Gates of Stone

Gates of Stone

In a world of blood and magic, a powerful epic fantasy begins... AN EMPEROR'S DAUGHTER WHO WILL NOT BE DENIED Just before her sixteenth birthday, Princess Katerina is refused her rightful place as heir to the Empire of the Ice-Bear--solely because of her sex. Determined to regain her inheritance, she murders the foreign lord she's been ordered to marry and embarks on a peril In a world of blood and magic, a powerful epic fantasy begins... AN EMPEROR'S DAUGHTER WHO WILL NOT BE DENIED J...

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Title:Gates of Stone
Author:Angus Macallan
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Genres:Fantasy
ISBN:Gates of Stone
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:544 pages pages

Gates of Stone Reviews

  • Lori
    Mar 24, 2019

    ARC provided by the publisher?Berkley Publishing Group (Ace)?in exchange for an honest review. An Indonesian-inspired epic fantasy accompanied by Chinese, Japanese, and Indian influences; I?ve never read an epic fantasy with world-building like the one in Gates of Stone. An...

    DNF @ pg129 I might try this again someday, but honestly, I'm really sad to say that despite how ridiculously high my hopes were for this fantasy release, it isn't working for me. I'm not engaged, I can't connect to any of the characters or the writing, I'm not finding myself genuin...

    I'll be honest, when Gates of Stone arrived in my mailbox, I wasn't sure whether I would give it a read. The promise of " rip-roaring action" I liked, and a "believable Asian-inspired setting" intrigued me, but "tense political drama" and the reference to grimdark pioneer Joe Abercromb...

    With tense political drama and rip-roaring action in a fresh and believable Asian-inspired setting, Gates of Stone reads like a collaboration between Joe Abercrombie and James Clavell. Add ancient feuding sorcerers and a queen who would eat Cersei Lannister for breakfast, and you h...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2019/02/19/... Historical fiction writer Angus Donald begins a new epic fantasy series under his pseudonym Angus Macallan, drawing from his vast experience of living and working in Asia to create a world where nations war...

    4.5? Gates of Stone is a fleshy debut stocked with intellectually satisfying writing. I'm more than happy I picked this up on sight at my public library. I had very little previous knowledge going into this read. Alas Angus Macallan has crafted an opulent setting that mirrors ...

    Full review to come on https://fantasy-hive.co.uk/ but as a teaser: Angus Macallan?s foray into fantasy is off to a fantastic start with Gates of Stone. Whilst it took me awhile to get invested, the price of admission was well worth the pay off. Muskets, magic and mayhem ? what ...

    Gates of Stone is the first installment in the Lord of the Islands series and it is a historical fantasy that will seduce your imagination with the amazing tale held within its covers. The start of this novel will grab your attention but I did find that it took me a bit to become quite...

    This is a debut fantasy novel by Angus Donald writing under the pseudonym Angus Macallan whilst we are more used to reading Angus Donald's great historical fiction novels I guess he fancied a bash at the world of fantasy. This is sprawling epic first attempt following multiple POV and ...

    The mighty Angus Donald turns his hand to fantasy, and makes a quite brilliant job of it. Set in a fantasical Asia, the plot follows three main threads. Princess Katerina would be quite at home in Game of Thrones, fighting it out with the Mother of Dragons for supremacy in Westeros (...

    Check out this and many other book reviews on my blog: Meet Your New Favorite Book OMGOMGOMG! This book was AWESOME! This book is action-packed and starts off with a bang! I really liked it! However, some parts were a bit slow for me. It took me a little while to read t...

    I really liked this book! The characters, Katarina, Jun, and Semar, were so fascinating that I had to know how their journeys would end. I think Macallan did a fantastic job fleshing out those characters and paced their development really well. I haven?t seen good character devel...

    You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. Historical fiction writer Angus Donald, the author of The Outlaw Chronicles, brings his talents into the epic fantasy game by writing under his new pen name Angus Macallan the first book of The Lord of Islands series, a high fantas...

    I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ...

    Thank you to GoodReads and the publisher for giving me an advanced copy!! I finally finished this! It too me a lot longer than expected. Gates of Stone revolves around three characters: Jun, a spoiled prince, lives a life of luxury and ease on one of the islands in Laut B...

    I wasn't sure where all this was going until about 2/3rds of the way through. Then all the loose ends wove themselves together into a great story. Journey with each character individually, then see them come together in a great ending! ...

    A cracking piece of fantasy with good characterisation, a satisfying narrative arc and plenty of potential future storylines. The physical book was disappointing ? thin cover, thin flimsy paper. It felt a bit cheap. Angus mentioned it was a ?trade paperback? ? is that some q...

    I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Gates of Stone introduces the Lord of the Islands series, as such, it has to provide a lot of background information and context before getting too deep into the actual story line. Personally, it took a while...

    Angus Macallan is the pseudonym for the author Angus Donald. Mr Donald is the author of the utterly brilliant ?Outlaw? series and a two part (so far) series set about the time of the ?glorious revolution?. An immensely talented writer of historical fiction. But Gates of Stone ...

    This book was received as an ARC from Berkley Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own. One of the needs in our library is new exciting sci-fi fantasy novels and Gates of Stone sure delivered on the wow f...

    In the market to begin a new epic fantasy series? Maybe something to help take the edge off once the final season of Game of Thrones airs on HBO? Luckily, there's a new series that will fit the bill coming this February. Gates of Stone, the first novel in the Lord of the Islands series...

    Disclosure: I received a review copy from the publisher in exchange for a honest review. There?s been a huge wave of POC/diverse novels and authors the past year which led to many Asian-Inspired novels. But it was something I saw more prevalent in the Young Adult genre. I haven?...

    Gates of Stone features a full, varied narrative complete with three storylines, all converging to decide the fate of this fascinating land. This is a world filled with leaders both large and small who are constantly watching out for the intrigue and deceit of neighboring lands. Ga...

    OK - I've never been a big fan of fantasy novels because I usually think of them as being ones with fire-breathing flying dragons that speak perfect English, are well-mannered and cultured. In other words, stuff a 10-year-old would really enjoy reading. So, you can imagine my surpri...

    I was excited about this and I hear that once we get into the back story of the main female character she becomes a bit more understandable. I ain?t got that kind of time, I don?t want to go through another couple of hundred pages to understand a reprehensible character! Too shallo...

  • Jesslyn
    May 20, 2019

    ARC provided by the publisher?Berkley Publishing Group (Ace)?in exchange for an honest review. An Indonesian-inspired epic fantasy accompanied by Chinese, Japanese, and Indian influences; I?ve never read an epic fantasy with world-building like the one in Gates of Stone. An...

    DNF @ pg129 I might try this again someday, but honestly, I'm really sad to say that despite how ridiculously high my hopes were for this fantasy release, it isn't working for me. I'm not engaged, I can't connect to any of the characters or the writing, I'm not finding myself genuin...

    I'll be honest, when Gates of Stone arrived in my mailbox, I wasn't sure whether I would give it a read. The promise of " rip-roaring action" I liked, and a "believable Asian-inspired setting" intrigued me, but "tense political drama" and the reference to grimdark pioneer Joe Abercromb...

    With tense political drama and rip-roaring action in a fresh and believable Asian-inspired setting, Gates of Stone reads like a collaboration between Joe Abercrombie and James Clavell. Add ancient feuding sorcerers and a queen who would eat Cersei Lannister for breakfast, and you h...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2019/02/19/... Historical fiction writer Angus Donald begins a new epic fantasy series under his pseudonym Angus Macallan, drawing from his vast experience of living and working in Asia to create a world where nations war...

    4.5? Gates of Stone is a fleshy debut stocked with intellectually satisfying writing. I'm more than happy I picked this up on sight at my public library. I had very little previous knowledge going into this read. Alas Angus Macallan has crafted an opulent setting that mirrors ...

    Full review to come on https://fantasy-hive.co.uk/ but as a teaser: Angus Macallan?s foray into fantasy is off to a fantastic start with Gates of Stone. Whilst it took me awhile to get invested, the price of admission was well worth the pay off. Muskets, magic and mayhem ? what ...

    Gates of Stone is the first installment in the Lord of the Islands series and it is a historical fantasy that will seduce your imagination with the amazing tale held within its covers. The start of this novel will grab your attention but I did find that it took me a bit to become quite...

    This is a debut fantasy novel by Angus Donald writing under the pseudonym Angus Macallan whilst we are more used to reading Angus Donald's great historical fiction novels I guess he fancied a bash at the world of fantasy. This is sprawling epic first attempt following multiple POV and ...

    The mighty Angus Donald turns his hand to fantasy, and makes a quite brilliant job of it. Set in a fantasical Asia, the plot follows three main threads. Princess Katerina would be quite at home in Game of Thrones, fighting it out with the Mother of Dragons for supremacy in Westeros (...

    Check out this and many other book reviews on my blog: Meet Your New Favorite Book OMGOMGOMG! This book was AWESOME! This book is action-packed and starts off with a bang! I really liked it! However, some parts were a bit slow for me. It took me a little while to read t...

    I really liked this book! The characters, Katarina, Jun, and Semar, were so fascinating that I had to know how their journeys would end. I think Macallan did a fantastic job fleshing out those characters and paced their development really well. I haven?t seen good character devel...

    You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. Historical fiction writer Angus Donald, the author of The Outlaw Chronicles, brings his talents into the epic fantasy game by writing under his new pen name Angus Macallan the first book of The Lord of Islands series, a high fantas...

    I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ...

    Thank you to GoodReads and the publisher for giving me an advanced copy!! I finally finished this! It too me a lot longer than expected. Gates of Stone revolves around three characters: Jun, a spoiled prince, lives a life of luxury and ease on one of the islands in Laut B...

    I wasn't sure where all this was going until about 2/3rds of the way through. Then all the loose ends wove themselves together into a great story. Journey with each character individually, then see them come together in a great ending! ...

    A cracking piece of fantasy with good characterisation, a satisfying narrative arc and plenty of potential future storylines. The physical book was disappointing ? thin cover, thin flimsy paper. It felt a bit cheap. Angus mentioned it was a ?trade paperback? ? is that some q...

    I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Gates of Stone introduces the Lord of the Islands series, as such, it has to provide a lot of background information and context before getting too deep into the actual story line. Personally, it took a while...

    Angus Macallan is the pseudonym for the author Angus Donald. Mr Donald is the author of the utterly brilliant ?Outlaw? series and a two part (so far) series set about the time of the ?glorious revolution?. An immensely talented writer of historical fiction. But Gates of Stone ...

    This book was received as an ARC from Berkley Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own. One of the needs in our library is new exciting sci-fi fantasy novels and Gates of Stone sure delivered on the wow f...

    In the market to begin a new epic fantasy series? Maybe something to help take the edge off once the final season of Game of Thrones airs on HBO? Luckily, there's a new series that will fit the bill coming this February. Gates of Stone, the first novel in the Lord of the Islands series...

    Disclosure: I received a review copy from the publisher in exchange for a honest review. There?s been a huge wave of POC/diverse novels and authors the past year which led to many Asian-Inspired novels. But it was something I saw more prevalent in the Young Adult genre. I haven?...

    Gates of Stone features a full, varied narrative complete with three storylines, all converging to decide the fate of this fascinating land. This is a world filled with leaders both large and small who are constantly watching out for the intrigue and deceit of neighboring lands. Ga...

    OK - I've never been a big fan of fantasy novels because I usually think of them as being ones with fire-breathing flying dragons that speak perfect English, are well-mannered and cultured. In other words, stuff a 10-year-old would really enjoy reading. So, you can imagine my surpri...

    I was excited about this and I hear that once we get into the back story of the main female character she becomes a bit more understandable. I ain?t got that kind of time, I don?t want to go through another couple of hundred pages to understand a reprehensible character! Too shallo...

    What's with all these Game of Thrones comparisons for everything lately? Don't get me wrong, I love that book/show with all my being because the characters are just, fantastic. However, everything seems to be compared to it these days. Haha. Though, another reviewer said a charac...

    I was shocked at how good this was. Not sure why, but man it was. And darker that I expected. Okay, after thinking about it, it was probably the synopsis. It makes this out to seem like a run of the mill fantasy--its not. The audio was just as well done. I highly recommend either ve...

  • Bob Milne
    Dec 07, 2018

    ARC provided by the publisher?Berkley Publishing Group (Ace)?in exchange for an honest review. An Indonesian-inspired epic fantasy accompanied by Chinese, Japanese, and Indian influences; I?ve never read an epic fantasy with world-building like the one in Gates of Stone. An...

    DNF @ pg129 I might try this again someday, but honestly, I'm really sad to say that despite how ridiculously high my hopes were for this fantasy release, it isn't working for me. I'm not engaged, I can't connect to any of the characters or the writing, I'm not finding myself genuin...

    I'll be honest, when Gates of Stone arrived in my mailbox, I wasn't sure whether I would give it a read. The promise of " rip-roaring action" I liked, and a "believable Asian-inspired setting" intrigued me, but "tense political drama" and the reference to grimdark pioneer Joe Abercromb...

  • Nick Brett
    Feb 19, 2019

    ARC provided by the publisher?Berkley Publishing Group (Ace)?in exchange for an honest review. An Indonesian-inspired epic fantasy accompanied by Chinese, Japanese, and Indian influences; I?ve never read an epic fantasy with world-building like the one in Gates of Stone. An...

