I’m neck-deep in edits of Jaded Stone, and things are moving along nicely.
One line so far really sticks out to me as what Jaded Stone is about:
“We all know your reputation, Sea Dragon, but how much do we really know you?”
Valencia’s book is about us getting to know her. If you know the Valencia from Cornerstone, and Second Stone, then you don’t really know Valencia. Not as she was when she was alive, anyway. Events after her death greatly influenced the way she perceived the state of the world around her, and even how she perceived Emariya.
Which brings me to another point. While Jaded Stone can technically be read as a stand alone, and you won’t be lost, it will be much more rewarding if you’ve already read the rest of the series, definitely through Second Stone.
If you want the pleasure of discovering how and why The Split happened right along side Riya an Torian, then I’d recommend you complete the trilogy before reading Jaded Stone.
Conversely, if you have read Second Stone, you will be able to surmise some of the plot points of Jaded Stone because they are mentioned in Second Stone. While there are plenty of twists and turns regardless, someone reading Jaded Stone without having read Second Stone will most definitely have a different experience than someone who has.
A cover reveal for Jaded Stone will be coming soon, so keep an eye out for that.
Here’s another excerpt for you -
She tried to tell herself not to worry, but she began to rub her cloth napkin absentmindedly between her fingers as she pondered what might be on her father’s mind.
Grandmother Celiah slipped into Valencia’s head. Your father says stop worrying.
Tell father I’ll stop worrying when horses become unicorns.
Carah didn’t respond, but the corners of her father’s lips turned up in an almost smile, telling her he received the message. When she’d been a little girl, and he’d been tucking her into bed, her father used to trace his fingers softly around her face. “Don’t worry so much, little one. Often, we only see one part of a problem. For all you know you’re fretting over a horn, instead of rejoicing that you just saw a unicorn. When we worry too much over one detail or another, we miss the big picture. Sometimes, what looks like a problem, is actually a blessing in disguise.”