The war is ending, perhaps ended. For the castle and its occupants the troubles are just beginning. Armed gangs roam a lawless land where each farm and house supports a column of dark smoke. Taking to the roads with the other refugees, anonymous in their raggedness, seems safer than remaining in the ancient keep. However, the lieutenant of an outlaw band has other ideas and the castle becomes the focus for a dangerous game of desire, deceit and death.
Iain Banks' masterly novel reveals his unique ability to combine gripping narrative with a relentlessly voyaging imagination. The narrative technique and sheer brio of A SONG OF STONE reveal a great novelist at the height of his powers.
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Possibly the most soul destroying book Banks has ever written - what was going on in his mind when he wrote this I don't think I want to know. Style wise it's his usual good quality, but there is nothing even remotely uplifting or hopeful. I felt truly depressed when I was finished - maximum points for accessing my emotions, but these were some I really didn't want to get in touch with.