Stone Will

Dragon Heart Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
Series: Dragon Heart Series, Book 1
Length: 17 hrs and 1 min
4.6 out of 5 stars (820 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

He was born anew in a world where martial arts were indistinguishable from magic. He only received a neuronet and meaningless desires from his past life.

What lies ahead?

He dreamed of adventure and freedom, but those dreams were taken away from him. The same way his mother, father, and sister had been taken away. They took the kingdom, they took his own destiny. But he is willing to wage a war, against the whole world if need be, to bring everything back.

Even if the army opposes him, his sword won't waver. Even if the emperor sends the legions, his step won't falter. Even if demons and gods, heroes and enemies alike are to unite against him, he won't bend to their will. His own will is iron itself, unstoppable.

His name is Hadjar, and he heeds the call of the dragon heart within him.

©2019 Kirill Klevanski (P)2019 Tantor

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Absolutely Brilient but not a LITRPG.

First I will say I love this book and hope the series continues for a long time and the next book is on it's way soon. However this is not a LITRPG book so don't expect that. This is a cultivation fantasy book and if you don't know that genre it is great and check them out. Also if you like this book check out Transcendental Misappropriation very similar concepts when it comes to dieing in this world and being reborn in another one as a genius. Also try Unsouled. It is similar to this book where the main character is a weak boy from a small village isolated from the monsters and god like cultivators that live outside the valley. His determination and motivation drives him to seek true power. If you liked those book or they sound intersting then you will also like this one.

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Great start... ended ok.

This book started off great and I really enjoyed the story as a whole. About half way or more through, it sort of stalled but the MC does keep developing. Around this time the story slows down towards the last event. The end was ok but not great. I will continue with the series for sure. The voice acting was pretty good all around.

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Good book but...

Spoiler alert: there is a great deal of sad and torturous misfortune that befalls the Mc. This isn’t necessarily a deal breaker in a story but at some point it becomes excessive. That point in the book for me was about halfway through it when one of the mc’s few friends, a beautiful and kind girl, is raped and killed before his eyes. It didn’t need to be in there, it did nothing to progress the story, and it was very sad an upsetting. That would have been the point where the author should of had some pity on the MC and allowed him to save her but...Nope. So sad

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every sentence you can hear him breathing and licking his lips really annoying, good book

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Filler you say?

Warning: This is a completley subjective review written 5mins before the book ends. There may be spoilers. Before I decided to listen to Stone Will one of the so called "reviews" I looked over said that the first six hours of this book was filler, and that the author needs to learn how to write. Considering that this is probably the first real review I've written after listening to almost 40 books on audible (with many being what I believed to be some of the best of their genre) this is the first time I've felt like I NEEDED to buckle down and write a review. Especially since it's about this intriguing work. *SPOILER ALERT* What made the first six hours of this book interesting to me was not the fact that the protagonist, in true Isekai style, was "transferred" (if we can call it that) to another world. That's been done a million and one times. But it's the way that it was done that caught my interest. I realized that the first part of the book is actually the beginning and ending of both his lives. It has limited litrpg elements, while also having traditional cultivation elements. But it merges them together to create a unique relationship between the two that I rarely see, which is always a plus for me. Although I was expecting to be dissapointed by the first six hours because of the "filler" comment. I found that I really enjoyed the entire build-up to the dragon scene. Especially when he, as an infant, could hardly ever stay awake despite his desires to... hehe. I also like how the author portrayed the protagonist as someone who had a very unfortunate life (which may be an understatement) but has never been broken by it, and has always found a way to keep going, no matter the circumstances. This is a trait I admire about the character because there are some scenes that were hard even for me to listen to. Yet he still somehow found a way to not completely and utterly lose hope. I feel that these dark scenes were necessary because they contribute to the image of Hajad's stone/iron Will. By the end of the book, I found myself so invested that I dreaded the fact that It had to end. And I found myself counting the hours until it did. So I decided to write a review in the hopes that people would decide to give this work a try for themselves despite what reviews may say. I did, and I wasn't disappointed. 10/10 would listen to good filler again.

