Free Ebook: The Arm of the Stone by Victoria Strauss

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware

My fantasy novel The Arm of the Stone is this month’s free ebook from Phoenix Pick. For the entire month of April, you can download it free by clicking this link and entering Coupon Code 9992593.

In April only, you can also download the sequel, The Garden of the Stone, for half-price–just enter Coupon Code DIR06579 at checkout.

Long ago, when the worlds were one…So begins the Tale, the ancestral legend Bron’s family has guarded for a thousand years. Once, they were the keepers of the Stone, the most sacred object on earth, from which all the powers of Mind are drawn. But when the conflict between Mind and Hand split the worlds apart, the Stone was seized by an ambitious sorcerer. To keep the new world from contamination, he created rigid Limits circumscribing which tools might be made and which knowledge might be pursued—laws brutally enforced by a group of Guardians known as the Arm of the Stone.

For centuries, Bron’s family has concealed the secret of its heritage. But when Bron’s brother invents a new kind of plow—an unpardonable heresy in the world of the Guardians—the Arm of the Stone reaches in once again to tear them apart. Fleeing for his life, Bron vows revenge. To strike the Guardians down, he will become a Guardian himself. But Bron cannot know how much that choice will change him. Nor does he anticipate the hatred of a powerful enemy, or the love of a beautiful Guardian named Liliane…whose mission is to destroy him.

“Involving fantasy, treated with unusual depth.”—Locus

“This book was so compelling that I put everything else aside and read it…a most unusual and fascinating novel, exceedingly well-done.”—Anne McCaffrey

“An intelligent, fascinating novel…the complicated politics and social structure of this world give it a depth most fantasy novels lack.”—SF Site

“A rich story about human nature, this fantasy is a thought-provoking page-turner….A thoroughly enjoyable read.”-Kliatt


  1. Thanks for sharing! I get emails from them every month with the free ebook, so I already downloaded it — and bought the sequel at the discounted price. I was delighted to see a familiar name on this month's free ebook!

  2. I tried to download it, and my computer said the PDF file was broken. I'll try it at home on my Mac.

  3. Sorry you had a problem, Scooter; let me know if you're successful with your Mac.

    If anyone else has trouble with downloads, please post here, or email me directly, so I can let the publisher know.

  4. I got the first one as a PDF and the second one as an E-pub (because there wasn't a PDF available).

    I have the FireFox e-pub reader, and I have to say… I am unimpressed. The PDF opens faster, and is easier to scale and page through. Why in the heck is the technology going backwards?

    The books look great, though. Thanks!

  5. @MCPlanck,
    On the other hand, if you try and resize your reading "window" to something "small", akin to what you would get on a tablet/smartphone/ereader, you'll get the exact opposite experience.

    The same is also true if you "zoom in" on your PDF to have "greater" sized fonts (which you may want if you had to overcome visual accessibility problems).

    The PDF is made to have a "set page" size, whereas epub is "reflowable" meaning its representation changes given the display's size. Whereas PDF is great for some things, for others it's not as good.

    EReading is one where PDF is better when on PC, and epub everywhere else.

  6. Ops, forgot to thank you Victoria for the "free and a half" books. Got the first one and bought the second… Added to my TBR list for now…

  7. @TheSFReader

    So your saying that I should be reading e-pubs on something small and portable that I can carry around? That would be like reading a paper book – which just proves my point: I'm always losing those things because they're so small. My desktop, on the other hand, stays safely in the same spot all the time; I always know where to find it.

    Why, oh why, is the technology going backwards?


  8. @MCPlanck,

    I don't carry around just ONE book, I carry around my entire library. I'd definitely describe that as forward motion, not backwards.

  9. @MCPlank : (Warning "Tong in cheek ahead") I'm saying that even if PDF is better for your usage (which ,if I may, is stuck at the end of last century ;-P ), on the contrary, for "forward looking people" such as myself ;-P , epub allows us to read ebooks comfortably where with PDF it wouldn't be as easy.
    (Tong in cheek end)

    However, I encourage you to tell the publisher about your wanting more PDF, while I'll tell him about me beeing happy with the epub version … With luck he'll create an additional PDF version while keeping creating EPUB)

    Lastly, there are tools that convert from EPUB to PDF, with much less effort and better results than the other way. (Mail me if you want pointers …)

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