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Creatures of every kind. Faeries, trolls, dragons, cherubs, dryads, jinns, giants, dwarves, plus several I have never heard of. Each being has unique traits and their own personal quirks. Several of these creatures made for wonderful characters. I loved the (drunk) faeries. Great characters. Check.
No elves though. Elves were beings which some people believe pre-dated the current civilization and others believe are merely mythical. Hence the existence of the archeological digs in the town of Beccia. Elven artifacts and anything else that might be dug up are of interest to everyone in town it seems. Mystery. Check.
If you combine non-stop action, great character and mystery you get Alric. I can't tell you what type of creature he is. Neither can Taryn. But they keep running into each other. So he is Trouble with a capital 'T'. Taryn can't decide if he is good news or bad. But he is delicious. So add romance (a little, not too much). Check.
The Glass Gargoyle is a fantasy with lots of adventure, great characters, good guys and bad guys and just a little romance. It ends with the overall mystery unsolved, but I would not call it a cliffhanger. Just a teaser for the next book in The Lost Ancients series.
Oh yeah. Awesome book cover. Check.
The writing is capable, there aren't too many proofreading errors, and there's plenty of action. It doesn't end in a cliffhanger, although the ending will tease you into getting the next book. Although it started out rather slow, I found myself getting more interested as the plot developed.
My problem is that for most of the book, the Heroine was pretty inept and useless. Also, I had the feeling that I'd missed a prior book; there was just too much missing history on both the Heroine and the World. Interesting World, but just not enough World Building for me. The storyline seemed a little choppy and did not flow as well as it should have, so at some points I was able to put it aside to do other things--which I tend to have trouble doing if a book has completely snagged my attention.
For me, it was a good read, at around 3-1/2 Stars. I am rounding it up to 4-Stars because I liked it enough to probably continue the series.
And of course, she has a magical power that she doesn't know about and never suspects. Little hints are given, but the reveal will no doubt occur in one of the zillion sequels that are planned.
Maybe she can't figure out who the hero/villain really is but it's telegraphed a mile away. I won't drop any spoilers but will say, as a lifelong mystery writer, there's not much mystery here. This is well-crafted (and properly edited) for the genre, but it didn't impress me enough to make it into my permanent collection.
I love the fighting fairies and Taryn’s seemingly endless way of trouble finding her in the strangest of circumstances. I admit, I said the same thing at the end of the book as Taryn did as I wanted more NOW. I am very glad the next installment will be coming soon as I need to find out what happens next.
Great read for those looking for a good paced book and fun fantasy story.