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Designed for teenagers

I couldn't get past the first couple of chapters. This book is absolutely ridiculous. Kind of the definition of the Gary Stew protagonists that I find so boring about some books in these genres. To be fair though, I'm pretty sure this book is designed for teens. Anywho, as an adult; this book blows.

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Interesting and odd

First, I have to mention that at times the book feels to be translated from another language to English with google translate. This causes actual problems in the consistency of the story when the same word seems to be for example translated to power, energy and force. The translation mistakes make the complicated cultivation system and the sometimes fast paced and hectic story hard to follow. You also start to doubt everything said and try to figure out what the author actually meant to say, only to realize the story had suddenly advanced to something new while you tried to understand what was said. Otherwise, I love the rather OverPowered MainCharacter. The story doesn't avoid gruesome scenes or killing of important supporting characters and actions seem to have more or less permanent consequences. The MC also isn't infallible and makes quite a few misjudgments. He is also never the strongest and has to fight to survive, no matter how OP he is compared to some others. The scope of the world makes you dream and wonder, and provide a near limitless potential to the story. The world and its inhabitants are explained and explored sufficiently. The story seems quite fresh even though nothing really new is provided. The book also is long enough in my opinion to actually create a real standalone story. I do recommend it.

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Hire Travis Baldree

Narrator leaves much to be desired. Clearly an amateur. Female voices are atrocious!!! Male voices are little better. Almost impossible to distinguish between characters. Love the book. Hate the narrator. Travis Baldree would have done a much better job.

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Great cultivation novel!

I really enjoyed the back story, origins and all that. It was a pretty unique take on the genre. The MC kind of reminds me of someone having taken a prestige class, so the level is low and the advancement difficult, but the rewards are great and he can punch above his weight class. Overall, I really enjoyed listening to this book, and will certainly buy the next one. I think the translation was fantastic, and, with the narration, I think the fluency of it honestly beats out many of the native english writers in this genre.

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Not Yet Sasisfied

I honestly was interested for much of this book. Plenty of familiar themes, and the unique aspects absolutely intrigued me. I began to feel differently when sudden detailed descriptions of a certain female character foreshadowed her possible fate. The main character already had better motivations for his path, it felt almost distracting when it came to pass. By the conclusion of that line of plot I did appreciate what the author had done with it, but still felt it was more of a detraction from the story as a whole. It did leave him in an interesting position to move forward, but also introduced negative conditions immediately. I guess life can be like that, it’s one reason I get lost in stories, but it took something away from the experience for me personally. In general the focus is on certain themes. Everybody loses on some level. Like a darker version of actions having consequences or that there is always someone above you. It isn’t repeatedly acknowledged, but always comes as an eventuality. So far it feels like this is the way this world is, the ridiculous size is often referenced and occasionally even expanded. A coming reckoning is often proclaimed, but even that is alluded to lead to self destruction. Common enough, but there is room left for a unique spin on it. I do love that the main character doesn’t just want vengeance, but also to be able to repay kindness. So, the main character suffers, then there are flashes of unimaginable good fortune. His loses are never final, but even his victories have drawbacks. I can live with all that, if in a satisfying story. Some were great and felt appropriate or deserved, some pulled me out of the story a bit. I enjoy a character who can fight through pain and overcome, but when it is usually the justification for progress, it loses some meaning. His personality also seemed somewhat fluid. Even at the end I have no solidified sense of him, couldn’t really guess what he’d ever do. I’d only be able to generally categorize him and list a few unique traits. He had a couple dominant aspects at any given point, as people often do, yet I wasn’t often sure why he went any given direction, or chose a response. It was just up to the author, which is of course always the case, it just ended up noticeable. Not all the time mind you, but often enough that it left an impression. Now, there were many interesting elements, and I’ll probably optimistically pick up the sequel. I go through enough audio books to warrant patience for anything with potential. I was just personally left unsatisfied from most of the second half, enough to mention it. I really enjoyed the review about the first six hours not being filler. Reviews are so important, especially the top one, because that is what potential readers first see. I often edit my reviews to make sure I’m giving works a good chance. I’d prefer every book, even those that miss the mark for me, receive a favorable top review. So, I came back to make sure this book gets a fair shake and saw that other review. Maybe a little praise heavy, but I’m glad someone did get to enjoy this. It is art and the author no doubt worked hard to create it. You might love it too. I certainly won’t be refunding it, and will likely try the sequel.