    DNF @ pg129 I might try this again someday, but honestly, I'm really sad to say that despite how ridiculously high my hopes were for this fantasy release, it isn't working for me. I'm not engaged, I can't connect to any of the characters or the writing, I'm not finding myself genuin...

    I'll be honest, when Gates of Stone arrived in my mailbox, I wasn't sure whether I would give it a read. The promise of " rip-roaring action" I liked, and a "believable Asian-inspired setting" intrigued me, but "tense political drama" and the reference to grimdark pioneer Joe Abercromb...

    With tense political drama and rip-roaring action in a fresh and believable Asian-inspired setting, Gates of Stone reads like a collaboration between Joe Abercrombie and James Clavell. Add ancient feuding sorcerers and a queen who would eat Cersei Lannister for breakfast, and you h...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2019/02/19/... Historical fiction writer Angus Donald begins a new epic fantasy series under his pseudonym Angus Macallan, drawing from his vast experience of living and working in Asia to create a world where nations war...

    4.5? Gates of Stone is a fleshy debut stocked with intellectually satisfying writing. I'm more than happy I picked this up on sight at my public library. I had very little previous knowledge going into this read. Alas Angus Macallan has crafted an opulent setting that mirrors ...

    Full review to come on https://fantasy-hive.co.uk/ but as a teaser: Angus Macallan?s foray into fantasy is off to a fantastic start with Gates of Stone. Whilst it took me awhile to get invested, the price of admission was well worth the pay off. Muskets, magic and mayhem ? what ...

    Gates of Stone is the first installment in the Lord of the Islands series and it is a historical fantasy that will seduce your imagination with the amazing tale held within its covers. The start of this novel will grab your attention but I did find that it took me a bit to become quite...

    This is a debut fantasy novel by Angus Donald writing under the pseudonym Angus Macallan whilst we are more used to reading Angus Donald's great historical fiction novels I guess he fancied a bash at the world of fantasy. This is sprawling epic first attempt following multiple POV and ...

    The mighty Angus Donald turns his hand to fantasy, and makes a quite brilliant job of it. Set in a fantasical Asia, the plot follows three main threads. Princess Katerina would be quite at home in Game of Thrones, fighting it out with the Mother of Dragons for supremacy in Westeros (...

    Check out this and many other book reviews on my blog: Meet Your New Favorite Book OMGOMGOMG! This book was AWESOME! This book is action-packed and starts off with a bang! I really liked it! However, some parts were a bit slow for me. It took me a little while to read t...

    I really liked this book! The characters, Katarina, Jun, and Semar, were so fascinating that I had to know how their journeys would end. I think Macallan did a fantastic job fleshing out those characters and paced their development really well. I haven?t seen good character devel...

    You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. Historical fiction writer Angus Donald, the author of The Outlaw Chronicles, brings his talents into the epic fantasy game by writing under his new pen name Angus Macallan the first book of The Lord of Islands series, a high fantas...

    I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ...

    Thank you to GoodReads and the publisher for giving me an advanced copy!! I finally finished this! It too me a lot longer than expected. Gates of Stone revolves around three characters: Jun, a spoiled prince, lives a life of luxury and ease on one of the islands in Laut B...

    I wasn't sure where all this was going until about 2/3rds of the way through. Then all the loose ends wove themselves together into a great story. Journey with each character individually, then see them come together in a great ending! ...

    A cracking piece of fantasy with good characterisation, a satisfying narrative arc and plenty of potential future storylines. The physical book was disappointing ? thin cover, thin flimsy paper. It felt a bit cheap. Angus mentioned it was a ?trade paperback? ? is that some q...

    I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Gates of Stone introduces the Lord of the Islands series, as such, it has to provide a lot of background information and context before getting too deep into the actual story line. Personally, it took a while...

    Angus Macallan is the pseudonym for the author Angus Donald. Mr Donald is the author of the utterly brilliant ?Outlaw? series and a two part (so far) series set about the time of the ?glorious revolution?. An immensely talented writer of historical fiction. But Gates of Stone ...

  • Van (Short & Sweet Reviews)
    Apr 13, 2019

    ARC provided by the publisher?Berkley Publishing Group (Ace)?in exchange for an honest review. An Indonesian-inspired epic fantasy accompanied by Chinese, Japanese, and Indian influences; I?ve never read an epic fantasy with world-building like the one in Gates of Stone. An...

    DNF @ pg129 I might try this again someday, but honestly, I'm really sad to say that despite how ridiculously high my hopes were for this fantasy release, it isn't working for me. I'm not engaged, I can't connect to any of the characters or the writing, I'm not finding myself genuin...

    I'll be honest, when Gates of Stone arrived in my mailbox, I wasn't sure whether I would give it a read. The promise of " rip-roaring action" I liked, and a "believable Asian-inspired setting" intrigued me, but "tense political drama" and the reference to grimdark pioneer Joe Abercromb...

    With tense political drama and rip-roaring action in a fresh and believable Asian-inspired setting, Gates of Stone reads like a collaboration between Joe Abercrombie and James Clavell. Add ancient feuding sorcerers and a queen who would eat Cersei Lannister for breakfast, and you h...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2019/02/19/... Historical fiction writer Angus Donald begins a new epic fantasy series under his pseudonym Angus Macallan, drawing from his vast experience of living and working in Asia to create a world where nations war...

    4.5? Gates of Stone is a fleshy debut stocked with intellectually satisfying writing. I'm more than happy I picked this up on sight at my public library. I had very little previous knowledge going into this read. Alas Angus Macallan has crafted an opulent setting that mirrors ...

    Full review to come on https://fantasy-hive.co.uk/ but as a teaser: Angus Macallan?s foray into fantasy is off to a fantastic start with Gates of Stone. Whilst it took me awhile to get invested, the price of admission was well worth the pay off. Muskets, magic and mayhem ? what ...

    Gates of Stone is the first installment in the Lord of the Islands series and it is a historical fantasy that will seduce your imagination with the amazing tale held within its covers. The start of this novel will grab your attention but I did find that it took me a bit to become quite...

    This is a debut fantasy novel by Angus Donald writing under the pseudonym Angus Macallan whilst we are more used to reading Angus Donald's great historical fiction novels I guess he fancied a bash at the world of fantasy. This is sprawling epic first attempt following multiple POV and ...

    The mighty Angus Donald turns his hand to fantasy, and makes a quite brilliant job of it. Set in a fantasical Asia, the plot follows three main threads. Princess Katerina would be quite at home in Game of Thrones, fighting it out with the Mother of Dragons for supremacy in Westeros (...

    Check out this and many other book reviews on my blog: Meet Your New Favorite Book OMGOMGOMG! This book was AWESOME! This book is action-packed and starts off with a bang! I really liked it! However, some parts were a bit slow for me. It took me a little while to read t...

    I really liked this book! The characters, Katarina, Jun, and Semar, were so fascinating that I had to know how their journeys would end. I think Macallan did a fantastic job fleshing out those characters and paced their development really well. I haven?t seen good character devel...

    You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. Historical fiction writer Angus Donald, the author of The Outlaw Chronicles, brings his talents into the epic fantasy game by writing under his new pen name Angus Macallan the first book of The Lord of Islands series, a high fantas...

    I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ...

    Thank you to GoodReads and the publisher for giving me an advanced copy!! I finally finished this! It too me a lot longer than expected. Gates of Stone revolves around three characters: Jun, a spoiled prince, lives a life of luxury and ease on one of the islands in Laut B...

    I wasn't sure where all this was going until about 2/3rds of the way through. Then all the loose ends wove themselves together into a great story. Journey with each character individually, then see them come together in a great ending! ...

    A cracking piece of fantasy with good characterisation, a satisfying narrative arc and plenty of potential future storylines. The physical book was disappointing ? thin cover, thin flimsy paper. It felt a bit cheap. Angus mentioned it was a ?trade paperback? ? is that some q...

    I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Gates of Stone introduces the Lord of the Islands series, as such, it has to provide a lot of background information and context before getting too deep into the actual story line. Personally, it took a while...

    Angus Macallan is the pseudonym for the author Angus Donald. Mr Donald is the author of the utterly brilliant ?Outlaw? series and a two part (so far) series set about the time of the ?glorious revolution?. An immensely talented writer of historical fiction. But Gates of Stone ...

    This book was received as an ARC from Berkley Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own. One of the needs in our library is new exciting sci-fi fantasy novels and Gates of Stone sure delivered on the wow f...

    In the market to begin a new epic fantasy series? Maybe something to help take the edge off once the final season of Game of Thrones airs on HBO? Luckily, there's a new series that will fit the bill coming this February. Gates of Stone, the first novel in the Lord of the Islands series...

    Disclosure: I received a review copy from the publisher in exchange for a honest review. There?s been a huge wave of POC/diverse novels and authors the past year which led to many Asian-Inspired novels. But it was something I saw more prevalent in the Young Adult genre. I haven?...

  • Meghan
    Jan 13, 2019

    ARC provided by the publisher?Berkley Publishing Group (Ace)?in exchange for an honest review. An Indonesian-inspired epic fantasy accompanied by Chinese, Japanese, and Indian influences; I?ve never read an epic fantasy with world-building like the one in Gates of Stone. An...

    DNF @ pg129 I might try this again someday, but honestly, I'm really sad to say that despite how ridiculously high my hopes were for this fantasy release, it isn't working for me. I'm not engaged, I can't connect to any of the characters or the writing, I'm not finding myself genuin...

    I'll be honest, when Gates of Stone arrived in my mailbox, I wasn't sure whether I would give it a read. The promise of " rip-roaring action" I liked, and a "believable Asian-inspired setting" intrigued me, but "tense political drama" and the reference to grimdark pioneer Joe Abercromb...

    With tense political drama and rip-roaring action in a fresh and believable Asian-inspired setting, Gates of Stone reads like a collaboration between Joe Abercrombie and James Clavell. Add ancient feuding sorcerers and a queen who would eat Cersei Lannister for breakfast, and you h...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2019/02/19/... Historical fiction writer Angus Donald begins a new epic fantasy series under his pseudonym Angus Macallan, drawing from his vast experience of living and working in Asia to create a world where nations war...

    4.5? Gates of Stone is a fleshy debut stocked with intellectually satisfying writing. I'm more than happy I picked this up on sight at my public library. I had very little previous knowledge going into this read. Alas Angus Macallan has crafted an opulent setting that mirrors ...

    Full review to come on https://fantasy-hive.co.uk/ but as a teaser: Angus Macallan?s foray into fantasy is off to a fantastic start with Gates of Stone. Whilst it took me awhile to get invested, the price of admission was well worth the pay off. Muskets, magic and mayhem ? what ...

    Gates of Stone is the first installment in the Lord of the Islands series and it is a historical fantasy that will seduce your imagination with the amazing tale held within its covers. The start of this novel will grab your attention but I did find that it took me a bit to become quite...

    This is a debut fantasy novel by Angus Donald writing under the pseudonym Angus Macallan whilst we are more used to reading Angus Donald's great historical fiction novels I guess he fancied a bash at the world of fantasy. This is sprawling epic first attempt following multiple POV and ...

    The mighty Angus Donald turns his hand to fantasy, and makes a quite brilliant job of it. Set in a fantasical Asia, the plot follows three main threads. Princess Katerina would be quite at home in Game of Thrones, fighting it out with the Mother of Dragons for supremacy in Westeros (...

    Check out this and many other book reviews on my blog: Meet Your New Favorite Book OMGOMGOMG! This book was AWESOME! This book is action-packed and starts off with a bang! I really liked it! However, some parts were a bit slow for me. It took me a little while to read t...

    I really liked this book! The characters, Katarina, Jun, and Semar, were so fascinating that I had to know how their journeys would end. I think Macallan did a fantastic job fleshing out those characters and paced their development really well. I haven?t seen good character devel...

    You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. Historical fiction writer Angus Donald, the author of The Outlaw Chronicles, brings his talents into the epic fantasy game by writing under his new pen name Angus Macallan the first book of The Lord of Islands series, a high fantas...

    I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ...

    Thank you to GoodReads and the publisher for giving me an advanced copy!! I finally finished this! It too me a lot longer than expected. Gates of Stone revolves around three characters: Jun, a spoiled prince, lives a life of luxury and ease on one of the islands in Laut B...

    I wasn't sure where all this was going until about 2/3rds of the way through. Then all the loose ends wove themselves together into a great story. Journey with each character individually, then see them come together in a great ending! ...

    A cracking piece of fantasy with good characterisation, a satisfying narrative arc and plenty of potential future storylines. The physical book was disappointing ? thin cover, thin flimsy paper. It felt a bit cheap. Angus mentioned it was a ?trade paperback? ? is that some q...

    I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Gates of Stone introduces the Lord of the Islands series, as such, it has to provide a lot of background information and context before getting too deep into the actual story line. Personally, it took a while...

    Angus Macallan is the pseudonym for the author Angus Donald. Mr Donald is the author of the utterly brilliant ?Outlaw? series and a two part (so far) series set about the time of the ?glorious revolution?. An immensely talented writer of historical fiction. But Gates of Stone ...

    This book was received as an ARC from Berkley Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own. One of the needs in our library is new exciting sci-fi fantasy novels and Gates of Stone sure delivered on the wow f...

    In the market to begin a new epic fantasy series? Maybe something to help take the edge off once the final season of Game of Thrones airs on HBO? Luckily, there's a new series that will fit the bill coming this February. Gates of Stone, the first novel in the Lord of the Islands series...

