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, Adult

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...
  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum 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, rulers scheme, and in the midst of them all, a powerful sorcerer quietly pursues his bloodthirsty quest for the seven ancient artifacts required to destroy the world....
  • 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.
  • Benji Glaab
    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 our own worlds 18th-19th century South East Asia.Flintlock/naval battles collide with Myth, and the supernatural. AM shows off his historical fiction chops with deft strate...
  • 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?
  • Simon Howard
    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 for the most part is an exceptional story well told with an eye to the continuation of the adventure. We are join the story as princess Katerina is refused her birt...
  • Minx -The Genre Minx Book Reviews
    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 invested in it. Mainly, it was because there was the introduction to the characters and the world. Just stick with it because…well…wow, just wow…. does the p...
  • Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)
    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 fantasy novel with a strong penchant for Asian culture and history. While the protagonists are young, the world he constructs is ruthless. With grimdark elements sporadically...
  • Jessica Creason
    Check out this and many other book reviews on my blog: Meet Your New Favorite BookOMGOMGOMG!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 this one, mostly because I kept having to put it down and do things in the real world (ugh, adulting sucks!), definitely not by choice though.This book starts off fast, it does get a li...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Jennifer Ulrich
    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
    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...
  • Nick Brett
    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 is a new direction as it is a proper fantasy novel and one set with a distinct Asian flavour. Given the author’s pedigree it was never not going to be good, it was ...
  • 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...
  • Van (Short & Sweet Reviews)
    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’t seen many adult Asian Fantasy, at least none that piqued my interest until Gates of Stone. I was intrigued by the ambitious princess willing to do whatever it took to...
  • Lori
    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 shallow, I related to no one, the world in interesting but just didn’t hold my interest. I’m in a tricky place with books lately, getting bored easily, perhaps at a m...
  • Sandra Kennett
    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 classic epic fantasy. Just how I like a fantasy to be. 5 out of 5 starts for the story, plot and characters. 5 out of 5 stars also for the book itself. A lovely, love...
  • 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...
  • Marian
    Great!This is a well written book that grabbed me from the opening pages and kept me pleased through the end. I very much look forward to a sequel. I think this will be a series to re-read. Great characters, a fascinating world, and objects of power to change the world.
  • 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 ...
  • Nrere
    Ghost Tigerssss.
  • 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.
  • Filip
    Gates of Stone took me longer than I usually spend with a 500-page fantasy novel, and has left me with mixed feelings. Angus Macallan is the pseudonym of author Angus Donald, whose historical fiction is well-known to historical aficionados; this novel is his first entry in the world of epic fantasy. Macallan does an incredible job in crafting a fully realised world, filled with details; the greatest part of the novel takes place in the Laut Besar...