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Publisher's Summary

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? 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.

©2014 Christine Warren (P)2014 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"A clever, wry tale that bodes well for future installments." ( Publishers Weekly)

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  • Nadine
  • JIM THORPE, PA, United States
  • 02-18-14

Not fully flushed out but will pick up book two

The concept of the book and the series is intriguing, I just wish that it had been more interesting and fast paced. I love CW and really wanted to love this book but it just didn’t turn out that way, I did enjoy it as most of the storyline was good but I felt that the quick discover as notes in the book to explain what an ancient gargoyle never knew to be an afterthought and just fell short and way too hurried for something so important. I understand that a lot of background had to be laid in this book and I did enjoy the book although it was slow going at times so I will check out the next book in the series, to see what happens from here.

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  • RC
  • 03-04-14

Not bad, just a little slow.

I normally love Christine Warren, but this book was one of my least favorites. Maybe because the author was trying to establish the new series, there was very little story line and just a lot of background information. I'm hoping the next books in the series are better. I'll still get the next book.

The narrator wasn't very convincing as the guy. It was a really fake sounding girl interpretation of a guy's voice.

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Pass

I was so bored by like the end of the first chapter, I skipped four chapters until the Gargoyles woke up.... but I was still bored..

The narration seem to be pretty decent ironically...but eh, I would pass on this one... There are better paranormal stories out there...

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  • pamgram1
  • Cape Girardeau, MO USA
  • 07-19-18

Yay for the Guardians

Kees the gargoyle guardian and Ella who is a mage and a Warden are the main characters in this story. I thought the story was good and evenly paced. The vocals in this was very good. She was able to vocalize each character differently.

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Blah, blah, blah

I was intrigued then bored then disappointed. Ella was strong, inteloigent, and powerful. Keep was ancient, strong, and magical.

I did not care for the long drawn out process of getting to the goods. The bad guys were evident.

I was expecting more from the story and the narrator.

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Love all christine warren books!

christine warren never disappoints. I have not read a story of hers that I have not liked!

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good concept, not so good delivery

The plot of the story was was kept me going because, honestly the characters seemed underdeveloped. There was really no build up of their relationship other than internal monologue and minimal character interaction. I feel that there were scenes that, as a reader, I missed out on. The story line just seemed rushed, I'm hoping that the sequel is better because I really want to like this series.

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  • Trish R.
  • JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States
  • 02-26-14

A wonderful book. Awesome narrator..

Any additional comments?

I was entertained through the entire book and it was a terrific love story, too.
Loved Kees and Ella. Loved her training in the magic she held. No matter what the others say it was a great book. And the sex? Whew..

As for the narrator? She was just wonderful, too. She did a great job on the voices and when the story called for a laugh or sigh she did it. A whisper was actually a whisper. That's how a book should be read. I would listen to this narrator again and again. She does read rather slow, however, so it's perfect on 1.25 speed.

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