  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    Feb 09, 2019

    ARC provided by the publisher?Berkley Publishing Group (Ace)?in exchange for an honest review. An Indonesian-inspired epic fantasy accompanied by Chinese, Japanese, and Indian influences; I?ve never read an epic fantasy with world-building like the one in Gates of Stone. An...

    DNF @ pg129 I might try this again someday, but honestly, I'm really sad to say that despite how ridiculously high my hopes were for this fantasy release, it isn't working for me. I'm not engaged, I can't connect to any of the characters or the writing, I'm not finding myself genuin...

    I'll be honest, when Gates of Stone arrived in my mailbox, I wasn't sure whether I would give it a read. The promise of " rip-roaring action" I liked, and a "believable Asian-inspired setting" intrigued me, but "tense political drama" and the reference to grimdark pioneer Joe Abercromb...

    With tense political drama and rip-roaring action in a fresh and believable Asian-inspired setting, Gates of Stone reads like a collaboration between Joe Abercrombie and James Clavell. Add ancient feuding sorcerers and a queen who would eat Cersei Lannister for breakfast, and you h...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2019/02/19/... Historical fiction writer Angus Donald begins a new epic fantasy series under his pseudonym Angus Macallan, drawing from his vast experience of living and working in Asia to create a world where nations war...

  • Wendy
    Jan 21, 2019

    ARC provided by the publisher?Berkley Publishing Group (Ace)?in exchange for an honest review. An Indonesian-inspired epic fantasy accompanied by Chinese, Japanese, and Indian influences; I?ve never read an epic fantasy with world-building like the one in Gates of Stone. An...

    DNF @ pg129 I might try this again someday, but honestly, I'm really sad to say that despite how ridiculously high my hopes were for this fantasy release, it isn't working for me. I'm not engaged, I can't connect to any of the characters or the writing, I'm not finding myself genuin...

    I'll be honest, when Gates of Stone arrived in my mailbox, I wasn't sure whether I would give it a read. The promise of " rip-roaring action" I liked, and a "believable Asian-inspired setting" intrigued me, but "tense political drama" and the reference to grimdark pioneer Joe Abercromb...

    With tense political drama and rip-roaring action in a fresh and believable Asian-inspired setting, Gates of Stone reads like a collaboration between Joe Abercrombie and James Clavell. Add ancient feuding sorcerers and a queen who would eat Cersei Lannister for breakfast, and you h...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2019/02/19/... Historical fiction writer Angus Donald begins a new epic fantasy series under his pseudonym Angus Macallan, drawing from his vast experience of living and working in Asia to create a world where nations war...

    4.5? Gates of Stone is a fleshy debut stocked with intellectually satisfying writing. I'm more than happy I picked this up on sight at my public library. I had very little previous knowledge going into this read. Alas Angus Macallan has crafted an opulent setting that mirrors ...

    Full review to come on https://fantasy-hive.co.uk/ but as a teaser: Angus Macallan?s foray into fantasy is off to a fantastic start with Gates of Stone. Whilst it took me awhile to get invested, the price of admission was well worth the pay off. Muskets, magic and mayhem ? what ...

    Gates of Stone is the first installment in the Lord of the Islands series and it is a historical fantasy that will seduce your imagination with the amazing tale held within its covers. The start of this novel will grab your attention but I did find that it took me a bit to become quite...

    This is a debut fantasy novel by Angus Donald writing under the pseudonym Angus Macallan whilst we are more used to reading Angus Donald's great historical fiction novels I guess he fancied a bash at the world of fantasy. This is sprawling epic first attempt following multiple POV and ...

    The mighty Angus Donald turns his hand to fantasy, and makes a quite brilliant job of it. Set in a fantasical Asia, the plot follows three main threads. Princess Katerina would be quite at home in Game of Thrones, fighting it out with the Mother of Dragons for supremacy in Westeros (...

    Check out this and many other book reviews on my blog: Meet Your New Favorite Book OMGOMGOMG! This book was AWESOME! This book is action-packed and starts off with a bang! I really liked it! However, some parts were a bit slow for me. It took me a little while to read t...

    I really liked this book! The characters, Katarina, Jun, and Semar, were so fascinating that I had to know how their journeys would end. I think Macallan did a fantastic job fleshing out those characters and paced their development really well. I haven?t seen good character devel...

    You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. Historical fiction writer Angus Donald, the author of The Outlaw Chronicles, brings his talents into the epic fantasy game by writing under his new pen name Angus Macallan the first book of The Lord of Islands series, a high fantas...

    I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ...

    Thank you to GoodReads and the publisher for giving me an advanced copy!! I finally finished this! It too me a lot longer than expected. Gates of Stone revolves around three characters: Jun, a spoiled prince, lives a life of luxury and ease on one of the islands in Laut B...

  • Monica
    May 06, 2019

    ARC provided by the publisher?Berkley Publishing Group (Ace)?in exchange for an honest review. An Indonesian-inspired epic fantasy accompanied by Chinese, Japanese, and Indian influences; I?ve never read an epic fantasy with world-building like the one in Gates of Stone. An...

    DNF @ pg129 I might try this again someday, but honestly, I'm really sad to say that despite how ridiculously high my hopes were for this fantasy release, it isn't working for me. I'm not engaged, I can't connect to any of the characters or the writing, I'm not finding myself genuin...

    I'll be honest, when Gates of Stone arrived in my mailbox, I wasn't sure whether I would give it a read. The promise of " rip-roaring action" I liked, and a "believable Asian-inspired setting" intrigued me, but "tense political drama" and the reference to grimdark pioneer Joe Abercromb...

    With tense political drama and rip-roaring action in a fresh and believable Asian-inspired setting, Gates of Stone reads like a collaboration between Joe Abercrombie and James Clavell. Add ancient feuding sorcerers and a queen who would eat Cersei Lannister for breakfast, and you h...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2019/02/19/... Historical fiction writer Angus Donald begins a new epic fantasy series under his pseudonym Angus Macallan, drawing from his vast experience of living and working in Asia to create a world where nations war...

    4.5? Gates of Stone is a fleshy debut stocked with intellectually satisfying writing. I'm more than happy I picked this up on sight at my public library. I had very little previous knowledge going into this read. Alas Angus Macallan has crafted an opulent setting that mirrors ...

    Full review to come on https://fantasy-hive.co.uk/ but as a teaser: Angus Macallan?s foray into fantasy is off to a fantastic start with Gates of Stone. Whilst it took me awhile to get invested, the price of admission was well worth the pay off. Muskets, magic and mayhem ? what ...

    Gates of Stone is the first installment in the Lord of the Islands series and it is a historical fantasy that will seduce your imagination with the amazing tale held within its covers. The start of this novel will grab your attention but I did find that it took me a bit to become quite...

    This is a debut fantasy novel by Angus Donald writing under the pseudonym Angus Macallan whilst we are more used to reading Angus Donald's great historical fiction novels I guess he fancied a bash at the world of fantasy. This is sprawling epic first attempt following multiple POV and ...

    The mighty Angus Donald turns his hand to fantasy, and makes a quite brilliant job of it. Set in a fantasical Asia, the plot follows three main threads. Princess Katerina would be quite at home in Game of Thrones, fighting it out with the Mother of Dragons for supremacy in Westeros (...

    Check out this and many other book reviews on my blog: Meet Your New Favorite Book OMGOMGOMG! This book was AWESOME! This book is action-packed and starts off with a bang! I really liked it! However, some parts were a bit slow for me. It took me a little while to read t...

    I really liked this book! The characters, Katarina, Jun, and Semar, were so fascinating that I had to know how their journeys would end. I think Macallan did a fantastic job fleshing out those characters and paced their development really well. I haven?t seen good character devel...

    You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. Historical fiction writer Angus Donald, the author of The Outlaw Chronicles, brings his talents into the epic fantasy game by writing under his new pen name Angus Macallan the first book of The Lord of Islands series, a high fantas...

    I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ...

    Thank you to GoodReads and the publisher for giving me an advanced copy!! I finally finished this! It too me a lot longer than expected. Gates of Stone revolves around three characters: Jun, a spoiled prince, lives a life of luxury and ease on one of the islands in Laut B...

    I wasn't sure where all this was going until about 2/3rds of the way through. Then all the loose ends wove themselves together into a great story. Journey with each character individually, then see them come together in a great ending! ...

    A cracking piece of fantasy with good characterisation, a satisfying narrative arc and plenty of potential future storylines. The physical book was disappointing ? thin cover, thin flimsy paper. It felt a bit cheap. Angus mentioned it was a ?trade paperback? ? is that some q...

    I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Gates of Stone introduces the Lord of the Islands series, as such, it has to provide a lot of background information and context before getting too deep into the actual story line. Personally, it took a while...

    Angus Macallan is the pseudonym for the author Angus Donald. Mr Donald is the author of the utterly brilliant ?Outlaw? series and a two part (so far) series set about the time of the ?glorious revolution?. An immensely talented writer of historical fiction. But Gates of Stone ...

    This book was received as an ARC from Berkley Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own. One of the needs in our library is new exciting sci-fi fantasy novels and Gates of Stone sure delivered on the wow f...

    In the market to begin a new epic fantasy series? Maybe something to help take the edge off once the final season of Game of Thrones airs on HBO? Luckily, there's a new series that will fit the bill coming this February. Gates of Stone, the first novel in the Lord of the Islands series...

    Disclosure: I received a review copy from the publisher in exchange for a honest review. There?s been a huge wave of POC/diverse novels and authors the past year which led to many Asian-Inspired novels. But it was something I saw more prevalent in the Young Adult genre. I haven?...

    Gates of Stone features a full, varied narrative complete with three storylines, all converging to decide the fate of this fascinating land. This is a world filled with leaders both large and small who are constantly watching out for the intrigue and deceit of neighboring lands. Ga...

    OK - I've never been a big fan of fantasy novels because I usually think of them as being ones with fire-breathing flying dragons that speak perfect English, are well-mannered and cultured. In other words, stuff a 10-year-old would really enjoy reading. So, you can imagine my surpri...

    I was excited about this and I hear that once we get into the back story of the main female character she becomes a bit more understandable. I ain?t got that kind of time, I don?t want to go through another couple of hundred pages to understand a reprehensible character! Too shallo...

    What's with all these Game of Thrones comparisons for everything lately? Don't get me wrong, I love that book/show with all my being because the characters are just, fantastic. However, everything seems to be compared to it these days. Haha. Though, another reviewer said a charac...

    I was shocked at how good this was. Not sure why, but man it was. And darker that I expected. Okay, after thinking about it, it was probably the synopsis. It makes this out to seem like a run of the mill fantasy--its not. The audio was just as well done. I highly recommend either ve...

    What a brilliant book. It might even become my favourite read of 2019! Loved the characters. Loved the world building and loved that there was some magic. Really liked that there was a "baddy" sorceror and can't wait to find out how the "goodies" are going to best him. All in all, a cl...

    I liked the beginning, then about half way through I got really bored [and the story got really dark], and from then I skipped all the chapters except Katerina's. Do I regret it? Nah. Lovely writing, a rich world, but none of the characters I rooted for and after the halfway point I st...

  • Virginia
    Aug 06, 2018

    ARC provided by the publisher?Berkley Publishing Group (Ace)?in exchange for an honest review. An Indonesian-inspired epic fantasy accompanied by Chinese, Japanese, and Indian influences; I?ve never read an epic fantasy with world-building like the one in Gates of Stone. An...

    DNF @ pg129 I might try this again someday, but honestly, I'm really sad to say that despite how ridiculously high my hopes were for this fantasy release, it isn't working for me. I'm not engaged, I can't connect to any of the characters or the writing, I'm not finding myself genuin...

    I'll be honest, when Gates of Stone arrived in my mailbox, I wasn't sure whether I would give it a read. The promise of " rip-roaring action" I liked, and a "believable Asian-inspired setting" intrigued me, but "tense political drama" and the reference to grimdark pioneer Joe Abercromb...

    With tense political drama and rip-roaring action in a fresh and believable Asian-inspired setting, Gates of Stone reads like a collaboration between Joe Abercrombie and James Clavell. Add ancient feuding sorcerers and a queen who would eat Cersei Lannister for breakfast, and you h...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2019/02/19/... Historical fiction writer Angus Donald begins a new epic fantasy series under his pseudonym Angus Macallan, drawing from his vast experience of living and working in Asia to create a world where nations war...

    4.5? Gates of Stone is a fleshy debut stocked with intellectually satisfying writing. I'm more than happy I picked this up on sight at my public library. I had very little previous knowledge going into this read. Alas Angus Macallan has crafted an opulent setting that mirrors ...

    Full review to come on https://fantasy-hive.co.uk/ but as a teaser: Angus Macallan?s foray into fantasy is off to a fantastic start with Gates of Stone. Whilst it took me awhile to get invested, the price of admission was well worth the pay off. Muskets, magic and mayhem ? what ...

    Gates of Stone is the first installment in the Lord of the Islands series and it is a historical fantasy that will seduce your imagination with the amazing tale held within its covers. The start of this novel will grab your attention but I did find that it took me a bit to become quite...

    This is a debut fantasy novel by Angus Donald writing under the pseudonym Angus Macallan whilst we are more used to reading Angus Donald's great historical fiction novels I guess he fancied a bash at the world of fantasy. This is sprawling epic first attempt following multiple POV and ...

