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A broken man, Khraen awakens alone and lost. His stone heart has been shattered, littered across the world. With each piece, he regains some small shard of the man he once was.

He follows the trail, fragment by fragment, remembering his terrible past.

There was a woman.

There was a sword.

There was an end to sorrow.

Khraen walks the obsidian path.

©2020 Michael R. Fletcher (P)2020 Michael R. Fletcher

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  • Peter
  • 18-06-2020

Don't bother, this is only 12% of an actual book

Let me be clear, Beneath the reiterated endlessly repeated contemplation of 'What is and or am i evil' and sex scenes. There is a book with potential. Sadly never realized.

Spends most of its time padding its runtime with repetitive moral speculation on things we already speculated last chapter. Between that and the 'sex' scenes there is very little left to enjoy. I will be trying my best to return this and get my credit back. Woefully i cannot get back the hours i spent hoping an actual book would come out of this.

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  • Robert
  • 13-04-2021

A Good Story! Topped with a stellar Performance

overall a good story! It does get repetitive when the main character questions his every decision but that's part of general story.

The author does an amazing job building the world and is able explain the lore easily as we journey with the MC.

The performance of the author is superb! I love how he was able to give each character voices and the emotion/passion that comes with them.

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  • Arthur Fortune Jr.
  • 04-06-2020

“You’re not going to understand, at least not at first.”

Jet Li’s - The One, Pokémon, Highlander....All potential influencers and inspirations yet move over Frankenstein, Fletcher has made his own monster. In a tale told so well, so twisted and dark, you couldn’t see the foreshadowing. It was everywhere. This book has you questioning, again and again, “what is evil?” “How far is too far?” “If I root for this behavior, am I evil? Graphic at times, it’s darkest moments are done off camera and leave you to your own imagination. It contains lines like...

“Maybe I can give you the stab test.”
“Stab test?”
“If you don’t die, you’re a demon.”

“Not evil. Not evil at all, I chided myself.”

“Silence reigned like a terrible god.”

And every avid reader can relate to...

“I wanted to stop here, to spend my last days reading, to lose myself in their pages.”

So Mr. Fletcher I say to you, finish the series, so I don’t have to spend my last days losing myself in THESE pages...at least not on the first read through!!!

The author made a clutch decision to narrate the book himself and also crafted and a really epic rock intro and outro. While begrudgingly listening to it he informs us that he is still Michael R. Fletcher. Which is a relief after reading the contents of this book.
He did a great job and I hope he decides to narrate again.

*I was given an advanced reader copy for an honest review.*

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  • FanFiAddict
  • 04-06-2020

Fletcher's Best Novel to Date

Black Stone Heart is Fletcher's best novel to date, and that is really saying something coming from someone who can't stop talking about Beyond Redemption.

An unforgettable story; one that cuts with the sharpest of blades and heals with the finest of salves. You will not be unmoved.

Khraen may be one of the best protagonists to hit the fantasy scene since Logen Ninefingers.

I had the opportunity to read Black Stone Heart (The Obsidian Path #1) a couple of years ago before it even had a title. The fact that I still remember every aspect of this story should tell you how much of an impact it had on me; not only an immersive read, but an emotionally charged one.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-04-2021

Dark brilliance

Fantastic story showing struggles between who we want to be and who we are if given the opportunity. Dark, gritty and wonderfully told

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  • d
  • 01-03-2021

brilliant

A story of wonder and grim scenes. Everything great you'd expect from a Fletcher novel.

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  • Timy
  • 26-11-2020

Black Stone Heart will never let you go

I’ve been wanting to read one of Fletcher‘s books for a while now as many of my friends praised his books, but I never quite got around to it. Lady Luck stood by my side and Black Stone Heart got sorted into our group. I took it as a sign and claimed it for myself. In the meantime the audiobook was also released and I got myself a copy of that too to speed things up. Little did I know what was waiting for me.

Black Stone Heart is the story of Khraen, a young (or old, depending on your POV) man in search of his past and the pieces of his obsidian heart. The first person POV makes Black Stone Heart a very intimate read as we tag along Khraen discovering the world and the answers to his questions through him. I generally favor books written in first person, so this aspect was a huge plus for me. There is something raw and powerful in Fletcher‘s writing that makes Khraen’s world to come alive. His thirst for collecting his memories, his hate for wizards bordering on irrational and the many form of magic than inhabit the pages.

I admit I had a bit of a love/hate relationship with Khraen, which – to me – shows his complexity as a character. On one hand, I sympathized with him and rooted for him to find his memories or to find his happiness with Shalayn. But as the plot went ahead, he started to make decisions I did not quite understand. His flaws started to come out more and more as he gained his memories and his personality changed with it. It was really intriguing to see that change, I might add. The way he battled with himself, trying to balance his new and old personality. But also, he resents the people of the North for treating him badly due to his dark skin color and old superstitions, but at the same time, he holds a similar prejudice against wizards. Sure, he has a good reason to hate them, but he never stops considering that maybe, just maybe, not every wizard is a traitorous bastard.

Another interesting aspect of Black Stone Heart is Khraen’s struggling with the concept of evil. Is killing people considered evil? And if you do it for your own survival? Or for the good of your people? Does the purpose make the deed excusable? And then, what is evil anyway? What makes Khraen a really memorable character is that the reader can’t really decide on which side he falls on the evil spectrum. I don’t think he knows it either. Characters like him make the Grimdark subgenre so damn intriguing for me. Because I just can’t make up my mind about him and it’s been a while since I’ve read it. Twice in quick succession because damn, Black Stone Heart just makes its way under your skin like a bad itch you can’t get rid of.

My only issue and the reason I didn’t give this book a higher rating is Khraen’s relationships with Henka and Shalayn. I won’t go into details so I won’t spoil anything, but suffice to say, I found his feelings a bit unbelieavable and a bit forced. He told us over and over and over what he felt but it felt more like pep talking himself and not convincing either of us. Though, in retrospect, some things do make sense by the end of the book.

That being said, Fletcher has this way of f*cking with your mind, whether you like it or not. There aren’t many big surprising twists – only one that really caught me by surprise and which I should have expected. It is more character driven rather than plot and even then, the Fletcher does not make life easy for them.

Black Stone Heart will make you uncomfortable, will make you question the actions of the characters but will never let you go. Do a favor to yourself and listen to the audiobook narrated by Fletcher himself. If you won’t fall in love with his voice and wish he was reading everything to you from now on, then there is something wrong with you.

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  • Annoyed guy
  • 02-11-2020

Potential is there

Good Grimdark book that leaves you wanting more. Plot was a bit thin but the main character was very interesting and the story leaves you wanting more. Worth a pop.

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