Stone Guardian

Stone Guardian

by Danielle Monsch
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Stone Guardian by Danielle Monsch

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.

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The creature set her on her feet again. She stepped back a few paces, gauging his reaction as she moved away.

He did not try to keep her near and let her roam as she wished. With the speed of the night's events, Larissa hadn't had the chance to study him. She took advantage of their quiet interlude to do so now.

His wings appeared leathery, and though they were currently draped over his shoulders, she remembered the full wingspan well enough that she was sure it equaled his nearly seven feet in height. He had a tail, the tip of which currently rested beside his booted foot. He was thick with muscle, every part of his body defined. His arms seemed the size of support beams, his legs thick as oaks, and his clawed hands looked as if he could encircle her waist in them.

Outside of the wings, tail, and claws that tipped his fingers, his features overall were almost human, just a little more. A little sharper, a little harder, a little bigger.

And almost...beautiful, in a rough-hewn, alien way.

He called her a guest and hadn't yet tried to harm her. She owed him an acknowledgement of what he had done for her. "Thank you for saving my life."

His eyes widened in surprise at her words, as if gratitude was the last thing he ever expected to receive. He inclined his head a fraction. "You are welcome," he said in those deep tones that relaxed her against her will.

"You're name is Terak?"

"Yes."

"I assume from your conversation-" Larissa waved her hand toward the ceiling, "-with the others, you are the leader here?"

"I am."

"So can you tell me what you are?"

His head tilted as he studied her. "You do not know?"

"I'm a human who lives in the human-only city. I know elves have pointy ears and dwarves are easy to trip over. Too much beyond that, I'm at a loss."

The question unsettled him, if the way he broke her gaze and stared into the blazing fire was anything to go by. "I am a gargoyle," he said at last, tension in the rigid set of his shoulders.

There was a time when Larissa had wanted to learn about the other races, before she realized why her father carried such tension at the mention of any creature that had appeared since the Great Collision and set aside any curiosity in favor of pleasing her father. She only knew the big ones - dwarves, elves, werewolves... vampires. Still, for the first time since she was little, Larissa wished she had snuck some books and spent a little more time learning about the new races.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781938593109
Publisher: Romantic Geek Publishing
Publication date: 07/03/2013
Pages: 382
Sales rank: 1,096,146
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.85(d)

About the Author

Danielle Monsch is a USA Today bestselling author of paranormal romance and urban fantasy, and creates stories where action meets myth meets romance. When she's not writing, chances are she's either at the closest Comic-Con or doing what she loves most, which is spending time with her two girls.

Audie Award finalist Tavia Gilbert is a classical theater and public radio-trained actress who has earned AudioFile Earphones and Parents' Choice awards for her audiobook narrations. Tavia has narrated more than 250 multicast and single-voice audiobooks.

