A Stones Throw Away

Only the Stones Survive, by Morgan Llywelyn  was another book I wanted to like, but it missed the mark. The book had a decent premise, a warlike race invades and the native species try to stay alive. The story at first centered around Joss, a young Túatha Dé Danann boy as he learns and matures in to an adult. It is clear from the first that the Danann are not a typical species, more alike to the elves in nature than to humans. They experience a communal relationship with the Island, but even that may not be enough to save them.

What I found hard to relate to this book was the sheer evil of the invaders. There was almost no redeeming the majority of them. They came to conquer without a thought of doing good and even then there was no motive beyond the barbaric desire to control and destroy. I found it beyond sad and not at all a credit to the book. While the end gave hope of a sort, I feel as if the rest of the book was too fanciful and jumped around perspectives and timelines too much to have any meeting.

As a result of all of this, I am giving Only the Stones Survive 3/5 stones for an attempt that never quite realized its potential. Perhaps if the book was fleshed out more there would be more for me to say, instead I am left with only stones.

I received this book for free in exchange from my honest review from the publisher through NetGalley.


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