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Book Review: Stones of Light

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“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 changed the world—now, they must save it.

Title: Stones of Light

Series: Threadlight #2

Author: Zack Argyle

Page Count: 356

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 5.0/5.0

Date Read: January 20th, 2023

 To be honest I don’t normally do this but I purchased multiple books from this series last year. I got to book one just a couple of months ago and decided to work in book two here as I’m trying to get caught up on some of my series I’ve previously began.

I truly felt Stones of Light was more of the same from Zack, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing if you enjoyed book one like I did. Where book one introduced us to many of the characters in the world, the second installment gets us deeper into the world and story around them.

I wasn’t a huge fan of the storyline of Alverax in the first book and leaned more towards Chrys and Laurel. But this one I felt was more of a balance between the three storylines. Alverax is really coming into his own this time around. Laurel is struggling with seeing the world in a new light and Chrys is right in the thick of things but stumbled onto a huge part of this story and the history of the world we are learning about.

The new connection between Laurel and Asher is interesting and I’m excited to see what comes of this going forward!

The character development continues in Stones of Light. Sure we had quite a dump of information as we first met our characters in book one. But there is still a lot of growth in this one with all three of our protagonists here too. These are not the same characters we were first introduced to at this point.

The pacing is still right up my alley in Stones of Light. So far this series has been very easy, quick and fun to read. I’ve not had any issues with glaring typos or words I have to constantly look up the definitions. These aren’t big heavy books in any sense either. So these give me a really nice break from some of the thicker epics I’m working through.

The world building is also continuing to shine in Stones of Light. (See what I did there?) Honestly I really enjoy what the author has put together in this world. The magic is cool and unique. The creatures and their relationship with our characters is also fascinating. The world has continue to expand as well geographically as well as culturally in this book. As someone who loves history, I love the addition of finding out more of the history of this world as well as giving us some speculation as to how things may be about to come full circle once again!

I’m a little late in getting this review out there but I do plan on picking up the third book sometime in the next week or two. I’m excited to see where things go from here and really hoping Zack sticks the landing with this series! I’d recommend this to any fantasy readers of fantasy works interesting in an expanding world, multiple storylines and interesting characters.

World Building 4.5/5
Pacing 5/5
Character Development 5/5

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