Award-winning Australian author Trent Jamieson presents a haunting, bittersweet fantasy where the dead speak beneath your feet and twisted monsters hunger for their lost humanity.
On the day Jean was born, the dead howled. A thin scratch of black smoke began to rise behind the hills west of town: Furnace had been lit, and soon its siren call began to draw the people of Casement Rise to it, never to return.
Casement Rise is a dusty town at the end of days, a harsh world of grit and arcane dangers. While Jean’s stern, overprotective Nan has always kept Casement Rise safe from monsters, she may have waited too long to teach Jean how to face them on her own. On Jean’s twelfth birthday, a mysterious graceful man appears, an ethereal and terrifying being tied to her family’s secrets.
Now, Nan must rush Jean’s education in monsters, magic, and the breaking of the world in ages past. If Jean is to combat the graceful man and finally understand the ancient evil that powers Furnace, she will have to embrace her legacy, endure her Nan’s lessons, and learn all she can—before Furnace burns down her world and everyone in it.
With the lyrical cadence of The Last Unicorn and intense imagery of A Wizard of Earthsea, The Stone Road is a timeless story of hope, belonging, and growing into your power.
“The Stone Road is the type of fantasy novel that pulls you in and makes you linger over every page.”
— Katherine Nazzaro, Porter Square Books: Boston Edition
“This book dances to the beat of its own drum. It comes waltzing into your life and leaves footprints on your heart . . . A one of a kind story you’d be foolish to miss.””
— Marianne De Pierres’ Escape Club