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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. That is, until one day she walks out of her apartment only to be attacked by a mob of Zombies, but then is saved by a Gargoyle.
Leader of the Gargoyles, Terak has been watching over the human woman for months because of a cryptic prophecy. Gargoyles trust no one outside their Clan, but something about this woman stirs every protective instinct within him. When he realizes the danger to her is real, he refuses to allow her to explore this new world without him at her side.
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 kicks off Monsch’s Entwined Realms series and does it full tilt – Chapter One starts with the Great Collision and we’re pretty much thrown into it from there. She does a great job of giving readers a complex and intriguing world, one full of magic and mischief, elves and orcs and all manner of creatures, but most importantly love and family. It’s a strange world, so you definitely need to like fantasy in your love stories – after all, your hero is a Gargoyle … and amazingly sexy one too. Tall, strong, giving and honorable, he may start out just watching over Larissa but the heart has a way of taking over.
There’s a mystery involving why someone wants to harm Larissa and since this is a magical world, there are all sorts of things that could be involved. I’m always afraid that a sci-fi author will either write themselves into a corner so they too obviously have to make something up to get the story back on track or that their world will just become too big to grasp. But Monsch does a fantastic job of keeping everything moving quicklly and smoothly.
At its core, we’re given a story of duty and sacrifice, love and honor, but it is liberally doused in pixie dust and magic. There are a lot of loose ends and half-finished threads, so be prepared to leave this one wanting more. There are a ton of characters, both magical and human, who could easily make homes for themselves in future stories … and I’m looking forward to each and every one.