The Stone Guardian by Danielle Monsch #review
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.