Source: free Kindle download 01/21/16
Date read: January 23, 2016
1. Stone Guardian - Paperback | Kindle
2. Stone Embrace
3. Cage King
4. The Rooftop
5. The Dream Crafter
6. Nemesis Underground
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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.Thoughts on Stone Guardian: Well. I do love me some gargoyles. Even if they're a wee bit standoffish at first. Or maybe because of that. Hmm. I mean, I get why Terak was leery of revealing himself to Larissa. Gargoyles have gotten the short end of the stick a time or two in their dealings with other races and who wants to deal with that, amirite?
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.
Good thing Terak listens to prophecy and ends up being right where he needs to be when things turn ugly. *thumbs up*
Then we have Larissa. She's pretty sheltered and she's almost willfully blind to the state the world is in because she's lived her whole life in the human-only city. Once she begins to see that the "human-only" thing isn't exactly accurate, she has to adapt quickly. Which is fun and a little messy. Good thing the hunky gargoyle is around to show her the ropes. So to speak.
Basically, I liked Terak. I liked Larissa. On the other hand, I didn't so much care for the Guild's actions. On one level, I get where they're coming from, but...maybe don't be douchey about trying to save the world, mmkay?
The bad guys are bad, the good guys are mostly good and the mythology is pretty neat. And I like gargoyles when they go all protective. *slow thumbs up*