Hey everybody! I’m here today with a review of an amazing book Grey Stone by Jean Knight Pace and Jacob Kennedy. They so kindly sent me this book in exchange for an honest review. I read it for #TheReadingQuest for the “Book Published by a Small Press” square.
I also got the opportunity to do an author interview with Jean, so here is a link directly to that.
Before we get started, I also want to share with you how I met this author! In the little city that I live in, we had farmers markets during the summer and I would often go with my parents. Well, there is a Writer’s Guild here in my town and they had a booth set up. Me, being me, went up and started to chat up Jean, and she told me a little bit about her book, and I was hooked. I also coincidentally had just gotten my puppy, Zeus, earlier that day so he was joining me. The book is based on dogs, so I don’t know how much more perfect it could be for me.
It turned out that it was a perfect fit because I love fantasy and animals and uprisings and everything Grey Stone offered!
I’m going to be completely honest, when I first heard about the concept of this book, I was confused and not sure how all of the elements would work together. Here’s a link to the Goodreads synopsis, but I am also going to share with you all my own synopsis of this book.
I also want to let you all know that there is Jean and Jacob have another book going out in December called Grey Lore which sounds just as amazing and I can’t wait to get my hands on it!
This book is about wolves, wolf-shifters, dogs, and humans, with humans being the bottom/slave class and wolf-shifters being the elite social class. Crossbreeds of dogs and wolves were usually killed on the stop, but when a human boy finds an orphaned pup. It’s about how this adopted pup finds a friend and brother in this human that he is supposed to hate, but it is also about the Prince of the wolf-shifters who has begun to feel the vibrations discord ripple through his father’s kingdom. This is also a story about how the different races and social classes work together in this scary world to bring order and balance back.
So you have to follow four or five different characters around through this book, which you would think would be quite difficult, but the way that the authors constructed the personalities, it is extremely to navigate and distinguish the different narrators. Also, the interactions between the characters and how they interact with each other and eventually come together to try to solve a problem was extremely important. I have to say that I was extremely impressed by the skill that was demonstrated on that specific aspect of the story. It was seamless and the way that the characters naturally had conflicts between each other was so beautiful. It felt as if I were standing in the middle of them witnessing the scenes play out.
I also quickly got attached to the characters, which made me skeptical that something terrible was going to happen to them, but there was no real need to worry. Because of this quick attachment, I loved being able to go through the book and cheer them on. I also enjoyed whenever a character would have to piece certain clues together to find out what had happened or what they needed to do.
Since this was only one book, a fantasy book for that, the world that had to be built was very impressive. You could clearly distinguish between the social classes/races just by how the area around that certain character was described. At times, it felt as if I had left my comfy reading chair and had been transported to the world, watching this all play out. I especially loved whenever the sky was being described, because it was a different color. The lavender and red sky fascinated me and made me picture this whole other place where anything could be possible. It was not a super cozy, plush world, simply because it was not designed to be like that. It was a harsh world that the characters had to live in where racial divides were everything. That doesn’t mean that you can’t cozy up with a nice blanket and a cup of coffee while reading this book.
I really enjoyed the combined writing styles. I had never really read a book that was written by two authors before, but now that I know how beautiful the story can turn out, I won’t have to be frightened in the future. I enjoyed all of the descriptive details that were added. This easily could have been a cut and dry dialog story, but thankfully it wasn’t. I think that many of us readers want to skip over the descriptive writings and get straight to the dialog, because we were taught that dialog is where all of the story happens. I’m glad that this story has shown me otherwise, and that if used correctly, the story can be a perfect balance between dialog and description.
I loved this story and I can say that it will definitely stick with me. It was a thrilling read, very fast paced, and I could barely put it down. I give this book (drumroll please) 5 out of 5 stars! (I think that’s actually a first here) I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves fantasy and is in a reading rut, because this book will pull you out of it! Also, I’m a huge dog and nature lover. Um… perfect read, right?
So that’s my little review of Grey Stone by Jean Knight Pace and Jacob Kennedy. A huge thank you to them for sending me a copy of their fantastic book. I had an amazing time reading it. Thank you all for reading this review.
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