Edwards, Graham Stone and Sky

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Stone and Sky

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9780006510703: Stone and Sky

Graham Edwards has already hooked lovers of dragons. Now with this fabulous first book in a new trilogy, he is destined to add to his following all readers of sword-and-sorcery fantasy.

Trapped in an iceberg, Archan, the sole surviving dragon from Dragonflame, is on the move – the iceberg sails mysteriously into the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. The balance of nature shifts. The eruption of Krakatoa, 1883, is the result.

Jonah Lightfoot, journeying in the East Indies in search of the Cradle of Mankind, is hurled between worlds. With him is Annie West, an adventurous American on the run from her violent husband. Through a series of fabulous landscapes they arrive in the world of Stone. It is a spooky other-world, an endless Wall with exotic foliage crammed between the stones, air that is alive and flowing… and it is populated by stone-age humans as well as dragons, and the strangest of creatures, the Ypoth, whose task it is to repair the Wall whenever it is breached.

Annie is taken over by Frey, the evil shaman of the natives, and Jonah needs the aid of the Ypoth – but he doesn’t know about Archan, nor the enchantments Frey has already worked…

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The fourth book by a young British writer, Stone & Sky is both a self- contained novel and the beginning of "The Stone Trilogy". It is a Victorian-era fantasy which begins with English biologist Jonah Lightfoot encountering American artist Annie West moments before they are caught in the eruption of the South Seas volcano Mt. Krakatoa. They find themselves in the world of Stone, trapped by an endless wall, faced with a primitive civilisation and amazed to find dragons are real.

What follows has the feel of a classic English adventure yarn. For the flavour imagine a dash each of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World, William Hope-Hodgson's The Boats of the Glen Carrig--a more particular influence is probably his 1914 story "The Stone Ship"--and the novels of Sir Rider Haggard. The prose has a precise, considered voice which is a delight to read, and which is reminiscent of such fine fantasies as Robert Holdstock's Mythago Wood series or Stephen Baxter's elegant The Time Ships. Graham Edwards has a strong and sometimes bizarre imagination, which he deftly combines with a gift for crafting thrilling action and suspense sequences, topping everything with a dash of humour and an undercurrent of teasing romance. Jonah and Annie make an engaging pair, and their first adventure is a most enjoyable entertainment. The cover is by noted fantasy artist Les Edwards. --Gary S. Dalkin END

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Trapped in an iceberg, Archan, the sole surviving dragon in the world, is on the move – the iceberg sails mysteriously into the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. The balance of nature shifts. The eruption of Krakatoa, 1883, is the result.

Jonah Lightfoot, journeying in the East Indies in search of the Cradle of Mankind, is hurled between worlds. With him is Annie West, an adventurous American on the run from her violent husband. They find themselves stranded in the strange other-world of Stone, an endless Wall with exotic foliage crammed between vast squares of rock, air that is alive and flowing . . . and it is populated by stone-age humans and the strangest of creatures, the Ypoth, whose task it is to repair the Wall whenever it is breached. Archan may be pleased to see there are dragons in the unsettling sky. But Jonah and Annie face the gravest dangers and have little chance of escape.

"Graham Edwards brings a fantasy world of amazing dimensions fully to life."
STONE AND SKY

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