Review: The Garden of Stones by Mark T. Barnes


Publisher: 47 North
Publishing Date: May 2013
ISBN: 9781611098938
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: 1.0/5

Publisher Description: An uneasy peace has existed since the fall of the Awakened Empire centuries ago. Now the hybrid Avān share the land with the people they once conquered: the star-born humans; the spectral, undead Nomads; and what remains of the Elemental Masters.

Review: Cover art is nice. Lots of depth.

This was a pretty jumbled attempt at world building. There was a sense that a lot of the backstory was inserted into current scenes in a forced attempt to create characters and their history. There are so many names and places jammed down your reading throat that it is hard to digest much less comprehend. You wait for clarification, and when none is forthcoming the scene suddenly shifts into lengthy backstory mode.

I know I hammer on the use of verbs, adjectives and conjoined words to create phrases that help the author expedite emotions without the effort to deeply build characters. In the first 3% of this novel there is an overuse of verbs in the form of; “murmured x6”, “muttered x5”, “drawled”, “scowled”, and “snapped or snap x5”. Again the author needs to read Simon R. Greens novel Mistflop to get a handle on the errors of writing phrases and the repeated overuse of words to expedite the scene and minimally develop the character.

Some people loved this novel and try as I might I couldn’t get over the reading hump. Sorry this was a DNF.

2 thoughts on “Review: The Garden of Stones by Mark T. Barnes

  1. I have this entire series compliments of NetGalley waiting to read; I keep hearing great stuff about it, but first and foremost that it’s not going to do it for everyone.

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