    The mighty Angus Donald turns his hand to fantasy, and makes a quite brilliant job of it. Set in a fantasical Asia, the plot follows three main threads. Princess Katerina would be quite at home in Game of Thrones, fighting it out with the Mother of Dragons for supremacy in Westeros (...

    Check out this and many other book reviews on my blog: Meet Your New Favorite Book OMGOMGOMG! This book was AWESOME! This book is action-packed and starts off with a bang! I really liked it! However, some parts were a bit slow for me. It took me a little while to read t...

    I really liked this book! The characters, Katarina, Jun, and Semar, were so fascinating that I had to know how their journeys would end. I think Macallan did a fantastic job fleshing out those characters and paced their development really well. I haven?t seen good character devel...

  • Simon Howard
    Mar 06, 2019

    ARC provided by the publisher?Berkley Publishing Group (Ace)?in exchange for an honest review. An Indonesian-inspired epic fantasy accompanied by Chinese, Japanese, and Indian influences; I?ve never read an epic fantasy with world-building like the one in Gates of Stone. An...

    DNF @ pg129 I might try this again someday, but honestly, I'm really sad to say that despite how ridiculously high my hopes were for this fantasy release, it isn't working for me. I'm not engaged, I can't connect to any of the characters or the writing, I'm not finding myself genuin...

    I'll be honest, when Gates of Stone arrived in my mailbox, I wasn't sure whether I would give it a read. The promise of " rip-roaring action" I liked, and a "believable Asian-inspired setting" intrigued me, but "tense political drama" and the reference to grimdark pioneer Joe Abercromb...

    With tense political drama and rip-roaring action in a fresh and believable Asian-inspired setting, Gates of Stone reads like a collaboration between Joe Abercrombie and James Clavell. Add ancient feuding sorcerers and a queen who would eat Cersei Lannister for breakfast, and you h...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2019/02/19/... Historical fiction writer Angus Donald begins a new epic fantasy series under his pseudonym Angus Macallan, drawing from his vast experience of living and working in Asia to create a world where nations war...

    4.5? Gates of Stone is a fleshy debut stocked with intellectually satisfying writing. I'm more than happy I picked this up on sight at my public library. I had very little previous knowledge going into this read. Alas Angus Macallan has crafted an opulent setting that mirrors ...

    Full review to come on https://fantasy-hive.co.uk/ but as a teaser: Angus Macallan?s foray into fantasy is off to a fantastic start with Gates of Stone. Whilst it took me awhile to get invested, the price of admission was well worth the pay off. Muskets, magic and mayhem ? what ...

    Gates of Stone is the first installment in the Lord of the Islands series and it is a historical fantasy that will seduce your imagination with the amazing tale held within its covers. The start of this novel will grab your attention but I did find that it took me a bit to become quite...

    This is a debut fantasy novel by Angus Donald writing under the pseudonym Angus Macallan whilst we are more used to reading Angus Donald's great historical fiction novels I guess he fancied a bash at the world of fantasy. This is sprawling epic first attempt following multiple POV and ...

  • Peter McLean
    Sep 22, 2018

    ARC provided by the publisher?Berkley Publishing Group (Ace)?in exchange for an honest review. An Indonesian-inspired epic fantasy accompanied by Chinese, Japanese, and Indian influences; I?ve never read an epic fantasy with world-building like the one in Gates of Stone. An...

    DNF @ pg129 I might try this again someday, but honestly, I'm really sad to say that despite how ridiculously high my hopes were for this fantasy release, it isn't working for me. I'm not engaged, I can't connect to any of the characters or the writing, I'm not finding myself genuin...

    I'll be honest, when Gates of Stone arrived in my mailbox, I wasn't sure whether I would give it a read. The promise of " rip-roaring action" I liked, and a "believable Asian-inspired setting" intrigued me, but "tense political drama" and the reference to grimdark pioneer Joe Abercromb...

    With tense political drama and rip-roaring action in a fresh and believable Asian-inspired setting, Gates of Stone reads like a collaboration between Joe Abercrombie and James Clavell. Add ancient feuding sorcerers and a queen who would eat Cersei Lannister for breakfast, and you h...

  • destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
    Feb 23, 2019

    ARC provided by the publisher?Berkley Publishing Group (Ace)?in exchange for an honest review. An Indonesian-inspired epic fantasy accompanied by Chinese, Japanese, and Indian influences; I?ve never read an epic fantasy with world-building like the one in Gates of Stone. An...

    DNF @ pg129 I might try this again someday, but honestly, I'm really sad to say that despite how ridiculously high my hopes were for this fantasy release, it isn't working for me. I'm not engaged, I can't connect to any of the characters or the writing, I'm not finding myself genuin...

  • Benji Glaab
    Apr 20, 2019

    ARC provided by the publisher?Berkley Publishing Group (Ace)?in exchange for an honest review. An Indonesian-inspired epic fantasy accompanied by Chinese, Japanese, and Indian influences; I?ve never read an epic fantasy with world-building like the one in Gates of Stone. An...

    DNF @ pg129 I might try this again someday, but honestly, I'm really sad to say that despite how ridiculously high my hopes were for this fantasy release, it isn't working for me. I'm not engaged, I can't connect to any of the characters or the writing, I'm not finding myself genuin...

    I'll be honest, when Gates of Stone arrived in my mailbox, I wasn't sure whether I would give it a read. The promise of " rip-roaring action" I liked, and a "believable Asian-inspired setting" intrigued me, but "tense political drama" and the reference to grimdark pioneer Joe Abercromb...

    With tense political drama and rip-roaring action in a fresh and believable Asian-inspired setting, Gates of Stone reads like a collaboration between Joe Abercrombie and James Clavell. Add ancient feuding sorcerers and a queen who would eat Cersei Lannister for breakfast, and you h...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2019/02/19/... Historical fiction writer Angus Donald begins a new epic fantasy series under his pseudonym Angus Macallan, drawing from his vast experience of living and working in Asia to create a world where nations war...

    4.5? Gates of Stone is a fleshy debut stocked with intellectually satisfying writing. I'm more than happy I picked this up on sight at my public library. I had very little previous knowledge going into this read. Alas Angus Macallan has crafted an opulent setting that mirrors ...

  • Ash | EmeraldBookOwl
    Jan 25, 2019

    ARC provided by the publisher?Berkley Publishing Group (Ace)?in exchange for an honest review. An Indonesian-inspired epic fantasy accompanied by Chinese, Japanese, and Indian influences; I?ve never read an epic fantasy with world-building like the one in Gates of Stone. An...

    DNF @ pg129 I might try this again someday, but honestly, I'm really sad to say that despite how ridiculously high my hopes were for this fantasy release, it isn't working for me. I'm not engaged, I can't connect to any of the characters or the writing, I'm not finding myself genuin...

    I'll be honest, when Gates of Stone arrived in my mailbox, I wasn't sure whether I would give it a read. The promise of " rip-roaring action" I liked, and a "believable Asian-inspired setting" intrigued me, but "tense political drama" and the reference to grimdark pioneer Joe Abercromb...

    With tense political drama and rip-roaring action in a fresh and believable Asian-inspired setting, Gates of Stone reads like a collaboration between Joe Abercrombie and James Clavell. Add ancient feuding sorcerers and a queen who would eat Cersei Lannister for breakfast, and you h...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2019/02/19/... Historical fiction writer Angus Donald begins a new epic fantasy series under his pseudonym Angus Macallan, drawing from his vast experience of living and working in Asia to create a world where nations war...

    4.5? Gates of Stone is a fleshy debut stocked with intellectually satisfying writing. I'm more than happy I picked this up on sight at my public library. I had very little previous knowledge going into this read. Alas Angus Macallan has crafted an opulent setting that mirrors ...

    Full review to come on https://fantasy-hive.co.uk/ but as a teaser: Angus Macallan?s foray into fantasy is off to a fantastic start with Gates of Stone. Whilst it took me awhile to get invested, the price of admission was well worth the pay off. Muskets, magic and mayhem ? what ...

    Gates of Stone is the first installment in the Lord of the Islands series and it is a historical fantasy that will seduce your imagination with the amazing tale held within its covers. The start of this novel will grab your attention but I did find that it took me a bit to become quite...

    This is a debut fantasy novel by Angus Donald writing under the pseudonym Angus Macallan whilst we are more used to reading Angus Donald's great historical fiction novels I guess he fancied a bash at the world of fantasy. This is sprawling epic first attempt following multiple POV and ...

    The mighty Angus Donald turns his hand to fantasy, and makes a quite brilliant job of it. Set in a fantasical Asia, the plot follows three main threads. Princess Katerina would be quite at home in Game of Thrones, fighting it out with the Mother of Dragons for supremacy in Westeros (...

    Check out this and many other book reviews on my blog: Meet Your New Favorite Book OMGOMGOMG! This book was AWESOME! This book is action-packed and starts off with a bang! I really liked it! However, some parts were a bit slow for me. It took me a little while to read t...

    I really liked this book! The characters, Katarina, Jun, and Semar, were so fascinating that I had to know how their journeys would end. I think Macallan did a fantastic job fleshing out those characters and paced their development really well. I haven?t seen good character devel...

    You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. Historical fiction writer Angus Donald, the author of The Outlaw Chronicles, brings his talents into the epic fantasy game by writing under his new pen name Angus Macallan the first book of The Lord of Islands series, a high fantas...

    I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ...

  • Jessica Creason
    Mar 10, 2019

    ARC provided by the publisher?Berkley Publishing Group (Ace)?in exchange for an honest review. An Indonesian-inspired epic fantasy accompanied by Chinese, Japanese, and Indian influences; I?ve never read an epic fantasy with world-building like the one in Gates of Stone. An...

    DNF @ pg129 I might try this again someday, but honestly, I'm really sad to say that despite how ridiculously high my hopes were for this fantasy release, it isn't working for me. I'm not engaged, I can't connect to any of the characters or the writing, I'm not finding myself genuin...

    I'll be honest, when Gates of Stone arrived in my mailbox, I wasn't sure whether I would give it a read. The promise of " rip-roaring action" I liked, and a "believable Asian-inspired setting" intrigued me, but "tense political drama" and the reference to grimdark pioneer Joe Abercromb...

    With tense political drama and rip-roaring action in a fresh and believable Asian-inspired setting, Gates of Stone reads like a collaboration between Joe Abercrombie and James Clavell. Add ancient feuding sorcerers and a queen who would eat Cersei Lannister for breakfast, and you h...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2019/02/19/... Historical fiction writer Angus Donald begins a new epic fantasy series under his pseudonym Angus Macallan, drawing from his vast experience of living and working in Asia to create a world where nations war...

    4.5? Gates of Stone is a fleshy debut stocked with intellectually satisfying writing. I'm more than happy I picked this up on sight at my public library. I had very little previous knowledge going into this read. Alas Angus Macallan has crafted an opulent setting that mirrors ...

    Full review to come on https://fantasy-hive.co.uk/ but as a teaser: Angus Macallan?s foray into fantasy is off to a fantastic start with Gates of Stone. Whilst it took me awhile to get invested, the price of admission was well worth the pay off. Muskets, magic and mayhem ? what ...

    Gates of Stone is the first installment in the Lord of the Islands series and it is a historical fantasy that will seduce your imagination with the amazing tale held within its covers. The start of this novel will grab your attention but I did find that it took me a bit to become quite...

    This is a debut fantasy novel by Angus Donald writing under the pseudonym Angus Macallan whilst we are more used to reading Angus Donald's great historical fiction novels I guess he fancied a bash at the world of fantasy. This is sprawling epic first attempt following multiple POV and ...

    The mighty Angus Donald turns his hand to fantasy, and makes a quite brilliant job of it. Set in a fantasical Asia, the plot follows three main threads. Princess Katerina would be quite at home in Game of Thrones, fighting it out with the Mother of Dragons for supremacy in Westeros (...

    Check out this and many other book reviews on my blog: Meet Your New Favorite Book OMGOMGOMG! This book was AWESOME! This book is action-packed and starts off with a bang! I really liked it! However, some parts were a bit slow for me. It took me a little while to read t...

  • Meghan
    Jan 14, 2019

    ARC provided by the publisher?Berkley Publishing Group (Ace)?in exchange for an honest review. An Indonesian-inspired epic fantasy accompanied by Chinese, Japanese, and Indian influences; I?ve never read an epic fantasy with world-building like the one in Gates of Stone. An...

    DNF @ pg129 I might try this again someday, but honestly, I'm really sad to say that despite how ridiculously high my hopes were for this fantasy release, it isn't working for me. I'm not engaged, I can't connect to any of the characters or the writing, I'm not finding myself genuin...

    I'll be honest, when Gates of Stone arrived in my mailbox, I wasn't sure whether I would give it a read. The promise of " rip-roaring action" I liked, and a "believable Asian-inspired setting" intrigued me, but "tense political drama" and the reference to grimdark pioneer Joe Abercromb...

    With tense political drama and rip-roaring action in a fresh and believable Asian-inspired setting, Gates of Stone reads like a collaboration between Joe Abercrombie and James Clavell. Add ancient feuding sorcerers and a queen who would eat Cersei Lannister for breakfast, and you h...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2019/02/19/... Historical fiction writer Angus Donald begins a new epic fantasy series under his pseudonym Angus Macallan, drawing from his vast experience of living and working in Asia to create a world where nations war...

