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Flesh and Stone (Berkley Sensation) Mass Market Paperback – 7 Feb 2006

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 297 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group (7 Feb. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425209059
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425209059
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 2.1 x 17.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Connor Rihyad is investigating the rogue Gargoyles who tried to kidnap the children of his Chicago congregation at the end of Carved in Stone, which preceeds this story. (I recommend you read it first, as it introduces many of the themes and characters in this story.) Connor infiltrates the rogues by pretending to kill Nathan, rehabilitated rebel and fellow Gargoyle whose radical thinking challenges Connor's beliefs about their race. Once inside, he is horrified by the brutal treatment of a group of kidnapped women, and rescues one, Mara Kincaide, by pretending to rape her. Initially, both are wary- Mara is determined to find her friend who mysteriously disappeared, and liberate all the women, whilst Connor has to protect his mission and the secret of the Gargoyle race. Once revered as shape shifting protectors of humans, now people attack and even kill their rescuers ,who appear as monsters in Gargoyle form. A tentative friendship develops between them, but Mara is mortified when she has an erotic dream featuring Connor. Initially terrified when she realises what Connor is-and isn't-the sexual tension explodes in some pretty hot love scenes. Working together, they realise a secretive and rogue leader, or Wizenot, is systematically breeding an army of Gargoyles hostile to Connor's congregation. Mara forces Connor to re-examine traditional Gargoyle relationships with human women- they fake the death of male children, who are Gargoyles, and insure their fathers' re-incarnation, rearing them seperately in male Congregations. Mara's reaction highlights the dilemma of Gargoyles, whose ancient ways fit uncomfortably in a modern world. Nathan's wife, Rachel, is the first woman ever to be allowed to join a congregation.Read more ›
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By Book Addict TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 2 April 2006
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Connor Rihyad is deep undercover, trying to discover who was behind the plot to kidnap the children of his shapeshifting community (see "Carved in Stone"). Whilst trying to cosy up to a group of rogue "Gargouillen" (cursed shape shifters), who now want to take over the world rather than follow their ancient vow to protect humanity, he comes across a despicable scheme; impregnating human women to bear monster offspring. It is here that he meets Mara, a young woman on a mission to find her missing friend; a woman who stirs his hidden beast. Knowing that it is unlikely Mara will accept what he is, he tries to modify her memories when she witnesses her captors shifting from bestial to human form. Mara doesn't know what frightens her more; that her kidnappers aren't even human or the fact that rather than be repulsed by Connor's other form, she still finds herself wanting him.

When I reviewed this book's prequel "Carved in Stone", I found it rather slow paced before the story line really got going in the fourth chapter or so. Although I did state that I would read this book, I had it for several weeks before sitting down and reading it, assuming that again it would take a while to be drawn into the plot. Unlike CiS, "Flesh and Stone" sets off at a steady gallop, with the reader thoroughly drawn into the exciting hidden world of shapeshifters within the first 10 pages. Not only does Vickie Taylor skillfully bring the reader up to date with the legends of "Les Gargouillen" for those who may not have read the first book, she also reveals a sinister plot involving a plan to breed a monster army to take over the world.
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Carved in Stone was the first in this series and I was throughly enchanted with that story and was glad to here that there was a second in the series Flesh and Stone. It is a fantastic story and it has you gripped from the start. It was refreshing to find a book with such imagination and great characters. I had such trouble putting the book down I ended up finishing it in a day. Definately a book I would read again, and again.
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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars 16 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Flesh and Stone 4 Sept. 2007
By mnix - Published on Amazon.com
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Connor Rihyad has infiltrated a congregation of villainous gargoyles where Mara Kincaide and several other women are being held against their will. The women are being used as broodmares to create an evil Les Gargouillen army.

Mara has gotten herself trapped in a house full of strange creatures. Discovering that Connor is one of them is a shock, but she is determined to save the women. Together, Connor and Mara fight to save themselves and all of the Les Gargouillen from a foe they thought long gone.

If you've read Carved In Stone you'll find the beginning of Flesh And Stone shocking and explosive. I recommend reading Carved in Stone first to get a better understanding of the plot and a more satisfying read out of this story. Flesh And Stone has a dark edge. It's thrilling and exciting. Connor and Mara make a great team. They are passionate, strong and courageous. The third story in this magical saga promises even more drama and danger. I'm anxious to read it next!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 3 May 2015
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Great story thank you
5.0 out of 5 stars another fantastic book 12 Jan. 2011
By Janine Guastavino - Published on Amazon.com
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this is another book good to read. its very romantic and interesting. once you start to read you cant put it down.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Waiting on the third installment 24 Oct. 2007
By A. Hinton - Published on Amazon.com
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For the style of book this is, it's really quite interesting. The characters are better developed and tied between the books than in some series and I actually have enjoyed the first two books enough that I am looking forward to the third. Certainly not "great literature" - but an entertaining afternoon read!
4.0 out of 5 stars Good continued of Carved in Stone 5 Dec. 2012
By Helen L. - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a good continuation of Taylor's first book, Carved in Stone. There is enough background about the Gargoyles here that you can easily read this book first and not have any issues with understanding their backgrounds. It is interesting that Connor was mostly a bad guy in the first book and now he is the hero of the this book. I suppose just as in real life people change depending on the circumstances. This book is in some ways darker than the first book as it takes place in a farm owned by a deviant congregation of Gargoyles who want to build an army to dominate the human race. Overall, I probably liked Carved in Stone a bit better but this is a good read by itself.
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