Heart of Stone (Gargoyles #1)
Author: Christine Warren
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Date of Publication: December 31, 2013
Ella Harrow is trying to carve out a normal life for herself. Well, as normal as an art geek with psychic abilities can hope for. As museum docent and gift-shop manager, Ella is able to keep her distance from people—and her powers in check—while surrounding herself with the artifacts she loves. But how on earth is she supposed to act normal when a thousand-year-old statue on the museum’s terrace suddenly comes to life?
HEART OF STONE
Not your ordinary gargoyle, Kees has been asleep for eons, waiting for a portent of evil to wake him from his slumber. Kees isn’t a vision; he’s a bat-winged guardian created to protect the world from the seven demons of the Dark. Somehow, Ella triggered his reawakening. Maybe the demons have been unleashed? Maybe his heart is finally ready to be chiseled open? The fate of the world isn’t carved in stone… yet.
Okay, when I saw this on NetGalley, I absolutely had to grab it. After all, gargoyles? Anyone who reads my non-review posts knows I write about gargoyles, so the chance to see someone else’s take on them? Absolutely! And man, oh man, am I glad I did. I absolutely LOVED this book.
Ella has had powers most of her life, but has locked them away, terrified of what might happen if she lets them free (with good reason she thinks). One night, after a slimy patron of the museum she works at assaults her and a shadowy figure does attack her, the gargoyle statue she’s always been attracted to (not like that, peeps, just…drawn to a nice piece of statuary) suddenly comes to life. Yeah, she definitely handled it better than I would have. I would have fainted.
Kees has been sleeping for centuries, waiting to be called to fight the Seven (uber-demons that he and his 6 brethren were called into the world to fight) when he is somehow awakened. He searches for his Warden, the one who’s supposed to be able to call on him, only to discover that the Guild, a group of mages who’ve helped protect the world from demon-kind, is on the run and nearly obliterated.
Kees was interesting. He’s capable of wearing a human face so he’s not noticed as anything more than a super-hot guy. I loved the way Ella began moving past the monster she saw him as originally, to the point where she doesn’t even consciously notice as he changes between human and gargoyle forms.
Kees so believed himself incapable of feeling things like a human did, sneering at the notion, and then finds himself falling in love with one (a Warden-in-training, but a human nonetheless). He’s driven to protect by his very nature, yet he accepts when necessary the need for Ella to protect herself. These two made for a fantastic couple as they learned what they needed to do to survive.
The climactic battle at the end was very well done and I flipped pages on my phone app as fast as I could to see how it all worked out. It was definitely worth the time (and sleep I surrendered) to read this book.
And yes, there is sex. Hot, steamy sex. Not too much of it, but wowser, when they popped…erm…yeah. Yum.
The only problem with this book? I have to wait until AUGUST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! for the next one. Well, hopefully sooner than that if it goes up on NetGalley and St. Martins will grant me access to read it. Hehe.
SO glad I read this and will have to check out her other books (she has a long-running “Others” series). I was enchanted enough by her and her book that I contacted her for an interview. I will be posting that as soon as I get it back from her!
Thank you, Ms. Warren, and thank you St. Martin’s!
Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.