    4.5? Gates of Stone is a fleshy debut stocked with intellectually satisfying writing. I'm more than happy I picked this up on sight at my public library. I had very little previous knowledge going into this read. Alas Angus Macallan has crafted an opulent setting that mirrors ...

    Full review to come on https://fantasy-hive.co.uk/ but as a teaser: Angus Macallan?s foray into fantasy is off to a fantastic start with Gates of Stone. Whilst it took me awhile to get invested, the price of admission was well worth the pay off. Muskets, magic and mayhem ? what ...

    Gates of Stone is the first installment in the Lord of the Islands series and it is a historical fantasy that will seduce your imagination with the amazing tale held within its covers. The start of this novel will grab your attention but I did find that it took me a bit to become quite...

    This is a debut fantasy novel by Angus Donald writing under the pseudonym Angus Macallan whilst we are more used to reading Angus Donald's great historical fiction novels I guess he fancied a bash at the world of fantasy. This is sprawling epic first attempt following multiple POV and ...

    The mighty Angus Donald turns his hand to fantasy, and makes a quite brilliant job of it. Set in a fantasical Asia, the plot follows three main threads. Princess Katerina would be quite at home in Game of Thrones, fighting it out with the Mother of Dragons for supremacy in Westeros (...

    Check out this and many other book reviews on my blog: Meet Your New Favorite Book OMGOMGOMG! This book was AWESOME! This book is action-packed and starts off with a bang! I really liked it! However, some parts were a bit slow for me. It took me a little while to read t...

    I really liked this book! The characters, Katarina, Jun, and Semar, were so fascinating that I had to know how their journeys would end. I think Macallan did a fantastic job fleshing out those characters and paced their development really well. I haven?t seen good character devel...

    You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. Historical fiction writer Angus Donald, the author of The Outlaw Chronicles, brings his talents into the epic fantasy game by writing under his new pen name Angus Macallan the first book of The Lord of Islands series, a high fantas...

    I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ...

    Thank you to GoodReads and the publisher for giving me an advanced copy!! I finally finished this! It too me a lot longer than expected. Gates of Stone revolves around three characters: Jun, a spoiled prince, lives a life of luxury and ease on one of the islands in Laut B...

    I wasn't sure where all this was going until about 2/3rds of the way through. Then all the loose ends wove themselves together into a great story. Journey with each character individually, then see them come together in a great ending! ...

    A cracking piece of fantasy with good characterisation, a satisfying narrative arc and plenty of potential future storylines. The physical book was disappointing ? thin cover, thin flimsy paper. It felt a bit cheap. Angus mentioned it was a ?trade paperback? ? is that some q...

    I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Gates of Stone introduces the Lord of the Islands series, as such, it has to provide a lot of background information and context before getting too deep into the actual story line. Personally, it took a while...

    Angus Macallan is the pseudonym for the author Angus Donald. Mr Donald is the author of the utterly brilliant ?Outlaw? series and a two part (so far) series set about the time of the ?glorious revolution?. An immensely talented writer of historical fiction. But Gates of Stone ...

    This book was received as an ARC from Berkley Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own. One of the needs in our library is new exciting sci-fi fantasy novels and Gates of Stone sure delivered on the wow f...

  • Minx
    Jan 09, 2019

    ARC provided by the publisher?Berkley Publishing Group (Ace)?in exchange for an honest review. An Indonesian-inspired epic fantasy accompanied by Chinese, Japanese, and Indian influences; I?ve never read an epic fantasy with world-building like the one in Gates of Stone. An...

    DNF @ pg129 I might try this again someday, but honestly, I'm really sad to say that despite how ridiculously high my hopes were for this fantasy release, it isn't working for me. I'm not engaged, I can't connect to any of the characters or the writing, I'm not finding myself genuin...

    I'll be honest, when Gates of Stone arrived in my mailbox, I wasn't sure whether I would give it a read. The promise of " rip-roaring action" I liked, and a "believable Asian-inspired setting" intrigued me, but "tense political drama" and the reference to grimdark pioneer Joe Abercromb...

    With tense political drama and rip-roaring action in a fresh and believable Asian-inspired setting, Gates of Stone reads like a collaboration between Joe Abercrombie and James Clavell. Add ancient feuding sorcerers and a queen who would eat Cersei Lannister for breakfast, and you h...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2019/02/19/... Historical fiction writer Angus Donald begins a new epic fantasy series under his pseudonym Angus Macallan, drawing from his vast experience of living and working in Asia to create a world where nations war...

    4.5? Gates of Stone is a fleshy debut stocked with intellectually satisfying writing. I'm more than happy I picked this up on sight at my public library. I had very little previous knowledge going into this read. Alas Angus Macallan has crafted an opulent setting that mirrors ...

    Full review to come on https://fantasy-hive.co.uk/ but as a teaser: Angus Macallan?s foray into fantasy is off to a fantastic start with Gates of Stone. Whilst it took me awhile to get invested, the price of admission was well worth the pay off. Muskets, magic and mayhem ? what ...

    Gates of Stone is the first installment in the Lord of the Islands series and it is a historical fantasy that will seduce your imagination with the amazing tale held within its covers. The start of this novel will grab your attention but I did find that it took me a bit to become quite...

  • Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)
    Feb 22, 2019

    ARC provided by the publisher?Berkley Publishing Group (Ace)?in exchange for an honest review. An Indonesian-inspired epic fantasy accompanied by Chinese, Japanese, and Indian influences; I?ve never read an epic fantasy with world-building like the one in Gates of Stone. An...

    DNF @ pg129 I might try this again someday, but honestly, I'm really sad to say that despite how ridiculously high my hopes were for this fantasy release, it isn't working for me. I'm not engaged, I can't connect to any of the characters or the writing, I'm not finding myself genuin...

    I'll be honest, when Gates of Stone arrived in my mailbox, I wasn't sure whether I would give it a read. The promise of " rip-roaring action" I liked, and a "believable Asian-inspired setting" intrigued me, but "tense political drama" and the reference to grimdark pioneer Joe Abercromb...

    With tense political drama and rip-roaring action in a fresh and believable Asian-inspired setting, Gates of Stone reads like a collaboration between Joe Abercrombie and James Clavell. Add ancient feuding sorcerers and a queen who would eat Cersei Lannister for breakfast, and you h...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2019/02/19/... Historical fiction writer Angus Donald begins a new epic fantasy series under his pseudonym Angus Macallan, drawing from his vast experience of living and working in Asia to create a world where nations war...

    4.5? Gates of Stone is a fleshy debut stocked with intellectually satisfying writing. I'm more than happy I picked this up on sight at my public library. I had very little previous knowledge going into this read. Alas Angus Macallan has crafted an opulent setting that mirrors ...

    Full review to come on https://fantasy-hive.co.uk/ but as a teaser: Angus Macallan?s foray into fantasy is off to a fantastic start with Gates of Stone. Whilst it took me awhile to get invested, the price of admission was well worth the pay off. Muskets, magic and mayhem ? what ...

    Gates of Stone is the first installment in the Lord of the Islands series and it is a historical fantasy that will seduce your imagination with the amazing tale held within its covers. The start of this novel will grab your attention but I did find that it took me a bit to become quite...

    This is a debut fantasy novel by Angus Donald writing under the pseudonym Angus Macallan whilst we are more used to reading Angus Donald's great historical fiction novels I guess he fancied a bash at the world of fantasy. This is sprawling epic first attempt following multiple POV and ...

    The mighty Angus Donald turns his hand to fantasy, and makes a quite brilliant job of it. Set in a fantasical Asia, the plot follows three main threads. Princess Katerina would be quite at home in Game of Thrones, fighting it out with the Mother of Dragons for supremacy in Westeros (...

    Check out this and many other book reviews on my blog: Meet Your New Favorite Book OMGOMGOMG! This book was AWESOME! This book is action-packed and starts off with a bang! I really liked it! However, some parts were a bit slow for me. It took me a little while to read t...

    I really liked this book! The characters, Katarina, Jun, and Semar, were so fascinating that I had to know how their journeys would end. I think Macallan did a fantastic job fleshing out those characters and paced their development really well. I haven?t seen good character devel...

    You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. Historical fiction writer Angus Donald, the author of The Outlaw Chronicles, brings his talents into the epic fantasy game by writing under his new pen name Angus Macallan the first book of The Lord of Islands series, a high fantas...

  • Richard West
    May 13, 2019

    ARC provided by the publisher?Berkley Publishing Group (Ace)?in exchange for an honest review. An Indonesian-inspired epic fantasy accompanied by Chinese, Japanese, and Indian influences; I?ve never read an epic fantasy with world-building like the one in Gates of Stone. An...

    DNF @ pg129 I might try this again someday, but honestly, I'm really sad to say that despite how ridiculously high my hopes were for this fantasy release, it isn't working for me. I'm not engaged, I can't connect to any of the characters or the writing, I'm not finding myself genuin...

    I'll be honest, when Gates of Stone arrived in my mailbox, I wasn't sure whether I would give it a read. The promise of " rip-roaring action" I liked, and a "believable Asian-inspired setting" intrigued me, but "tense political drama" and the reference to grimdark pioneer Joe Abercromb...

    With tense political drama and rip-roaring action in a fresh and believable Asian-inspired setting, Gates of Stone reads like a collaboration between Joe Abercrombie and James Clavell. Add ancient feuding sorcerers and a queen who would eat Cersei Lannister for breakfast, and you h...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2019/02/19/... Historical fiction writer Angus Donald begins a new epic fantasy series under his pseudonym Angus Macallan, drawing from his vast experience of living and working in Asia to create a world where nations war...

    4.5? Gates of Stone is a fleshy debut stocked with intellectually satisfying writing. I'm more than happy I picked this up on sight at my public library. I had very little previous knowledge going into this read. Alas Angus Macallan has crafted an opulent setting that mirrors ...

    Full review to come on https://fantasy-hive.co.uk/ but as a teaser: Angus Macallan?s foray into fantasy is off to a fantastic start with Gates of Stone. Whilst it took me awhile to get invested, the price of admission was well worth the pay off. Muskets, magic and mayhem ? what ...

    Gates of Stone is the first installment in the Lord of the Islands series and it is a historical fantasy that will seduce your imagination with the amazing tale held within its covers. The start of this novel will grab your attention but I did find that it took me a bit to become quite...

    This is a debut fantasy novel by Angus Donald writing under the pseudonym Angus Macallan whilst we are more used to reading Angus Donald's great historical fiction novels I guess he fancied a bash at the world of fantasy. This is sprawling epic first attempt following multiple POV and ...

    The mighty Angus Donald turns his hand to fantasy, and makes a quite brilliant job of it. Set in a fantasical Asia, the plot follows three main threads. Princess Katerina would be quite at home in Game of Thrones, fighting it out with the Mother of Dragons for supremacy in Westeros (...

    Check out this and many other book reviews on my blog: Meet Your New Favorite Book OMGOMGOMG! This book was AWESOME! This book is action-packed and starts off with a bang! I really liked it! However, some parts were a bit slow for me. It took me a little while to read t...

    I really liked this book! The characters, Katarina, Jun, and Semar, were so fascinating that I had to know how their journeys would end. I think Macallan did a fantastic job fleshing out those characters and paced their development really well. I haven?t seen good character devel...

    You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. Historical fiction writer Angus Donald, the author of The Outlaw Chronicles, brings his talents into the epic fantasy game by writing under his new pen name Angus Macallan the first book of The Lord of Islands series, a high fantas...

    I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ...

    Thank you to GoodReads and the publisher for giving me an advanced copy!! I finally finished this! It too me a lot longer than expected. Gates of Stone revolves around three characters: Jun, a spoiled prince, lives a life of luxury and ease on one of the islands in Laut B...

    I wasn't sure where all this was going until about 2/3rds of the way through. Then all the loose ends wove themselves together into a great story. Journey with each character individually, then see them come together in a great ending! ...

    A cracking piece of fantasy with good characterisation, a satisfying narrative arc and plenty of potential future storylines. The physical book was disappointing ? thin cover, thin flimsy paper. It felt a bit cheap. Angus mentioned it was a ?trade paperback? ? is that some q...

    I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Gates of Stone introduces the Lord of the Islands series, as such, it has to provide a lot of background information and context before getting too deep into the actual story line. Personally, it took a while...

    Angus Macallan is the pseudonym for the author Angus Donald. Mr Donald is the author of the utterly brilliant ?Outlaw? series and a two part (so far) series set about the time of the ?glorious revolution?. An immensely talented writer of historical fiction. But Gates of Stone ...

    This book was received as an ARC from Berkley Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own. One of the needs in our library is new exciting sci-fi fantasy novels and Gates of Stone sure delivered on the wow f...

    In the market to begin a new epic fantasy series? Maybe something to help take the edge off once the final season of Game of Thrones airs on HBO? Luckily, there's a new series that will fit the bill coming this February. Gates of Stone, the first novel in the Lord of the Islands series...

    Disclosure: I received a review copy from the publisher in exchange for a honest review. There?s been a huge wave of POC/diverse novels and authors the past year which led to many Asian-Inspired novels. But it was something I saw more prevalent in the Young Adult genre. I haven?...

    Gates of Stone features a full, varied narrative complete with three storylines, all converging to decide the fate of this fascinating land. This is a world filled with leaders both large and small who are constantly watching out for the intrigue and deceit of neighboring lands. Ga...

