• Stone Guardian

  • Entwined Realms Series, Book 1
  • By: Danielle Monsch
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (789 ratings)

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Stone Guardian

By: Danielle Monsch
Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
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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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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.

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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...

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HO HUM - SORRY BUT MIXED FEELINGS WITH THIS LISTEN

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.

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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.

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Hits All My Wants

I love PRN stories and this one did it for me. I love Tavia Gilbert as a narrator, and once more, she did not disappoint.

There is a review for this that I read that spoke of the heroin being the perfect blend of naive and strong. Larissa does live in her own little world and is very naive to the paranormal around her, but she knows this and recognizes it. She seeks help when needed, and generally doesn't do anything stupid.

Terak is just simply perfect. His strong, bad-ass, smart, and sweet. There is an immediate connection between him and Larissa that somehow still develops and lets the two of them figure it out without it being instantaneous and all consuming in the story.

If you like PRN, I strongly recommend this for a good read.

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A very silly book

I don't know why I chose this book as it became very obvious early on that it wasn't my cup of tea. It was a very silly romance novel with every race from the fantasy genre except fairies I think. There funny parts but the sex was too romance novel for me. The narrator gave her all which showed in her over pronunciation of words. The characters were very cartoonish but it fit with the silliness of the book. While it want for me, I'm sure there is an audience for this style of book.

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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.

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Pained me to listen

The narrator didn't help at all. Weak female character and story bored me to sleep. Not sure what others were thinking when they rated this so high.

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would have prefered no cussing

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Not liking a book with cussing in it removed it from my library.

Any additional comments?

if you don't mind the cussing it may be a nice book.

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A Great Listen!

I loved the story line. The farther you got into the story, the more intense it became. I would drive around the block after work few extra times each day so I could listen longer. Thank You.
Carol

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  • Janine
  • 01-23-14

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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  • Yvonne58
  • 11-01-15

great read

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

i would recommend this book to anyone, it is a fast moving fantasy love story, I loved it and can't wait to read more. the narration is good as well.

What did you like best about this story?

all the different races within the story who worked together, and the bravery of the heroine especially when she defended the hero.

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

i have listened to her before and find her very easy to listen too, the variations she gets in her voice are very good.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

a few times it made me groan that they were going to loose each other. some of the other world characters made me smile in their discription.

Any additional comments?

read it, read it