Rydan is treated like a prince because of his powers, Akara a slave. A simple twist of luck left Akara with the short end of the stick. They have no idea each other exist until the war between their kingdoms forces them to fight against each other.
FRACTION OF STONE hooks the reader in immediately, right from the first page. The plot begins in the middle of the war at a point where it would be a miracle if Akara’s side could win. Akara’s puts everything in her into her attack, but it is not enough.
The romance was extremely well written, and progressed at a very natural pace. The relationship between the love interests was even more interesting because we can see the development from two points of view-something I think really strengthens the plot and moral of the story. It shows us how different these two people of their kind lived and how they look at the world.
My only complaint was that it was a little cheesy at times with the “save the world” business, but I guess that is what makes it a fantasy! I also think this could have been a strong standalone novel, there is no extreme cliffhanger and I believe I would have appreciated it more if it was not a series.
So original and unique, this novel was different in a way that will keep the reader hooked for the entire novel. If that isn’t enough, the action on every page will never allow you to get bored. FRACTION OF STONE is a novel that will appeal to both sexes at a wide variety of ages.
Come graduation, not only did Kelley have a diploma and, thankfully, a wonderful job, but she had a new obsession as well. Amidst the order and exactness that came with the nine to five, Kelley found a way to create; to determine the rules of a world and take her characters to the limits of what was possible. Perhaps she has a slight control complex.
The first in the series, Fraction of Stone, was born on an airplane and took ten days to write. It probes the question, should the world be saved if there’s no one in it worth saving?
When briefly managing to quiet the voices, Kelley participates in softball, soccer and volleyball. (You probably don’t want her on your volleyball team. Unless you want to laugh.) She lives with her sister and her dog who can attest to the chair that has Kelley’s butt print permanently pressed into it. Depending on the weekend, you might be able to hear Kelley sing for an area classic rock band.
Kelley Lynn is a member of the Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators.