ARC Review : Stones of Light by Zack Argyle

“𝐀𝐜𝐜𝐞𝐩𝐭 𝐢𝐭 𝐨𝐫 𝐧𝐨𝐭,” 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐨𝐥𝐝 𝐦𝐚𝐧 𝐫𝐞𝐩𝐥𝐢𝐞𝐝. “𝐓𝐫𝐮𝐭𝐡 𝐢𝐬 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐝𝐞𝐩𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐨𝐧 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐚𝐜𝐜𝐞𝐩𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐢𝐭.”

  • Release : April 4th 2021
  • Publishing house : Indie
  • Series : Threadlight
  • Pages : 356
  • Illustrator : Ömer Burak Önal

This review is shorter as I’ve had less time to read the book and to write the review. I may update it in the next few days.

Read the review for Voice of War here

The coreseal is shattered and a new darkness is coming.

Chrys swore to never again let the Apogee take control but, in a moment of desperation, he gave in. Now, he will learn what the Apogee truly wants.

In Alchea, Laurel will do anything to get her threadlight back, even if it means working for the leader of the Bloodthieves. But she has no choice…a life without threadlight is no life at all.

To the west, Alverax travels with the Zeda people to the large port city of Felia, where they seek refuge after the fires in the Fairenwild. But he shattered the coreseal, and no one quite knows what the consequences will be. They only know it won’t be good.

Together, they doomed the world…now, they must save it.

Characters :

Chrys : At the end of book 1, Chrys was in very different to what we’ve known him as. The Apogee had taken over him. In Stones of Light, he has a lot of challenges, with his powers, with being a father and a warrior. He keeps on growing quite a lot in here.

“Chrys was a husband, a father, a threadweaver, a warrior, but in each of these things he had fallen short.”

Alverax : This time, his narrative doesn’t feel left out and it was very balanced. His chilhood traumas still haunt him, but he tries to be more confident in himself. He helps the people of Zedalum in finding a new place.

Laurel : Being the one I’ve loved less in book 1, I’ve grown to like her a bit more. After the events at the end of the book, I was quite looking forward to see how she would overcome this obstacle. She sure has some dilemma to think over. By the way, her chromawolf is the best !

Apart from the three major characters, the others also felt lived in and each of them added depth to the story thanks to their interesting backstory. I’ve found that none of the characters’ dialogues felt out of tone. It’s somewhat hard to maintain consistency within a book in terms of tone, personality, etc.

Story :

I did have a slight problem with the pacing in book 1 because of Alverax’s late arrival into Voice of War. But here, each character has his/her moment to shine and to grow. The story had a good pace, was well told, and had enough twists not to be dull.

In a trilogy, the second book needs to be well done and interesting enough to keep my interest. And Stones of Light did it ! Higher stakes, more magic, new revelations and so on. The tension and suspense built nicely all along the book.

You and I walk a different path than most, and it will require us to change in uncomfortable ways.

As for the world-building, we do learn more things about the world and it’s well introduced. There is no info dumping and that’s a good thing. We’ll surely see more of the world in book 3 ! But I’d say the book is more character-driven. It deals more with their inner struggles and the choices they make.

I’m impatient to see the direction taken by Zack in book 3 and the fate of the characters !

Note : 4.5 sur 5.

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