The Angel Stone by Juliet Dark
by Juliet Dark
Series: Fairwick Chronicles #3
Published by: Random House
on September 3, 2013
Genres: Paranormal Romance
The Angel Stone weaves a tale of ancient folklore and thrilling fantasy with a passionate love story that transcends time. For Callie McFay, a half-witch/half-fey professor of folklore and Gothic literature, the fight to save the enchanted town of Fairwick, New York, is far from over. After a hostile takeover by the Grove—a sinister group of witches and their cohorts—many of the local fey have been banished or killed, including Callie’s one true love. And in place of the spirit of tolerance and harmony, the new administration at Fairwick College has fostered an air of danger and distrust.
With her unique magical abilities, Callie is the only one who can rescue her friends from exile and restore order to the school—a task that requires her to find the Angel Stone, a legendary talisman of immense power. Propelled on an extraordinary quest back to seventeenth-century Scotland, Callie risks her life to obtain the stone. Yet when she encounters a sexy incarnation of her lost love, she finds the greater risk is to her heart. As the fate of Fairwick hangs in the balance, Callie must make a wrenching choice: reclaim a chance for eternal passion or save everything she holds dear.
The door to the fairy world has been closed and Fairwick College is being ruled by Grove. Callie McFay a half-witch, half-fey college professor is working with her colleagues to stop this group and protect the students. Fey have been banished, new students have arrived and the new administrator had a secret agenda. Callie dreams of finding a way to be with Bill again.( the succubus she fell in love with) To save them she will need the Angel Stone, a talisman with extraordinaire power. The tale that unfolds was magical, and filled with suspense as we fight evil, travel in time and explore folklore.
Callie McFay is our protagonist and our journey with her hasn’t been an easy one. Her powers once bond have been released, and we see growth in her abilities. There are many things I both loved and loathed about Callie during this trilogy, but we see tremendous growth in her as a character in this final book. Gone is the wishy-washy persona and in its place is a more confident, take action heroine. Bill is back in her dreams and has a rather smexy Scottish accent. I loved their interaction, and appreciate how Dark gave us the back-story to our succubus. The other teachers, students, witches, Fae and vampires that come together to aid Callie made the tale quite enjoyable. My only regret is that some of the key secondary characters still weren’t completely fleshed out. Maybe I am selfish, but I wanted their stories as well. The villains are pure evil and I loved the legends behind them.
I absolutely love Fairwick College and the Honeysuckle cottage Dark uses as a setting. The woods were magical, and her use of folklore, Celtic legends and supernatural creatures thoroughly entertained me. Ralph, a cheetos eating door mouse is one of my favorite in the tale and he is quite the little hero..I dare you not to lose your heart to him. The quest for the angel stone and Callie’s trip to retrieve it was fascinating and offered us many answers to the mystery of our smexy succubus. Callie really transforms in this tale, and makes Fairwick her home as she grows more confident in both herself and her abilities. The tales behind some of the creatures was fascinating and I like how Dark blended lore making them her own. I was quite pleased with the ending, and felt Dark left the door open for more stories from Fairwick if she chooses to do so.
For fans of the Fairwick Chronicles the Angel Stone was a rewarding conclusion. Fans of Deborah Harkness’s All Souls Trilogy will find this delightful. I am going to miss this enchanting setting and the characters who reside there.
Four cups of coffee out of five
Books in the Fairwick Chronicles