A Battle of Blood and Stone
by Sawyer Bennett
Release Date: April 13, 2021
Publisher: Big Dog Books, LLC
Book #4 in the Chronicles of the Stone Veil series
Number of pages: 239
Source: Amazon Purchase
Paranormal Romance M/F
Read 4/15/21 to 4/18/21
Another day, another step closer to Hell on Earth being unleashed.
With every piece that falls into place for the queen of the Underworld, Kymaris gains strength and power that will make it more difficult to defeat her when the time comes. It feels as if we’re in a desperate race to get just one step ahead of her, but my demise feels closer than it ever has before with still so much to do.
The first order of business is to unlock the angelic powers with which I was gifted at birth, and Carrick insists on getting help from my archnemesis to do so. Yes, I have to save the world, but my priority has now become rescuing my sister from the Underworld. While there are many questions still to be answered about my long-lost twin, I know I will not win this battle without her by my side.
In the midst of all the doom and gloom, Carrick has become my beacon of shining light. Our connection unimaginable, my heart recognizes his as the other half of its whole. Inexplicable and deeper than one could ever imagine, the love I hold for him is forged by destiny, however ill-fated it may turn out to be.
And those are the feelings I must hold close…to keep me going. Because a painful lesson is on the horizon—betrayal never comes from your enemies.
A Battle of Blood and Stone is book four of the Chronicles of the Stone Veil series and is best enjoyed if read in series order.
Things are really ramping up. Only one book left after this one so that’s not surprising. There are some interesting allies made in this story. Loyalties are tested throughout the book, and some of the characters do not pass muster while others go above and beyond.
As has been the usual case in this series, the end of this book left Finley in a precarious situation. This time, I can’t put the blame on her. She’s been known to make stupid and childish decisions, not here though. Her situation has to do with the betrayal I spoke of earlier.
One of the things I’m struggling with in this story is the chemistry between Finley and Carrick. It’s not consistent for me. Sometimes I feel their connection, their centuries of finding each other over and over again. Other times I feel more like they’re really, really good friends. Being a HUGE fan of this author, and finding her to almost always be right on the nose with the chemistry between her characters, it’s really throwing me for a loop. I’m trying to remember to look at this tale as a paranormal fantasy first and foremost, and a romance secondarily. The more important story is the quest Finley and her companions are on to save the world for humans.
When it comes to Carrick and his brothers and the things they have been through, I’m really hoping the author has another couple of series in mind so they can find their own destinies. And when we’re talking the world building and the actual story of Finley and her sister, I’m loving it all. I’m fully invested in the journey of this ragtag group of humans and immortals.