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The Stoneholding [Paperback]

James G. Anderson , Mark Sebanc
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Sept. 8 2009 Legacy of the Stone Harp
Darkness looms over the ancient world of Ahn Norvys, and the Great Harmony of Ardiel lies rent asunder. Prince Starigan, heir to the throne, has been abducted and power has been usurped by a traitorous cabal

     In the mountainous highlands of Arvon is the small but ancient community the Stoneholding, which has held out against the gathering forces of the evil Ferabek. Here by tradition, from earliest times, the High Bard has resided as guardian of the Sacred Fire, as well as the golden harp called the Talamadh. But in his search for the lost prince, Ferabek has attacked the Stoneholding with his Black Scorpion Dragoons and razed it to the ground. Wilum, the aged High Bard was forced to flee for his life with a ragged band of survivors, including Kalaquinn Wright, the wheelwrights’s son.

     Kal, green in years and understanding, was torn from his pastoral life in a remote highland clanholding, and thrust out onto a broader stage in a journey of danger and escape, discovery and enlightenment. Now, as night covers Ahn Norvys, he must save what remains of the hallowed order of things and seek his destiny, a destiny that lies far beyond the Stoneholding.

     He must somehow find Prince Starigan and rekindle the Sacred Fire.  

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The Stoneholding stands as the first volume of "The Talamadh", a beautifully wrought new series of epic fantasy novels by author Mark James. The cover art is by renowned Tolkien illustrator, Ted Nasmith, who says about The Stoneholding that: "When I read it, I enjoyed it thoroughly, marveling at Mark James' talent for creating memorable characters, a very compelling plot, and a consistently sustained faery world rich in lore, names and mystery. While it's comparable (naturally) to Tolkien, the author is clearly drawing from the wider Celtic traditions, and in ways Tolkien never explored. The concept of the harmony which protects Good is marvelous and deep. I cannot imagine what more a discerning reader could ask for in a work of fantasy." --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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"The tale is a splendid one, no surprise there. But what I was especially taken with was the precision of expression, and that's fitting, since, as everyone knows, each step in any journey is as important as the last. You will enjoy The Stoneholding in the large as well as in the small - fitting for a story written in the great and necessary wake of that master of the sacramental imagination. J.R.R. Tolkien!" David Craig, Professor of English and Creative Writing, Franciscan University of Steubenville --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Whole New World Feb. 28 2005
When you are a Tolkien fan (as I am) you can't expect to find anything more descriptive than Middle Earth. The way Tolkien told his creation to the human world is awesome.... Now I can't say any longer that Middle Earth is the only place that you can close your eyes and you're there due to the way that is described.... Now we have Arvon too to feel that amazing landscape all around us. No wonder after reading the book why Ted Nasmith painted such an incredible cover. From the very beginning I was captured by the way in which Mark James shows me all the characters, all the actions, but most of all the landscape of "The Stoneholding". I consider myself a privileged person for having this book and I can't wait to read the other two. For those who are asking themselves who I am....Well I'm a Cuban Tolkien Fan who'd never imagined to feel, with another book, the same sensation I feel when I read something related to Middle Earth. I'm glad to see I was wrong. Thanks Mark & James for "The Stoneholding"
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great start March 22 2005
My only complaint, and it's a big one for me, is that I thought the authors should have switched the storytelling viewpoint back to the Ferabek/Enbarr faction i.e. the bad guy's point of view, rather than always reading about Kal/Wilum/the Lammermorn Clansfolk. This, to my mind, was the single, biggest flaw of this First Book of the Talamadh. Other than that, "The Stoneholding" is a strong beginning for Mark & James. The authors have really laid out a world rich in history, culture, and legend, and I believe have really set the reader up for serious story development in those areas later on in this series. I look forward to reading the Second Book of the Talamadh.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wow!!!! Feb. 1 2005
By johanna
I was totally blown away by this book and I think that fantasy readers of any age will enjoy this trilogy. The charecters are believible and I can relate to many of them. The plot was suspencful and satisfiying. This book resembles Tolkein in as much that the history and culture if the world is developed and described. The detailed text makes you feel as if you are actually there and experiancing the story along with the charecters who you have come to know. I recomend this book to anyone of any age.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Briacoil, Mark Feb. 14 2005
By A.N.
I've waited a long time for this book to come to fruition, and the wait was not in vain...I enjoyed every word! The research, the imagination, the characterization and the quality of writing are rivetting and well worth the investment of time expended in reading "The Stoneholding". And as with any good trilogy, one is left at the end of this one heaving a sigh of relief, and yet feeling anxious for what is yet to come. Briacoil, Mark!
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4.0 out of 5 stars An enchanting world Feb. 1 2005
By Kate
When you read the Stoneholding, you discover the world of Arvon. The richly detailed history of its people and culture create a storyboard or a background for the compelling narrative to unfold. The characters draw us into their world and their adventure keeps us captivated. The end is but a well-earned breathing space for our friends before their next head-long rush into danger. Bring it on!
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