Sort order. Start your review of The Sea-Stone Sword. Shelves: goodreads-giveaways. I received this via goodreads first reads in exchange for an honest review. Check it out if your still curious, you may like it more than me. Jan 26, Hanni rated it liked it. I liked The Sea-Stone Sword. It was a refreshing and entertaining adventure with dark and heroic moments, set in a beautiful world. It would've been even a four star book for me if the characters always my 1 thing had had a little more depth.
And don't get me wrong, the characters weren't BAD - many of them were unique, and I actually really enjoyed them; I only wish we'd had more time to drill into their psyche. That being said, the time was, instead, used to forward the plot. The story is full of George R. Martin esque twists and turns, and seeing Rob struggle between becoming a hero and becoming a villain is a breathtaking ride.
This was one of those books were you just have to keep turning the pages because you have no idea how the heroes will get out of trouble or what's going to happen next. The thing I liked the best, however, was the world. It was one of the freshest fantasy worlds I've seen in many years. It has an atmosphere entirely its own - quirky, colourful and sometimes dark; with several intelligent non-humanoid races, great legends of heroic deeds casting their shadow on those who would rival them, and a cheerful assortment of pirates and monks, traders and artisans, healers and innkeeps, smugglers and warlords, all going about their lives while when our hero pops up and crosses their paths, mostly uninvited.
AND that's not the best part of the world.
Is it the power? You begin understanding that the story can really end up anywhere - that there isn't a set pattern for neither the characters nor the plot. You never even told him you loved him until it was already too late. There's more, but it's complex and lengthy to explain. Speaks the right language? Savvy players call this feature "Blocking" and you'd be surprised just how many people don't know how to do it. Books by Adrienne Martine-Barnes.
Imagine a world with no sexism, no racism, no homophobia. It's this world, and I can't even start to describe how refreshing it is. I caught myself surprised when a person labelled just "the guard" was referred to as "she", because I had automatically assumed he was a man. The book is full of these little "surprises", and that alone is a reason why I'd recommend this book to anyone who feels underrepresented in the fantasy genre.
You don't want to miss this book if adventure fantasy is your genre, or if you're a fantasy reader looking for a break from the stereotypical patriarchal pseudo-medieval fantasy! I'm waiting for the sequel now. First and foremost, this book has an original world-setting, which is something lots of otherwise good fantasy books lack.
If I were to point out two things about it, it would be: 1. There is no idealisation of the path of the hero whatsoever, what is shown perfectly is the grim side of it and how painful First and foremost, this book has an original world-setting, which is something lots of otherwise good fantasy books lack. There is no idealisation of the path of the hero whatsoever, what is shown perfectly is the grim side of it and how painful it is for the main character's companions to walk along that path.
I liked some of the companions or acquaintances actually much more than the main character, who I found difficult to relate to, but I am not even sure if that's what one would be expected to do. In either case, whereas I did not care that much for what happened to the main hero, I cared a lot about what happened to those around him and that, fortunately, is equally big part of the story.
One thing that I missed a was a bit more space for getting to know the characters more in depth.
But even just as they are, they are quite original, both those more major e. The world also seems to have very interesting history we can see glimpses of. At times you can sense the world's almost lovecraftian ancientry, and I am actually hoping to slowly uncover more about the world and the different races inhabiting it in the sequels.
Joel Cornah is good in showing this background, but not overflooding the reader with the information. The world is there, ever-present, but the focus is on the story of Rob and his quest. Overall, a nice read, with quite a few plot twists, some of which are really nasty, and with lots of tension and surprises.
The world is as far from "idealistic fantasy" as it gets, neither the characters nor the world are black-and-white I'd almost say it's rather dark grey , even though the main character takes hard time parting from that idea and in fact, keeps struggling with it all the time. The book also captures well the atmosphere of the setting sea, pirates, lawless lands full of conflict View 1 comment. Oct 08, Steven Poore rated it really liked it Shelves: fantasy , kristell-ink-books , epic-emotions. So there's this boy, Rob Sardan, who wants to be a hero, to earn his place in history through adventure and swashbuckling daring.
So far, so bread and butter, but Joel Cornah's take on the epic coming-of-age hero story takes quite a different tack, and sets sail instead into deeper waters. Rob Sardan's initial breathless naivety carries the plot quickly into a series of adventu So there's this boy, Rob Sardan, who wants to be a hero, to earn his place in history through adventure and swashbuckling daring. Rob Sardan's initial breathless naivety carries the plot quickly into a series of adventures and battles, all part of his larger quest to carve his name into history.
