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- Print Length: 318 pages
- Publisher: ImaJinn Books (June 15, 2016)
- Publication Date: June 15, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01EZED3N2
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The Stone Warriors: Damian Kindle Edition
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The Stone Warriors series is about 4 men who have been brothers in combat to our sorcerer friend, Nick, from Vampires in America. Nick has spent over a 1000 years looking for them, trying to break the spell that has them encased in stone. In an effort to get every resource possible, Nick has been working with the FBI, enabling him to have access to the latest records and technology. Nick's mission for the government is to bring in every bit of magical artifacts he and his team can find.
Nick sends Casey Lewis, a member of his team, after a magical item called the Talisman. Casey (Cassandra) is the perfect person for this mission, as she has a small talent for sensing magical items. While trying to escape with the Talisman by climbing the roof of a building, Casey puts her hand on a statue and asks for it's help (even though she is just wishing out loud). Little does Casey know she has just broken the curse, freeing the first stone warrior, Damian Stephanos. Because Damian considers himself to be in debt to Casey, he aids her in her escape and consequently discovers that she is working for his old friend and brother-in-arms, Nick.
I really liked the character of Damian - even though his ability to assimilate information and technology at such a rapid pace was pretty unrealistic. Regardless, I enjoyed him and his mannerisms. I loved the plot of this story. The reason for the pursuit of the Talisman, the enemy, and all the stuff surrounding the adventure part of this novel was really good. The character of Nick was great - he struck just the right chord of boss/friend/helper. The problem with the book was the character of Casey. Even though Casey made reasonable decisions concerning her pursuit of the Talisman, she came across as a very insecure, petulant, immature woman.
Spoiler - One of the biggest events in the novel was Casey leaving Damian because he snuck out of their hotel room to meet Nick and discuss an item that may help Nick and Damian break the curse on the other three stone warriors. Casey was outraged that Damian snuck out, and didn't tell her all about it. Really? Was it her business? No. The relationship and conversations between Damian and Nick were THEIR business. If it concerned her, they would have told her. Then there was the jealousy. Every single time a woman even GLANCED at Damian, she was immediately jealous and "staking her territory". Are we in high school? If a man would leave you for a bell hop, a woman in a bar, room service, a voice on the phone, is this man even worth having? Lastly, Casey was jealousy over Damian's relationship with Nick. She felt excluded. Oh, come on. Damian knew and loved Nick for 1000 years - he met her a week ago. Is there going to be a strong bond between Nick and Damian? Hell yes. The fact that it would upset Casey made her look like a completely idiot. Bottom line - I have no idea why Damian fell in love with Casey, and that is something that has to be believable to the reader in a romance.
This is the third average book D. B. Reynolds has put out lately (the other two were Shifter Planet and Compelled). I hope she gets these books back on track soon and returns to the great reads of the Vampire Series.
Instant heart pounding action filled drama as soon as you open the book. Casey is running from Hell Hounds and being inside her head just adds to the desperate need to find cover and get away in one of the best sequences of events I’ve ever read in the genre. It gives the reader a whiplash type of opening that will have you doing a one sit binge read.
Damian will be the first of the sorcerer Nick Katsaros’s warriors to be discovered and brought back into the fold. His skills as a battle expert and practical assessment of all things warlike will help him in acclimate to the new world he has emerged into. With Casey, the fierce modern day female warrior by his side, there is nothing he can’t do.
Casey has always suspected that things aren’t exactly what they seem, and she would be right. Although completely aware of the magic that flows within objects. she hasn’t really known the extent of the destruction it can cause. She has a job to do and she’s hoping the distraction of warrior Damian won’t hold her up.
I am beyond excited about this new series from D.B. Reynolds. An instant favorite in the PNR world. With a wonderfully sweet set up for book two I cannot wait to continue for more of this world.
Top Pick for Summer 2016
If you are a fan of D.B. Reynolds' series "Vampires in America"- you know what to expect with this book. Sexy alpha men, confident and capable women, some magic, some violence, and some very, very steamy encounters.
When I heard that we were getting a spin off series based on Nick - I was beyond excited. Damian delivered on those expectations.
Now- there were a few bumps. I personally want more of Nick's story (which I imagine we will get over the course of the series- with a Nick POV book probably coming last). The romance is rushed (but there are several very sexy love scenes). Cassandra- the heroine is not Cynthia Leighton- she has some issues but because the book is so fast paced I don't think she had enough development to make me sympathetic to those issues. I actually really like Damian's character but I can see where some readers might not connect with him (cocky, smug, incredibly confident, capapble, and adaptable for a man that has been a statue for hundreds of years.) His skills verging to deus ex machina levels.
None of this took away from my enjoyment of the book.
Having said that- I love this world that Reynolds is exploring and expanding! Even when I am not crazy about a particular character her skill as a writer sucks me in. I always want the next book and Damian is no exception.
At the end of the day- I devoured this book because it is fun. While there is always some danger- this is book (and her writing in general) is a bit lighter than a large amount of UF series I regularly read. Sometimes, all I want is a little bit of danger and litter bit of sexy-times (ok- alot). Damian hits those notes perfectly. Damian does lean far closer to the Paranormal Romance side of the spectrum- so if you are expecting the darkness and grit of UF this is probably not the book for you.
For those of you that have never read one of DB's books 1.) Go get yourself a copy of Raphael (Vampires in America #1) 2.) If vampires are not your thing but magic is- you can absolutely read this book without having read the other series (but you should anyway because it is awesome).
Damian is a fast, fun, sexy read that sets up what I feel will be another successful series for DB Reynolds (and oh my gosh can you imagine the crossover potential? I can only hope that happens sooner than later!)
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