The Quest for a Magical Stone • Roderick Blackwood & the Demon Stone

Roderick Blackwood & The Demon Stone book cover
Roderick Blackwood & the Demon Stone by Ralph Rathbone
Publisher: Self-published
Publication Date: October 28, 2011
Source/Format: Author (Thanks!) || e-book
[I received this book from the author. This in no way affects the content of my review.]

When upstart magician Roderick Blackwood puts on a show of his magical abilities for his friend, he attracts the attention of a demon who wears a pin-striped suit, named Belzial. Belzial forces him to go on a quest for a magical stone which was stolen by a rogue sorcerer.

RALPH RATHBONE is a screenwriter-turned-author, and it certainly shows in RODERICK BLACKWOOD & THE DEMON STONE. Mind you, I do not necessarily consider this a bad thing - I actually found that the writing flowed easily, with scene after scene that I could actually imagining happening in front of me. 

The characters, unfortunately, I could not completely connect with. It’s not the diversity of the characters; it was simply because I felt like I was just standing outside, watching as the characters acted out this story. 

The story was fun to read. I thought the plot was similar to a few stories featuring magicians and demons, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. The twist at the end was a fun addition, and I did not suspect it at all.  For something quick and easy, with good writing and an interesting story, look no further than RODERICK BLACKWOOD AND THE DEMON STONE.

1 comment

  1. Connecting with the characters is often what makes a book a miss. Too bad it was the case in this one for you but at least it was a quick read. :)


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