Joel's prose focuses heavily on movement, on the rhythms and beats of the body: the flashes of a shared gaze, a stolen breath and a hint of a breeze all matter as much as a thought. It can be difficult to read this way at first until you realise that Joel, well-versed in anime and manga, has actually managed to write The Sea-Stone Sword as a tribute to the genre and then suddenly the waves of hard emotion, the flashing of an angry eye, the soaring movements - they all make brilliant sense.
I pictured Rob in the mould of Escaflowne's Van - your own heroes may vary Joel's characters grow beyond their stereotypes through this, especially the brother and sister team of Niall and Eimhir. And, like the best modern fantasists, he knows when to cut the strings and break a reader's heart. If I quibble at anything at all, it's that Joel rushes past some of the set-pieces, such as the battle to retrieve the Sea-Splitter, but then Rob Sardan himself is focused almost entirely on his own quest, rather than that of his companions, and that sidelining suits his mindset.
The end of the book gives him some small chance at redemption - we'll have to wait to see if he takes it Jun 26, Joanne Hall rated it really liked it Shelves: heroic-fantasy , pirates. All Rob Sardan wants is to be a hero. The broken boy who washes up on the shores of Khamas is determined to make a name for himself somehow. But the line between hero and villain is not an easy one to walk.
There is no black and white here, every colourful character has many shades of grey. I think this is the start of a long and promising career.
But in the end he and his crew win and then break our hearts in their battle for the sword against a deranged immortal and the Lord of The Air. Aug 31, Steven Guscott rated it really liked it. I have never read a pirate story, nope, not even Treasure Island, so this was a new experience for me.
I have to say I really enjoyed the Sea-Stone Sword. Rob is an interesting character that certainly goes through a journey of self discovery. The story is full of creative characters and Cornah does a wonderful job of making I have never read a pirate story, nope, not even Treasure Island, so this was a new experience for me.
The story is full of creative characters and Cornah does a wonderful job of making characters that I found very interesting to read about. I look forward to learning and reading more about the Pengs. The overall story is very enjoyable. It does jump a little at various points but once you realise this is the style, I think it works very well. The ending is very captivating and leaves it open for a lot more adventure, which is awesome. Well done to Cornah for creating a splendid story, in a vivid and original world, that covers its themes well and makes them clear.
A solid four stars. Jun 27, Gillian rated it really liked it. The Sea-Stone Sword is a swashbuckling adventure and a coming of age tale.
However it is also more than that. Rob Sardan, the 'hero' of the novel is a far more complex character, a boy heading into his teens, wanting the riches and glory of adventure and of being a great hero. However, every decision Rob makes for himself, where he feels his intentions are good, can also been seen as villainous.
The coming of age part of the book was handling very well, as we see Rob mature, and beneath the somewhat 'villainous' crimes he has committed, he grows to understand that the quest he finds himself on is not about glory, but about friendship and how exerting choice can impact the world around him.
There are a host of great characters - my favourite being the quiet Eimy, who has a wisdom far above her years. There are also a few heart tugging moments, and while I was quietly thinking to myself, 'I can't believe that just happened! And it can lead to consequences people can never truly understand.
With plenty of twists and turns, amazing world building and adventure, The Sea-Sword Stone is a great tale of adventure and an exploration of how good intentions can go bad. But it also shows that no one is beyond redemption. Thought provoking and thoroughly entertaining. More than worthy of its four stars. Sep 22, Michael Joosten rated it really liked it. This is a tardy review because this was a tardy read-- The Sea-Stone Sword sat on my bookshelf for nearly a year before I was in the "mood" for it--whatever that means.
And then, once I settled in to it, my reading rhythm was rudely disrupted by a funeral back home miles away and I lost the thread of the story for a couple months. So I am probably not in the best possible position to review the book, but I can say a few definitive things about it. First of all, this is the author, Joel Cornah,'s first booread-- The This is a tardy review because this was a tardy read-- The Sea-Stone Sword sat on my bookshelf for nearly a year before I was in the "mood" for it--whatever that means.
First of all, this is the author, Joel Cornah,'s first book. It is also the hero, Rob Sardan,'s first book. One benefit of having been slow to read it is that I do not have to wait for the sequel, which has just been released! The Sea-Stone Sword does feel like a first book--but it would be more fair to say that it feels like the first book of the hero, rather than the first book of the author.
The broader history and many stories of Diyngard leak through; it is clear that we are not reading a world that has only been invented just now for this story; rather, we are reading a story that has been invented just now for a world that has been here forever.