- Title: Shower of Stones
- Author: Zachary Jernigan
- ISBN: 9781597808170
- Page: 230
- Format: Hardcover
At the moment of his greatest victory, before a crowd of thousands, the warrior Vedas Tezul renounced his faith, calling for revolt against the god Adrash, imploring mankind to unite in this struggle.Good intentions count for nothing In the three months since his sacrilegious pronouncement, the world has not changed for the better In fact, it is now on the verge of dyingAt the moment of his greatest victory, before a crowd of thousands, the warrior Vedas Tezul renounced his faith, calling for revolt against the god Adrash, imploring mankind to unite in this struggle.Good intentions count for nothing In the three months since his sacrilegious pronouncement, the world has not changed for the better In fact, it is now on the verge of dying The Needle hangs broken in orbit above Jeroun, each of its massive iron spheres poised to fall and blanket the planet s surface in dust Long held truces between Adrashi and Anadrashi break apart as panic spreads.With no allegiance to either side, the disgraced soldier Churls walks into the divided city of Danoor with a simple plan murder the monster named Fesuy Amendja, and retrieve from captivity the only two individuals that still matter to her Vedas Tezul, and the constructed man Berun The simple plan goes awry, as simple plans do, and in the process Churls and her companions are introduced to one of the world s deepest secrets A madman, insisting he is the link to an ancient world, offering the most tempting lie of all Hope.Concluding the visceral, inventive narrative begun in No Return, Shower of Stones pits men against gods and swords against civilization destroying magic in the fascinatingly harsh world of Jeroun.
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Like its predecessor, No Return, the second novel of Jeroun follows two converging story lines - the first featuring the triumvirate of Vedas, Churls, and Berun, and the second featuring the scientist/magician Pol. It's a narrative format that echoes the first novel quite nicely, creating a natural flow or connection between the two, but that's really where the similarities end.As hard as it may be to believe, Shower of Stones is a darker, more complex, more philosophical novel. Zachary Jernigan [...]
In the second book of Jeroun, the three companions from No Return (Vedas, Churls and Berun) are together, but somewhat damaged from their epic battle in the Pits. As a group, augmented by the increased presence and role for Churl's daughter Fyra, they develop closer bonds, joining forces with a mystery man, who arrives riding a dragon. His true identity is one of the major themes of the novel. Along with help from (view spoiler)[ his siblings, the sons and daughters of Adrash,(hide spoiler)], th [...]
Please see the full review on my blog for disclosure.Until Shower of Stones, I had only read Zachary's short stories, which I found to be quite impressive. I have not read No Return: A Novel of Jeroun. I wanted to read Shower of Stones to see if the novel could stand alone--it does; although I would recommend reading the glossary in order to familiarize yourself with some unfamiliar terms and concepts if you have not encountered No Return.Shower of Stones is one of the few books that successfull [...]
How do you dethrone a god? After the events of No Return Vedas, Churls, and Berun come in contact with a mysterious man claiming to be able to offer aid to them in killing the white god who threatens the planet. These fantasy novels are much more focused on character development and growth than on action. You have to pay attention. Motives are not always clear. You spend a lot of time in the minds of these characters and it's hard to pick a favorite because you end up rooting for them all for di [...]
This is a very powerful book that is intended as a sequel to the author’s debut novel, “No Return.” But it is not just a sequel to “No Return”; it completes it. And oddly enough, it does so by subverting it, changing much of what this reader thought were the relationships between the characters in the earlier novel, in a way that (upon reflection) makes sense. Since it is a sequel, one may naturally ask: can it be read as a standalone? After giving this much thought, I’ve concluded i [...]
Jernigan pulls a surprising 180 with Shower of Stones, leaving the majority of the lust and battle and decline of No Return behind, replacing it instead with inner-turmoil, fidelity, and indications of hope. Acute philosophies and insights about family, friends, power and corruption all teem throughout. The strangeness of the first novel is consistent here, as is the strong characterization and Jernigan's smart take on our humanity. Things come together in a highly-satisfying crescendo, though, [...]
Churls, Vedas, and Berun are back in a brand new adventure in the World of Jeroun. When Shavrim, Adrash's first ever creation hires the three to help him bring the arrogant God down, they accept not knowing that he wants his siblings to take over their bodies. Will he succeed or will Churls Ghostly daughter Fyra stop him? Read and find out for yourself.This was a great conclusion to the book No Return by Zachary Jernigan . If you enjoy action, adventure, and fantastical elements then definitely [...]
