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Curse of the Gargoyles (Gargoyle Guardian Chronicles) (Volume 2) Paperback – September 16, 2017
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"If you enjoyed Magic of the Gargoyles then Curse of the Gargoyles will blow you away!" (Feeling Fictional ★★★★★)
"Everything I enjoyed in the first story is back here but bigger and better than ever." (Feeling Fictional ★★★★★)
"The pace is fast and the plot is very involved. And the ending really melted my heart." (Travelogue of a Book Addict ★★★★★)
"a great addition to the series" (Books that Hook ★★★★★)
"The details and pace are even better than the last." (Lovely Reads ★★★★★)
"I love this series, great for any age, anytime!" (Tome Tender)
"Pick up a book by this author--any book--because her writing is so worth it!!" (Happy Tails and Tales ★★★★★)
About the Author
REBECCA CHASTAIN is the USA Today bestselling author of the Madison Fox urban fantasy series and the Gargoyle Guardian Chronicles fantasy trilogy, among other works. Inside her novels, you'll find spellbinding adventures packed with supernatural creatures, thrilling action, heartwarming characters (human and otherwise), and more than a little humor. Rebecca lives in Northern California with her charming husband and three bossy cats. Visit Rebecca at www.RebeccaChastain.com.
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There could be subtle, though not specific, spoilers here...
After the first book, I wanted to learn more about the magic of the gargoyle world - see some world building and characteristics in that aspect of the story, about the actual species - not just about the mundane aspects of breaking down a magic elemental trap. I am very sorry to say that it was a boring read.
I enjoyed the first few pages of this book and the last few pages, but the middle of the book was so repetitious - infinitely detailed about the intricacies of the elemental processes of the 'trap' and how they were unable to 'beat' it, that I skimmed a great deal; a great deal. The whole book took place within a few hours and mostly in the same location (park); and the most interesting possibilities were alluded to in such a 'barely there' way, or simply left out of the story, such as:
Why did the woman even create such a huge trap - what was her connection to gargoyles - we were given a sentence or two about her jealousy in general, but not any background,
What happened to the gargoyles who were trapped by the elements (other than the 5 young ones already in the story) - after the big trap was taken down; what were their personalities, were they grateful, did they stick around, how did they interact with the main character afterward, where were they from? What was the disease that was making them dormant (that may be covered further in the 3rd book, but it wasn't covered enough in this book to keep the interest in the story going, and they remained as dormant at the end of the book as they were in the beginning - no personality at all, to match the interesting descriptions of their physical forms; I did enjoy the physical descriptions of the gargoyles - they are not all alike, but have beautiful and interesting colors and different kinds of rock and quartz parts).
And whatever happened to the 2 adult gargoyles in the first book - or any other gargoyles for that matter - why weren't they all coming forward, with their great power, to help out (only 5 could be trapped at a time); the 2 we met in the first book, just left after loaning a bit of magic to the main character for healing the babies, but we never heard more of them, where they came from, or where they lived, how were they summoned, or whether there was a colony of gargoyles somewhere, or if there was some kind of gargoyle hierarchy etc. etc.
I would like to have seen more of the relationships between the main character and the other gargoyles (both the 5 young ones and those she rescued at the park); we got to know Oliver and his personality a bit (in between jumping in and out of energy fields), but where had the other 4 gone since we met them in book 1? They just appeared at the right moment to help out, but if they came, why didn't others come?
Anyway...my main feeling about the book as a whole was that it was unfortunately and incredibly boring and repititious. I am not sure if I will read the third book; I can hope that it will be as interesting as the first book, but I won't pay even $1.99 for another book like the second one, so... perhaps if it is free or 99 cents, I will take a chance on it. We'll see.
I would recommend the first book in the series, but not this second one; too boring.
This is the second book in the series and if you guys haven't read the first, I would recommend getting it and then continue with this book. The story is a good continuation and though it can be read as a standalone, it is better to read as a series. If you want to read my review of Magic of the Gargoyles, click here.
So firstly, the books got a cover remodel and I have to say that I love these. They are more in line with the image of Mika as a kickass heroine. She grows in this book as a gargoyle healer. And her powers are growing as she exerts more to help the gargoyles. Once again, Mika finds herself in a situation to help the gargoyles and she rushes in to save the day. She totally reminds me of Super(wo)man!
The action and the working of Mika's powers are more in depth in this book. The intricate working of the magic system of the series is explained in minute detail during the adventure Mika finds herself in with the FPD. At times, I had to read twice before I could understand it. It was a very enlightening read and it helped me understand the gargoyles better. Speaking of gargoyles, I loved that everyone, especially the now bigger baby gargoyles, loves Mika and has total faith in her.
Finally I see a spark of romance not between one but two pairs. I can't wait to see how they play out. The friendship between Mika and Kylie and Mika and Oliver are shown in a better light and I loved the touch of their relationships in the tale.
I don't want to say anything about the story because I seriously don't want to spoil it for others. But the action is never ending and it is a very tight roller coaster of a ride with nary a moment to relax. The pace is fast and the plot is very involved. And the ending really melted my heart. There's no cliffhanger at the end ( thank goodness!) but it did leave me with a few questions and eagerness for the sequel. Good thing is that I can read it as soon as I can!
The only points I didn't like was how Mika put herself down all the time and the book's length. I want a more lengthy story!! All in all, it was a fast paced adventure with more magical technicalities in it with a sprinkle of friendship.
My rating : 4.5/5