Type: Paranormal Romance
My Copy: Sent
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.
Stone Guardian is an interesting start to a series in which worlds have collided to form a new normal on earth. Twenty some years ago the laws of physics ceased to exist and multiple planes collided allowing magical beings to enter our world. Werewolves, elves, zombies raised by necromancers, this new world that enters the human realm was both scary and fascinating. On that day a child was born who may hold the key to some long lost secrets.
Years later Larissa is struggling to maintain her independence from her overprotective family who seem intent on marrying her off to someone who appeals only to them. Then in the middle of what she says is only a random zombie attack, a new protector descends from the sky in the form of the Gargoyle Terak. He is the leader of his people and unbeknownst to Larissa, has been watching her for quite some time because of the elusive Oracle’s prediction that she is crucial to the survival of his clan.
As Terak and Larissa clamber to figure out who is behind the attacks on Larissa they slowly grow closer than either is comfortable being. Clan policies dictate that their love can never be and yet Terak craves Larissa unlike any other, including the female Gargoyle he is suppose to mate. With danger seemingly around every corner Larissa is sure of only one thing, Terak will keep her safe…or die trying.
This was an excellent first book in an intriguing new series in which I will likely be returning, hopefully soon. The world building is very well done and Monsch has created something that I can’t wait to learn more about. This world has a bit of everything and everybody readers love in their paranormal romances maybe even a few that are newer. Monsch gives a detailed account of this world and the surroundings leaving readers with no choice to be envision everything perfectly.
My one gripe is the romance aspect. While I really loved Terak…I mean, OMG gargoyle, I love me some gargoyles…I thought the romance aspect was a bit lacking. There wasn’t much heat between Larissa and Terak until quite late in the book. This could be the author staying true to her TWO virgin characters and having the romance build slowly as they both awaken to the budding relationship. However, having said that, I wanted a bit more heat. The author focuses so much on the world building that the romance takes a bit of a back seat. By about 60% into the book it’s evident that Terak and Larissa are meant to be together and each one is coming to acknowledge that fact in each their own ways. Terak’s protective nature is put to the test several times and is totally swoon worthy. I loved how even though Larissa needed him in physical strength she held her own in every other aspect and even came to his aid along the way too. There is a short novella coming featuring Terak and Larissa again and I am looking forward to seeing where these characters are after settling into their relationship more fully before going on to another couple in the next full length.
Danielle Monsch is definitely an author to watch. Her well crafted characters will ensnare readers and hold you captivated until the end!
I give Stone Guardian by Danielle Monsch 3.75 stars!