Cast in Stone by Kerry A. Jones
Cast in Stone
by Kerry A. Jones
Pros: Immerses you in romantic atmosphere
Cons: Can feel remote
In a genre filled to capacity with vampire stories and authors pumping out kick-ass action romances, Cast in Stone sets itself apart, enveloping the reader right from the beginning in a sensual atmosphere filled with romance and magic.
Cast in Stone has a very unique and creative premise, quite different from the many urban fantasies currently flooding the market. The hero, a medieval warrior, has suffered under a curse for centuries. Each night he turns to stone, enduring untold agonies as he does so. Each day he searches for the rest of his band of warriors – his Quinguard – who have also been cursed.
Although the side benefit of this curse is immortality – if he dies while in human form, he nonetheless awakens the next morning in his usual place – he cannot enjoy it. He is alone, and tortured by the knowledge that his men suffer the same fate, scattered around the world.
At last he finds the heroine, a healer who can break his curse, if she agrees to perform the ritual of mingling with him. But first he must convince her that he has done no harm, that he does not deserve this punishment, for her family has always told her to watch for someone like him – she has been expecting him and believes him to be evil.
It is a breath of fresh air to find a book so replete with everything one could ask for in a paranormal romance – evil curses, ageless villains and compelling heroes – without falling back on the cliches that so many others rely upon.
The disadvantage, however, is that the surreal feeling evoked by the writing style does leave one feeling a bit remote from real life, which may prevent some readers from fully engaging in the story. A willingness to immerse oneself in the atmosphere and allow a disconnect from reality is in order to truly enjoy this book.
Overall, this is an excellent and unusual paranormal story with well-developed characters, plot and settings. The author also does an excellent job of creating quite sensual scenes without the use of overly explicit language, which fits perfectly with the surreal feeling.
Set aside some quiet time alone for this one – a perfect book to enjoy in a hot bath, or snuggled up on a chilly night.