Instant heart pounding action filled drama as soon as you open the book. Casey is running from Hell Hounds and being inside her head just adds to the desperate need to find cover and get away in one of the best sequences of events I’ve ever read in the genre. It gives the reader a whiplash type of opening that will have you doing a one sit binge read.
Damian will be the first of the sorcerer Nick Katsaros’s warriors to be discovered and brought back into the fold. His skills as a battle expert and practical assessment of all things warlike will help him in acclimate to the new world he has emerged into. With Casey, the fierce modern day female warrior by his side, there is nothing he can’t do.
Casey has always suspected that things aren’t exactly what they seem, and she would be right. Although completely aware of the magic that flows within objects. she hasn’t really known the extent of the destruction it can cause. She has a job to do and she’s hoping the distraction of warrior Damian won’t hold her up.
I am beyond excited about this new series from D.B. Reynolds. An instant favorite in the PNR world. With a wonderfully sweet set up for book two I cannot wait to continue for more of this world.
*ARC provided by ImaJinn Books/BelleBooks via Netgalley
Top Pick for Summer 2016
It was a time when gods walked the earth, when armies fought not for bits of land, but for the very existence of humanity. On such a battlefield, five formidable warriors stood against an evil greater than any the earth had ever seen. But evil is not an honorable foe. Betrayed by someone they trusted, the warriors were cursed, one by one, tossed into the maelstrom of time, imprisoned in stone, their freedom resting on nearly impossible conditions. Until . . .
Damian Stephanos honed his skills in battles fought with magic as much as swords. Caught by a deadly spell that left him trapped for centuries in darkness and obscurity, he is finally freed, only to discover that his enemy still lives. Determined to find him—and to free his brothers in arms—he first must fulfill his blood debt to the woman who released him from his torment. Unfortunately, being so close to this enticing female is another type of torment altogether . . .
Cassandra “Casey” Lewis is a hunter. Possessing the rare ability to sense magic, she spends most of her time shadowing arcane collectors, and more often than not, stealing the dangerous artifacts she pursues. Her job is risky, especially when she’s stealing from one of the most powerful sorcerers alive. But having a gorgeous warrior by her side is a definite bonus. He’s great in a fight . . . and in other places, too.
Following a trail of dead bodies, the two of them must join forces to track down the sorcerer who cursed Damian, and who now plans to turn an ordinary magical device into a deadly weapon. Risking everything, including their hearts, they’re about to discover that trusting each other might be the hardest thing of all.
Q & A with Author D.B. Reynolds
1. What do you want people to know about Damian?
First, that he survived the most horrific torture imaginable and came out of it with all of his compassion and humanity intact. He’s smart and strong, with a wonderful sense of the ridiculous. And the people he loves are more important to him than anyone or anything else.
2. What made you decide to give Nick Katsaros and his warriors their own series?
I knew from the beginning that Nick was going to be something more than just Cyn’s occasional lover. Once I fixed on the idea of his Stone Warriors, I started writing their universe and histories, and I’m so glad to finally be able to share their stories.
3. Does any music inspire your writing process? If so, what?
I love music, and while I can’t write with music on (it’s too distracting) I’m frequently inspired to write a particular scene by the mood or emotion of certain lyrics. And while I have favorite groups, like Linkin Park, Maroon Five, or The Fray, or singer/composers like Leonard Cohen, my playlist is filled with one or two songs from a wide variety of performers that includes almost every genre of music.
4. Will we see any of the characters from Vampires in America in the Stone Warriors series?
There’s a reference to vampires in Damian, because Nick is off with Cyn and Raphael when the events of Damian first begin. Right now, I don’t plan any other crossovers between the two series, but anything can happen.
5. Favorite wine and favorite chocolate :)
Favorite wine is a good California Cabernet; favorite chocolate is dark, but not so dark that it’s bitter.
D. B. Reynolds is the RT Award-winning author of the Vampires in America series of paranormal romance, and an Emmy-nominated television sound editor. She lives with her husband of many years in a flammable canyon near Los Angeles, and when she’s not writing her own books, she can usually be found reading someone else’s. Visit her blog at www.dbreynolds.com for details on all of her books, for free stories and more.