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The Stone and the Maiden
(Book One of the House of the Pandragore)

Dennis Jones
Avon EOS Books, 421 pages


Art: Tim & Greg Hildebrandt
The Stone and the Maiden
Dennis Jones
Dennis Jones is a full-time writer who lives with his wife Sandi, in Canada, where he is currently at work on a sequel to The Stone and the Maiden which was his first work of fantasy.

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A review by Jeri Wright

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The Stone and the Maiden is a charming quest fantasy. A likeable pair of lovers journey through a war torn land in search of an enchantment strong enough to defeat an evil wizard.

Mandine Dascaris is heir to the throne of a kingdom facing devastation. The Ascendancy is threatened by bloodthirsty invaders. Rumours hint of a wizard in their midst; an old and implacable enemy determined to destroy The Ascendancy and bring dark magic back into the world. The Dynast, Mandine's father, has fled the field of battle leaving the army in ruins, and there seems little hope of any successful opposition to the invasion.

Mandine, separated from her escort and desperately trying to make her way alone to the Essardene to join her father, is about to be offered a chance to save her country. In this endeavour she will be joined by Kienan Mac Brander, the young soldier who saves her life. Mandine is told that she and Key must find Signata: the place that contains all places, the moment that contains all moments. What form this treasure may take or how it may be found is unknown, but without it the Ascendancy will fall and her people perish. Mandine must leave her beleaguered people to the machinations of her twisted half-sister while she and Key begin their search. The growing love between them may prove to be their strongest defense against the evil sweeping their world.

This is an enjoyable read, an easy page-turner with a smooth, compulsive style. A mixture of epic world-building and the more personal story of Mandine and Key, I find the personal side of the story much more intriguing than the "larger picture". There is nothing ground-breaking here, but the characters are fresh and likable and come to life quite nicely. I was also pleased to see that, unlike many recent fantasy novels, this one does actually come to a conclusion instead of leaving the reader hanging in mid-air. I'll be looking forward to the next novel in the series.

Copyright © 1999 Jeri Wright

Jeri is a voracious reader who believes that paradise could well be a quiet afternoon, unlimited chocolate, and a novel to lose herself in. She reads and reviews all types of fiction, and enjoys sharing her life long passion for books with like-minded readers.


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