Magic is dying. And I’m the only one who can stop it.
Human. Weak. Sick. That’s what I’ve been told I am all my life. But when magic hunters attack the castle where I’ve been kept hidden since birth, I discover my whole world is built on lies.
Because the hunters after me.
Running for my life, I’m rescued by four dangerously handsome gargoyle shifters. They say they’re here to save me…but maybe they only want to save themselves.
Because, as it turns out, I’m not merely human. I am a Protector of Magic—if I die, magic will vanish from the world. And my four winged guardians will turn to stone forever.
Wings of Stone is the first book in a new reverse harem urban fantasy series full of romance, danger, and magic.
Rowena is a sickly human who has been raised in a sheltered coven of witches for unknown reasons. She rarely leaves the castle, let alone her room, not even for supper with the rest of the witches, and she has never even seen a man before. I mean, she reads romance novels, so I’m pretty sure she has an idea of what she could do with a man if she met one, but she’s never met one. Until Marcus.
Suddenly her quiet sheltered life has been uprooted—she receives a secret note telling her not to take her medication, finds out the gargoyle statues in her room are more than they seem, and the fate of magic rests on her very frail shoulders. So she does what any 22-year-old girl would do. She goes on the run where she is forced into a strange new world where even the “family” she once knew wants her dead.
Honestly, Rowena isn’t my favourite character. She is whiny, too pretty, and tends to have all the men wrapped around her little finger. There is a lot of possibility for growth in this character, but she definitely comes across as a Mary Sue who is trying not to be. She doesn’t shirk her responsibilities, but she definitely has a “woe is me” kind of attitude that throws me off.
Tess, Rowena’s friend and co-captor(?), is an interesting character. Like Rowena, she’s portrayed as fairly weak, doesn’t have much of a backbone to speak of, and is rarely seen in the book. I would have liked to see much more of her than I actually did.
And then there are the men. Oh, the men. All of the men are sexy. All of the men want Rowena. And Rowena wants almost all of them in return. I get it, this is a reverse harem kind of story, but come on. The men are, for the most part, flawless.
Jasper is hot, works out, and catches Rowena eyeing his half-naked body on more than one occasion. And was one of Rowena’s hidden protector’s. He even kisses her once, only to push her away. Marcus is hot, a joker-type, but cares for Rowena very much. Eric is hot, smart, and was Rowena’s other hidden protector. And then there is Silas, hot, broody, artistic, and caring. See, they’re all hot and remarkably perfect in different ways. Except for Sebastian who is hot and not really trustworthy, but is forgiven.
Rowena, my girl, get you a guy who can do it all. Or at least some. Because this was PG-13 at best, you guys. Absolutely no steam or sexiness here.
Here’s the thing. The writing is decent. There wasn’t anything here that screamed at me to stop and read something again because it was just so perfect. But there also wasn’t anything that made me stop and go “huh?” either. I like the way magic was brought into this world, how it’s fading, and how that is affecting all magic users and shifters. The concept of magic, especially since it is tied into Greek mythology, did lead me to some questions about the Fae, for example, because Seelie and Unseelie Fae tend to be tied more to Celtic mythology, which fits with a name like Rowena.
While we have a tentative over-arching villain in the witch-hunters, we don’t have a truly defined villain by the end of this book, so I felt the ending was anticlimactic. This is the first in a series though, so I’m hopeful that a villain will be brought in soon.
This was a fun book to read, and definitely qualifies as “brain candy”. It’s not some five-course meal that leaves you satisfied for hours afterwards. Instead, this is something short and sweet that satisfies the craving to get out of my own head and into a different world altogether. It’s an interesting story with enough originality to keep me interested.