Christian - Fantasy/Sci-Fi
434 Pages
Reviewed on 10/04/2013
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Reviewed by Jean Hall for Readers' Favorite

Lieutenant Mordecai is brought in front of his superiors to defend his actions and his loyalties. There has been an assassination attempt on the life of teenage heiress Amethyst, whom he protected against a firebomb. He is confident as a trainer of the Vanguard soldiers that are sworn to protect the kingdom of Estavion. He narrates his story, and the reader follows along. Lieutenant Mordecai first presents himself as a bold hero, but his account becomes less reliable as the story progresses.

The kingdom has an epidemic of drought and famine which has stirred up old rivalries. Protecting the heiress and harnessing the power of the mysterious cornerstone is Mordecai's quest. He takes the heiress away from the kingdom to save her life. Princess Amethyst's tutor Damascus goes along with them on a silk-sailed ship. Amethyst and her tutor exhibit surprising magical powers. The Glacian people are a threat to the safety of Amethyst and the continuity of the kingdom. But the Glacians are not the only danger in a world where men are not gods or angels.

Peter Michael Diamantopoulos in Cornerstone has created a fantasy world with hidden motives and grand adventures. The author uses lofty and clear prose. A description of a diplomatic summit shows the people in attendance, "It was a painting of harmonious chaos, like rustling fields of wheat." Cornerstone is an innovative story of palace intrigue and mystical adventure.