Stolid (The Wheel of Eight Book 3)

It’s illegal to be eighteen and a gay man in 1983 in the UK – well if you’re planning to have sex before you’re 21.
Stolid is a man who remembers being young and doesn’t tell even his best friends his real name because he has the ambition to be Stolid – calm and showing little emotion.
But when he grows older and tragedy strikes the world becomes too much. One evening he runs away, hitchhikes and is picked up by a man who claims to know him. He’s taken to an empty place at night. He can escape but chooses not to. The stranger’s motives are obscure but it tuns out Stolid is his own worst enemy. The man convinces Stolid he does know him as they exchange memories and the evening grows mysterious.

Buy now to find out if Stolid survives the night!

Extracts from many 5* reviews. AVERAGE RATING 4.7.!!

*The story is told through flashbacks and was a relaxing read. We see what being gay was like back in the early days. I would recommend this book to people who enjoy low action, easy reads.

*Who is Stolid?
Does Stolid even know himself?
A mysterious stranger may hold the answer as he takes Stolid on a voyage through memories, both joyous and painful.
Author Aaron D. Key takes the reader on an emotionally relatable journey of love, life and death. Filling the mind with vivid imagery, Aaron weaves a beautiful and poignant tale of facing the past to find one’s self.

*When I read this book, I had not read the previous books in The Wheel of Eight, but I enjoyed it. It is easy to understand and has different characters with real personalities, and while I did not love Stolid as a character on every page, I did like what the narrative presented. Is different, interesting, and a good read.

*Complex story of three men and one woman trying to make their lives meaningful through their search for love, the inevitable fickleness of desire, and despite the damages caused by self hate and the prejudices of society towards whoever stand out as different. The structure of the book in two back and forth periods gives it a clarity so the reader doesn’t get too lost in the story (even if, like the characters themselves, we do get lost at times). Finished in three days, it’ll stay with me.

* I found this book quite fascinating. To see how Damon Ich’s life would have been if he had lived on Earth. It makes sense of Damon Ich even more especially the gardener’s tale. I’ve been following Aaron Key’s blog with extracts from Book 5 (Timon) so it’s satisfying to see how these characters developed and became part of Stolid’s life.
I loved the way this story is all about how the characters interrelate and not so much about action but it still manages to holds the interest with drama and tension.
It would stand alone as a tale for people who don’t like fantasy but also adds to the fantasy series so very much

(This book can be enjoyed without the rest of the series as it is self-contained, although it adds to the series.)