Danielle Monsch has crafted a fantastic world, introduced in Stone Guardian, the first book in her Entwined Realms series. Stone Guardian, opens with the human realm colliding with the magical realm. Supernatural creatures have invaded due to some unknown occurrence and 26 years later, the world has changed. The romance between Larissa, our ordinary but spunky human, and Terak, gargoyle shifter and leader of his clan has sometimes been overshadowed by the world that the author has created. The dialogue is clever and quick witted, the sensuality can definitely be felt along with the sizzling chemistry but the other characters with super human strengths, magical abilities and questionable fashion sense (*cough* Laire*cough*) do stand on their own, making the readers curious as to what happens next. Like any first book in a series, Stone Guardians serves as an introduction and whets your appetite for the next book. A good story and potentially looking like a great series.
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. That is, until one day she walks out of her apartment only to be attacked by a mob of Zombies, but then is saved by a Gargoyle.
Leader of the Gargoyles, Terak has been watching over the human woman for months because of a cryptic prophecy. Gargoyles trust no one outside their Clan, but something about this woman stirs every protective instinct within him. When he realizes the danger to her is real, he refuses to allow her to explore this new world without him at her side.
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.
Title: Stone Guardian
Author: Danielle Monsch
Published: July 3, 2013 (Paperback ed)
Publisher: Romantic Geek Publishing
Rating: ♨♨♨♨ 4 of 5 ( Fans of paranormal romance with a bit more of the world building and fast paced action thrown in will definitely enjoy reading this)
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