    OK - I've never been a big fan of fantasy novels because I usually think of them as being ones with fire-breathing flying dragons that speak perfect English, are well-mannered and cultured. In other words, stuff a 10-year-old would really enjoy reading. So, you can imagine my surpri...

  • Jennifer Ulrich
    Mar 05, 2019

    ARC provided by the publisher?Berkley Publishing Group (Ace)?in exchange for an honest review. An Indonesian-inspired epic fantasy accompanied by Chinese, Japanese, and Indian influences; I?ve never read an epic fantasy with world-building like the one in Gates of Stone. An...

    DNF @ pg129 I might try this again someday, but honestly, I'm really sad to say that despite how ridiculously high my hopes were for this fantasy release, it isn't working for me. I'm not engaged, I can't connect to any of the characters or the writing, I'm not finding myself genuin...

    I'll be honest, when Gates of Stone arrived in my mailbox, I wasn't sure whether I would give it a read. The promise of " rip-roaring action" I liked, and a "believable Asian-inspired setting" intrigued me, but "tense political drama" and the reference to grimdark pioneer Joe Abercromb...

    With tense political drama and rip-roaring action in a fresh and believable Asian-inspired setting, Gates of Stone reads like a collaboration between Joe Abercrombie and James Clavell. Add ancient feuding sorcerers and a queen who would eat Cersei Lannister for breakfast, and you h...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2019/02/19/... Historical fiction writer Angus Donald begins a new epic fantasy series under his pseudonym Angus Macallan, drawing from his vast experience of living and working in Asia to create a world where nations war...

    4.5? Gates of Stone is a fleshy debut stocked with intellectually satisfying writing. I'm more than happy I picked this up on sight at my public library. I had very little previous knowledge going into this read. Alas Angus Macallan has crafted an opulent setting that mirrors ...

    Full review to come on https://fantasy-hive.co.uk/ but as a teaser: Angus Macallan?s foray into fantasy is off to a fantastic start with Gates of Stone. Whilst it took me awhile to get invested, the price of admission was well worth the pay off. Muskets, magic and mayhem ? what ...

    Gates of Stone is the first installment in the Lord of the Islands series and it is a historical fantasy that will seduce your imagination with the amazing tale held within its covers. The start of this novel will grab your attention but I did find that it took me a bit to become quite...

    This is a debut fantasy novel by Angus Donald writing under the pseudonym Angus Macallan whilst we are more used to reading Angus Donald's great historical fiction novels I guess he fancied a bash at the world of fantasy. This is sprawling epic first attempt following multiple POV and ...

    The mighty Angus Donald turns his hand to fantasy, and makes a quite brilliant job of it. Set in a fantasical Asia, the plot follows three main threads. Princess Katerina would be quite at home in Game of Thrones, fighting it out with the Mother of Dragons for supremacy in Westeros (...

    Check out this and many other book reviews on my blog: Meet Your New Favorite Book OMGOMGOMG! This book was AWESOME! This book is action-packed and starts off with a bang! I really liked it! However, some parts were a bit slow for me. It took me a little while to read t...

    I really liked this book! The characters, Katarina, Jun, and Semar, were so fascinating that I had to know how their journeys would end. I think Macallan did a fantastic job fleshing out those characters and paced their development really well. I haven?t seen good character devel...

    You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. Historical fiction writer Angus Donald, the author of The Outlaw Chronicles, brings his talents into the epic fantasy game by writing under his new pen name Angus Macallan the first book of The Lord of Islands series, a high fantas...

    I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ...

    Thank you to GoodReads and the publisher for giving me an advanced copy!! I finally finished this! It too me a lot longer than expected. Gates of Stone revolves around three characters: Jun, a spoiled prince, lives a life of luxury and ease on one of the islands in Laut B...

    I wasn't sure where all this was going until about 2/3rds of the way through. Then all the loose ends wove themselves together into a great story. Journey with each character individually, then see them come together in a great ending! ...

  • Chad
    Jan 03, 2019

    ARC provided by the publisher?Berkley Publishing Group (Ace)?in exchange for an honest review. An Indonesian-inspired epic fantasy accompanied by Chinese, Japanese, and Indian influences; I?ve never read an epic fantasy with world-building like the one in Gates of Stone. An...

    DNF @ pg129 I might try this again someday, but honestly, I'm really sad to say that despite how ridiculously high my hopes were for this fantasy release, it isn't working for me. I'm not engaged, I can't connect to any of the characters or the writing, I'm not finding myself genuin...

    I'll be honest, when Gates of Stone arrived in my mailbox, I wasn't sure whether I would give it a read. The promise of " rip-roaring action" I liked, and a "believable Asian-inspired setting" intrigued me, but "tense political drama" and the reference to grimdark pioneer Joe Abercromb...

    With tense political drama and rip-roaring action in a fresh and believable Asian-inspired setting, Gates of Stone reads like a collaboration between Joe Abercrombie and James Clavell. Add ancient feuding sorcerers and a queen who would eat Cersei Lannister for breakfast, and you h...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2019/02/19/... Historical fiction writer Angus Donald begins a new epic fantasy series under his pseudonym Angus Macallan, drawing from his vast experience of living and working in Asia to create a world where nations war...

    4.5? Gates of Stone is a fleshy debut stocked with intellectually satisfying writing. I'm more than happy I picked this up on sight at my public library. I had very little previous knowledge going into this read. Alas Angus Macallan has crafted an opulent setting that mirrors ...

    Full review to come on https://fantasy-hive.co.uk/ but as a teaser: Angus Macallan?s foray into fantasy is off to a fantastic start with Gates of Stone. Whilst it took me awhile to get invested, the price of admission was well worth the pay off. Muskets, magic and mayhem ? what ...

    Gates of Stone is the first installment in the Lord of the Islands series and it is a historical fantasy that will seduce your imagination with the amazing tale held within its covers. The start of this novel will grab your attention but I did find that it took me a bit to become quite...

    This is a debut fantasy novel by Angus Donald writing under the pseudonym Angus Macallan whilst we are more used to reading Angus Donald's great historical fiction novels I guess he fancied a bash at the world of fantasy. This is sprawling epic first attempt following multiple POV and ...

    The mighty Angus Donald turns his hand to fantasy, and makes a quite brilliant job of it. Set in a fantasical Asia, the plot follows three main threads. Princess Katerina would be quite at home in Game of Thrones, fighting it out with the Mother of Dragons for supremacy in Westeros (...

    Check out this and many other book reviews on my blog: Meet Your New Favorite Book OMGOMGOMG! This book was AWESOME! This book is action-packed and starts off with a bang! I really liked it! However, some parts were a bit slow for me. It took me a little while to read t...

    I really liked this book! The characters, Katarina, Jun, and Semar, were so fascinating that I had to know how their journeys would end. I think Macallan did a fantastic job fleshing out those characters and paced their development really well. I haven?t seen good character devel...

    You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. Historical fiction writer Angus Donald, the author of The Outlaw Chronicles, brings his talents into the epic fantasy game by writing under his new pen name Angus Macallan the first book of The Lord of Islands series, a high fantas...

    I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ...

    Thank you to GoodReads and the publisher for giving me an advanced copy!! I finally finished this! It too me a lot longer than expected. Gates of Stone revolves around three characters: Jun, a spoiled prince, lives a life of luxury and ease on one of the islands in Laut B...

    I wasn't sure where all this was going until about 2/3rds of the way through. Then all the loose ends wove themselves together into a great story. Journey with each character individually, then see them come together in a great ending! ...

    A cracking piece of fantasy with good characterisation, a satisfying narrative arc and plenty of potential future storylines. The physical book was disappointing ? thin cover, thin flimsy paper. It felt a bit cheap. Angus mentioned it was a ?trade paperback? ? is that some q...

    I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Gates of Stone introduces the Lord of the Islands series, as such, it has to provide a lot of background information and context before getting too deep into the actual story line. Personally, it took a while...

  • Petrik
    Nov 01, 2018

    ARC provided by the publisher?Berkley Publishing Group (Ace)?in exchange for an honest review. An Indonesian-inspired epic fantasy accompanied by Chinese, Japanese, and Indian influences; I?ve never read an epic fantasy with world-building like the one in Gates of Stone. An...

  • CR
    Jan 10, 2019

    ARC provided by the publisher?Berkley Publishing Group (Ace)?in exchange for an honest review. An Indonesian-inspired epic fantasy accompanied by Chinese, Japanese, and Indian influences; I?ve never read an epic fantasy with world-building like the one in Gates of Stone. An...

    DNF @ pg129 I might try this again someday, but honestly, I'm really sad to say that despite how ridiculously high my hopes were for this fantasy release, it isn't working for me. I'm not engaged, I can't connect to any of the characters or the writing, I'm not finding myself genuin...

    I'll be honest, when Gates of Stone arrived in my mailbox, I wasn't sure whether I would give it a read. The promise of " rip-roaring action" I liked, and a "believable Asian-inspired setting" intrigued me, but "tense political drama" and the reference to grimdark pioneer Joe Abercromb...

    With tense political drama and rip-roaring action in a fresh and believable Asian-inspired setting, Gates of Stone reads like a collaboration between Joe Abercrombie and James Clavell. Add ancient feuding sorcerers and a queen who would eat Cersei Lannister for breakfast, and you h...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2019/02/19/... Historical fiction writer Angus Donald begins a new epic fantasy series under his pseudonym Angus Macallan, drawing from his vast experience of living and working in Asia to create a world where nations war...

    4.5? Gates of Stone is a fleshy debut stocked with intellectually satisfying writing. I'm more than happy I picked this up on sight at my public library. I had very little previous knowledge going into this read. Alas Angus Macallan has crafted an opulent setting that mirrors ...

    Full review to come on https://fantasy-hive.co.uk/ but as a teaser: Angus Macallan?s foray into fantasy is off to a fantastic start with Gates of Stone. Whilst it took me awhile to get invested, the price of admission was well worth the pay off. Muskets, magic and mayhem ? what ...

    Gates of Stone is the first installment in the Lord of the Islands series and it is a historical fantasy that will seduce your imagination with the amazing tale held within its covers. The start of this novel will grab your attention but I did find that it took me a bit to become quite...

    This is a debut fantasy novel by Angus Donald writing under the pseudonym Angus Macallan whilst we are more used to reading Angus Donald's great historical fiction novels I guess he fancied a bash at the world of fantasy. This is sprawling epic first attempt following multiple POV and ...

    The mighty Angus Donald turns his hand to fantasy, and makes a quite brilliant job of it. Set in a fantasical Asia, the plot follows three main threads. Princess Katerina would be quite at home in Game of Thrones, fighting it out with the Mother of Dragons for supremacy in Westeros (...

    Check out this and many other book reviews on my blog: Meet Your New Favorite Book OMGOMGOMG! This book was AWESOME! This book is action-packed and starts off with a bang! I really liked it! However, some parts were a bit slow for me. It took me a little while to read t...

    I really liked this book! The characters, Katarina, Jun, and Semar, were so fascinating that I had to know how their journeys would end. I think Macallan did a fantastic job fleshing out those characters and paced their development really well. I haven?t seen good character devel...

    You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. Historical fiction writer Angus Donald, the author of The Outlaw Chronicles, brings his talents into the epic fantasy game by writing under his new pen name Angus Macallan the first book of The Lord of Islands series, a high fantas...

    I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ...

    Thank you to GoodReads and the publisher for giving me an advanced copy!! I finally finished this! It too me a lot longer than expected. Gates of Stone revolves around three characters: Jun, a spoiled prince, lives a life of luxury and ease on one of the islands in Laut B...

    I wasn't sure where all this was going until about 2/3rds of the way through. Then all the loose ends wove themselves together into a great story. Journey with each character individually, then see them come together in a great ending! ...

    A cracking piece of fantasy with good characterisation, a satisfying narrative arc and plenty of potential future storylines. The physical book was disappointing ? thin cover, thin flimsy paper. It felt a bit cheap. Angus mentioned it was a ?trade paperback? ? is that some q...

    I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Gates of Stone introduces the Lord of the Islands series, as such, it has to provide a lot of background information and context before getting too deep into the actual story line. Personally, it took a while...

    Angus Macallan is the pseudonym for the author Angus Donald. Mr Donald is the author of the utterly brilliant ?Outlaw? series and a two part (so far) series set about the time of the ?glorious revolution?. An immensely talented writer of historical fiction. But Gates of Stone ...

    This book was received as an ARC from Berkley Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own. One of the needs in our library is new exciting sci-fi fantasy novels and Gates of Stone sure delivered on the wow f...

    In the market to begin a new epic fantasy series? Maybe something to help take the edge off once the final season of Game of Thrones airs on HBO? Luckily, there's a new series that will fit the bill coming this February. Gates of Stone, the first novel in the Lord of the Islands series...

    Disclosure: I received a review copy from the publisher in exchange for a honest review. There?s been a huge wave of POC/diverse novels and authors the past year which led to many Asian-Inspired novels. But it was something I saw more prevalent in the Young Adult genre. I haven?...

    Gates of Stone features a full, varied narrative complete with three storylines, all converging to decide the fate of this fascinating land. This is a world filled with leaders both large and small who are constantly watching out for the intrigue and deceit of neighboring lands. Ga...

