The Garden of Stones by Mark T. Barnes
(Echoes of Empire)

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Shortlisted for the 2014 Gemmell Morningstar Award - Best Debut Novel

When the Shrīanese Empire explodes into civil war, fighters of all kinds flock to the banners of their lords. Indris, a skilled swordsman and brilliant sorcerer, seeks to end the bloodshed once and for all. He knows this war is simply a ruse—a power play by a ruling Family desperate to take control of the Empire by any means necessary. Indris cares little for the politics except to see that justice is upheld. But even he can't see the terrible price his opponents are willing to pay to secure their legacy.

A true epic, the first book in the Echoes of Empire series creates a spellbinding new world. With its twisted politics, new races, compelling heroes and villains, and unique magic, The Garden of Stones is a lyrical fantasy on the grandest scale.

 

About Mark T. Barnes

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Mark Barnes was born in Sydney, Australia, in September of 1966. A strong athlete, he was also drawn to the arts at a young age, penning his first short story as a seven-year-old. He worked in finance and advertising and eventually landed satisfying work in information technology, where he continues to manage a freelance organizational change consultancy. In 2005, when Mark was selected to attend the Clarion South residential short story workshop, he began to write with the intention of making it more than a hobby. Since that time Mark has published a number of short stories, worked as a freelance script editor, and has driven creative consultancy for a television series. The Garden of Stones is his first novel.
 
Published May 21, 2013 by 47North. 506 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Jan 19 2013 | Read Full Review of The Garden of Stones (Echoes ...

In this opening volume of a debut epic fantasy series, Barnes places readers in the world of Shrïan, whose long and storied history lurks in the background and adds a weight and depth that lets us know this is just one of many stories to be told. In Indris, we have the kind of reluctant hero who ...

Jun 28 2013 | Read Full Review of The Garden of Stones (Echoes ...

In this opening volume of a debut epic fantasy series, Barnes places readers in the world of Shrïan, whose long and storied history lurks in the background and adds a weight and depth that lets us know this is just one of many stories to be told. In Indris, we have the kind of reluctant hero who ...

Jun 28 2013 | Read Full Review of The Garden of Stones (Echoes ...

In this opening volume of a debut epic fantasy series, Barnes places readers in the world of Shrïan, whose long and storied history lurks in the background and adds a weight and depth that lets us know this is just one of many stories to be told. In Indris, we have the kind of reluctant hero who ...

Jun 28 2013 | Read Full Review of The Garden of Stones (Echoes ...

In this opening volume of a debut epic fantasy series, Barnes places readers in the world of Shrïan, whose long and storied history lurks in the background and adds a weight and depth that lets us know this is just one of many stories to be told. In Indris, we have the kind of reluctant hero who ...

Jun 28 2013 | Read Full Review of The Garden of Stones (Echoes ...

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