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Riddle in Stone
by Robert Evert
Long after the last of the great heroes of old has died, the Undead King is stirring again, amassing a goblin horde ready to sweep out of the mountains and destroy all of humanity. The only thing preventing utter annihilation is Edmund—a stuttering librarian who knows a secret, a secret that every thief, assassin, and king would kill to have. Fleeing from relentless peril, Edmund wages a solitary battle against an ancient evil. But how can one man succeed when so many before him have failed?
I enjoy the reading not just because it is really good plot. It had all the ingredients that needed it to be a good story. Even if the main character is not the typical brave manly man hero.
Edmund is a quiet, shy, stuttering and chubby guy which best like his readings.Actually, More of the scholar type of guy. He knows many legends, can speak and read in several languages, but in daily basis, he is practically good for nothing, seriously, not the typical fantasy hero. But one miserable night change everything for him.
One evening, he was humiliated,due to his stammer, in front of a girl that he tried to court In the local village pub. As a result he got somewhat drunk, and decided to leave everything and goes on adventure. On the first night we had the pleasure to meet a dog with a lot of a character, which he named Thorax. Their relationships became more then a regular kind.
Before this rush decision to go on this quest, Edmund was familiar with a king’s proclamation for that granting a Lordship over the Highlands to the person who can locate and bring to the King the long last Star of Iliandor. In his own personal library lied the precious diary of Lord Iliandor himself, the beloved ruler of the Highlands who fought against and defeated the Undead King and his goblin armies in three hard-fought wars.
in the ancient tongue of Dunael, a language which very few living people could still read or understand, and luckily Edmund is one of them. The diary recount the end of the third and final war. It tell Edmund, about, when Iliandor died in combat, and when the blue jewel he wore upon his crown was forever lost. It also tell that a lone squire from Iliandor's army had managed to find his way back back to Rood, carried the diary on his person. Edmund is certain he knows where to start looking for the prized jewel and so far he didn't had an incentive to do anything about it. The insult in the pub was the last straw, and if he won't o this quest he will never do anything important in his life.
Of course, at the beginning, he did not make all the right responses – when he start he felt exhausted, his muscles ache, and he gets blisters, he is not fighting back when he is captured and he is not keeping all the secrets when he is tortured, but he grows and learns – But in this he is very humane. Edmund slowly changes as the adventure develops. But he possesses a great deal of knowledge, which helps him out of oh so many situations.
On the way, some of things he does terrifies him, but he does them nonetheless because if not, he will die. He loses weight, he becomes less selfish, and brave. This change in his character, enables him to save Pond Scum from the mine pits and develop a strong friendship with him.
There were also a bunch of ugly goblins, a troll or and elves. Two of the goblins - Kravel and Gurding - were simply brilliant with their humorous if somewhat morbid banter and their relationship with Edmund. (For example, they hate being called goblins because the name has evil vibes).
This make It a fun reading with all dry humor that Robert Evert generously insert into the story.
Even though this tell belong to the Fantasy genre, Evert sent deep roots into real life. His hero start has plump "geeky" confused guy... and even though he lost weight during one moment of bravery to do something with his 'worthless" life, inside he stay a confused geek.
All along the book, Edmund talks to himself in his head. It is a different kind of narration, but one that I have enjoyed.
I also liked that the author didn't hesitate to lift the glamor of fairy tell and made his hero facing with really life like decisions.
My readers, I loved reading it!
I think you will love it too!
So I warmly, recommended it!!!
The next Book in the series
(Which I must read)
(Which I must read)