    OK - I've never been a big fan of fantasy novels because I usually think of them as being ones with fire-breathing flying dragons that speak perfect English, are well-mannered and cultured. In other words, stuff a 10-year-old would really enjoy reading. So, you can imagine my surpri...

    I was excited about this and I hear that once we get into the back story of the main female character she becomes a bit more understandable. I ain?t got that kind of time, I don?t want to go through another couple of hundred pages to understand a reprehensible character! Too shallo...

    What's with all these Game of Thrones comparisons for everything lately? Don't get me wrong, I love that book/show with all my being because the characters are just, fantastic. However, everything seems to be compared to it these days. Haha. Though, another reviewer said a charac...

    I was shocked at how good this was. Not sure why, but man it was. And darker that I expected. Okay, after thinking about it, it was probably the synopsis. It makes this out to seem like a run of the mill fantasy--its not. The audio was just as well done. I highly recommend either ve...

    What a brilliant book. It might even become my favourite read of 2019! Loved the characters. Loved the world building and loved that there was some magic. Really liked that there was a "baddy" sorceror and can't wait to find out how the "goodies" are going to best him. All in all, a cl...

    I liked the beginning, then about half way through I got really bored [and the story got really dark], and from then I skipped all the chapters except Katerina's. Do I regret it? Nah. Lovely writing, a rich world, but none of the characters I rooted for and after the halfway point I st...

    My Review: This was a very interesting story of one girl who is denied her right to the throne because she's a girl. I feared that this being written by a man would make this a very sexist story. But I am happy to report that that is not the case. This was a very seat of your pants...

  • Mike Everest Evans
    Jan 09, 2019

    ARC provided by the publisher?Berkley Publishing Group (Ace)?in exchange for an honest review. An Indonesian-inspired epic fantasy accompanied by Chinese, Japanese, and Indian influences; I?ve never read an epic fantasy with world-building like the one in Gates of Stone. An...

    DNF @ pg129 I might try this again someday, but honestly, I'm really sad to say that despite how ridiculously high my hopes were for this fantasy release, it isn't working for me. I'm not engaged, I can't connect to any of the characters or the writing, I'm not finding myself genuin...

    I'll be honest, when Gates of Stone arrived in my mailbox, I wasn't sure whether I would give it a read. The promise of " rip-roaring action" I liked, and a "believable Asian-inspired setting" intrigued me, but "tense political drama" and the reference to grimdark pioneer Joe Abercromb...

    With tense political drama and rip-roaring action in a fresh and believable Asian-inspired setting, Gates of Stone reads like a collaboration between Joe Abercrombie and James Clavell. Add ancient feuding sorcerers and a queen who would eat Cersei Lannister for breakfast, and you h...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2019/02/19/... Historical fiction writer Angus Donald begins a new epic fantasy series under his pseudonym Angus Macallan, drawing from his vast experience of living and working in Asia to create a world where nations war...

    4.5? Gates of Stone is a fleshy debut stocked with intellectually satisfying writing. I'm more than happy I picked this up on sight at my public library. I had very little previous knowledge going into this read. Alas Angus Macallan has crafted an opulent setting that mirrors ...

    Full review to come on https://fantasy-hive.co.uk/ but as a teaser: Angus Macallan?s foray into fantasy is off to a fantastic start with Gates of Stone. Whilst it took me awhile to get invested, the price of admission was well worth the pay off. Muskets, magic and mayhem ? what ...

  • Adam Lofthouse
    May 14, 2019

    ARC provided by the publisher?Berkley Publishing Group (Ace)?in exchange for an honest review. An Indonesian-inspired epic fantasy accompanied by Chinese, Japanese, and Indian influences; I?ve never read an epic fantasy with world-building like the one in Gates of Stone. An...

    DNF @ pg129 I might try this again someday, but honestly, I'm really sad to say that despite how ridiculously high my hopes were for this fantasy release, it isn't working for me. I'm not engaged, I can't connect to any of the characters or the writing, I'm not finding myself genuin...

    I'll be honest, when Gates of Stone arrived in my mailbox, I wasn't sure whether I would give it a read. The promise of " rip-roaring action" I liked, and a "believable Asian-inspired setting" intrigued me, but "tense political drama" and the reference to grimdark pioneer Joe Abercromb...

    With tense political drama and rip-roaring action in a fresh and believable Asian-inspired setting, Gates of Stone reads like a collaboration between Joe Abercrombie and James Clavell. Add ancient feuding sorcerers and a queen who would eat Cersei Lannister for breakfast, and you h...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2019/02/19/... Historical fiction writer Angus Donald begins a new epic fantasy series under his pseudonym Angus Macallan, drawing from his vast experience of living and working in Asia to create a world where nations war...

    4.5? Gates of Stone is a fleshy debut stocked with intellectually satisfying writing. I'm more than happy I picked this up on sight at my public library. I had very little previous knowledge going into this read. Alas Angus Macallan has crafted an opulent setting that mirrors ...

    Full review to come on https://fantasy-hive.co.uk/ but as a teaser: Angus Macallan?s foray into fantasy is off to a fantastic start with Gates of Stone. Whilst it took me awhile to get invested, the price of admission was well worth the pay off. Muskets, magic and mayhem ? what ...

    Gates of Stone is the first installment in the Lord of the Islands series and it is a historical fantasy that will seduce your imagination with the amazing tale held within its covers. The start of this novel will grab your attention but I did find that it took me a bit to become quite...

    This is a debut fantasy novel by Angus Donald writing under the pseudonym Angus Macallan whilst we are more used to reading Angus Donald's great historical fiction novels I guess he fancied a bash at the world of fantasy. This is sprawling epic first attempt following multiple POV and ...

    The mighty Angus Donald turns his hand to fantasy, and makes a quite brilliant job of it. Set in a fantasical Asia, the plot follows three main threads. Princess Katerina would be quite at home in Game of Thrones, fighting it out with the Mother of Dragons for supremacy in Westeros (...

  • Sandra Kennett
    Apr 14, 2019

    ARC provided by the publisher?Berkley Publishing Group (Ace)?in exchange for an honest review. An Indonesian-inspired epic fantasy accompanied by Chinese, Japanese, and Indian influences; I?ve never read an epic fantasy with world-building like the one in Gates of Stone. An...

    DNF @ pg129 I might try this again someday, but honestly, I'm really sad to say that despite how ridiculously high my hopes were for this fantasy release, it isn't working for me. I'm not engaged, I can't connect to any of the characters or the writing, I'm not finding myself genuin...

    I'll be honest, when Gates of Stone arrived in my mailbox, I wasn't sure whether I would give it a read. The promise of " rip-roaring action" I liked, and a "believable Asian-inspired setting" intrigued me, but "tense political drama" and the reference to grimdark pioneer Joe Abercromb...

    With tense political drama and rip-roaring action in a fresh and believable Asian-inspired setting, Gates of Stone reads like a collaboration between Joe Abercrombie and James Clavell. Add ancient feuding sorcerers and a queen who would eat Cersei Lannister for breakfast, and you h...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2019/02/19/... Historical fiction writer Angus Donald begins a new epic fantasy series under his pseudonym Angus Macallan, drawing from his vast experience of living and working in Asia to create a world where nations war...

    4.5? Gates of Stone is a fleshy debut stocked with intellectually satisfying writing. I'm more than happy I picked this up on sight at my public library. I had very little previous knowledge going into this read. Alas Angus Macallan has crafted an opulent setting that mirrors ...

    Full review to come on https://fantasy-hive.co.uk/ but as a teaser: Angus Macallan?s foray into fantasy is off to a fantastic start with Gates of Stone. Whilst it took me awhile to get invested, the price of admission was well worth the pay off. Muskets, magic and mayhem ? what ...

    Gates of Stone is the first installment in the Lord of the Islands series and it is a historical fantasy that will seduce your imagination with the amazing tale held within its covers. The start of this novel will grab your attention but I did find that it took me a bit to become quite...

    This is a debut fantasy novel by Angus Donald writing under the pseudonym Angus Macallan whilst we are more used to reading Angus Donald's great historical fiction novels I guess he fancied a bash at the world of fantasy. This is sprawling epic first attempt following multiple POV and ...

    The mighty Angus Donald turns his hand to fantasy, and makes a quite brilliant job of it. Set in a fantasical Asia, the plot follows three main threads. Princess Katerina would be quite at home in Game of Thrones, fighting it out with the Mother of Dragons for supremacy in Westeros (...

    Check out this and many other book reviews on my blog: Meet Your New Favorite Book OMGOMGOMG! This book was AWESOME! This book is action-packed and starts off with a bang! I really liked it! However, some parts were a bit slow for me. It took me a little while to read t...

    I really liked this book! The characters, Katarina, Jun, and Semar, were so fascinating that I had to know how their journeys would end. I think Macallan did a fantastic job fleshing out those characters and paced their development really well. I haven?t seen good character devel...

    You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. Historical fiction writer Angus Donald, the author of The Outlaw Chronicles, brings his talents into the epic fantasy game by writing under his new pen name Angus Macallan the first book of The Lord of Islands series, a high fantas...

    I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ...

    Thank you to GoodReads and the publisher for giving me an advanced copy!! I finally finished this! It too me a lot longer than expected. Gates of Stone revolves around three characters: Jun, a spoiled prince, lives a life of luxury and ease on one of the islands in Laut B...

    I wasn't sure where all this was going until about 2/3rds of the way through. Then all the loose ends wove themselves together into a great story. Journey with each character individually, then see them come together in a great ending! ...

    A cracking piece of fantasy with good characterisation, a satisfying narrative arc and plenty of potential future storylines. The physical book was disappointing ? thin cover, thin flimsy paper. It felt a bit cheap. Angus mentioned it was a ?trade paperback? ? is that some q...

    I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Gates of Stone introduces the Lord of the Islands series, as such, it has to provide a lot of background information and context before getting too deep into the actual story line. Personally, it took a while...

    Angus Macallan is the pseudonym for the author Angus Donald. Mr Donald is the author of the utterly brilliant ?Outlaw? series and a two part (so far) series set about the time of the ?glorious revolution?. An immensely talented writer of historical fiction. But Gates of Stone ...

    This book was received as an ARC from Berkley Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own. One of the needs in our library is new exciting sci-fi fantasy novels and Gates of Stone sure delivered on the wow f...

    In the market to begin a new epic fantasy series? Maybe something to help take the edge off once the final season of Game of Thrones airs on HBO? Luckily, there's a new series that will fit the bill coming this February. Gates of Stone, the first novel in the Lord of the Islands series...

    Disclosure: I received a review copy from the publisher in exchange for a honest review. There?s been a huge wave of POC/diverse novels and authors the past year which led to many Asian-Inspired novels. But it was something I saw more prevalent in the Young Adult genre. I haven?...

    Gates of Stone features a full, varied narrative complete with three storylines, all converging to decide the fate of this fascinating land. This is a world filled with leaders both large and small who are constantly watching out for the intrigue and deceit of neighboring lands. Ga...

    OK - I've never been a big fan of fantasy novels because I usually think of them as being ones with fire-breathing flying dragons that speak perfect English, are well-mannered and cultured. In other words, stuff a 10-year-old would really enjoy reading. So, you can imagine my surpri...

    I was excited about this and I hear that once we get into the back story of the main female character she becomes a bit more understandable. I ain?t got that kind of time, I don?t want to go through another couple of hundred pages to understand a reprehensible character! Too shallo...

    What's with all these Game of Thrones comparisons for everything lately? Don't get me wrong, I love that book/show with all my being because the characters are just, fantastic. However, everything seems to be compared to it these days. Haha. Though, another reviewer said a charac...

    I was shocked at how good this was. Not sure why, but man it was. And darker that I expected. Okay, after thinking about it, it was probably the synopsis. It makes this out to seem like a run of the mill fantasy--its not. The audio was just as well done. I highly recommend either ve...

    What a brilliant book. It might even become my favourite read of 2019! Loved the characters. Loved the world building and loved that there was some magic. Really liked that there was a "baddy" sorceror and can't wait to find out how the "goodies" are going to best him. All in all, a cl...

  • One-Edgy-Anti-Hero
    Mar 03, 2019

    ARC provided by the publisher?Berkley Publishing Group (Ace)?in exchange for an honest review. An Indonesian-inspired epic fantasy accompanied by Chinese, Japanese, and Indian influences; I?ve never read an epic fantasy with world-building like the one in Gates of Stone. An...

    DNF @ pg129 I might try this again someday, but honestly, I'm really sad to say that despite how ridiculously high my hopes were for this fantasy release, it isn't working for me. I'm not engaged, I can't connect to any of the characters or the writing, I'm not finding myself genuin...

    I'll be honest, when Gates of Stone arrived in my mailbox, I wasn't sure whether I would give it a read. The promise of " rip-roaring action" I liked, and a "believable Asian-inspired setting" intrigued me, but "tense political drama" and the reference to grimdark pioneer Joe Abercromb...

    With tense political drama and rip-roaring action in a fresh and believable Asian-inspired setting, Gates of Stone reads like a collaboration between Joe Abercrombie and James Clavell. Add ancient feuding sorcerers and a queen who would eat Cersei Lannister for breakfast, and you h...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2019/02/19/... Historical fiction writer Angus Donald begins a new epic fantasy series under his pseudonym Angus Macallan, drawing from his vast experience of living and working in Asia to create a world where nations war...

