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A modern knight, a noble quest, and a magical sword. What could go wrong?

Welcome to the City, where gods run nightclubs, goblins hire out as mercs, sorcerers work their magic, the Fae hold court over every neighborhood…and humanity is blissfully ignorant of it all.

For minor Fae noble Richard Stone, life is going well. He has a decent fiefdom (okay, it’s a slum), a budding
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Kindle Edition, 1st Edition, 2nd Cover-Art, 193 pages
Published June 22nd 2010 by Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
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julio
Mar 23, 2016 julio rated it really liked it
Recommended to julio by: Jenni Lea
Well, stab me in the face—that was plain fun.

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I have difficulty understanding how (given the extent of my god-like powers) a writer like this can toil away so productively for so long without coming to my attention.

No matter. I see him now.

This was great.

A little tough; a little too ....chewy, with regards to the plot. But it's entirely because Mr. Demont's imagination is so fertile he casts fascinating and meaty ideas out upon the page like a rabbit poops: in discrete little balls of perfect sym
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Jenni Lea
Sep 13, 2014 Jenni Lea rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYONE WHO LIKES FUN
So nice I read it twice.

Vaughn Demont is our September 2014 Author of the Month. My pal Sunny and I loved this book so much we decided to buddy re-read. Here's my thoughts...

Announcing Her Grace, Duchess Ariana Kathryn Josephine Jenni Lea Fuschiamane, Lady of the House of Knots, Champion of the Pregnant Males, Defender of the Shifters, Warden of the Stable Boys and Guardian of Her Two Front Teeth:

That was fantastic! A perfect balance of action, adventure, drama, romance and humor. Exquisitely de
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Sunny
ETA: Mr. Demont is Author of the Month at Boy Meets Boy Reviews, and Jenni Lea and I couldn't resist doing a re-read of this fabulous story. See our review here.

Updated review September 11, 2014:

Take one minor Fae noble who also happens to be a snarky (and ginger!) porn star and one ever so proper, half blood manservant, throw in some intrigue, and you get a crazy, fun filled, sexy adventure with moments of nail biting suspense. Incredibly entertaining, reminiscent of Month Python or Mel Brooks
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MLE
Nov 19, 2013 MLE rated it really liked it
Shelves: on-my-kindle, mm
One of the better urban fantasy books I've read in awhile the fact it's m/m is just icing on the cake. I like the world building, and the idea of fairies in this story. It's a slightly different take on things, without being too silly or different for the sake of being different. The characters are complex, and well developed. I liked seeing how Richard developed, and grew over the course of the story. It's nice to read something where the main character manages to learn, and mature over the cou ...more
DaisyGirl
Dec 02, 2013 DaisyGirl rated it it was amazing
Recommended to DaisyGirl by: Jenni Lea
4.5 Stars

Wow. Just ... wow. I LOVED this. Vaughn R. Demont has a new fan!

This story takes place in the City. There are gods, demons, goblins, Fae, sorcerers, humans, and half-bloods. Richard Stone is a minor Fae noble and porn star. Yup, porn star. Sounds like he'd be a pompous ass, right? But he's not. He's actually a pretty good guy. He's got a bunch of responsibilities and obligations (goes hand-in-hand with being a Count), including being the keeper of one of only five magical swords in the
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♣ Irish Smurfétté ♣
Review is now up on Prism Book Alliance

So, on the surface, as you may be reading the blurb for this story, you may be thinking, “Porn actor? Swords? Pearl Jam? Fae?! Shyeah, right.” Just stop right there, don’t even do the eye roll. This story is not your fourth-cousin-thrice-removed’s ‘urban fantasy'. It is, in fact, a cleverly crafted piece of fiction.

Let’s get right to it: he calls him Sim, and he “punishes” Sim by having Sim call him Richard. We’d had a few really good laps up to this point
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D.C.
Jan 20, 2014 D.C. rated it really liked it
Alright, alright already, here's the actual review. I always think my reviews are a little pedantic and not all that exciting, but here goes.

