Long after the last of the great heroes of old has died, the Undead King is stirring again, amassing a goblin horde ready to sweep out of the mountains and destroy all of humanity. The only thing preventing utter annihilation is Edmund - a stuttering librarian who knows a secret, a secret that every thief, assassin, and king would kill to have. Fleeing from relentless peril, Edmund wages a solitary battle against an ancient evil. But how can one man succeed when so many before him have failed?
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Love the characters. Had to rename my cats, Filth, Pond Scum, Crazy Bastard and Turd. The narration is excellent as well. The story put me in mind of the audible versions of Joe Abercrombie's work. I am looking forward to the second book.
Very interesting story and well presented. It has many twists and turns if not a tad dark in story line. However, good and interesting listen!
In the category of easy reads it is #1. By easy read I mean it does not get bogged down with political strife, intrigue and messy relationships. I also enjoy reading the heavier novels (Abercrombie 's First Law trilogy and the books that followed, Martin's Game of Thrones series until he pulled a Jordan. Martin will probably pass away of old age before he finishes it).
Theatre. He provides wonderful voices for the characters that fit the personality the writer has presented them. He also brings the non-character-speaking words to life. If this were a movie and the scene was heart-pounding-on-the-edge-of-your-seat, Cooper's inflection as he reads the scene intensifies and you can feel the excitement. This is were a movie would have intense background music intensifying to the climax of the scene. He does this as well with reading disappointment, fear, etc.
He does all of this without overpowering the text or the story. This is the first book I have listened to with his narration and I dare to say "Sorry Michael Page, you are my number two favorite narrator now." *hugs*
I have often seen the question something like 'Is this a book you would have wanted to listened to in one setting?' The answer to that question, had they asked it, would be a resounding YES!!!!
This isn't a book I would normally listen to -- but I'm really glad I did. It was an entertaining and an overall great story.
I loved the characters and enjoyed the story for the most part. My 4 stars is because of the continuing darker and more horrible events that happen throughout the book. I don't enjoy the feeling of despair and always like to know there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
Edmund was a unique and fascinating hero.
yes absolutely fun listen, if you like Butcher, Routhfuss, and Sanderson you will like this book. simply, it's a fun read
with a main character that stutters a lot I honestly don't know? Different concept but The Rook is close it is also another great read.
The stuttering Edmund. But all were great
A stuttering fat man is one of my new favorite hero's.
Occasionally the main character can be exasperating but overall a wonderful book and fantastic narration.
Undeniably engaging. Irrefutably endearing. I realize that this story is a dark fantasy but I couldn't help but find Riddle in Stone to be infused with a hobbit-esque charm that drew me in and enveloped me in it's world. I've plodded through too many fantasy novels of late with their stilted dialogue, gratuitous magic and cutout characters to not appreciate a novel like this one. I particularly enjoyed the inner dialogue of the protagonist,Edmund. Through it the author successfully shows us how Edmund's choices, day by day, help him to become the person he has always dreamed he could be. Like Bilbo before him, Edmund must decide whether to set his foot outside his comfortable home, not knowing where the road will lead. As the Greek philosopher Herodotus said: It is better by noble boldness to run the risk of being subject to half the evils we anticipate than to remain in cowardly listlessness for fear of what might happen. Edmund's boldness may not be noble and it may not be much to begin with. But it's a start. And good for him taking that first step. And good for all those, like Edmund, who shrug off cowardly listlessness. And good for everyone who enters into Edmund's world. They won't be disappointed.
A dash of humour, a dose of suspense, twists and the right amount of grit delivers a great "non-traditional" fantasy tale that has you rooting for the hero. The book kept me wondering what Edmund would stumble into next and how would he make out.
This book and it's sequel has put Robert Evert into my list of favourite authors along with Kevin Hearne, Brandon Sanderson, Jim Butcher, Peter V Brett, Patrick Rothfuss and Michael J Sullivan. If you enjoy their books, you should check out Riddle in Stone, book 2 Betrayal in the Highlands and book three which I hear will come out this summer.
Found this by accident on Audible and I'm very glad I did. Edmund is not even a typical anti-hero (they are still inclined to have something going for them). He is fat, middle aged, stammers and is a librarian!
Having been totally humiliated one night, he spots a poster from the King promising that whoever brings back a particular relic, will become Lord of the Northern Lands. Amongst his books he has a diary from the lord who owned the relic, and so his travels begin.
He meets up with all kinds of bad guys, Trolls and particularly unpleasant Goblins - beautifully spoken by Fleet Cooper. It is very bloody, there are some terrible scenes of torture, but at times it is also very funny. Edmund's arguments with himself are entertaining.
There are some loose ends which promise a sequel, so that is something to look forward to.
An unusual hero, totally believable whose decision to leave his village has a domino effect of devastating consequences.
There's a wonderful mix of of goblins, trolls and elves with a definitive dark undertone having a flavour of the Brother Grimm Fairy Tales of old, I loved it.
I was standing by Edmund all the way, even though he tended to argue with himself before making a decision it was like his old self arguing with the emerging new Edmund.
Relished the cacophony of individual characters I especially enjoying the nefarious Goblins and the realm they lived in.
A wonderful début, can't wait till the next instalment, on my automatic reading list..
A must for fantasy fans who like it dark and epic.
"Rather enjoyable first book"
Not a bad beginning to a new series. The book is longer than average and at some point the story dragged on a bit. Also, the meaning of the riddle in stone was a bit anticlimactic, I must say. Well, perhaps not the meaning itself, but the was the message was coded. This could have been done in a bit more clever way. Also, clearly the author struggled a bit to create suspense in the action, but all in all was enjoyable, so you should definitely give it a go.
"I was sorry to get to the end"
A good story beautifully narrated, can't wait for the sequel, a must listen to for those of us that like magic, goblins and really nasty baddies.
"Riddle in Stone - Robert Evert's first novel"
An excellent read for the authors first novel. A gritty fantasy novel with strong characters and a good story line. The books starts a little slow but becomes a book you can't put down. Give it a go you won't regret it.
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