    4.5? Gates of Stone is a fleshy debut stocked with intellectually satisfying writing. I'm more than happy I picked this up on sight at my public library. I had very little previous knowledge going into this read. Alas Angus Macallan has crafted an opulent setting that mirrors ...

    Full review to come on https://fantasy-hive.co.uk/ but as a teaser: Angus Macallan?s foray into fantasy is off to a fantastic start with Gates of Stone. Whilst it took me awhile to get invested, the price of admission was well worth the pay off. Muskets, magic and mayhem ? what ...

    Gates of Stone is the first installment in the Lord of the Islands series and it is a historical fantasy that will seduce your imagination with the amazing tale held within its covers. The start of this novel will grab your attention but I did find that it took me a bit to become quite...

    This is a debut fantasy novel by Angus Donald writing under the pseudonym Angus Macallan whilst we are more used to reading Angus Donald's great historical fiction novels I guess he fancied a bash at the world of fantasy. This is sprawling epic first attempt following multiple POV and ...

    The mighty Angus Donald turns his hand to fantasy, and makes a quite brilliant job of it. Set in a fantasical Asia, the plot follows three main threads. Princess Katerina would be quite at home in Game of Thrones, fighting it out with the Mother of Dragons for supremacy in Westeros (...

    Check out this and many other book reviews on my blog: Meet Your New Favorite Book OMGOMGOMG! This book was AWESOME! This book is action-packed and starts off with a bang! I really liked it! However, some parts were a bit slow for me. It took me a little while to read t...

    I really liked this book! The characters, Katarina, Jun, and Semar, were so fascinating that I had to know how their journeys would end. I think Macallan did a fantastic job fleshing out those characters and paced their development really well. I haven?t seen good character devel...

    You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. Historical fiction writer Angus Donald, the author of The Outlaw Chronicles, brings his talents into the epic fantasy game by writing under his new pen name Angus Macallan the first book of The Lord of Islands series, a high fantas...

    I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ...

    Thank you to GoodReads and the publisher for giving me an advanced copy!! I finally finished this! It too me a lot longer than expected. Gates of Stone revolves around three characters: Jun, a spoiled prince, lives a life of luxury and ease on one of the islands in Laut B...

    I wasn't sure where all this was going until about 2/3rds of the way through. Then all the loose ends wove themselves together into a great story. Journey with each character individually, then see them come together in a great ending! ...

    A cracking piece of fantasy with good characterisation, a satisfying narrative arc and plenty of potential future storylines. The physical book was disappointing ? thin cover, thin flimsy paper. It felt a bit cheap. Angus mentioned it was a ?trade paperback? ? is that some q...

    I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Gates of Stone introduces the Lord of the Islands series, as such, it has to provide a lot of background information and context before getting too deep into the actual story line. Personally, it took a while...

    Angus Macallan is the pseudonym for the author Angus Donald. Mr Donald is the author of the utterly brilliant ?Outlaw? series and a two part (so far) series set about the time of the ?glorious revolution?. An immensely talented writer of historical fiction. But Gates of Stone ...

    This book was received as an ARC from Berkley Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own. One of the needs in our library is new exciting sci-fi fantasy novels and Gates of Stone sure delivered on the wow f...

    In the market to begin a new epic fantasy series? Maybe something to help take the edge off once the final season of Game of Thrones airs on HBO? Luckily, there's a new series that will fit the bill coming this February. Gates of Stone, the first novel in the Lord of the Islands series...

    Disclosure: I received a review copy from the publisher in exchange for a honest review. There?s been a huge wave of POC/diverse novels and authors the past year which led to many Asian-Inspired novels. But it was something I saw more prevalent in the Young Adult genre. I haven?...

    Gates of Stone features a full, varied narrative complete with three storylines, all converging to decide the fate of this fascinating land. This is a world filled with leaders both large and small who are constantly watching out for the intrigue and deceit of neighboring lands. Ga...

    OK - I've never been a big fan of fantasy novels because I usually think of them as being ones with fire-breathing flying dragons that speak perfect English, are well-mannered and cultured. In other words, stuff a 10-year-old would really enjoy reading. So, you can imagine my surpri...

    I was excited about this and I hear that once we get into the back story of the main female character she becomes a bit more understandable. I ain?t got that kind of time, I don?t want to go through another couple of hundred pages to understand a reprehensible character! Too shallo...

    What's with all these Game of Thrones comparisons for everything lately? Don't get me wrong, I love that book/show with all my being because the characters are just, fantastic. However, everything seems to be compared to it these days. Haha. Though, another reviewer said a charac...

  • Reviews & Robots
    Jun 01, 2019

    ARC provided by the publisher?Berkley Publishing Group (Ace)?in exchange for an honest review. An Indonesian-inspired epic fantasy accompanied by Chinese, Japanese, and Indian influences; I?ve never read an epic fantasy with world-building like the one in Gates of Stone. An...

    DNF @ pg129 I might try this again someday, but honestly, I'm really sad to say that despite how ridiculously high my hopes were for this fantasy release, it isn't working for me. I'm not engaged, I can't connect to any of the characters or the writing, I'm not finding myself genuin...

    I'll be honest, when Gates of Stone arrived in my mailbox, I wasn't sure whether I would give it a read. The promise of " rip-roaring action" I liked, and a "believable Asian-inspired setting" intrigued me, but "tense political drama" and the reference to grimdark pioneer Joe Abercromb...

    With tense political drama and rip-roaring action in a fresh and believable Asian-inspired setting, Gates of Stone reads like a collaboration between Joe Abercrombie and James Clavell. Add ancient feuding sorcerers and a queen who would eat Cersei Lannister for breakfast, and you h...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2019/02/19/... Historical fiction writer Angus Donald begins a new epic fantasy series under his pseudonym Angus Macallan, drawing from his vast experience of living and working in Asia to create a world where nations war...

    4.5? Gates of Stone is a fleshy debut stocked with intellectually satisfying writing. I'm more than happy I picked this up on sight at my public library. I had very little previous knowledge going into this read. Alas Angus Macallan has crafted an opulent setting that mirrors ...

    Full review to come on https://fantasy-hive.co.uk/ but as a teaser: Angus Macallan?s foray into fantasy is off to a fantastic start with Gates of Stone. Whilst it took me awhile to get invested, the price of admission was well worth the pay off. Muskets, magic and mayhem ? what ...

    Gates of Stone is the first installment in the Lord of the Islands series and it is a historical fantasy that will seduce your imagination with the amazing tale held within its covers. The start of this novel will grab your attention but I did find that it took me a bit to become quite...

    This is a debut fantasy novel by Angus Donald writing under the pseudonym Angus Macallan whilst we are more used to reading Angus Donald's great historical fiction novels I guess he fancied a bash at the world of fantasy. This is sprawling epic first attempt following multiple POV and ...

    The mighty Angus Donald turns his hand to fantasy, and makes a quite brilliant job of it. Set in a fantasical Asia, the plot follows three main threads. Princess Katerina would be quite at home in Game of Thrones, fighting it out with the Mother of Dragons for supremacy in Westeros (...

    Check out this and many other book reviews on my blog: Meet Your New Favorite Book OMGOMGOMG! This book was AWESOME! This book is action-packed and starts off with a bang! I really liked it! However, some parts were a bit slow for me. It took me a little while to read t...

    I really liked this book! The characters, Katarina, Jun, and Semar, were so fascinating that I had to know how their journeys would end. I think Macallan did a fantastic job fleshing out those characters and paced their development really well. I haven?t seen good character devel...

    You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. Historical fiction writer Angus Donald, the author of The Outlaw Chronicles, brings his talents into the epic fantasy game by writing under his new pen name Angus Macallan the first book of The Lord of Islands series, a high fantas...

    I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ...

    Thank you to GoodReads and the publisher for giving me an advanced copy!! I finally finished this! It too me a lot longer than expected. Gates of Stone revolves around three characters: Jun, a spoiled prince, lives a life of luxury and ease on one of the islands in Laut B...

    I wasn't sure where all this was going until about 2/3rds of the way through. Then all the loose ends wove themselves together into a great story. Journey with each character individually, then see them come together in a great ending! ...

    A cracking piece of fantasy with good characterisation, a satisfying narrative arc and plenty of potential future storylines. The physical book was disappointing ? thin cover, thin flimsy paper. It felt a bit cheap. Angus mentioned it was a ?trade paperback? ? is that some q...

    I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Gates of Stone introduces the Lord of the Islands series, as such, it has to provide a lot of background information and context before getting too deep into the actual story line. Personally, it took a while...

    Angus Macallan is the pseudonym for the author Angus Donald. Mr Donald is the author of the utterly brilliant ?Outlaw? series and a two part (so far) series set about the time of the ?glorious revolution?. An immensely talented writer of historical fiction. But Gates of Stone ...

    This book was received as an ARC from Berkley Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own. One of the needs in our library is new exciting sci-fi fantasy novels and Gates of Stone sure delivered on the wow f...

    In the market to begin a new epic fantasy series? Maybe something to help take the edge off once the final season of Game of Thrones airs on HBO? Luckily, there's a new series that will fit the bill coming this February. Gates of Stone, the first novel in the Lord of the Islands series...

    Disclosure: I received a review copy from the publisher in exchange for a honest review. There?s been a huge wave of POC/diverse novels and authors the past year which led to many Asian-Inspired novels. But it was something I saw more prevalent in the Young Adult genre. I haven?...

    Gates of Stone features a full, varied narrative complete with three storylines, all converging to decide the fate of this fascinating land. This is a world filled with leaders both large and small who are constantly watching out for the intrigue and deceit of neighboring lands. Ga...

  • Oscar
    May 15, 2019

    ARC provided by the publisher?Berkley Publishing Group (Ace)?in exchange for an honest review. An Indonesian-inspired epic fantasy accompanied by Chinese, Japanese, and Indian influences; I?ve never read an epic fantasy with world-building like the one in Gates of Stone. An...

    DNF @ pg129 I might try this again someday, but honestly, I'm really sad to say that despite how ridiculously high my hopes were for this fantasy release, it isn't working for me. I'm not engaged, I can't connect to any of the characters or the writing, I'm not finding myself genuin...

    I'll be honest, when Gates of Stone arrived in my mailbox, I wasn't sure whether I would give it a read. The promise of " rip-roaring action" I liked, and a "believable Asian-inspired setting" intrigued me, but "tense political drama" and the reference to grimdark pioneer Joe Abercromb...

    With tense political drama and rip-roaring action in a fresh and believable Asian-inspired setting, Gates of Stone reads like a collaboration between Joe Abercrombie and James Clavell. Add ancient feuding sorcerers and a queen who would eat Cersei Lannister for breakfast, and you h...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2019/02/19/... Historical fiction writer Angus Donald begins a new epic fantasy series under his pseudonym Angus Macallan, drawing from his vast experience of living and working in Asia to create a world where nations war...

    4.5? Gates of Stone is a fleshy debut stocked with intellectually satisfying writing. I'm more than happy I picked this up on sight at my public library. I had very little previous knowledge going into this read. Alas Angus Macallan has crafted an opulent setting that mirrors ...

    Full review to come on https://fantasy-hive.co.uk/ but as a teaser: Angus Macallan?s foray into fantasy is off to a fantastic start with Gates of Stone. Whilst it took me awhile to get invested, the price of admission was well worth the pay off. Muskets, magic and mayhem ? what ...

    Gates of Stone is the first installment in the Lord of the Islands series and it is a historical fantasy that will seduce your imagination with the amazing tale held within its covers. The start of this novel will grab your attention but I did find that it took me a bit to become quite...

    This is a debut fantasy novel by Angus Donald writing under the pseudonym Angus Macallan whilst we are more used to reading Angus Donald's great historical fiction novels I guess he fancied a bash at the world of fantasy. This is sprawling epic first attempt following multiple POV and ...

    The mighty Angus Donald turns his hand to fantasy, and makes a quite brilliant job of it. Set in a fantasical Asia, the plot follows three main threads. Princess Katerina would be quite at home in Game of Thrones, fighting it out with the Mother of Dragons for supremacy in Westeros (...

    Check out this and many other book reviews on my blog: Meet Your New Favorite Book OMGOMGOMG! This book was AWESOME! This book is action-packed and starts off with a bang! I really liked it! However, some parts were a bit slow for me. It took me a little while to read t...

    I really liked this book! The characters, Katarina, Jun, and Semar, were so fascinating that I had to know how their journeys would end. I think Macallan did a fantastic job fleshing out those characters and paced their development really well. I haven?t seen good character devel...

    You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. Historical fiction writer Angus Donald, the author of The Outlaw Chronicles, brings his talents into the epic fantasy game by writing under his new pen name Angus Macallan the first book of The Lord of Islands series, a high fantas...

    I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ...

    Thank you to GoodReads and the publisher for giving me an advanced copy!! I finally finished this! It too me a lot longer than expected. Gates of Stone revolves around three characters: Jun, a spoiled prince, lives a life of luxury and ease on one of the islands in Laut B...

    I wasn't sure where all this was going until about 2/3rds of the way through. Then all the loose ends wove themselves together into a great story. Journey with each character individually, then see them come together in a great ending! ...

    A cracking piece of fantasy with good characterisation, a satisfying narrative arc and plenty of potential future storylines. The physical book was disappointing ? thin cover, thin flimsy paper. It felt a bit cheap. Angus mentioned it was a ?trade paperback? ? is that some q...