I'll have to make time for a longer review if I can.Shower of Stones is an interestingly strange book. Much as others have stated, it could easily be a standalone work as there is little prior knowledge that is strictly necessary from the previous book. Yet, Shower of Stones is, in a way, the completion ofNo Return. When I read the first book, the ending seemed abrupt, the denouement unsatisfying, there was no finality to the book. Examining the duology together, one sees Shower of Stones as a c [...]
Although the start is quite long and slow and the pacing it is not as fast as in the previous novel, the setting it's absolutely fascinating: I think it's the most interesting world-building I have ever read about. And I came to a conclusion: it is not a book about characters, about their ideas or about their motivations; no, the main character of this series it's the world, the world made by Adrash, where gods and demigods fight each other, with mortals or with mages, where the dead elders are [...]
Well, this one certainly went in a different direction than the first one by adding a whole new cast of reincarnated demi-gods to shake up the relationships between the lead characters. There are some interesting revelations about events and characters from the first book which I thought were pretty interesting and the world and universe that these novels take place in is expanded upon in a fashion that leaves many opening for further exploration. The story presented herein is more or less broug [...]
Beautifully realized sequel; more developed and with much more scope, in the characters and content, than the first book, which was fantastic in its own right. A perfectly written and concluded story, although I wish Jernigan would write more about this world he has built.I loved No Return, absolutely, but Shower of Stones has so much more depth and nuance and maturity and I felt like the characters were written with compassion and even love. The layers of humanity and emotion and thought went s [...]
I finally figured out what these Jeroun books remind me of; European comics. Especially Jodorowsky/Mobius stuff, with the shedding of traditional genre conventions, and the focus on trans-humanism, and the glavin.The story arcs from the last book, a martial arts competition/religious war and astronaut wizards planning a hit on a god, drift into the backstory as a pantheon of demigods join the protagonists on stage.Like No Escape, I recommend this as an antidote for 1000 page Tolkien knock-offs.A [...]
Good follow up to No Return, which I loved. I would have liked to have read more about Jeroun and it's gods, inhabitants. More fleshed out history of the 5 demi-gods introduced in this story might have helped. I don't know, I'm no author. Perhaps I'm just selfish for more from this great world.
Shower of Stones is a good sequel to the first book. While it answers some secrets of the first book it leaves a lot of questions in it's wake. All in all an interesting series that I would be very happy to see continue.
Normal men can indeed be turned into monsters — ordinary, unimaginative monsters. Even with their lives preserved for eons, they are of one design.Being alone is easier than having a family. When you have a family, you are responsible to each other. It’s easier to navigate the world without that burden.Without a path to redemption, a man would watch the world burn. With a measure of hope, the same man Well. He would not be the same man, would he?Men deluded themselves when they believed in b [...]
Ok i had to give it a month to fully ruminate on why this book bothered me so much, it starts with so much promise but then begins to feel rushed and not well worked by the end. I will spoil a bit so be warned. The opening of Showers of stone was great, starting with some background on Adrash's pantheon, all of whom were to some extant visually unique. then we follow churls as she goes on a suicide mission as she tries to rescue her friend (so far so good). then Shav is back and he acts as the c [...]
It's been a while since I've agonized this much over a book rating. The fact is (and yes, I'm about to utter a cliche of reviewing, too damn bad), I really fucking wanted to love this book. And, I admit, parts of it I did, especially any time we got to hang out with Berun (which, as far as I'm concerned, was not nearly enough time) (but then, nothing would be enough), or watch Churls and Fyra navigate each other the way they never had to while Fyra was alive. The world-building itself remains re [...]
Most books play at world building. Well worn tropes are trotted out again but with a bigger hat this time, and it all feels so familiar. So much so, that they all blend together into this huge morass that I find harder and harder to tell one from the other.Not this book. It just kicks ass. I could go on and write a lot more in depth boring review, but no, just go read the book. It's real fucking good.
THIS BOOK HAS DRAWN ME TO ITSELF BECAUSE IT SHOWS A CHANGE OF DIRECTION IN A CHARACTER'S FAITH. An apocalypse within his heart which fractures his "world." This whether in an alien world, futurist time or in our own world, right now, is interesting, dramatic and has a "What's next quality." Anyone driven by faith creates a fascinating story. Is this faith going to work for HIS good? or be evil and be destroy him? I want to know - don't you?
I greatly enjoyed this book.Sadly ,i need to go read book 1 now.his writing style just draws me in and sends me down the story to the end I would reccomend this to anyone who wants a seriously good book to readis is for sure one of them.!
Sorry, needs a rewrite. Will repost soon.
Even better than No Return Jernigan has done it again: as good and in some ways better than No Return. I loved it. And I highly recommend it.
DNF. Loved the first book (and the author seems like a great guy), but couldn’t engage with this one. I’m more interested in regular human characters than superhero beings.
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