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Hell has released its ravening horde of demons, leaving most of humanity a puke-spewing, head-spinning mess of possession.
Humanity's last hope? A team of misfit gargoyles - including a cigar chomping, hard-ass grotesque - come alive and ready for battle during the End of Days. They guard the last cathedral-turned-sanctuary atop a bald knoll in the North Carolina mountains.
Gargoyle protection grudgingly extends to any human who can make it inside the sanctuary, but the power of the stonecutter blood magic, which protects the sanctuary, may not be enough when a rogue grotesque and his badly-wounded ward arrive.
All the hounds of hell are on their heels. The last sanctuary is about to fall.
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By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 06-07-17
In a world overrun by Demons, Gargoyles are the last line of defense for the remaining humans, but with sanctuaries falling quickly, the Demons set their sights on the last Sanctuary in Appalachians Mountains. But Artus and a group of grotesques have other ideas and will fight to the death to keep this one from falling too. Can they keep the hordes of Demons at bay and protect their wards from being possessed?
This was all kind of awesomeness!!! There isn't enough books out there like this, unique, fun, and just bloody entertaining. We need more books with Gargoyles and things like that in it!!
Anyway, Jake Bible has created an amazing world. I absolutely loved the whole idea behind the Gargoyles. They were crafted by master stone crafters and embedded with magic, so that they could come alive and protect the Sanctuaries if the need arises. Well it has because Hell has busted open it's gates and Demons have possessed most of the world's population. It has come down to the Gargoyles and the sanctuaries they protect to keep their wards safe, but it's becoming harder because all the Demons need is eye contact and that person is possessed.
Another part of the world building I loved was the lore behind the stonecutters. I loved learning about them. It's an integral part of the plot and totally grips you.
The best thing about the book though, are definitely the Gargoyles (sorry, they like to be known as Grotesques). They were so varied and wonderful! You have such a wide variety and ones with some special skills, that you can't help but love them all. I loved the Dragon and the sisters.
In all, this was a creative and entertaining read. It was a breath of fresh air in a world saturated with books. I loved everything about it and can't recommend it enough.
Jeff Hays was phenomena in this. I think it's his best work to date because there is a lot of characters yet he manages to differentiate everyone of them. His tone for the Gargoyles was awesome and he brought this book alive. Brilliant performance.
I was voluntarily provided this audiobook for free from the author, narrator, or publisher. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
By Mary Karowski on 05-16-17
What the show gargoyles could have been!
The world has ended. The gates of hell have opened. Demons are taking
Over humanity as puppet like
Meatbags. Kill one, they go back to hell and come back in another body soon. There is sanctuary. Various churches with powerful gargoyles created by ancient stone cutters provide that. They are guarded by grotesques, granite carved statues imbued with power like the gargoyles but mobile. Yet they are falling, slowly but surely, one by one. Until...
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By Bethany McCann on 05-16-17
An Enjoyable Break
I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher, and/or narrator
This audio book was an enjoyable break from the many romance and fantasy romance books I have read/listened to. A plain fantasy book that allowed me to become immersed in a world that has been taken over by demons from Hell.
The narrator effectively portrayed a heavy character base and from the different in the voices I was easily able to ascertain which character I was listening to even though I struggled with remembering the many names of characters. That may simply be because I have not listened to a fantasy novel like this in a while.
I have not heard a story like this before, the notion of 'G'S being used to save the world was an extremely interesting concept.