NOTE: This review WILL contain SPOILERS!
NOTE NOTE: Yes, I am late with this review but only because this year’s Thanksgiving holiday, was deemed “family time” and there were no phones, tablets, pc’s, etc., allowed. And it actually felt really good… Got lots of relaxation but I am ready to get back in it… So without further ado…
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. . . .
Urban Gabriel Halldor, who will kill you if you call him Urban, was once one of the fiercest warriors of his age. A berserker and a vampire, with unparalleled skills, he is transformed into stone for thousands of years until he is found by a Japanese Yakuza family. They sense the magic surrounding the stone statue and place it in their garden for safe-keeping. They spend years “talking and reading” to Gabriel and unknowingly, keeping him sane.
Hana Himura. . . granddaughter of the head of the Japanese Yakuza, and Gabriel’s caretaker, has always sensed the warrior within the magic, reading to him and watching over the stone warrior for years, and that somehow, he is hers.
When the evil mage that cursed Gabriel, comes for her, her grandfather sacrifices himself so Hana could remove Gabriel’s curse, as her grandfather had always suspected she could, and flee with Gabriel. Sending her to the one warrior courageous enough to protect her from the sorcerer who will stop at nothing to have her.
But Gabriel’s health is failing, his vampire nature is taking over and as he has no Sire. Hana and Gabriel must flee Japan for Malibu, and seek help from her grandfather’s old friend, Raphael.
Raphael, the most powerful vampire lord on earth, in both magic and strength, and the only one that can save Gabriel and prevent the mage from taking Hana and throwing the world into bloody chaos.
As usual, DB’s seemingly effortless world-building, easily contains both series and combines them into a great story… This isn’t a stand-alone story but I guess you could read it as such, but why? Get the series, you’ll thank me for it!
This was a short read but great story! and this reader cannot wait for more!