Read of the Week: RIDDLE IN STONE, Robert Evert

28 August, 2013

51xpsTcA2aL._AA160_I took on Robert Evert’s Riddle in Stone trilogy in part because I fell in love with his hapless protagonist, a stuttering overweight librarian.  The trilogy is classic fantasy of the best sort, and like good epic fantasy, it is also about the making of a hero, in this case, an improbable hero who goes takes on a dangerous quest to win the love of a buxom bar maid.  There’s more…

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?

Not surprisingly (at least to me), the first volume aptly named Riddle in Stone, has earned 4.4 stars from Amazon Kindle readers.

“This unique plot is oozing creativity. You have to give it a read to properly understand why…you will not be disappointed, it is an excellent read!” (5 Stars) – Only the Indies

“In many ways, Riddle in Stone harkens back to the early days of modern fantasy where the hero is really an everyman confronted with an impossible task and, despite his own innocence, insecurities, and sense of inadequacy, accomplishes that which the great heroes of the time could not. Yet, there are enough differences to give it a fresh feel.” – Maxine McLister

“Evert does an outstanding job. He isn’t afraid of the nastiness inherent in captivity. The process of turning Edmund from a sputtering coward into something resembling a hero is a long and ugly one.” – Erin Eymard