The Stone and the Maiden is the beginning of a two book series (the second book being THe Mask and The Sorceress) by Dennis Jones. These books are similar to the Lord of the Rings books in the sense that a whole new world with it's own history is created. Each part of the world has its own society with different traditions and origins from anything that we've heard of. The books are really quite good for those of you who like fantasy books. New creatures and new objects are introduced at almost every turn. There is a small love story in both books. And the last book ends completely opposite from what you think it will. But it is well worth the time spent reading its 450+ pages in each book. Lengthy, but good.