A fantasy novella by Janet Stock, ‘The Rue Stone’ is based on the premise of magical beings, whose fates are decided by the ‘rue stone’ that each is magically connected to upon birth.
A Rue turns up at a tavern one evening and later leaves in the night; but will he return? It’s a simple premise and, as is often the case with simplicity, one which could work well – given the right treatment.
Personally (and my opinion is of course by no means definitive), I found the novella a bit too predictable and unpolished for my liking; the world building is pretty basic, the characterisation was quite flat, and the tale needs a solid edit.
However, there are some pleasing ideas here; they just need fleshing out, and with more attention to detail.
The rue is a mysterious and rare being who is rarely seen, and Janna is amazed when one arrives at the inn where she works, looking for a room. The next morning, her life has changed, and she is left wondering whether she will ever see him again, but only time and the rue stone know the answer to that question.
I do not get paid for blog tours or giving my opinion, and this is my honest review.