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Stone Guardian 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 103 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books I have read in a long time and I have hundreds on my Nook and hundreds on my Kindle! It has nice mix of gargoyles, vampires, mages, etc. to read about and the characters are all entertaining!!! It has over 600 pages but they go by so quickly I can't wait for the next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the concept of why there is magic on earth. Great characters, looking forward to more from this author.
CharDixon More than 1 year ago
The start of this book is a bit chaotic and confusing - and while I feel that was on purpose - it did make it a little difficult to get into the story. Danielle Monsch has imagined a world where our earth has collided and combined with another dimension in which many of the creatures and races we had thought to be myth actually exist. The main story takes place 26 years after this event. Larissa is a 26 year old young woman born at the very moment of this cataclysmic merging of two realities. Her father and 4 brothers are all police in the same town. This town is supposedly protected by magical wards from many of these new mythical races. And as to be expected - there is something about Larissa that makes her different and special - that she is of course unaware of. The Stone Guardian from the title is actually a Gargoyle. He is the leader of the secretive and feared gargoyles and is called Terak. Terak and Larissa are drawn into a life or death mystery about what makes her special and how it relates to the end of the world. And there is a love story. Between the Gargoyle and the human. And that would be ok - if it wasn't so awkwardly  portrayed. Monsch does not seem comfortable writing about and expressing sexual thoughts and situations - so you end up with 2 twentysomething adults expressing their sexual desires and wishes like gawky teens in the middle of puberty. And they are both virgins. I don't know if this is a nod to the ridiculous Twilight series or some misplaced nod to old fashioned Christian values - either way it gets in the way of what is basically a decent and interesting story - and that is unfortunate. A good concept, some decent writing and the start of intriguing characters are bogged down by the fact that the author can't decide whether she is writing a YA novel or more mature adult fiction. If she can make a decision and embrace it - and leave out the awkward sex scenes - this series could be alright. I was provided a gratis copy for review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read a lot, maybe a book a week. And truth be known, I was bored. I felt like I kept reading the same book over and over again with different character names in different settings, but essentially the same book. Then I found this jewel! Great story. Enthralling plot. Interesting characters. Four days in, and one book down. I can't wait to read the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this, it caught my attention from the beginning and I couldn't put it down till I finished it. I can't wait for the second book.
HockeyJS More than 1 year ago
Love it!!!!!!!!! I can't wait for more, loved the story and characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
the book is well written and brings you to a world that most fantasy books don't go. its not what I would call a great book but definitely worth the read. Fyi - there is a little adult content so warning for the easily offended reader. Its really on a few small parts
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it! Enjoyed every word. Fresh and fast paced. Will definately follow this author!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed the book and can't wait for the next book in the series...
notrow1 5 months ago
This is the first book in the Entwined Realms Urban Fantasy/Romance series. I really enjoyed the story. Larissa Miller is an interesting character. I liked her a lot. She is a normal human living in a world that changed twenty-six years ago when the Great Collision (a merging of the human and supernatural world) happened. She is the only daughter of an overprotective policeman father, and sister to four overprotective policemen brothers. When she is attacked by a group of zombies on the way to a poker game hosted by her father, she finds herself thrust into a world she knows nothing about when she is rescued by a gargoyle sent to protect her. Terak is the leader of his clan of gargoyles. I really liked this character a lot. He is an impressive warrior and fiercely protective of his clan. When a prophecy is disclosed to him, he finds himself guarding a human woman who intrigues him. As he and Larissa work together to uncover the mystery surrounding the prophecy, their undeniable attraction sparks. I purchased this book last year due to my interest in urban fantasy romance. Unfortunately, due to my large reading list, I have not able to read it sooner. I started to read this book and was instantly hooked. I loved the way the characters came to life. However, I felt, even though the world building was good, it was far too 'human' at times. I would have liked to have known more about the world of the Gargoyles and more of the inner workings of their society, as well as the other supernatural beings. Perhaps this will be revealed as the series progresses. There are some interesting characters introduced that I liked. They are: Fallon (she's a type of warrior called a Dragon Slayer), Laire (she's a mage), Aislynn (she's an elf) and Wulver (he's a werewolf leader). They are members of the Guild and act as protectors to the humans from supernatural beings (like police but more mercenary). The story is a little formulaic when it comes to the romance, but the plot is interesting. The story is told through the eyes of Terak and Larissa, though Fallon has a few scenes from her point of view too. There is action, danger and mystery mixed in such a way that I found myself becoming emersed in the tale. Unfortunately, as I got closer to the end I felt the story began to fizzle slightly. The energy and excitement I felt in the beginning began to wane about two-thirds into the story, and this made me feel sad. The ending was also not to my liking. I'm all for setting the scene for the next book in the series but, I have a love/hate relationship with cliffhangers and this felt a little anti-climatic and boring. It didn't end in a bang, but a whimper and didn't grab me enough to want to keep reading the series. Other readers may have a different reading experience to me, so I will urge you to make up your own minds. Danielle Monsch has written a fantastic start to a unique urban fantasy romance series. I enjoyed her fast paced writing style and the flow was good. This is the first book I have read written by this author. At this moment in time, I am not sure if I will read more of her books, but I am not ruling it out as it depends on my mood and I may give her books another try in the future. Due to explicit scenes of a sexual nature, I do not recommend this book to readers under the age of 18. However, I do recommend this book if you love hot erotic paranormal romances full of gargoyles, werewolves, vampires, fae, druids etc. - Lynn Worton
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this version of gargoyle. Enjoyed the book and the new series.
reeselee More than 1 year ago
Great book for fantasy lovers. Has your normal vampires, wizards and such and then she adds gargoyles in! love the main character is a different type of myth. Good story plot. looking forward to the next book. would like to see a few more plot twists tho.
bookchewingbunny More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyes this book. Well written. Lots of action. Good love story, magic, vampires, gargoyles, other realms.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
DaUgh More than 1 year ago
I was pleasantly surprised. this had a good story, plot and character development. a good turn around from the 'typical' myths
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book can't wait to read the rest of the series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
caroldh4 More than 1 year ago
RATING 4.5 STARS Stone Guardian is book one in the Entwined Realms series by Danielle Monsch. Twenty-six years ago the world as we knew it stopped. When the earth began to rumble and shake, it somehow caused the realms to collide, later to be called the Great Collision. Suddenly beings only ever seen in fairy tales roamed the earth, zombies, dragons, werewolves, and the list goes on. Jack Miller, a cop, was at work, trying to get to the hospital where his wife was giving birth. But, he didn’t arrive in time to witness the birth of his only daughter, or the death of his wife. Now, Larissa Miller is an adult, living in a human only city, trying to be independent of her over protective father and four older brothers. She has only read of the Great Collision in the history books she teaches at school. Her city is protected by wards, keeping all magical beings out. Until the day she was attacked by a horde of zombies. And that was only the beginning. What do they want? Why her? How are they getting through the wards? And in the midst of it all, she is rescued by a being she didn’t even know existed, a gargoyle. But she wasn’t afraid of him. Somehow he made her feel safe. Terak is leader of the entire clan of gargoyles. His clan was his life, his number one priority, until the day he saw her, his little human. His world shifted, and only she became the center of everything that was important to him. Thus begins Terak and Larissa’s journey. They had to somehow discover what it was about Larissa so many wanted. At the same time, bonds of friendship and maybe even more are forming between them. But along the way, loyalties are tested, between them, between Larissa and her family, and between Terak and his clan. I really enjoyed this. It was my very first book by this author. It was fast paced and kept me on the edge of my seat. I loved watching the relationship slowly grow and develop between Terak and Larissa. If I had one complaint, it was that it took so darn long for any of the good stuff if you know what I mean. I look forward to reading Stone Embrace next, book #1.1, a short kind of epilogue to this one. I definitely hope to explore more of this series and Danielle’s books in the future. “Her gargoyle, her mate, her love.”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! I came upon it by chance but am so glad I did. Once I started I couldn't put it down and can't wait to dive into the rest of the series. I had not read anything from this author before but will definately look into her other titles.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was one of the best books I have read in a long time. C
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While the basis behind the story isn't new, the way everything was brought together was. There is mystery and intrigue enough for me to read the next book to find out more about the background characters. It was low on drama, but still had action and romance, which I loved. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
compweasel More than 1 year ago
Loved this book, especially Tera, the gargoyle. Like the variety of realm characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the story and I'm looking forward to reading the next one
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good plot and charactors