Carved in Stone

Carved in Stone

by Vickie Taylor

Paperback(Mass Market Paperback)

$6.99

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ISBN-13: 9780425202913
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date: 06/28/2005
Series: Gargoyles
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 4.44(w) x 6.58(h) x 0.93(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

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Carved in Stone 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Darla on LibraryThing 18 hours ago
Gargoyles. Interesting paranormal idea, IMO. No soul-mates, thank goodness--they've been done to death--seems everyone wants to emulate Feehan--but they do have an innate compulsion to procreate. This has one of the best/most interesting/unusual sex scenes I've read since the mirror scene in Feehan's Dark Symphony. (note: I'm not talking about unusual positions or practices--I read Emma Holly for that.) Just really interestingly written.
reneebooks on LibraryThing 18 hours ago
Nathan Cross is a thousand year old gargoyle who shapeshifts into a griffin, a beast with the head and wings of an eagle and the body of a lion. Gargoyles are immortals who reincarnate over numerous lifetimes. They have two primary missions 1) to protect humans from harm and 2) to procreate. Nathan is an art history professor living his 14th life and is very tortured by events in his past lives.Rachel Vandemere is an agent for Interpol (an international police organization) who witnessed her parents' murder by monsters when just a small girl. She is obsessed with cases that involve what appear to be eyewitness accounts of monsters and has compiled files of these crimes in hopes of discovering who murdered her parents.Nathan and Rachel first meet in an art exhibition and eventually learn that they have a psychic connection that I found to be highly erotic and filled with sexual tension. Their first encounter during a dream sequence when they weren't even in the same building was sizzling! Nathan fights his attraction and his driving need to procreate for much of the book. So when they finally get together it was very satisfying.The story of how the society of gargoyles began a thousand years ago was fascinating. The mystery and suspense was well done. There were even a couple surprises that I didn't see coming in the final few pages. I like when that happens.I had a little trouble following the 'rules' of their society and couldn't quite understand some of the details pertaining to reincarnation. But these were very minor quibbles. A very good read. (Grade: B+)
Jenson_AKA_DL on LibraryThing 3 months ago
When Rachel was 6 years old she witnessed the murder of her parents by a monster while hidden in a chest with her infant brother. As an adult Rachel has moved up the ranks of law enforcement with the sole intention of finding the monster.Nathan is a centuries old gargoyle arisin from a curse of a traitor and reincarnated over and over again. At last he has decided that he simply wants peace. Fighting the nature of the curse has been difficult but when Nathan and Rachel meet it becomes almost impossible. Rachel has the ability to see into his mind like no other human before and Nathan is unable to stop himself from getting closer to her, even if it means risking her discovery of the monster he holds within him.This was an interesting story. Ever since reading Marjorie Liu's short gargoyle story I had been looking for another one and was pleased to find Vickie Taylor's debut gargoyle tale. She did build up an intriguing mythology. The only thing I didn't really understand was that the man who cursed the gargoyles also charged them with the task of protecting mankind. Why would someone evil enough to curse a village be altruistic enough to then turn around and do this? Other than that one question I really did enjoy this story and its mythology. I'm looking forward to reading the next one in her series. Perhaps my question will be answered there.
bookofsecrets More than 1 year ago
Rachel Vandermere is haunted by the memory of her parents' violent murders by a monster with large wings and claws when she was a young girl. No one believes her story. As an adult she is determined to find the truth about what happened. Rachel uses her position as an Interpol agent to find clues that may lead her to the monster that killed her parents. On assignment, she meets Nathan Cross, an art professor who is also a griffin-shifter and member of a dying race called Les Gargouillen (gargoyles) created over a thousand years ago to protect humans from evil. Nathan is instantly drawn to Rachel, but he feels he must hide his true nature not only to protect the secrets of his own kind, but also to keep from driving her away. Rachel falls in love with Nathan, and when she discovers the truth about her parents with his help, she must question her views on good & evil and what a monster truly is. This book was original and well-written. The author built a paranormal world loosely based on an actual legend - the Legend of La Gargouille from very early medieval times. In Carved In Stone, the gargoyles are not stone statues, but rather shape-shifters of all kinds of fantastical creatures, like griffins and dragons. Like Rachel, Nathan is also facing his own trials. He has been excommunicated from Les Gargouillen because he challenged their established traditions, yet they need his help to face a coming evil that threatens their existence. At the end this evil threat remains a mystery and is probably a set up for the next book in the series. There was a surprising twist in regard to the death of Rachel's parents. The world of the gargoyles is dark and exciting. I'm looking forward to reading more from Vickie Taylor.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
A paranormal fantasy romance with the hard-boiled edge of a police thriller, combine to make CARVED IN STONE a most excellent read. From page one to the last nail-biting paragraph, Vickie Taylor manages to hook the reader into her world of gargoyles, reincarnation, second chances, and true love.

For Nathan Cross, looks are deceiving. He may look like a man, and a drop-dead gorgeous one at that with his black eyes and jet-black hair, but underneath the human exterior lies a gargoyle-a being created centuries ago to protect humankind from evil. Reincarnated a total of fourteen times, Nathan has had enough. He rebels at his orders, refusing to impregnate a human, and even leaves the congregation of the Council ruled by Teryn, the gargoyle's Wizenot.

