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
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.!
When Terrick's warriors decided to follow him when the council in his Clan wavered on their loyalty to him.
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.
Clash of the Realms
I would recommend Danielle Monsch as an author to watch along with this series.
I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)
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...
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.
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.
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.
The moment she told him she cared for him the way he was not what others expected him to look like.
sure, good world and fun creatures but not to thrilled with lead lady
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
yes. It pretty good but like her better in the Night Huntress series
Macho Gargoyal meets head in the sand History teacher
Nothing new. I listened for a couple of hours as bits and pieces from other paranormal romance and urban fantasy series were blended in.
First, let me get the bad business over with. The reason this story got four stars instead of five was that it contained a bit more flowery prose than I'm fond of. Others might feel different, but for me, it was annoying enough to drop a star.
The story itself was great. I thought the male lead, a gargoyle no less, was sexy. I even liked when the author mentioned his "claws" in intimate scenes. I'm not sure what that says about me, but it worked. Our heroine was delightfully clueless, brave only when completely necessary and charmingly naïve. The authors choice of a girly girl heroine was spot on for this story.
There was plenty of action to keep the story moving along. There were plenty of other characters (and other races of magical beings) to fill out a complex world. I absolutely adored the idea of the "Great Collision", an event that occurred 26 years before this book takes place, when there was a rip in the dimensional fabric and the world of magical creatures joined the world of man.
Tavia Gilbert never fails to deliver a great narration. Her rendition of this work was wonderful, and for me, she added dimension to the characters.
It appears this book is the beginning of a series. I will certainly get the follow up books as they are realeased. Danielle Monsch has certainly created an interesting new world to explore, and I really like the fact that even the gargoyles can find love. It was worth my credit, that's for sure.
I love Fantasy and SciFi novels with action and adventure! Narrators make it or break it with me.
Tavia Gilbert's performance.
This book had a slow start for me. I enjoyed the last quarter of the book best. It is a very interesting story and I think it has real potential.
Two realms collide leaving the humans to inhabit one part and the rest are left to Zombies, Vampires, Witches, Werewolves, Mages, Necromancers and all sorts of paranormal creatures.
The Oracle has told the hunky Gargoyle Clan Leader Terak that a History Teacher called Larissa is going to be very important to him and his Clan and that he must watch her for 3 months. Which he dutifully does but during that time she begins to fascinate him so when Zombies start to attack her he willingly flies to her rescue and so their friendship begins. But, as the attacks increase, and it's obvious she's in terrible danger, they start to fathom out the mystery of who is doing this and why and slowly their friendship turns to more and Terak, who's innocent, sweet and romantic, has to decide between loyalty to his Clan or love.
All the world-building is under construction but is slowly being described, there's humor, plenty of action, great chemistry between the H/H, plot twists, some interesting and amusing secondary characters, a few sex scenes in part 2 which were touching but not hot n heavy and their romance was a tender journey of discovery and sacrifice. There were a few unanswered questions and a lack of descriptions but, on the whole, this was a fairly good start.
The problem I couldn't overcome was the conflicts that my fantasy mental images kept throwing up - as the title said, he was a 'Stone' Guardian so how could he fly, kiss, talk, wrap his wings around her, etc etc and how could she suck his (minds out of the gutter and wait for it) bottom lip, hold hands, run her fingers through his hair etc etc. Yes, he does have a human form which he very occasionally turned into but all these other descriptions were when he was 'supposedly' made of stone. Coupled with this, and I'm truly sorry, but I just couldn't picture a Gargoyle as being a sexy alpha hero type when the name conjures up a grotesque carved human. The picture on the cover is great so why put stone in the title at all and the picture sure isn't a Gargoyle more like a dark angel - but hey that's just my opinion and maybe I just wasn't in the mood.
Worth a credit? Mmmm a difficult question, yes it was enjoyable, packed a lot in and if it had been called something else then yes maybe but sadly I don't think this is a series for me. But to end on a positive note - Tavia Gilbert did an excellent job at narrating it.
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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