Title: The Glass Gargoyle
Author: Marie Andreas
Series: Lost Ancients #1
DNF @ 50%
Archeologist Taryn St. Giles has spent her life mining the ruins of the elves who vanished from the Four Kingdoms a thousand years ago. But when her patrons begin disappearing too—and then turning up dead—she finds herself unemployed, restless, and desperate. So she goes looking for other missing things: as a bounty hunter.
Tracking her first fugitive—the distractingly handsome and strangely charming Alric—she unearths a dangerous underworld of warring crime lords, demonic squirrels, and a long-lost elven artifact capable of unleashing a hell on earth.
Chased, robbed, kidnapped, and distressingly low on rent money, Taryn just wants one quiet beer and to catch her fugitive. But there’s more to Alric than his wicked grin—is he a wanted man or the city’s only hope? With menacing mages in pursuit and her three alcoholic faery sidekicks always in her hair, Taryn’s curiosity might finally solve the mystery of the elves… or be the death of her and destroy her world.
Source: Review copy via NetGalley
Having really enjoyed the sci-fi romp, Warrior Wench, I was intrigued to see what else this author had to offer. Unfortunately Taryn’s voice instantly reminded me of Vas from the other series, which wasn’t a great start. But I could have overcome that if only this book had settled down.
Right from the start various different species and fantastical beings are thrown at the reader, some more familiar than others, and Taryn falls into one scrape after another, constantly being knocked out in one way or another, tripping over the same mysterious man all the time, while the plot just didn’t settle down. I wanted everything to just stop and focus for a minute, because so much was going on that I couldn’t grab onto anything to be interested in.
Except the faeries, they were great.
In a lot of ways it did remind me of a fantasy version of Warrior Wench, except that the characters in that book kept me interested. In this book I don’t feel like I got to know any of the characters particularly well, including Taryn, whose POV this is told in. Because of this I struggled to remain interested and only got as far as I did because I had time to kill and I’m stubborn and kept hoping it would stop messing about. However, once I put it down I had no interest in picking it back up again and finding out what had happened.
Nor was I impressed by the stereotypical mention of gypsies. In a fantasy world with completely made up magical beings, as well as more familiar ones, why drag a real-world, much persecuted people into the mix?
Maybe I’m just all out of patience right now or maybe this book is more messy than it needs to be, either way I couldn’t finish it. Guess this one just didn’t work for me.
The Glass Gargoyle is out now.
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