Book Review: The Pilgrim Stone

Pilgrim Stone, The

  • Title: The Pilgrim Stone
  • Author: JD Bowens
  • Series: Adventures in Amarant, Vol. 1
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Publishing Date: June 28th, 2019
  • Publishing Co.: Indie
  • Length: 305 pages
  • Format: Kindle Unlimited, Paperback
  • Acquired: Given free paperback copy in exchange for an honest review
  • Amazon Link: The Pilgrim Stone

A terrible evil lingers in the shadows of Amarant.

The Father of Blood and Shadows plots his return.

His dark priestess, Zamari, gathers his loyal followers.

From the ashes, she and her dark god will rule for eternity. All she needs is the key to open the door to release him. An artifact lost to time…
…the Pilgrim Stone

Consus Edderick, a young scholar, must race against time with his three brothers to find the Pilgrim Stone before Zamari does.

He will fight dragons, dark knights, and discover his own magical gifts as he fights to save the world.

Final Judgment: 4 Stars out of 5

The Edderick brothers are on a quest to find The Pilgrim Stone before the evil priestess Zamari. If she finds it before the brothers, the land of Amarant will be overrun by darkness and evil. None will be safe. Luckily, the brothers have something she doesn’t–family and courage. If they work together and combine their respective strengths, they may have a chance!

I first got hooked on these brothers in the short story collection, Adventures in Amarant. You can see my review of it here. The world and character-building was very detailed, and it became even more so in this novel. The brothers have a genuine relationship with each other and it can be seen even when they’re thousands of miles apart. This is what really made me fall in love with the story 🙂

The storyline is shown through multiple perspectives, each of the brothers getting a chance to have their own POV, as well as other characters, too. This creates a rich reading experience, where we see into the different motivations behind each character, see the world through his eyes. The plot is filled with action, betrayal, and danger. Definitely makes for an exciting and adventurous read!

The world building is also phenomenal! There is magic, crazy creatures, and all kinds of different landscapes. Bowens does a great job of making the reader feel like they are living in a completely different world. A world where they can do anything; be anyone.

The reason I rated this 4 stars instead of 5 is because it is difficult in the beginning to distinguish between the brothers. They–with the exception of Altin–are so similar that I couldn’t remember which brother did or said what. Some of the dialogue is also stunted, and some transitions are awkward. But other than that, this was a great beginning to a series I am excited to continue!

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