The Angel Stone (Fairwick Chronicles #3)
By Juliet Dark (pseudonym for Carol Goodman)
Expected Publication September 3rd, 2013
Paranormal Romance | Urban Fantasy
Source: Received from Bantam (via NetGalley) in exchange for an unbiased review – Thank you!
About the Book:
For Callie McFay, a half-witch/half-fey professor of folklore and Gothic literature, the fight to save the enchanted town of Fairwick, New York, is far from over. After a hostile takeover by the Grove—a sinister group of witches and their cohorts—many of the local fey have been banished or killed, including Callie’s one true love. And in place of the spirit of tolerance and harmony, the new administration at Fairwick College has fostered an air of danger and distrust.
With her unique magical abilities, Callie is the only one who can rescue her friends from exile and restore order to the school—a task that requires her to find the Angel Stone, a legendary talisman of immense power. Propelled on an extraordinary quest back to seventeenth-century Scotland, Callie risks her life to obtain the stone. Yet when she encounters a sexy incarnation of her lost love, she finds the greater risk is to her heart. As the fate of Fairwick hangs in the balance, Callie must make a wrenching choice: reclaim a chance for eternal passion or save everything she holds dear.
I’ve been saying all along that this is the series that snuck up on me and was completely not at all what I expected. This series/trilogy is a true paranormal romance – a perfect 50/50 mix of romance and supernatural story telling. The covers, IMHO, just don’t sell the stories for me.
But this trilogy is so much more than it’s covers let on, IMHO. And in The Angel Stone, I finally got the HEA I’ve been waiting for.
[note color=”#E0C4bf”]SPOILER ALERT
This review might be slightly spoilerish if you haven’t read the first two books in the trilogy.[/note]
Callie, our heroine, is learning some new skills this time around. And just in time to deal with the nasty nephilim that have taken over her beloved college. No better way to get over a broken heart than to take it out on the bad guys, including your grandmother, right? It’s great to see her not bumbling around with her powers as much as she did in the previous books – she’s really coming into her own!!!
What made me happiest of all (and most satisfying) is that Ms. Dark went back to the first book and brought back favorite characters of mine. And not in just little cameos. The vampires get to come out and Callie has to deal with her “fear” of them.
Someone who I truly missed in the second book, Nicky Ballard, is front in center from the first chapter. I was so freaking happy to see her again!! That was one of my main complaints about the second book, the lack of returning characters from the first book. But I loved how Ms. Dark used Nicky to introduce the plot to this story in Callie’s class about fairy tales.
Story / Tempo / World Building
I will absolutely, positively NOT get into the specifics of the story here because it was just too sweet of an ending to the trilogy. “Sweet” is the perfect word for it.
You’ll probably pick up details of the story from other reviews. I will tell you this, Callie has to go back in time to get the angel stone. Everything wraps around perfectly to the climatic ending. I’m serious when I say “climatic”, “edge of your seat” kind of stuff at the end of the book!
Passion, uniting of friends in arms, and intense battle scenes with some seriously grotesque creatures – this story becomes the fairy tale itself. Ms. Dark surprises me more than once and left me speechless with her final sentence. Seriously, I was hanging by a thread down to the last word of the book!!!
What more can you ask for in an ending of a book? A fairy tale ending, right? It’s right here!
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