Evvy, a young stone mage in training, is accompanying her mentor, Rosethorn, and another dedicate from Winding Circle while they investigate mysterious happenings on the island of Starns. Her job is to listen and learn, but, being Evvy, she can't just keep quiet and do nothing. With the help of Luvo, the rock being she befriended at her home in Yanjing, Evvy discovers the source of the problem — a long-dormant volcano. Now she and her friends must save the islanders from impending disaster — if only Evvy can use her talents to avert the certain destruction that looms ahead. (Summary and cover courtesy of goodreads.com)
Although I know that Evvy is supposed to be a victim of post-traumatic stress, I found her a fairly unlikeable character. Considering she was one of my favorites in the Circle Opens quartet, that was surprising. Rosethorn was even fairly subdued and didn’t seem like her old self. I am planning to read “Battle Magic” where we learn what happened to them (and perhaps will make me more understanding), but after this one I feel meh about continuing the series right away.
This book had a decent premise, but since Evvy is a character we don’t know as well as the original quartet her interactions with everyone also felt a little unclear and one-dimensional. All around the book was an ok read, but nothing that’s a must read. I will eventually read “Battle Magic” and perhaps after that I’ll feel more connected to “Melting Stones”.
Warning: Contains violence.
Rating: 3 stars!
Who should read it? Fans of the overall Circle of Magic stories only.
Want to read the whole series?
- The Will of the Empress (Circle Reforged #1)
- Battle Magic (Circle Reforged #3)