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  • O. J-kahn
  • 06-18-20

Some good stuff here but...

the way women are written is really off putting. I'm afraid this is a dnf for me.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-01-19

good story good character cant wait for next book

the story was enjoyable I listen to it in one sitting hope the next one is out soon

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  • james mcadam
  • 08-15-19

awesome book loved it

loved it great narration strong characters and great story can not wait for the next one

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  • Matthew
  • 06-30-20

I love the scale of story

I've read the first 2 books and with the third dropping today I thought it might be time to write review of the first two. The first book i really enjoyed and how much I like the world building and understanding the new characters. Hadjar is the MC of this story. He has a good start in the first few hours and then his whole new life goes to s**t so quick that it even made me feel angry for him. With the next few years of his life becoming a daily toucher for him. He is then reborn a new in the same world just somewhere else with is anger and hatred to the people that betrayed and torched him on his mind he takes out to training and rising the ranks in the army. With making his name known within the army as an officer. Without explaining the whole thing the final battle of the book is immense in its scale. The field battle that takes place involves millions of solders and beasts, with many champions fighting. Since this world has cultivation you get 1 solider taking on platoons of solider and epic duels that kill hundreds how people in the back blast of these duels. For me these battles are the high light of the book but all that happens all the build up and little things are just great. The books' length is due in part to it explaining and going into to a lot of detail about the world, army's and complexities of things. This for me is great i love understanding why things are the way they are with the second book going into far more detail about the other kingdoms and surrounding area. It has some great moments. The scale and what is at stake in the book 2 just keeps going up and I love it. Main themes . Cultivation, fighting, fighting in war, strategising for war, fighting ever more powerful enemies. With this all happing for the sake of revenge and the flexing moments are great to. Going to dive into the third book now, so if you have read this far then please give this book a try. Also Voice actor killed it in this one well done to Kevin T. Collins.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-22-20

Enchanting story, but forced voice

Okay so I'm writing this a few hours in, but I can tell you already the story is enchanting and engaging, it really makes for a great listen. But that's the only issue listening, the voice actor compared to others I've listened to seems to really force his voices and in times or raised voice sounds like a teenager trying not to annoy their mother at home by shouting as well you can occasionally hear him wet his lips or swallow, all of the emotions are there and he does have a an overall great, however he really needs to work on the odd forced tone or 'breathy' shouts.

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  • Thomas ly
  • 09-11-20

Great story so far, confusing at times though

I loved the story and the military aspect is refreshing but the beginning was a bit slow and some main details get glanced upon, the mc's cultivation journey feels all over the place and power stages aren't ever clear in comparison to wuxia/xianxia standards. I like the RPG aspect but it's not used too much and levels aren't reliable to gauge how strong the mc actually is but that gets explained, still confusing though. I hope it gets cleared up soon. I'm definitely going to purchase the next one to see where it goes.

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  • Xravia
  • 02-27-20

Its a cultivation novel.

Yup its a cultivation novel, with all that entails - fortuitous encounters, near death experiences, sudden power ups, enimies lining up like ducks, MC miraculously fighting beyond his level, alot of people reacting to the MC and how he looks like a beast/dragon with ultimately nothing coming from it. sparse attention to love interests etc. The thing that really grinds my gears is the over saturation of fate and plot contrivances. Nothing has the weight it should when you constantly name drop fate like its going out of fashion. The length of the book is good but the story hasn't really got me invested. + the neural link is kinda wasted on the MC WMW does it better.

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  • Chris
  • 10-18-19

The Struggle

I think I had my fingers crossed for the hero through most of the book, while things go from bad to worse. I almost could not stop once I started.. A fantastic listen!