The Essence of Stone
By Beverly A. Hale. Cover art by John Kevin Hopkins.
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What is the Essence of Stone?
Kehan struggles daily for the answer to this question, for only when he can give the correct answer will his master, the powerful, but blind sorcerer Xikander start to teach him the mysteries which are locked in the old man's mind. Only then will he teach him the powerful magic he knows, and only when Kehan is himself a powerful sorcerer will the people of his village treat he and his mother with the respect that he so craves.
His master orders him to accompany him on a quest. Their destination and purpose are cloaked in secrecy. Along the way Kehan will make new friends and enemies and face challenges on many levels, but will he ever find the essence of stone?
Most fantasy writers tend to follow established paths and deal with locations and cultures that are basically familiar, Beverly Hale doesn't do that. With The Essence of Stone she strikes out into new little explored country and creates a story that will keep readers turning page after page. Check it out!
— Bradley H. Sinor, author & reviewer
A delightful fantasy with authentic other-culture insights, a wonderful cat — well, just ask her — and a wizard with an attitude. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
— C. J. Cherryh, author