What is Fantasy Creature Friday? It’s a discussion where I will talk about a particular creature every week. And what book or book series I think of when that creature is mentioned. At the end of the post, you will also get to link up your own fantasy creature book reviews and discussions for others to wander through.
Thanks to Anya at On Star Ships And Dragon Wings for letting me borrow her ‘link your blog’ idea. She does a giveaway every Friday where you can win ARC’s and link up your reviews/discussions/giveaways. You should totally check it out after you’re done here!
What is this week’s creature?
There has always been gargoyle stuff in my house, Dad is fascinated by them. So growing up there would be statues of all sizes, and art books and stuffed toys and all. I didn’t find that many in books for some reason though, I may just have not found the right ones. And some of the ones I DID find, I didn’t like how they were portrayed. And then a few years ago, I stumbled upon C. E. Murphy. I ended up really liking the series I found, so picked up the next one.
And that was my introduction to a wonderfully creative and well thought out world. The Negotiator Series, of which the first book is “Heart Of Stone“, is about Gargoyles! It also has vampires selkies, djinn, and other creatures. But gargoyles are the heart of all three books.
Cold does not effect them, but sunlight does. They turn to stone the moment sunlight touches them, held to whatever position and place they were in when the first ray falls upon them. They only resume their living form once the sun has set.
They can take on human form, or their own. In gargoyle form they have wings and claws, and look like they are made of rock. They are also immortal. When they change forms, their clothes do not change with them. However whatever they were wearing last in that form, is what they will be wearing when they become it again.
Incredible speed is another of their talents. But they live in fear of discovery by humans. Knowing they could be wiped out of existence should the majority of the population find out about them and decide to destroy them. The gargoyles and 4 other ‘old races’ have gone into hiding, even if that ‘hiding’ is mostly under the noses of the human race.
The main gargoyle character in this book is named Alban. He reminds me a bit of the Beast, in that old TV series ‘Beauty and the Beast’. You remember that show? Where the Beast is living in the sewers? They seem to share some personality quirks, including their sense of honor.
Have you read this series? Or anything else by this author? What about other good books with gargoyle characters? What else should be added to my over-flowing TBR pile?