When the latest sentinel is killed, Kate Mercer is destined to take his place. But Kate has enough going on in her life—like a skyrocketing film career, a delusional ex-boyfriend, and a crazed stalker who will stop at nothing to get to her. But the powers that be have decided, and Kate is transported to Shadow Wood, a mysterious castle that serves as a sanctuary for the supernatural. Although beautiful, Shadow Wood is no safe place for a mere mortal. Yet Kate is drawn not only to the gargoyles but also to Ian McGuire, a charming novelist who might be in the greatest danger of all.
As Kate decides whether to accept the most perilous role of her life, she discovers there are more secrets than answers within the castle’s walls. Her survival and Ian’s depend on her ability to master the gargoyles before time runs out. Is fate really cast in stone?
Whether she’s making me laugh (Book of Lost Souls) or making me cry (Don’t Fear the Reaper) or scarying the crap out of me (The Haunting Season), Michelle Muto never fails to disappoint me with her stories.
Of Shadow and Stone was a fantasy that included several paranormal beings. Werewolves, Warlocks, Vampires and more, but the story centered around Gargoyles. Shadow Wood castle was a sanctuary for all of them. Declan was the mysterious owner of the castle and the creator of the Gargoyles. They needed a sentinel, and Kate was the person the Gargoyles had chosen. Without a sentinel, these stone creatures would come to life and serve there own type of justice on the world. Kate was understandably reluctant to take on the task.
Ian, an author who has drawn inspiration from Declan’s mythical creatures in the past, was Declan’s choice as sentinel. Since the Gargoyles made their own choice, his new role was to convince Kate to change her mind. He had to do this while dealing with the fact that the mythical creatures Declan had described weren’t so mythical and fighting his attraction to Kate. So, yeah… a lot happened in Of Shadow and Stone.
I loved the characters, both the ‘mythical’ and the ‘mortal’ and the story was great. There were a couple of bumps here and there but they were easily ignored. As usual, Michelle Muto’s imagination and unique take on things drew me in and kept the pages turning. Observations like this one are a perfect example….
“Not at all.” But words were just words. They couldn’t hurt you. As spindly as the word spider looked on the page with its p and d as legs and the s as a mandible, it would never be a tarantula. The word wouldn’t suddenly transform into a monstrous, hairy spider, scurry off the page, and attack the reader.
At least we hope not… however, an author does have the ability to make you cringe and there were a lot of cringe worthy moments in Of Shadow and Stone. The author didn’t hold back on the ‘gore’ or the ‘crazy’ LOL!
On a side note, I’m kind of hoping that there is more to this world that we were introduced to in Of Shadow and Stone. There’s an inkling of things to come and connections that could be made if you’re paying attention. *fingers crossed*