Review: Riddle in Stone (The Riddle in Stone #1) ~ Robert Evert

RiddleLong after the last of the great heroes of old has died, the Undead King is stirring again, amassing a goblin horde ready to sweep out of the mountains and destroy all of humanity. The only thing preventing utter annihilation is Edmund—a stuttering librarian who knows a secret, a secret that every thief, assassin, and king would kill to have. Fleeing from relentless peril, Edmund wages a solitary battle against an ancient evil. But how can one man succeed when so many before him have failed?

3 Thumbs-UpYet another book I’m not sure why I decided to read, but again I’m glad I found in my dying Kindle library.  This is a debut novel from this Author and is the start of a trilogy.

If you could see me writing this review, you would see me shaking my head over the main protagonist and, upon first meeting this character in the book you are as sure as night follows day that no good will come of anything he turns his hand to.  For starters, how the Author can have chosen such a boring person as their main character and, no offense against those with a speech impediment, he stutters to boot!  He’s arrogant and so full of his own self-importance that I was at a loss to find any redeeming qualities in him whatsoever, and really took an instant dislike to him.  Fortunately, I decided to continue reading and not let this nitwit of a character put me off, and I am so glad I did.  The story of this person’s transformation into a likeable and honourable character was wonderful, and his personal growth as it took place was actually one of favourite parts of this book.  The Author also wrote the real villains of this storyline well too, they were not the usual one –dimensional people that are often found to play the role of villain, they were fleshed out enough to claim their own place in the plot.

This book is a fun read, apart from the growth of the main character, the dire situations and events all the characters found themselves in and faced with made me chuckle to myself; and by this stage in the novel even the nitwit, who was turning into the hero was easy to cheer on.  Some readers may recognise a tip of the hat to certain geek culture icons as they read, but to find out who these are you would have to climb in your police box and go pick up a copy of this book.  My reasoning for rating a book I so obviously enjoyed at only three thumbs was that missing ingredient; with a title of this sort I expected a little more mystery and epic questing to be found within its pages, the cover even alluded to this, and I didn’t get it in my copy.

I will recommend this book though to anyone wanting an entertaining read with a very unlikely hero as its central character, and I will be reading the remainder of the trilogy to see if I get my quests and mysteries.