The Glass Gargoyle by Marie Andreas
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received an e-arc from the publishers in return for an honest review
I really can't decide between 2.5 or 3 stars. I've thought and thought, but I just can't. So, in honor of fat Tuesday being tomorrow, it gets 3 stars.
Taryn is an archaeologist. She loves spending her days digging up ancient Elven artifacts. After the death of her most recent patron (again), she takes up a bounty hunting job in order to havesome type of income, just until another patron picks her up. Unfortunately, her bounty the enigmatic named Alric, who brings her into his world of prophecies, kidnapping, a death. Good thing she has a couple of rowdy loyal fairies and friends to help her out.
So, this book wasn't bad. Not by a long shot. Who doesn't love time-bending artifacts? (The answer is no one. There can't possibly be anyone.) BUT, it wasn't exactly good either. The plot? Good, but carried out sparsely. The plot wasn't fleshed out and I was constantly confused about why things were the way they were, how things got to be, and why people and creatures were a big or small deal to the world in which they lived. No matter what, I was never pulled into the story. However, the book itself was good enough. The story wasn't a page turner, but not so bad that I'd stop reading. I'll admit I didn't actively pick it up, but I didn't think about DNFing it either.
Taryn is a mary-sue. She literally has no skills and is constantly getting kidnapped. I mean, sometimes she gets crazy mad skills if whisky gets thrown on her, but we seriously don't know why. She's constantly being saved by her friends, fairies, and Alric. I do feel bad though, for all she goes through, she takes it pretty well. You can't help but like her just a little. She's brave, adventurous, and faces her nightmares using rational and her skills as simple person, relying on her friends and what she could. The rest she let go, because she ISN'T super human. She has flaws and reminds us constantly. She has questions. SO MANY questions, and sometimes accepts that she isn't going to get the answers immediately. She knows that it's not worth putting herself in danger to get answers.
I don't know what or who Taryn really is, but I loved the mystery around it. Though she didn't seem to care at all. I also loved her fairies. I loved their mystery and their prophecies. I loved Taryn's steadfast but loyal friends. They weren't just side characters to show the readers Taryn had friends, but actual characters who she relied on heavily.
For fuck's sake, who actually is Alric? Like literally, we still no absolutely nothing about him. Why does he carry a sword? Who is he? Is he even human? What is his agenda? What kind of magic does he hold? What's his agenda? WHO? WHAT? WHEN? WHERE? WHY? HOW?
Overall, like I said, not a page turner, but an interesting read if you're in a fantasy/urban fantasy rut. Will I be picking up the second book? Yes, most definitely, but definitely not right away.
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