Monday, 11 March 2013

Review - The Stone Demon ~ Karen Mahoney

Title: The Stone Demon

Author: Karen Mahoney

Published: 8th April 2013

By: Flux publishing

Source: netgalley

First line: They say the truth sets you free.

Last line: “I believe in that”

Synopsis: After being tricked into opening the doorway to the Demon Realm by Aliette, the Wood Queen, Donna Underwood is faced with a terrible ultimatum from the newly released demon hordes. They demand that the alchemists deliver the Philosopher's Stone, or their reaper storm will plunge the world into a devastating modern-day Dark Age.

Donna is sent to London, England, where she must complete her alchemist's training and learn how to recreate the Stone. But time is running out. Between facing the vengeful demon king, Demian, and collecting the Stone's elements, Donna realizes she must give her own life in order to succeed. And this time, even braving death may not be enough to save the world.

And so another series comes to an end! I’ve seen a few series recently which turn into more of an epic journey in the final instalment and this is no exception. Donna has really found her feet in this finale and has become the sort of female protagonist I like to see in YA books. She knows she’s really screwed up and she knows that she has to be the one to put it right. She’s figured out who she is, she knows what and who she wants to fight for and she isn’t afraid to go for it, even when there are obstacles thrown in her way.

Donna’s journey to obtain all the ‘ingredients’ required to make the philosophers stone is not an easy one, but it’s one that she throws herself into. Of course she has her friends by her side. Xan is as smouldery and lovely as ever but it’s Navin who really comes into his own throughout the course of this book and his loyalty to Donna and his willingness to put himself on the line for her is so sweet!

There are tonnes of fantastic characters in this final read. It was fab getting to know Xan’s father, and Aliette and Newton were expanded upon providing further depth to the overall plot.

Did I get everything I wanted out of the last in the series? As ever I refuse to tell you! There are certainly some twists that I didn’t see coming but hey, I guess that’s life! Karen Mahoney has managed to tie everything up quite nicely here and I have to say I’m a little sad to being saying goodbye to Xan. Who knows? Maybe he’ll pop up somewhere some time in the future. If he did I wouldn’t complain! There’s also a fantastic short story about The Maker at the end. Make sure you don’t miss it!

3.5/5 A fantastic end to a really enjoyable series! Am really looking forward to whatever Karen writes next!


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