By Taylor Longford
Think you know about gargoyles? The beautiful winged race disappeared eight hundred years ago. When they last walked the earth, they traveled in close-knit packs, their throats marked with ancient runes. Their greatest enemies were the ugly and brutal harpies that people today mistake for gargoyles.
After escaping his unwanted past as a notorious young womanizer in thirteenth century England, Victor has set his sights on modern-day Samantha Evans. But Sam’s been burned before by guys with extreme good looks. And she’s determined to steer clear of the mouthwatering gargoyle. But Victor is used to getting what he wants. And what he wants is Samantha. Only Sam’s willpower—and a meddlesome bit of magic—stand in his way.
This was on one had a good addition to the Greystone series in the form of plot and world development. Olivia was a nice surprise and made a good villain, and I liked the hints that she knew were the other gargoyles were. The problem was I didn’t really care for Victor’s story as much as I did Valor’s, Reason’s, and Chaos’. Victor is the leader, and the most handsome of the Gargoyles, but in the previous novels his character is stereotypical and stale. He’s used to getting what he wants from his looks, and he is the leader. That’s pretty much his M.O. Trying to give him more personality and justifications for his actions in the small amount of time that we focus on him in this novel felt less than credible. Not only are you focusing on the introduction of Victor’s personality, but Samantha’s as well. It makes for a very thin sheet of ice for character development. It also was a little more “adult” than I like. Victor and Sam are college aged and therefore more “mature” in their relationships. It skirted the line for me however, because it hints and dances around the fact that they were intimate. Oh well. I have enjoyed the series thus far and hope to enjoy the last few books.
This gets a 3 out of 5 for being average, and that’s a bit generous.