Monday, March 3, 2014

Stone Guardian Review

Stone Guardian, Entwined Realms #1
By Danielle Monsch
Reviewed by ~Kitty~

Get it here:  Amazon


Gryphons flying past skyscrapers? Wizards battling it out in coffeehouses? Women riding motorcycles with large swords strapped to their backs? All normal sights since the Great Collision happened twenty-six years ago.
Well, not normal for everyone. Larissa Miller may have been born after the Great Collision, but as a history teacher who lives in the human-only city, she has never come into contact with any other race or species, nor has she wanted to. Her life is as ordinary as it gets - that is, until one day she walks out of her apartment and is attacked by a mob of Zombies, only to be saved by a Gargoyle.

Gargoyles trust no one outside their Clan, but due to a cryptic prophecy, Terak, Leader of the Gargoyles, has been watching over the human woman for months. While he can find no reason why the woman has been singled out, something about her stirs every protective instinct within him. When the attack confirms that the threats against her exist and are real, he convinces Larissa that though their races have never been allies, the best chance of discovering why she has been brought into his world is by working together.

In the course of their investigation Terak becomes entranced by his little human. But when he discovers why Necromancers want her and the great reward that awaits him if he betrays her, he must choose between the welfare of his Clan and not only Larissa's life, but the fate of this New Realm as well. 
This book grabbed my attention from the start and NEVER let go.  Imagine you were born on a day when your world collided with the world of all things supernatural.  It's been 26 years since the "Great Collision", but now the supernatural and the human world are trying to get along.  Of course, this is not as easy as it sounds.  Amongst the werewolves, witches, and other fun beasties, you have the gargoyles.  (I LOVE IT when an author writes about them, as they have been my favorite since I was a wee lass.)  They are a mistrusting of any outsiders, so of course when a mysterious prophecy is foretold about a very sheltered human living in the last human-only city, shenanigans ensue.  Terak was a wonderfully dominant male and Larissa has a steel backbone for all that she is the protected-daughter-of-a-cop.  If you were ever a fan of the TV show Gargoyles, then this is a must read for your adult brain. 
5 out of 5 fangs

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