Cornerstone by Kelly Walker (Souls of the Stones #1) – Review

August 7, 2013 Review 2

Cornerstone by Kelly Walker (Souls of the Stones #1) – ReviewRelease Date: May 15, 2013
Title: Souls of the Stones Omnibus
Author: Kelly Walker
Pages: 808
Publisher: All Night Reads
Source: NetGalley
From the Publisher: A convenient omnibus edition of the three main works of the Souls of the Stones series.

Contains: Cornerstone, Second Stone, Broken Stone.

Souls of the Stones follows Emariya Warren as she navigates the three divided lands of her world, as well as the three families striving for control. The series incorporates traditional fantasy elements such as prophecy and magic with a love story that transcends genre and time. Books 1-3 are included.

Cornerstone - When Emariya Warren learns enemy forces have captured her father, she'll do anything to save him. Anything. Even marry a mysterious prince she knows nothing about in order to rally the strength to arrange a rescue. During her journey to Torian's foreign castle, Emariya comes face to face with her mother's killers--and a deadly secret.

Not only does Emariya possess a powerful but unexpected magical gift. So does the prince she's promised to marry, and an ominous prophecy has warned their gifts must never be combined.

If she breaks her promise to marry Torian, she won't be able to save her father and if she keeps it, she may bring a curse upon everything she holds dear. Determining which choice is best won't be easy, but when she meets the gorgeous prince who may desire more than just her heart, she realizes she will have to fight just to have a choice at all.

Her heart wants him desperately. Her head begs her to run. If she doesn't want to share her mother's fate, she'll have to find a way to untangle the truth from the lies in time to save herself.

Second Stone - In the second installment in Souls of the Stones, the stakes are higher, the romance is hotter, and Emariya's power as a Cornerstone is growing.

Determined to make sense of the betrayals, lies, and her undeniable attraction to Torian, Emariya and her prince begin the journey to Sheas to confront her uncle and bring her father home.

Broken Stone - Unable to avoid her destiny any longer, Emariya has become the leader her mother always envisioned. Before she can focus on embracing her gifts to unify her three lands, she must first stop her own land from dissolving into civil war.
1 Stars

Technically, this is a DNF. I got the Souls of the Stones Omnibus from Netgalley. I had planned to read the entire thing and post three separate reviews for each of the books in the omnibus. But honestly – after reading the first book, I just don’t want to continue the series. It was an okay book – but not one that has me jumping for joy wanting to continue the series. I have so many other books that I’d just rather read. I’d give the individual book a three, but since I didn’t finish the omnibus – and won’t – I’m giving it the dreaded one, since that’s what I give all of my DNF reviews.

There were some parts to this book that were just really jarring. The setting is a world that’s very medieval-esque. Except… they had guns. In a world where there’s no modern transportation and the only medicine they rely on are “healers” and herbs… there were guns. It didn’t make sense to me.

The scenes where the villain was speaking were meant to keep us in the dark about who he was, but the execution was very poor. It left me confused because I thought I knew who it was the entire time and then when it wasn’t, I had to reread several passages with a completely different perception and understanding. That’s not the mark of good writing. There was one scene where one of the characters wasn’t named at all and I wasn’t sure who it was. I later figured out that it was a previously unknown character and that scene was the first time he appeared in the book. I just spent a lot of time confused, and I dislike that immensely when I’m reading a book that I’m supposed to be enjoying.

What Others Have to Say:

  • Insomnia of BooksThis book is full of unexpected twists and turns, that will leave you breathless. I loved it. A very promising debut. 
  • The Brainy Book BlogIt didn’t hold my attention. I had a hard time following all of the places and bloodlines. On top of trying to keep up with the pieces of information, the story is told from multiple points of view. About halfway through the book I just gave up and read without really understanding who was who and what was what.
  • Books Books & More BooksAlthough I liked most of the characters well enough by the end of the book I still didn’t really feel as though I really knew any of them. 

2 Responses to “Cornerstone by Kelly Walker (Souls of the Stones #1) – Review”

  1. Jen @ Pop! Goes The Reader

    I would be lying if I said I wasn’t immediately turned off by the fact that these novels seem to be high fantasy. I just have very little patience for extensive world building and the societal politics that are normally involved in the genre 🙁 That said, your review lessened my guilt considerably at immediately dismissing this series. It sounds like the world building is rather nonsensical and it’s more than a little difficult to enjoy a story you’re barely able to follow. I’ll definitely be avoiding this particular series!

    On a rather unrelated note: Is that Katie Cassidy on the cover!? It looks an awful lot like her (I’m a big fan) 😀

    • Mandi Kaye

      It does look just like her, doesn’t it? I was trying to place her and couldn’t put a name with her face – I’m glad you did! I did a search and she played Juliet on Gossip Girl and I immediately thought YES THAT’S WHO SHE LOOKS LIKE!

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