Review: Jaded Stone – Kelly Walker
Valencia Roth has found herself between a rock and a hard place. She’s been tasked with keeping the peace across her beloved land, something she’s intent on doing at every turn. Granted, she’s knows doing so won’t be easy, but if the Cornerstones can be restored to their proper place, surely her efforts will be for naught, right?
Family means everything to her, and she’ll do everything within her power to make sure things go as planned. Deep inside, Valencia knows there’s a way to set all wrongs to right. She just needs to hold on long enough to do what she needs to do. Her family’s honor has been ingrained into her very soul from an early age, and she aims to make sure that the family’s memory continues to live on. If that means that she’ll need to unite the broken lands once more, then that’s what she’s going to do, no matter what anyone else wants.
Determined to remain strong in the face of such adversities, Valencia soon realizes that things are not what she thought they were. Deceit and intrigue surround her every wake, and she’s not quite sure as to what she must do. Part of her knows that restoring the Cornerstones is the key in uniting the land, once and for all. Achieving that, however, is another story.
Not everyone shares the same values she does. The outlying countries are determined in holding to their own. Valencia knows that the path to settling old scores is a treacherous one, but she’s willing to do whatever is necessary to make sure things get done to her specifications. Her peoples happiness is at the forefront of her desires, even if they don’t see that just yet. Somehow, some way, she’ll bring them around to her way of thinking, or die trying in the process.
I started this series out of turn, but I confess that this book reads as a standalone. Granted, there are mentions of events I had no clue about, but I’ll be remedying that fact soon enough once I catch up on the beginning of the series. Kelly has done an awesome job in weaving a bittersweet tale that will leave you yearning for more. The characters, both good and bad, slide underneath your skin, and make you feel for their plights. Will the Cornerstone ever come to be repaired as Valencia wanted them to be? There’s no way of knowing unless you catch up on the series itself. Can’t wait!
In Cornerstone, Valencia Roth died to protect her daughter. In Jaded Stone, she’ll live for her.
Twenty years before the events of Cornerstone, Valencia Roth is the Crown Princess of Sheas, as lonely as she is privileged. She wants for nothing, except a clear path toward peace for her land. She’s always known personal happiness might not be in The Three’s plan for her. As the future ruler of Sheas, and a Cornerstone, her life belongs to her people.
But when Valencia meets the charming Reid Hendel, she dares to believe love could be within her reach. That is, if they can both survive long enough for it to blossom. A new threat prowls the land, and she’s their primary target. Armed with stubborn pride and all the resources of Sheas, she fears nothing—until her brother leads her intended directly into the fray and at least one of them doesn’t return.
Burdened with grief, Valencia must carve her own path forward. From the forge of chaos, a new era will be born.
Kelly Walker is a YA and NA author of several romantic titles, including the Souls of the Stones series. She has an unhealthy appreciation for chocolate, and a soft spot for rescued animals. Her best lessons on writing came from a lifetime of reading. She loves the fantastical, and the magical, and believes a captivating romance can be the most realistic magic of all. Kelly, her husband and her two children share their Virginia home with three dogs who walk her, and two cats who permit her to occasionally share their couch.