Jaded Stone by Kelly Walker
Date of publication: 15th November 2013
Publisher: Kelly Walker
Series: Souls of the Stone (4#)
Source: Review copy provided in exchange for review. This is my honest opinion.
Date finished: 17th November
In Cornerstone, Valencia Roth died to protect her daughter. In Jaded Stone, she’ll live for her.
Twenty years before the events of Cornerstone, Valencia Roth is the Crown Princess of Sheas, as lonely as she is privileged. She wants for nothing, except a clear path toward peace for her land. She’s always known personal happiness might not be in The Three’s plan for her. As the future ruler of Sheas, and a Cornerstone, her life belongs to her people.
But when Valencia meets the charming Reid Hendel, she dares to believe love could be within her reach. That is, if they can both survive long enough for it to blossom. A new threat prowls the land, and she’s their primary target. Armed with stubborn pride and all the resources of Sheas, she fears nothing—until her brother leads her intended directly into the fray and at least one of them doesn’t return.
Burdened with grief, Valencia must carve her own path forward. From the forge of chaos, a new era will be born.
It’s very difficult to determine which I liked better: Jaded Stone or Cornerstone. They both had many peaks but those peaks weren’t similar and were pretty much unique to each book. So I’m on a mission to find out which I like better.
Catergory A: The Characters –
Main character wise, Emariya or Cornerstone wins hands down. It’s an understatement to say that Emariya and Valencia (protagonist of Jaded Stone) are very different people. While Valencia is a little bit harder and more concerned with her impact on the family and producing Secondstones, Emariya feels generally warmer and displays more (and different) emotions. Although they are different people, it’s kind of easy to see why Valencia is the way she is – while they both suffer, they do so in (once again) different ways and Valencia loses more.
Catergory B: Writing/Storytelling –
For me, this is another obvious one. Jaded Stone wins hands down. I think Kelly Walker’s writing has been consistently captivating in both books but Jaded Stone is told from Valencia’s perspective and in YA fiction, a character like her is rarely a protagonist, perhaps a secondary character, so that was a welcome change.
Catergory C: Keeping the Reader’s Attention –
Another one to Jaded Stone. I was really caught up in the story and while it took me 3-4 days to finish Cornerstone, I was done with Jaded Stone in half a day. Although this was a prequel, there was very little introductions needed because of Cornerstone and it was straight into the plot.
Catergory D: Reader’s Understanding of Book –
I’m afraid this one is going to Cornerstone. I found I got confused with who was who due to similar names and characters (usually related, which didn’t help) that started with the same letter.
Ladies and gentlemen, we have a tie! One more catergory to go…
Catergory E: Overall/Other Things I Liked –
And this one goes to Jaded Stone. I loved how there were loads of tie-ins and in Jaded Stone we learnt more about the characters and world alike!
And the winner is…Jaded Stone!
I really did enjoy Jaded Stone. If you’ve read Cornerstone, it’s really a must. I would love to see a story from Oren’s point of view now. I recommend this series to fantasy readers who like the medieval-feel sort of theme!
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Goodreads author bio:
Kelly Walker is a YA and NA author of several romantic titles, including the Souls of the Stones series. She has an unhealthy appreciation for chocolate, and a soft spot for rescued animals. Her best lessons on writing came from a lifetime of reading. She loves the fantastical, and the magical, and believes a captivating romance can be the most realistic magic of all. Kelly, her husband and her two children share their Virginia home with three dogs who walk her, and two cats who permit her to occasionally share their couch.