Review: Damian (Stone Warriors #1) by D.B. Reynolds

Posted June 4, 2016 by sweptawaybyromance in Review / 0 Comments

Review: Damian (Stone Warriors #1) by D.B. ReynoldsThe Stone Warriors: Damian by D. B. Reynolds
on June 15th 2016
Genres: Romance, Paranormal, Fantasy
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five-stars
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It was a time when gods walked the earth, when armies fought not for bits of land, but for the very existence of humanity. On such a battlefield, five formidable warriors stood against an evil greater than any the earth had ever seen. But evil is not an honorable foe. Betrayed by someone they trusted, the warriors were cursed, one by one, tossed into the maelstrom of time, imprisoned in stone, their freedom resting on nearly impossible conditions. Until . . .

Damian Stephanos honed his skills in battles fought with magic as much as swords. Caught by a deadly spell that left him trapped for centuries in darkness and obscurity, he is finally freed, only to discover that his enemy still lives. Determined to find him--and to free his brothers in arms--he first must fulfill his blood debt to the woman who released him from his torment. Unfortunately, being so close to this enticing female is another type of torment altogether . . .

Cassandra "Casey" Lewis is a hunter. Possessing the rare ability to sense magic, she spends most of her time shadowing arcane collectors, and more often than not, stealing the dangerous artifacts she pursues. Her job is risky, especially when she's stealing from one of the most powerful sorcerers alive. But having a gorgeous warrior by her side is a definite bonus. He's great in a fight . . . and in other places, too.

Following a trail of dead bodies, the two of them must join forces to track down the sorcerer who cursed Damian, and who now plans to turn an ordinary magical device into a deadly weapon. Risking everything, including their hearts, they're about to discover that trusting each other might be the hardest thing of all.



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Dorsey says: 

5 Warrior God Stars!!!

Damian is the first book in the new Stone Warriors series, a spin-off of D. B. Reynolds’s Vampires in America. We met Nick Katsaros, Cyn’s one-time lover in Raphael, and again when he became an unlikely ally in Deception. This book picks up after Compelled.  As we discovered from the most recent ViA books, Nick is an ancient and powerful sorcerer whose nemesis magically encased his four warrior brothers in stone for centuries. Nick’s quest has been to find and free his brothers and seek revenge on his enemy. I have to admit, I really didn’t think I would like this new series as much as I LOVE the ViA series….boy was I WRONG!! I loved the storyline, the camaraderie, the bantering, the humor, and most especially Damian !!!! He is a Warrior God as he continually and hilariously likes to remind Casey.

“You know nothing of me or my time. I am a veritable god of war. My Knowledge of such things is unsurpassed”.

“You were all those things. Right now, your becoming a pain in my ass, and I’m beginning to think you’re more trouble than your worth. I like the sword. But I can live without it. So there you go. You’re free. Good-bye”.

Cassandra (Casey) Lewis works as a hunter for Nick searching out magical artifacts, and like all of this author’s heroines, she is a strong, beautiful, smart, and can kick-ass! Casey runs into trouble while retrieving the Talisman, a very powerful artifact. While wounded and hiding on a rooftop she inadvertently frees Damian from his stone prison, and holy hell, when he come to life and makes his initial appearance you will fall in lust with him!! Together, they must track down the artifact before Nick’s long time enemy Sotiris can unleash its power on the world. Their search becomes critical when it is understood just what the Talisman can do in today’s modern world, but Casey and Damian must overcome personal issues, Damian adapting to his new world and his role in it, and their growing mutual attraction.

“I know you’re a god and all that, but in this universe, your just another ridiculously handsome man who knows how to shoot a gun.”

While on the hunt the sparks between Casey and Damian were so palpable that when they finally gave into each other and that spark ignites, their coupling was….ON FIRE!!!  Nick has a role in Damian and I have to say their reunion was heartwarming.

This series is off to a great start and now I have more than just DB’s luscious vampires to look forward to. In keeping with her signature endings we get a glimpse of what will come next. I hope the rest of the Stone Warriors will have the fantastic sense of humor that Damian has, I look forward to and I can’t wait for the next book(s)!!

black-divider-squiggleKarla says:

5 Stars! Chalk up another win for this brilliant author!

I’m always a little apprehensive about dipping my toes into a spin-off series when its  predecessor is a one that I’ve been salivating over for years, in this case, Vampires in America.  Am I going to like the characters? Is the storyline going to pull me in? Will it leave me wanting for more? Well, put a big fat checkmark in the YES column for the Stone Warriors and the first book in the series, Damian!! Witty banter, tons  of action and sizzling chemistry are woven into an engaging and compelling plot that sets the tone for what promises to be a fantastic new series by this talented and very clever author.

Casey and Damian come into the story guns-a-blazin’, swords-a-swingin’ and fight side by side as if they’ve been doing it for years even though they only crossed paths moments ago…very powerful…and that’s just in the first chapter. Characters and a story you can sink your teeth into.

Casey Lewis is a tough chick but she’s also compassionate and kind. Even though she was initially annoyed with Damian her heart softened when she thought of all that he had been through, how tormented he was during his centuries of horrifying imprisonment.

Damian Stephanos…swoon, swoon, and swoon. Did I say swoon?! A delicious hunk of a man…no, excuse me…a Warrior God! There isn’t a weapon that he can’t handle and a woman he can’t charm, including the lovely Casey. Oh, she tried to resist but it was futile, Damian got under her skin and eventually under her clothes! Kaboom!

The love that Nick and Damian have for each other was unbelievably touching and the author did a wonderful job allowing the reader to experience their poignant, long time coming reunion. It was one of  my favorite moments in the book.

I’m hoping that Damian and Casey will make appearances throughout the series along with the intriguing and appealing Nick, a character I’m already fond of. His story, past and present should prove to be every bit as fascinating as Raphael’s in Vampires in America. Nick has completely different personality traits than the vampire lord but he’s every bit as powerful and I just love him!

So this series if off to a flying start, and with that teaser ending I’m already counting the days until the next Stone Warrior is released, the book and the man!

 

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About D. B. Reynolds

D.B.Reynolds is the award-winning author of the popular Vampires in America series, as well as other paranormal fiction. She lives with her husband of many years in a flammable canyon near Los Angeles, and when she’s not writing her own books, she can usually be found reading someone else’s.

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