Published by Skyscape on February 24, 2015
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Sexual Content: Kissing and references to sex
Reviewed by: James
Gargoyles were created centuries ago to protect mankind, but something went horribly wrong. Now only the sentinel—a mortal chosen to control the stone beasts—stands between them and their human prey.
When the latest sentinel is killed, Kate Mercer is destined to take his place. But Kate has enough going on in her life—like a skyrocketing film career, a delusional ex-boyfriend, and a crazed stalker who will stop at nothing to get to her. But the powers that be have decided, and Kate is transported to Shadow Wood, a mysterious castle that serves as a sanctuary for the supernatural. Although beautiful, Shadow Wood is no safe place for a mere mortal. Yet Kate is drawn not only to the gargoyles but also to Ian McGuire, a charming novelist who might be in the greatest danger of all.
As Kate decides whether to accept the most perilous role of her life, she discovers there are more secrets than answers within the castle’s walls. Her survival and Ian’s depend on her ability to master the gargoyles before time runs out. Is fate really cast in stone?
OF SHADOW AND STONE isn’t at all what I expected from the description. I was expecting an action packed paranormal romance. However, this book has almost no action, and the romance was also almost non-existent.
Now with that being said, I still really enjoyed OF SHADOW AND STONE. This story focuses on characters and world building more than anything else and because of that I thought this book would be part of a series. But it appears to be a stand alone novel despite the fact that it reads almost like a prequel. Muto did a great job of creating realistic characters, and I enjoyed seeing them grow and develop. She also created a really interesting world that I was sad to leave behind when the story came to a close.
There are plenty of great stories that aren’t action packed, but those stories often revolve around the character relationships. In OF SHADOW AND STONE the story revolves around the two main characters and you get to see how they grow and change, but you also expect to see them start to grow together. The two main characters quite obviously lusted after each other, but I never felt a real emotional connection between the two of them. So though I enjoyed OF SHADOW AND STONE this book isn’t for everyone.Series Titles:
- If you're looking for more books with gargoyles, try The Spellmason Chronicles by Anton Strout.