First of all, obviously, I liked it. I was surprised I liked it, because the world building is frankly derivative to the point of sending me screaming for the high hills because if one more person gets hung up on the jockeying for political advantage in the Unseelie Court I am going to tear my hair out in frustration, to mix a few metaphors. Especially sinc
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Kassa
Jun 30, 2010 Kassa rated it liked it
3.5 stars

House of Stone is an amusing, fun read much in the same vein as the previous offering by the same author, Vampire Fred. Those fans that enjoyed the engaging first person narrator of the previous book will also enjoy Richard, or Dick, here as he tells the reader about his adventures in the lands of the Fae. Richard has a self depreciating quality that lets you laugh along side his self absorbed, humorous actions. The entire story is told to the reader with Richard often telling backgroun
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Book Utopia
Jun 23, 2010 Book Utopia rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, romance, fantasy
The book is intricately plotted, with enough machinations to twist the story in a new direction with each chapter. It’s sometimes difficult to keep it all straight and requires going back and re-reading to put the details in the right order, but the engaging narrative voice helps a lot.

The 1st person POV is a good choice, since Richard has a definite self-deprecating humor. It's funny, more than a little glib, and highly literate. However the author also uses parentheticals extensively, sometime
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Tim
Jun 24, 2010 Tim rated it really liked it
Vaughn Demont returns to the City once again in his latest work "House of Stone", and I have to say that while it's clear Mr. Demont still has an issue or two with his writing execution, he's definitely moving in the right direction.

Let's start with the good: I've been reading Demont's City stories, and I have to say that Richard Stone's story is the strongest entry in the City canon thus far. The narrator is 1st person, as is the norm with Demont's stories, but is much more "user-friendly" tha
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Elisa Rolle
This fantasy novel by Vaughn R. Demont is a mess… a totally ingenious one! It mixes savage romance with fairy tale with erotica, but it manages to make it all a perfect melting pot.

Count Pembroke Kendrick Llewellyn Richard Firemane, Lord of the House of Stone, Knight of the Realm, Viscount of the Benedict Shores, and Custodian of the Azure Blade, Dick for his friends, is a sidhe nobleman, perfect in body and naughty in soul. He has to maintain the estate his father left him, and more important
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Becky Black
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Nicole
May 08, 2012 Nicole rated it really liked it
This is only my second Demont book. I read Coyote's Creed: Broken Mirrors #1 first and loved it so much, I had to read more of Mr. Demont's work. I loved this book, too, though slightly less than Coyote. This book was more of a romance, though it was done in possibly the only way I could truly enjoy it. Nothing cloying or ridiculously feminine. And while Dick was emotionally immature, he wasn't an adolescent girl. Not that I'd expect a man to write unrealistically female male characters, but I a ...more
Furio
Apr 21, 2013 Furio rated it really liked it
This is one of the few novels I have read in the last couple of years to have kept me up at night, a hard feat as, growing older, I tend to treasure my sleep more and more.

The blurb in the "product description" is accurate, for once, but I shall repeat some of it just in case it gets altered in the future:

This striking debut novel is set in a fictitious contemporary American city where humans happily ignore their peaceful coexistence with all sort of traditional supernatural creatures called the
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Cassie Richards
Nov 27, 2013 Cassie Richards rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
This was a really good urban fantasy. The narrator Richard is snarky, opinionated and fun. He starts off a little whiny, but has to grow up fast as his family's heirloom (a magic sword with Azure fire) ceases to work. To fix it he needs to do something, although no-one seems quite sure what, but it probably involves a quest and maybe a demon.

My only complaint is that it leant itself in style and tone to more explicit sex scenes, but they didn't materialize, most of the sex was off-page or implie
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Zarah
Jun 15, 2014 Zarah rated it really liked it
I have been entertained. Honestly, there are times that's the highest praise a book can garner and now is one of those times. From the first page to the last, Richard amused me with his irreverent narrative, ignoble commentary, and ironic observations. This is without mentioning his capacitous ability for internal and emotional growth. I enjoyed him when he was a shiftless cad in the beginning and when he was a noble hero at the end.

However, I also found this same personal growth problematic, i
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Sherry
Jan 06, 2014 Sherry rated it liked it
I'm apparently not a fan of 1st person writing. There were times when I didn't know wtf was going on but simply plowed through and hoped it didn't matter.

If you're looking for romance, this isn't it. It reminded me of an episode from Supernatural....but not.
Kate Sherwood
Jan 14, 2014 Kate Sherwood rated it liked it
I almost loved this one - would have been 4 stars half-way in, despite a lot of infodumps - but it dragged on and I didn't find the resolution satisfying.

