The Stars Beyond the Stone (ARC Review)

Paperback, 568 pages

Expected publication: September 16th 2021 by Talem Press

ISBN 139780645163001

Edition Language English

Series The Price of Magic #3

4/5 books

I received an e-arc from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

*******

The Scions roam free, and only the sorceress can hunt them…

After the battle with storm god Molech Suun, a city is in ruins and a new Archmage holds the Syndicate’s leash. But while Gwyn has accepted her fate – to hunt down and destroy the remaining Scions – her loyalty is still to her old master Faolan, held captive by a cunning necromancer.

Saving Faolan means leaving the wizards and the Clockwork City behind. With the shapeshifter Lucian at her side, Gwyn embarks on a dangerous journey across the sea, to lands where pirate kings rule and wild magic sings.

But sorceresses are heir to a dark legacy of blood – and Gwyn soon finds that she’s the one being hunted.

The Scions want her dead, and a new enemy sends threats and warnings that can’t be ignored. As Gwyn struggles to balance her desires and her destiny, she finds herself unprepared for what awaits her beyond the city walls. And far to the south, amid the ashes of a fallen kingdom, a familiar foe is setting deadly plans in motion…

The Stars Beyond the Stone is the dazzling third instalment in Bonnie Wynne’s epic fantasy saga, The Price of Magic.

*******

This is the third book in The Price of Magic series.

The Stars Beyond the Stone picks up right where A Wind From the Rift left off, Gwyn is now the Archmage of the syndicate and she seems to accept her fate as the Ninth Sorceress. Dealing with the aftermath of the attack from the Scion and the loss of friends, Gwyn tries to distract herself with her duties, but in the back of her mind she knows that Faolan is still out there, despite her being told that is he is dead.

Gwyn manages to find out the truth and has an idea of where Faolan is. She decides to leave the Clockwork City and track him down, thinking she can do this on her own, Gwyn finds out that Lucian will not allow that to happen, so together they leave the city to search for Faolan. Once outside of the city the two end up having a third member join their party, Alcide, now what his intentions are and why he insists on joining them, I am still not 100% sure.

Most of the book has been focused on finding and rescuing Faolan, but during the travels Gwyn is introduced to worlds outside of what she knew while she was growing up, she also discovers that she has family out there.

I found this to be an interesting book to read since hunting the Scions was not the focus. There is mention of the remaining Scions, but saving Faolan took up most of the book, there is a break of that in the later part of the book where a Scion is discovered. This last part of the book I feel could have been part of the fourth book (if there is going to be a fourth) since the majority was all about Faolan.

The ending of this book with all the unanswered questions and a bit of the cliff hanger leads me to believe that there will be at least a fourth book, which I’m’ really hoping so since I need answers. If you still haven’t picked up this series, I highly recommend that you do.

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