Title: Ruins on Stone Hill (Heroes of Ravenford, Book One)
Author: F. P. Spirit
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
It has been one hundred and fifty years since the end of the Thrall Wars, when the four dread Thrall Masters rained destruction down on the land of Thac. The world has been relatively quiet since, but dark things have started to rise around the little town of Ravenford.
The town's only hope lay in four newcomers: a fearless young warrior with blades of fire, an elven wizard as deadly to his friends as his enemies, a cynical halfling who might be an assassin, and a quiet gnome whose very touch can heal. Together they set out to face the creatures of darkness. Yet they soon find they are facing more than just a few rogue monsters, for a greater force lurks behind them all.
From eerie woods to underground caves to haunted ruins, they encounter terrifying monsters, creatures of the night, and demonic sorcery. Can the young heroes stand against the forces of darkness, or will they too fall prey to the evil that threatens to destroy Ravenford?
After one hundred and fifty years of peace, dark forces stir in the town of Ravenford. Is this a precursor of war or something even more sinister? A young warrior, an elf, a halfling and a gnome band together to face these creatures of darkness. What they encounter is more than they’re prepared to deal with. But with courage, magic, quick-thinking and an unseen protective force, these four heroes may be the catalyst needed to defeat the forces of darkness. If they fail, the world will be plunged into darkness forever.
Ruins on Stone Hill is a classic epic fantasy focused on a band of misfits with the odds stacked against them and all they have is each other. Like Lord of the Rings, there’s plenty of action scenes and humorous dialogue. The characters are well developed with their own distinctive voices. The plot is well-drawn with creative world-building techniques. It hooked me from the first chapter and I found myself wondering what was going to happen next.
If you love classic fantasy with a great cast of characters, you’ve got to read this book. Highly recommend and can’t wait to read the next book in the series!
Aksel climbed out of the wagon just in time to see the creature rushing toward them. “Well, that doesn’t look good.”
“Agreed,” Glo said through barely moving lips.
My Rating: 5 stars
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F.P. Spirit has always loved fantasy. From the moment he received his very first copy of Lord of the Rings back in high school, he was hooked. Today, somewhere between work and family, F. P. manages to write sword and sorcery fantasy fiction.
His novels, Ruins on Stone Hill, Serpent Cult, Dark Monolith, and Princess of Lanfor are the first four books in the series Heroes of Ravenford. The series chronicles the adventures of a band of young heroes in the dangerous world of Thac. F.P. is currently working on the fifth book in the Heroes of Ravenford series, The Baron's Heart, to be released in the fall 2018.
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Reviewed by: Mrs. N