Review: Gizzard Stones by Garth Upshaw

Publisher: Ragnarok

Publishing Date: September 2017

ISBN: 9781945528507

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 4.4/5

Publishers Description: Nail didn’t mean to become the first goblin in hundreds of years to escape the Queen’s clutches. Lianne, a young human on the cusp of adulthood, struggles to find her place in a society that sneers at her immigrant forbears. Everyone they care about must rise to the challenges of a new world… a world that comes at a deadly cost.

Review: So what’s inside? Much trampling upon the masses by a power hungry magical Queen. Goblins take much of her focus as they are unwittingly the source of her power.  A mutant human girl begins her journey to change her circumstances, and others, under the Queen’s rule while her father leads the underground resistance of “Believers”.  

Wow, this was really good writing. Dialogue without phrasing fillers is a relief as it allows the story line to breath and take flight. Characters develop deeply with the movement when unencumbered with stilted scene progression and this novel delivers riveting personalities at every level. For a first full length novel I am extremely impressed with the author’s ability to not only construct a solid presentation but to enable a highly creative world.

“So why you no give 5 stars!?”. Not sure what the point of Lianne was, other than to expedite another perspective and divvy up the story line to make it more interesting. And why she is chosen to be a princess and why that matters was a serious plot hole. She later leads the city in rebuilding and administrative efforts and everyone calls her princess. Wha??? Still, I liked her character even though it was misplaced.. GET THIS!



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