Gates of Stone (Lord of the Islands, #1) by Angus Macallan

Gates of Stone (Lord of the Islands, #1)

In a world of blood and magic, a powerful epic fantasy begins...AN EMPEROR'S DAUGHTER WHO WILL NOT BE DENIEDJust 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 perilous voyage to the lush, tropical islands of the Laut Besar in search of the...

Details Gates of Stone (Lord of the Islands, #1)

TitleGates of Stone (Lord of the Islands, #1)
Release DateFeb 19th, 2019
PublisherAce Books
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, High Fantasy

Reviews Gates of Stone (Lord of the Islands, #1)

  • Petrik
    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.Angus Macallan is a pseudonym for Angus Donald, a historical fiction writer most well-known for The Outlaw Chronicles series. Gates of Stone, the first book in Lord of the Is...
  • Bob Milne
    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 Abercrombie gave me pause. I've grown tired of the whole amoral, violent, dystopian turn of fantasy, finding it to be more something I want to escape from rather than escape...
  • Peter McLean
    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 have the makings of an excellent fantasy debut. Angus Macallan is a compelling new voice in epic fantasy.
  • Mike Everest Evans
    Full review to come on 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 more could you want?
  • Virginia
    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 development like this since reading about Jamie Lannister. At first I was a little annoyed with Jun, but when he stopped being so pompous, I found myself rooting for him and...
  • Minx -The Genre Minx Book Reviews
    I received a digital ARC of this novel courtesy of NetGalley and Ace Books in exchange for an honest and voluntary review. Will post full review closer to publication date of February 19, 2019.
  • Wendy
    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 Besar ( I can't remember it's name, sorry!!) Until one day his island is raided and some other things happen but I don't want to spoil it. This sends Jun on a mystical journey acr...
  • Chad
    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 for me to get into the book, but once I did I was hooked. The character development is excellent and the way that Macallan weaves the different story lines together is...
  • Meghan
    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 factor. If I could describe this book the best its like what if Merida from Brave meets Maven from Red Queen and the setting of their adventure is a Game of Thrones type...
  • CR
    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 story that was inspired by a large number of different cultures. I will say that this one has rape, gang rape and a little bit of gore in so because of that I would sa...
  • Eleanor Jethro
    What a great read. At first it was like what the heck. But the further I got into the book the more enjoyable it became. Alot of back and forth between characters but eventually it all merged.I'm glad i kept reading the book as I don't like the back and forth. The characters were great as time went on.I would recommend this book to anyone that is interested in reading fantasy - alot of it was believable even though I was not there in those times ...
  • Scott Daggan
    ARC provided by publisher ACE in exchange for an honest review.Good character development and world building. Asian themes given to a fantasy story of politics, religion, and magic. Easy for the average reader to find a character to identify with and root for. I enjoyed the story, and definitely am looking forward to continuing it in future books.
  • Jennifer
    I was lucky to win an ARC of Gates of Stone from GR. Vivid descriptions and detailed characters create an engaging story. I enjoyed the plot development and pace and look forward to the continuation of the series!!
  • Sabrina
    2.75 Stars. Review to come.
  • Lauren [DontGoBrekkerMyHeart]