The Evolution of Fae and Gods (Chronicles of the Stone Veil)

The Evolution of Fae and Gods
by Sawyer Bennett
Release Date:  March 23, 2021
Publisher:  Big Dog Books, LLC
Book #3 in the Chronicles of the Stone Veil series
Number of pages:  269
Kindle Edition
Source: Amazon Purchase
Paranormal Romance M/F
Rating: R
Read 3/24/21 to 3/27/21

Evil is coming.
A dark malevolence the likes of which this world has never seen, and it comes straight from the depths of Hell. Darkness meant to destroy. A prophecy I am fated to fulfill but will most likely not survive.

Through it all, Carrick Byrne has stood strong by my side. Something has deeply changed between me and the man I once despised, and all it took was a kiss of provocation for both of us to feel it. I know deep in my soul we’re being guided by destiny, but I don’t know if I can trust it. Carrick is holding something back, and I fear the consequences could be deadly once his truth is revealed.

We’re not ready, but calamity waits for no woman. I have discovered a power within myself I must learn to master. A new connection in the Underworld has been revealed to me, one that I hope is friend but is just as likely foe. We are in a race against time as we try to figure out how to stop the end of the world from occurring. The battle is coming, and I can only hope we’re prepared for what happens next.

The Evolution of Fae and Gods is book three of the Chronicles of the Stone Veil series and is best enjoyed if read in series order.

Just as with my reviews of the previous stories in this series, there will be no spoilers from this book in this review. But there may be spoilers for the previous books in this review. So only proceed if you have read the first books in this series.

I knew I was going to love Carrick eventually. This part of the series really cemented that fact, I adore that demi-god. Now, if only I could say the same for Finley. The more this story progresses, the more her actions come across as childish and immature. Emotions are high, that is understandable. But time and time again Finley takes stupid chances and makes stupid decisions she knows are wrong, otherwise she wouldn’t try hiding what she’s doing.

While Finley drove me crazy at times, I didn’t really dislike her. I just wanted to give her a good old-fashioned talking to. And she did start to make better decisions about halfway through the book. It wasn’t lost on me that the relationship between Carrick and Finley seemed to grow stronger and deeper after she gave up her shenanigans and started really listening to the warnings she was given.

Not only does Finley get closer to Carrick, but she also starts seeing some results with her goal in getting Zaid to like her…or at least tolerate her. Things are coming together. This ragtag team that is tasked with saving the world is heading in the right direction and starting to mesh in all the right ways.

There are so many things I enjoyed about this story, but I was still not as engrossed in this one as I was in the previous books. I kind of chalk that up to middle child syndrome. At least, that’s what I’m calling it (and I can since I am a middle child myself). I’ve often noticed that the middle story in a series such as this one is a bit less exciting for me. It’s not the book’s fault. It is needed in order to give lots of information and pivot the story as things are ready to explode. And though I find these stories less than exciting, they are often the most important. They are the books where we learn the most about what will be needed in the future. Trust me when I say there is a lot that happens in this story. And yes, some of it is even thrilling. It’s the in between parts that lost me a bit.

3.5 stars

About Cheri

I'm the mom of two boys and wife to my high school sweetheart. Our oldest, Josh, is living at home while working and paying off student loans. Our youngest, Griffin recently left his active duty Army job and is now National Guard here at home. He moved back to Michigan with his wife Kirsten and our beautiful granddaughter Hazel. I work part time and try to fit as much reading into my life as possible.
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