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    Within the Shadow of Stone
By Sheri McGathy
Review by: Tina Morgan



Within the Shadow of Stone there dwells a secret that has faded into myth.

 Once great warriors served the Shroud born and protected the Skye people from harm. But when a Spirit Priest defies his own goddess for mortal gain a warrior is forced to choose between dishonor and imprisonment within the standing stones.

For centuries his promise has been born silent witness to his choice; carved upon the surface of the stones.

" When your need is truly great, the stone shall not forsake "

Centuries later, the Skye need that promise fulfilled, but the true Shroud born doesn't remember how to sing her plea to the stones.

Born to a dying world, Bree knows only that her people are being persecuted for their beliefs and there seems to be little she can do to stop it. The standing stones are being toppled and destroyed and with their demise, the land dies more each day. Bree turns to her goddess for help and finds that the answer isn't as easy to understand as she had hoped. Before the last stone falls, she must find a way to call to the great warriors.

McGathy's character's are alive and vibrant. Bree is an engaging protagonist and her struggle to save her life and her world is compelling and entertaining. Well written and told with an easy flowing style, the story kept me reading far into the night. It takes a special quality to make me sit in front of my computer for hours at a time but this story has it.

Available from Double Dragon Press as an ebook, it's sure to keep others reading longer than they intended. However, for those who do not want to read from a computer screen, Within in the Shadow of Stone will be available in print from Double Dragon Press in the spring.

Within the Shadow of Stone is a journey of faith doubted and fulfilled. This magical tale takes a unique twist on the myths surrounding the standing stones.

From the first page of the prologue I wanted to see how the story would unfold and McGathy delivers in this  * * * * *  star read.

Rating Scale:
* * * * * = Un-put-downable, excellent reading!
* * * * = Good value, interesting reading.
* * * = Had potential, but could have been better.
* * = Slow, difficult to read, could have been improved.
* = Imminently forgettable.



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