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Winner of the 2012 Independent Publisher (IPPY) Silver Medal for SF/F.
Finalist for the 2012 ForeWord Book of the Year Award for SF/F.
"Do you know why the stones grieve?" the woman said to Kael. "Not for a soul, I'll tell you that much. The stones don't grieve for the passing of a lowly woman or the madness of a smitten man. They don't mourn death, or lost love, or broken dreams, or loneliness or despair. Yet you will make them wail. For you, the stones will weep."
In their most perilous adventure yet, Sariah, the rogue stonewiser who stunned the world by discovering lies in the stones and defying the all-powerful Guild, and Kael, the rebel leader who against all odds loves her, must find a stolen child, the only one capable of setting rule upon chaos, preserving the future of stonewising, and defeating the rot ravaging the land. The stakes couldn't be higher. The coveted child they seek is said to be an abomination. He is also their son.
It's a daunting challenge. Their child is in the hands of a deceitful enemy who has fled to a mysterious ruler, a rival deity with unfathomable powers pledged to destroy the goddess and eradicate stonewising from the world. Worse yet, the land is engulfed in strife, the rot is spreading faster than ever, and Kael is haunted by a malevolent curse compelling him to kill the woman he loves.
In a dangerous journey fraught with shocking twists, Sariah and Kael must do more than defeat their foes, unravel the mystifying forces vying to control their lives, and discover the mysteries of ages past. They must challenge the stones, defy the goddess and confront their cursed fates. Because only by embracing their destinies do they stand a chance to save their child and their world.
Midwest Book Review
The determination of a parent for their child is unmatched. Stonewiser: The Lament of the Stone is a follow up to the previous novel, following Sariah the stonewiser who through her skills and love, finds herself continued to be hunted as she tries to carve out something resembling happiness with her love, Kael. Through their journey, they find more than parental love is their driving force, as the world may rely on their success. A must for fans of previous volumes and an excellent work of original fantasy that must be considered for everyone else, Stonewiser: The Lament of the Stone is not to be overlooked.
RT Book Reviews, 4 1/2 stars
"Machado's Stonewiser trilogy draws to a brilliant conclusion with the same unexpected twists that have become her trademark. Her worldbuilding skills are remarkable, and each character is finely crafted. Readers will enjoy every minute of this roller-coaster ride of emotion and anticipation."
Science Fiction World
"The Lament of the Stone is a fitting conclusion to the [Stonewiser] series, skillfully weaving the threads of the previous novels together into a complex, dramatic, vivid and beautifully finished tapestry. And in Sariah’s fate, Machado demonstrates once and for all her commitment to a gritty realism. Highly recommended original fantasy fiction."
The Bethany (OK)Tribune also The Elk City Daily News and The Weatherford Daily News
If fantasy books are your pick, Dora Machado has written the third installment in her award winning Stonewiser series. It is titled Stonewiser: The Lament of the Stone. It is a riveting read.
Science Fiction World
With The Lament of the Stone the trilogy comes to a thrilling end and can finally be appreciated from start to finish without pause. Machado's imagination has been working at full tilt for this concluding chapter.... The Lament of the Stone... is a fitting conclusion to the series, skillfully weaving the threads of the previous novels together into a complex, dramatic, vivid and beautifully finished tapestry. And in Sariah's fate, Machado demonstrates once and for all her commitment to a gritty realism...Highly recommended original fantasy fiction. Read More
Book Club Questions:
How do Sariah's early experiences with the Guild shape her views of her world? Do you think that humans are defined by their earliest experiences? Do you think a person can overcome their early challenges and grow beyond their childhood experiences? Read More