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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.
"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.See all Product Description