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Stone Guardian: Entwined Realms Series, Book 1 | [Danielle Monsch]

Stone Guardian: Entwined Realms Series, Book 1

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2013 Danielle Monsch (P)2013 Tantor

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    Amazon Customer WALKERSVILLE, MARYLAND, United States 11-22-13
    Amazon Customer WALKERSVILLE, MARYLAND, United States 11-22-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Fan Freakin Tastic!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I am not a very descriptive person but, WOW! I loved the Gargoyle angle. Right now everything seems to be centered on a Werewolf or Vampire. There are a mixture of races which gives me hope for this series. This is one of the few books that didn't point you to the answer in the first hour of the book and I enjoyed every minute of it. There were a lot of sub stories that didn't overwhelm the book or take over the story. There was just enough to let you know that there is a lot more going on than just this initial story. The heroine was a little weak, but her over protective family clearly showed you why. You get past that and the romance that builds between Terrick and Larrissa gives the story a chance to develop gradually instead of prematurely climaxing and throwing a lot of ridiculous misunderstandings in the way of an actual story. Or lots of sex. which is very irritating when you would like to understand the story itself. I liked it because I didn't have to spend 8 out of the 9 hours and 57 minutes listening the same sex positions in just about everyone's book. Thank you Danielle for giving us an actual tale to follow.!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Stone Guardian?

    When Terrick's warriors decided to follow him when the council in his Clan wavered on their loyalty to him.


    Which character – as performed by Tavia Gilbert – was your favorite?

    I LOVE Tavia Gilbert. I buy most books narrated by her because she is very good at giving characters their own voices in the stories she narrates.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Clash of the Realms


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend Danielle Monsch as an author to watch along with this series.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 12-06-13
    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 12-06-13 Member Since 2012

    I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)

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    "What a great find!!!"

    This was awesome! So unusal to hear a paranormal romance with a Gargole! I totally loved it... Such an interesting story... Great storyline, great action and great drama and suspense...

    I loved how magic world and the non-magic world collide... and are now one... I can't wait to listen to book 2...

    Great smex too!

    Narration was well... do I even need to say... Tavia Gilbert will make any average book above average... So Kudos to Monsch for scoring Tavia Gilbert.... Took this audio book up at least 3 knotches...

    Good Credit or Sale... It wasn't spectacular to buy right away...but a definate credit.... totally worth it...

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Diana Turmenne PEABODY, MA, United States 11-19-13
    Diana Turmenne PEABODY, MA, United States 11-19-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Gargoyles and romance who needs anything else!"

    This book was great. I read it first in print but Tavia Gilbert really brings something to the telling of the story. I really enjoy Danielle Monsch writing style and can not wait for the next book in this series I really hope they do an audio version for that as well. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes gargoyles, suspense, romance, mayhem, and who also has a good sense of humor.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Marianne 11-26-13
    Marianne 11-26-13
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    "Excited about This Series"

    This series has potential. I was really drawn into the "entwined realms" concept and I can see this series getting better if she switches protagonists in the next book. I think one book is all I can handle of Larissa Miller. She wasn't the kick-ass heroine I love to read about in urban fantasy novels. I think I would have been fine with that if this "scholarly" protagonists flexed a little more brain power. I liked her in the beginning. But, as the story progressed, her decision making made my opinion of her plummet.

    Larissa aside, I really do recommend you give this book a try. I was thoroughly entertained, even when I was annoyed with the main character, and from the way the book ended I am eager to read the next book. Let me make myself a little clearer, my annoyance with the main character did not lower my opinion of the novel. There's too much awesomeness to let one character bring it down. There are elves, gargoyles, werewolves, necromancers, dragons (and dragon slayers?) all living in the same world in an urban environment after the worlds were entwined (hence the series name).

    Oh, and Tavia Gilbert does an awesome job at narrating the story, as always.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Annie Gainesville, TX, United States 11-29-13
    Annie Gainesville, TX, United States 11-29-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Didn't want to pause for this one"
    What made the experience of listening to Stone Guardian the most enjoyable?

    It was full of action, romance, thriller. I love the interaction between the members of the story. I do think we could have learned a little more about some of them but I hope in the next book we do.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The moment she told him she cared for him the way he was not what others expected him to look like.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Eda 07-21-14
    Eda 07-21-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Riveting listen"
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    Great story and pace, did not want to stop listening. Can't wait for the next book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Delinda 06-05-14
    Delinda 06-05-14 Member Since 2006

    In my opinion, a good story evokes emotion. It'll make me laugh, angry, or cry. But it can't just be words on a page. It has to do something

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    "Loved the romance, but the story was so - so"

    Story's concept was a great departure from the usual. I really liked this. But the story altogether was not so good. It did have a few great parts, but it just didn't flow too well. Toward the end of the book the action jumped so much from chapter to chapter, I kept rewinding to see if I accidentally missed something. Nope, the author just decided to jump ahead to someplace else. The romance was pretty good though.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jeanette Jacksonville, NC, United States 12-02-13
    Jeanette Jacksonville, NC, United States 12-02-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Good start Larissa is annoying"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    sure, good world and fun creatures but not to thrilled with lead lady


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Terak I love that he is a gargoyle and he is very different from most lead men in pranormal stories he Alpha but not overpowering and domineering


    Have you listened to any of Tavia Gilbert’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    yes. It pretty good but like her better in the Night Huntress series


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Macho Gargoyal meets head in the sand History teacher


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    kathy 08-06-14
    kathy 08-06-14 Member Since 2009

    must read: darynda jones, Karen moning, Ilona Andrews, kim harrison, gena showalter, Karen chance,patricia briggs,jeaniene frost ,L taylor,

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    "good start to a series..i was entertained"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    i would recommend this. it has some similarities to other books in this genre but enough fun, new interesting stuff that it kept me really entertained. love the gargoyles in the book, that is a fun addition to the paranormal romance! it is true that the lead female is a little weak and the action pretty much happens with her sitting on the sidelines a good portion of the time, but did...very MINOR SPOILER...use her vehicle as a weapon to help out in a fight and that was hilarious! SPOILER OVER....not everyone can be a kick butt bad ass super hero, I'm ok with that when the character has other great qualities that contribute to the story and she did. the other characters, some of which are very bad ass, lead me to believe there are going to be some really good books to look forward to. Tavia Gilbert is a terrific narrator.


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    vxdvxn 06-11-14
    vxdvxn 06-11-14 Member Since 2009

    I prefer urban/para romance right now for the fantasy aspect, but I listen to other genres as well.

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    "Gargoyles, Gryphons and Wizards? Oh My!"
    If you could sum up Stone Guardian in three words, what would they be?

    Trust issues prevail.

    The great "collision" causes magic to spill over into the "normal" world. Now there are areas where magical creatures and people reside and places where plain humans reside. These areas are to stay separate. That's the rule. Until one day when an English teacher is attacked by zombies for seemingly no reason and is saved by a magical creature.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Terak, leader of the Gargoyles


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I didn't have a specific favorite


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I think the title of the book would be fine


    Any additional comments?

    I wasn't sure about having gargoyles as a romantic hero, but it works well. Can't wait for the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "Rather good"

    Not a 'standard' urban fantasy.

    An engaging story, if a little predictable. Still, there is enough about it that's unique to make it worth reading.

    The main characters are beautifully described. They're a bit one dimensional but the heroes are heroes with secrets and the damsels in distress are sufficiently distressed.

    All in all, enjoyable. I'll definitely get book 2 when it's available.

    The narrator was so-so. She got a bit excited in the story, IMO. You'll see what I mean when you have a listen.

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