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At least some half-assed confetti would make it feel a little livelier. It's hard enough for Alastair Stone to keep his two lives - powerful mage and mundane Occult Studies professor - separate without an old friend asking him to take on a new apprentice. Especially after a university colleague wants him to investigate a massive old house for things that go bump in the night. Still, Stone figures it's an easy job: just turn up, put on a little show, and announce that the house is clean.

Only it isn't. A malevolent spirit is reawakening in the basement, imprisoned between dimensions and intent on escape. If it succeeds, countless people will die. Worse, a trio of dark mages want to help it break free so they can control it for their own sinister purposes. They'll do whatever it takes - including seducing Stone's young apprentice and using him against his master - to get what they're after. With time running out, Stone has to stay alive long enough to uncover the spirit's secrets. But even if he does, he fears that his own power won't be enough to send it back.

I contemplated requesting a refund, but wanted to write a review and warn potential purchasers: Here's everything's wrong with this book BTW, not much right!! Gullible apprentice 2. Master Mage who gets beat up by thugs,with no power, AND can't win a battle with young mages with less experience. So much for smart PHD's 6. I paid money for this.

Stone and a Hard Place

It should be free!! You have been warned. I had picked up this book for the e-reader a while ago but I haven't had much time to read so when I saw there was an audio book I jumped at it. It was great!

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I often struggle with getting into new books. I need to care about the characters and be intrigued by the story or I quickly lose interest.

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Often times the setup and character development involved in starting a new series is just painful to me. I also hate it when everything is spelled out. I need to use my imagination and to be kept guessing in order for a book to hold my interest. This book did a great job of avoiding the pitfalls that often turn me off when starting a new series.

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  • Information about the world and the characters came in snippets and through dialog rather than lengthy set up. I was admittedly inclined initially to parallel Stone with Dresden, but he quickly pulled away as an independent and distinct character, the similarities being entirely superficial. The story had a few minor bumps here and there, but new series often do. Even my all time favorites have a few rough spots, particularly in the early novels.

    Overall though, it was a very entertaining read. I was hooked early and stayed engaged. I am invested in the characters and look forward to seeing where the story goes next. I may even have to read the paper books rather than wait for the rest on audio. Any additional comments? I've returned a few books and thought about returning this one but was curious about the ending so I decided to keep plowing through it.

    The lead character is an idiot. I had to keep telling myself the kid is actually realistic because a teenage boy would actually destroy the world to get some. But I have to draw the line when even the villain is an idiot. I have about an hour left in the book and I'm pretty much hoping they all die horribly. I feel like they could have made this book way shorter. Wish the whole series was in audible format. A little like Dresden in some ways. Excellent character development. Excellent reader. He made it come alive. Exciting adventure.

    I believe I have found a new favorite author. Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why? Yes I would. The book captures you and holds on. I have already recommended it to a friend that likes urban fantasy. What about Kevin R. His range of voices really brings the story alive. He is the voice of Dr. Replace him and there will be mutiny. I throughly enjoyed the book. Great read, believable protag who is flawed and relatable while having supernatural powers.

    Didn't see the twist at the end coming, really kept me guessing. Looking forward to the next instalment. Good mix of story and action. Love the broody main character. I was hoping for my next series addiction. Sadly I was disappointed. I'll start with the bits I did like, Alistair himself was ok and I think given a few more books his character will grow and become stronger and more likeable.

    The world was ok and the magic system while not unique could have kept me reading. The story and plot were also ok for a first book in series, and there was definitely potential hidden there. However there were many many things that made me wonder why I kept listening. First off, why on earth did no one use a mobile phone or internet if this book was published in ?

    Secondly Ethan was an annoying, snivelling, poor excuse for a teenager and his selfishness and lack of any form of character drove the whole plot forward.

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    He wasn't even bad in a villain sort of way, just incredibly weak and I hated that we got his point of view so often. Bringing me on to the next, the constant switching of points of view, I literally had no interest. In audio, due to the monotone nature of the narration I found it hard to work out who was who.

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    This was, in my opinion, a bookish example of being told what was happening instead of being shown, leaving the characters feeling very flat to me. The style of the story telling itself was not for me, and sadly I will not be picking up any of the author's other works. Your audiobook is waiting….

    By: R. Narrated by: Kevin R. Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins. People who bought this also bought Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins Unabridged Overall. Authors that combine the two like Masterton are what I really enjoy. Worldbuilding sounds difficult! Thank you for a great post and contest! I haven't read a ton of UF to know I really enjoyed the interview. Thank you for the post and the giveaway! King - Interview and Giveaway. This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

    Why do you write in your genre? What draws you to it? I want my mage to wear a long coat and Doc Martens, not a robe and a pointy hat! I actually do have to do research since I write in the present day and my protagonist teaches at Stanford. Do you have any odd or interesting writing quirks, habits or superstitions? I envy people who can write in coffee shops, on airplanes, or in other public spaces. I have a really hard time doing it. Oh, and I read all my books aloud complete with accents to help me get the flow of the narrative and the dialog right. Are you a plotter or pantser?

    Kind of halfway in between, leaning a little more toward plotter.

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    My characters have taken me in some pretty odd and amazing, and wonderful directions, so I need to let them have enough freedom to do that. Anything new coming up from you? Do you have a question for our readers? What urban-fantasy tropes do you enjoy, and which ones do you think are overdone? Thank you very much for inviting me to your blog! Alastair Stone, Occult Studies professor, powerful mage, and snarky British expat now based in Palo Alto, California, does his best to keep his academic and social lives separate from his increasingly frequent brushes with various malevolent forces from the supernatural side of the street.

    Stone and a Hard Place

    A little horror, a little humor, but mostly straight-up urban fantasy. Stone and a Hard Place Dr. Alastair Stone, Occult Studies professor and powerful mage, has his hands full trying to keep the two sides of his life separate as he trains a new apprentice, deals with a malevolent entity trapped in the basement of a wealthy old woman's massive home, and battles dark mages intent on enslaving it for their own ends. Debut novel of the Alastair Stone Chronicles.

    The Forgotten Dr. Alastair Stone is back, this time teaming up with Jason Thayer, a young man hunting for his missing sister. Embroiled in a web of odd homeless people, a growing conspiracy, and deadly danger, they soon realize that even if they find Jason's sister, they might not be able to help her.