Sentinels of the Stone by T.L. Branson is yet another amazing short story inspired by the world and characters of the upcoming release of the first book in the Soul Stones series, Soul Render.
I had previously read Ash and Steel, Midnight Blade, and Kingsbane, three other short stories in this world, and I absolutely loved them. I’m so honored to have been chosen as another Beta Reader for his latest release, Sentinels of the Stone!
Full disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my rating in any way.
Let’s dive in!
My Thoughts on Sentinels of the Stone by T.L. Branson
In this story, we meet Riley, a princess who is given something very valuable from her mother, the Queen of Berxley. Protecting this item is crucial, but little does Riley know, her life is about to change… Alexander Drygo is closing in. Luckily, Ocken is there acting as the sentinel and he is focused on protecting Riley.
Oh. My. Goodness… This is another story that certainly starts with a bang! I love the way that T.L. Branson is able to totally captivate readers with just a couple of the opening sentences! Right from the first few lines, I was hooked. This is definitely something that you’re going to want to dedicate an hour or so to, because you will not want to put it down.
What a rollercoaster of emotion! I was afraid, heartbroken, hopeful, thrilled, and so very anxious throughout. Even spending just a short amount of time with Riley, I immediately loved her. She’s another character that I would love to see come back in other works!
The pacing was perfect and the storyline flowed so well! I didn’t want it to end!
My Favorite Passages from Sentinels of the Stone
And explosion shook Haerford Castle.
Riley screamed and covered her head with her arms. She didn’t know what was going on. One minute she was having tea with her friend Lexi Campbell, the next she’s being dragged off to her room and locked inside.
Yes. One day Riley would be strong like her mother, but another explosion reminded her that today was not that day.
Strength will get you through difficulty, but power? Power corrupts. Nothing ever good comes from the accumulation of power.
My Final Thoughts on Sentinels of the Stone
I loved it! I highly recommend this short story (as well as all of his other works) to any reader that enjoyed a fast paced story that will suck you in and not let you go!
Thanks for reading!
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