What's a girl to do when some want you dead and some want you alive, but you're not even sure who you are anymore? Well one thing's for certain, knowledge is definitely power.
Elleodora (Elle) Fredrick's might seem like a small-time soap shop keeper in a big city, but that's just barely touching the surface to who she really is. By night, she is a thief determined to steal from the man who made her young life hell for two weeks every year. Her independence was hard-won and so she takes from him and gives back to the families who were made to suffer while in her his employ.
On what was to be a night like any other while burglarizing her father's property turns into a night of unimagined discovery where mythical creatures are no longer myth. Elle's sadistic father is revealed as the shadow elf king making her the royal heir to the shadow elf throne. Unfortunately, no one told her any of this until now when latent abilities start to manifest. Turns out, she's an anomaly to everyone and only receiving her official fate reading can provide answers.
A dangerous journey to Scotland is in order to find a fate-reading oracle that has first hand knowledge of Elle's fate, but before this "Dorothy" can leave for "Oz", she'll be taking a few people with her. A quirky oracle of a best friend, a sexy gargoyle bodyguard, and a fever-inducing phoenix. Since nothing ever comes quite so easy for Elle, she'll also have to avoid being caught by hunters out to collect her dead or alive thanks to her father and do battle with her father's nightmarish goons. And if that wasn't enough, suppressed memories from her formative years are starting to pop up revealing enlightening truths, but even scarier revelations. Who is Elleodora Fredrick's and what is her fate? Once found, her fate will change everything.
I am in love with Ms. Macallan's writing! She completely had me seduced by the first page of this entertaining, action-packed story. Her writing is fluid and easily imagined where complexities of world-building could have become confusing.
Elle's voice is strong and comes across with such clarity. Her flashbacks were brilliantly timed and placed in the story as to not overwhelm, but leave the reader craving more. Elle's a unique and memorable heroine with her cat-burglary and strong aversion to violence. The start to her journey is a bumpy one, but her growth thus far is tremendous and I quite like how she doesn't give in too easily to anything and above all continues to fight for her independence. Fate or no fate, she lays many burdens heavily on her own shoulders and remains determined to avenge those who have been wronged by her father. Ms. Macallan has created a very admirable and likable heroine indeed!
"When you are ready," he interrupted, "I would like you to call me `love.' Until then, Jax is fine."
That's right ladies, get ready to fall in love with a gargoyle! Jaxon West is protective, possessive, strong, perceptive, not to mention insanely gorgeous, and almost indestructible. When it comes to Elle, Jax always seems to know what to say and what she needs sometimes even before she does. He never pressures her more than she is willing to give him and will wait for as long as it takes her to accept this new part of her life. In other words, Jax is perfect. Well now, we shouldn't get too far ahead of ourselves because there is another candidate in the race to win Elle's heart with a slight advantage over the competition. Beware of the phoenix! I have a feeling he may steal some of the show in the next book.
A phenomenal first installment to the Set in Stone series! Even in the aftermath of having read the final page to the story, I am still in awe over all that happened in what seemed to be a blink of an eye. I am spellbound and anxiously wait until the next chapter of Elleodora's journey begins. The next showdown is bound to be even more heart-stopping and adrenaline-inducing than the first and I find myself already addicted. Ms. Macallan is officially on my author's-to-watch-for list and I am excited to share such incredible talent with others who are readers of the paranormal romance and urban fantasy genres.
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