Mar 9, 2014: The Graystone Saga is a somewhat standard sword-and-sorcery fantasy setup, but it managed to capture my interest fairly well regardless. In short order, we’re introduced to a mysterious woman (the Lady Gray), her taciturn male companion (Sabastian), and the narrator, Tobiah, who meets the two during a confrontation and becomes injured while trying to protect the lady. I found the initial descriptions of the characters engaging, and the subsequent interaction kept me interested to find out more about all of them, and to see how they would gel as a group (or not).
The author appears to have put a lot of thought into the world she created, and I found Lady Gray’s instruction to Tobiah about the world’s deities interesting and instructive enough myself. One of the central mysteries of the story seems to be around the Lady and the gray stone she carries. People that see it, or that recognize her, seem to regard her with some amount of fear, and sometimes loathing that has yet to be explained. That built some interest in the story for me, as well, especially due to the fact that the churches seem to be part of the ruling structure of the world and although people usually seem to align with the one of the god of their area, the Lady seems to be connected to all of them.
On the cautionary side, however, there are only 6 chapters posted at the moment, so it’s hard to make too much of a judgment of where the story is going based on that. In addition, although the author is definitely going for a story with mystery to draw readers’ interest, in my opinion the chapters are short enough where it’s difficult to cast that spell of mystery before the chapter is over and you’re on to the next one.
At any rate, I think this is a strong start to an interesting fantasy story, and I’d recommend fantasy fans to check it out.
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