Damian by D.B. Reynolds
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I picked up this book. When we say “stone warriors” are we talking about gargoyles? I’ve been reading way too many gargoyle books lately. Will there be some crossover with the other vampire world I love from this author? I would really like more of that universe. I was pleasantly surprised that this book gave me everything I hoped for.
This first book of the new series focuses on Damian, the warrior who was turned to stone by an evil magic practitioner. He was cursed to hear and see everything around him while unable to escape his stone prison. Lucky for him, Casey happens to be bleeding and leaning on his statue high above the city one night. Casey is the tough chick FBI agent (aka supernatural artifact hunter) who appears to have gotten in over her head on her latest assignment. What should have been a simple artifact retrieval turns into something so much more complicated when the hellhounds start chasing her. Her night only gets weirder when a beautiful blonde man helps remedy her hellhound problem.
The magical artifact in question ends up being a lot more of an immediate threat than anything else in the story. It’s essentially a gigantic bomb that can be used multiple times to wreak havoc on the world. Casey and Damian end up racing against time to catch the big bad before he uses it and sells it to the highest bidder. Oh, and aside from the sizzling romance that springs up between Casey and Damian, Casey is also dealing with having her trust broken by her boss (who has oodles of secrets) and trying not to fall in love. This was a great start to what I hope is a nice, long series of books in this world. The author already had me hooked on this world, and now I can only hope for even more sexy paranormal goodness.
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