We're told that the MC has changed, but I didn't really see the change, as it happened. Apparently he used to be selfish and shallow, but then somehow, at some point over the few days of the book, that changed... except maybe it didn't, really, because (view spoiler)
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Katharina
May 21, 2013 Katharina rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, humour
I've had House of Stone in my to-be-read pile for a while until I came around to reading it. And why did I procrastinate? Because of the cover. Seriously, I looked at the cover and thought, "hmm, is this a book you want to read next? No, better not." Looking back at that, I should better have read the blurb again instead of being misled by that picture on the front because, seriously, you could have put an abandoned warehouse or a potted narcissus or a giant phallus there and it would have fit t ...more
Jake Hill
Aug 02, 2014 Jake Hill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Honestly, and we must always keep in mind every review is a persons own opinion (unless somebody else's opinion has already taken up residence in your mind), I absolutely loved this book. The writing is wonderful, the descriptions are poetic and so much fun whilst invoking the perfect images into a persons mind. I think there was one page in particular where I ended up putting the book down for about 2 minutes so I wouldn't crinkle the pages while I convulsed with laughter. I honestly think that ...more
Jamie
Jun 30, 2014 Jamie rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, own-kobo-yhoo
This was chosen for me as a "Pick it for me" book. I'd never have read it otherwise, and I'm so glad I did. It's funny and a bit crazy, Richard is a sort of modern day knight (he's a porn star) yet it also felt like a throwback (there are demons, fae, duels, etc). It's a crazy mish mash but it works for entertainment.
Karl
Jan 27, 2014 Karl rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. Vaughn Demont's main character Count Stone is irreverent and self-deprecating, fiercely loyal and flawed as only a human can be (well he's part fae too). This and his quirky sense of humor just makes him so likeable! He reminds me of other great fantasy/paranormal protagonists- Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden and Kevin Hearne's Atticus O'sullivan come to mind. This is not primarily a romance but more like a contemporary fantasy with a gay male main character and romantic elements. In any ...more
Alison
Dec 06, 2015 Alison rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-e-things, uf-pn, queer
I loved this book. It's exciting, funny, moving, and just really great. I absolutely love this author's brand of smart, fast-paced, really entertaining fantasy. This book is great fun and it's so full of energy and heart. The writing is lively and smooth and so snappy. I love this world he's created and I enjoyed the crossovers with the phenomenally good Broken Mirrors series. It's great to see another side of that awesome world and to learn more about it. There's a lot going on in this book, so ...more
Ayanna
Mar 17, 2014 Ayanna marked it as maybe-later
I'm technically CR this and words cannot begin to encapsulate how tempted I am to do a Reasoning with Vampires thing for this book right now.
Ambre
Jul 23, 2015 Ambre rated it it was ok
Suffers from severe lack of consistency. The MC, an irreverent fae porn star who forces his servant to service him (it's OK, he knows he wants it, right?) is suddenly horrified to find that he's been breaking the rules (the rules he's been gleefully shunning all along). These rules are incomprehensible and don't add up to any logical societal order.

The author introduces a battered woman to expose the villain as so horrible that we can not help but despise him and provide a moral excuse for the
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Arshad
Mar 04, 2013 Arshad rated it really liked it
I seem to have read this book out of order, since it was apparently published before Coyote's Creed and Lightning Rod. Interestingly, the plot of this book appears to take place some time after the events of Lightning Rod, suggesting that the story arc was plotted out in advance. In sappiness, it was more than CC, but less than LR, and it certainly developed the backstabbing intrigues of the Fae with excellent flair. It was an enjoyable read, and a nice counterpoint to the Broken Mirror series.
Teetee
Feb 27, 2014 Teetee rated it really liked it
I was in the mood for an adventure sort of book, and boy did I get it with this one! I was entranced with the idea of a porn star fae on a quest, who the heck cared what for? It was the journey itself that was main story. Lots of explaining about the fae world and inner-workings, but the characters were what made it addictive. Plus I think I have a new saying; ‘riding the Nightmare’. Love it! As for his lover Sim, I didn’t feel the romance aspect of this quite as much. I never felt like I got to ...more
Lady*M
Nov 12, 2011 Lady*M rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, m-m-romance
3.5 stars
Tami (synchro from BL)
Not quite sure about this one. It started out strong - very funny and hot (fae as gay porn star...), but somehow lost the drive over the next 200 pages. I am not even sure why I lost all interest in the story, but it happened. It was not a overall bad read, it just didn't hit me in the right way and was one of the few books I felt just glad to have finished.

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Writer, Scorpio, and self-professed waffle-addict, Vaughn R. Demont received his Bachelor of Arts from Oswego State University, and his Master of Fine Arts from Goddard College, where he studied Creative Writing and being poor. He has published several novelettes and novellas, including The Last Paladin series, House of Stone, and the Broken Mirrors series.

Vaughn currently lives in Central New Yo
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