by Emmie Mears
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Pub Date 24 Jul 2018 | Archive Date 21 Nov 2022
Magic forms both feast and famine…
Carin has never known hunger. Born into the Hearthland, a lush world of fertile fields and abundant resources, her biggest worry is whether she and her three friends will find their true names on their Journeying. But when one of them is murdered on the morning of their departure, Carin’s peaceful world is stained with blood.
As they travel north, Carin and her friends discover a horrible truth: their land’s bounty is no mystery. An ancient spell cast by their ancestors is draining the very life force from the lands across the northern mountains, withering the earth and starving its people.
Forced to confront the truth, Carin must decide her own fate. Remain silent and allow the murder of the earth itself—or risk her own life in exile and break the spell.
The hearths of home have only ever nourished. Now the Hearthland will see just how hot fire can burn.
All choices have consequences.
This is book one of the Stonebreaker series. Book two, Tidewater, will be re-introduced on NetGalley beginning November 22 and the third and final book of the trilogy, Windtaker which releases in July 2023 will be available on NetGalley beginning December 23.
A Note From the Publisher
"Mears has crafted a highly detailed world…will leave readers eager for Carin’s further adventures." — Publishers Weekly
"This outstanding fantasy novel will resonate with readers in the real world: it could truly be about anyone coming to the realization that their way of life does indeed affect others, even if they don’t realize it, and how important it is to do the right thing, even if that means going against the norm and alienating people you thought were good and wise." — Booklist
"…a powerful debut to a new series that will grip the reader until the end. Mears’ skilled storytelling make this emotional read stand out. Despite the fantastic world, the narrative feels real with complex characters…Hearthfire feels different from other coming-of-age stories with its progressive thinking and darker plot line. — InD'Tale Magazine
"This rich story not only carries a thrilling plot and engaging characters, it has a beautiful heart and care to it that connects to you on a deep level. Masterful storytelling." — Ellie Ann, New York Times Bestselling Author
• Promotion at Bologna Book Fair and London Book Fair
• National review coverage
• Push for early reader reviews
• Online advertising and promotion
• Special prepublication mailings
• Select author appearances
• National library outreach
• Reading group guides
• E-newsletter promotion
• Social media outreach
• External sites and blogs—book blogger, science fiction and fantasy
Average rating from 5 members
Hearthstone is a humbling tale tackling responsibility and choices in a way that revolves around community, relationships, the environment, and, most interesting of all for myself, gender (I’m really not well versed in the particulars of gender identity and fluidity, but always eager to learn). I enjoyed reading it (and understatement? Yes), the dynamics and changing relationships between the characters, the descriptions of magic and a land so different to ours. It was longer than I anticipated, which I was soon glad of, growing pretty quickly attached to the characters we follow across multiple POVs. Would recommend. Now just to wait for the next one to answer the many (many) questions I have.
This is a genre is one I like to read often and I really enjoyed The Name of the Wind, which Emmie Mears sites as inspiration for this story… and prompted me to read this.
The author took some very real issues and wove them into a story that entertains, and simultaneously gets you thinking! Admittedly I had some trouble adjusting to the pronouns of this world, and it was confusing at first, but it eventually grew on me and kudos to the author for both creating this world and explaining her vision on gender to us in the intro.
There’s so much truth to the lessons in this book, and I think Mears has cleverly crafted a way to capture the audiences, getting the attention of readers who might not read nonfiction or otherwise think about these kinds of environmental issues, how we consume, or our impact on the planet.