Review: Of Shadow & Stone

Posted February 19, 2015 in Reading, Review / 0 Comments

Review: Of Shadow & StoneOf Shadow & Stone by Michelle Muto
Publisher: Skyscape (2015)
eARC (291 pages)
Via: NetGalley
Reading Challenges: 2015 Color Coded, Read 2015


Gargoyles were created centuries ago to protect mankind, but something went horribly wrong. Now only the sentinel—a mortal chosen to control the stone beasts—stands between them and their human prey.
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?

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I love the idea that gargoyles are real creatures, not just stone creations. My dad has always talked about having massive gargoyles at the start of our driveway when we lived on twelve acres. That just made me want to love this book from the start. I mean, there aren’t too many books that feature gargoyles.

However, there are parts of this I didn’t like. First of all, everyone seemed a little too perfect. Kate is a famous actress. Ian is a successful novelist. Declan is an immortal. Sarah is a rich American werewolf. Then there is all the complaining that these very gifted and wealthy people do about their seemingly almost perfect lives. I just didn’t get Kate complaining about how she doesn’t know what she wants to do and her boyfriend cheated on her and she’s finishing the movie series that made her famous. It seems as though she didn’t really appreciate all of the things she has.

Declan is the immortal creator of the gargoyles. He owns the castle at Shadow Wood which is a “sanctuary” for the paranormal. There are obviously the gargoyles and Declan himself. Then there are werewolves, vampires and warlocks.

Ian is a successful novelist. He has been writing books based on Delcan’s “stories,” most of which are true. He accepts Declan’s invitation to visit Shadow Wood to find “inspiration” for his novels. Little does he suspect that the paranormal books he has been writing are based in fact.

Which Reading Challenges?

  • You Read How Many Books? Reading Challenge
  • Color Coded Reading Challenge (Black)


I received this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

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