Living under the guise of an art history professor at Chicago University, Nathan has nothing left to do with his days but enjoy art-the one and only thing that still brings his joy. That is until he runs into Rachel Vandermere at the Chicago Museum of Fine Arts. Suddenly, living a life of exile, alone as he's been for years, doesn't seem so appealing.

Rachel knows from the moment she sees Nathan at the museum's patrons gala that he's not what he seems to be. Too good-looking for his own good, knowledgeable beyond belief, and with shadows hidden behind his dark eyes, Rachel knows for a fact that seeing isn't always believing. Still convinced that winged creatures from Hell killed her parents several years ago, she knows that the vibes she's getting from Nathan will cause her to be a laughingstock. Unheeding to the voice of reason, Rachel sets out to prove once and for all that her imagination hadn't played tricks on her the night of her parents' deaths.

Fast-paced dialogue, haunting characters, and a paranormal world where gargoyles and things that go bump in the night are all too common, CARVED IN STONE is a wonderful book for romance lovers of all genres.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A paranormal fantasy romance with the hard-boiled edge of a police thriller, combine to make CARVED IN STONE a most excellent read. From page one to the last nail-biting paragraph, Vickie Taylor manages to hook the reader into her world of gargoyles, reincarnation, second chances, and true love. For Nathan Cross, looks are deceiving. He may look like a man, and a drop-dead gorgeous one at that with his black eyes and jet-black hair, but underneath the human exterior lies a gargoyle-a being created centuries ago to protect humankind from evil. Reincarnated a total of fourteen times, Nathan has had enough. He rebels at his orders, refusing to impregnate a human, and even leaves the congregation of the Council ruled by Teryn, the gargoyle's Wizenot. Living under the guise of an art history professor at Chicago University, Nathan has nothing left to do with his days but enjoy art-the one and only thing that still brings his joy. That is until he runs into Rachel Vandermere at the Chicago Museum of Fine Arts. Suddenly, living a life of exile, alone as he's been for years, doesn't seem so appealing. Rachel knows from the moment she sees Nathan at the museum's patrons gala that he's not what he seems to be. Too good-looking for his own good, knowledgeable beyond belief, and with shadows hidden behind his dark eyes, Rachel knows for a fact that seeing isn't always believing. Still convinced that winged creatures from Hell killed her parents several years ago, she knows that the vibes she's getting from Nathan will cause her to be a laughingstock. Unheeding to the voice of reason, Rachel sets out to prove once and for all that her imagination hadn't played tricks on her the night of her parents' deaths. Fast-paced dialogue, haunting characters, and a paranormal world where gargoyles and things that go bump in the night are all too common, CARVED IN STONE is a wonderful book for romance lovers of all genres.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The relationship between the primary characters is very well developed. I was unable to put the book down because I couldn't wait for Nathan to finally give in to his feelings and desires for Rachel. There is just enough plot and additional character development to keep it interesting and set up the next book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Vickie Taylor has created a wonderful new world with her Gargoyle Series! Although not a 'deep' read, I found it a thoroughly enjoyable read! I am looking foward to discovering more of the Gargoyle World.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Orphaned as a child by a mysterious attack in the middle of the night, Rachel Vandermere has lived under the shadow of that night for years. Never does she suspect when she meets Nathan Cross that she is going to face the mosters that killed her family again. Nathan is a man alone, or he would be if he was a man. Cursed over a thousand years ago, Nathan has lived more lives than he can count, and is ready for it to end. He is a shape shifter, a gargoyle who takes on a monster's form to avenge the innocent. Unwillingly, he is drawn to Rachel; neither suspecting the danger their love brings to their lives, or the old wounds that will be opened when they come together. ................... Though shape shifter romances are fairly common, as are romances with immortal beings, this is a somewhat different spin on both. Though you like as not will think you know where the story is heading, there is a twist that makes it worthwhile, if for no other reason than to read something that hasn't quite been done before.
harstan More than 1 year ago
After being reborn fourteen times, Nathan Cross no longer wants a next life so he refuses to get a human pregnant. The Gargoyle has also left his group that has for centuries protected humans from evil, but are no longer are needed. His only solace is in art as he counts down his last lifetime................. At a gala at the Chicago Museum of Fine Arts, Nathan is attracted to Rachel Vandermere, who uncannily focuses in on him. She introduces herself to him, but he flees the scene. Rachel sensed he was different and working undercover to catch a serial killer that targeted him. She later learns that Nathan is an art history professor at Chicago University. As they keep crossing paths, the cop and the professor begin to fall in love, but he fears how she will react to his bloodline while she holds back that she can see otherworldly things including the beast that killed her parents when she was a frightened child................ This police procedural fantasy romance will hook the audience from the onset and never slows down until the final twist that will surprise most of the readers. The story line is action-packed but insures that the lead couple is fully developed and that the support cast makes Gargoyles and other creatures seem like genuine races. Vickie Taylor owes her fans at least two more Gargoyle tales as she joins Jim Butcher in making Chicago a center for weirdness................. Harriet Klausner