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House of Stone

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  180 ratings  ·  40 reviews
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...more
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Published June 22nd 2010 by Samhain Publishing
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Well, stab me in the face—that was plain fun.


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...more
Jenni Lea

4.5 stars

That was fantastic! A perfect balance of action, adventure, drama, romance and humor. Exquisitely detailed, the complexities of the story made my heart leap whenever I discovered yet another twist in the plot. I was on the edge of my seat throughout the entire book.

How is it I've never heard of this author?
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
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...more
Jenni Lea, thank you for bringing this epic story to my attention, and Julio, thank you for being the impetus for me to take that one peek. That one peek that led to an exhilarating, fantastical time.

See their reviews, they nailed it.

What a story.

Irish Smurfette
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 in the book, but this truly gets us off...more
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...more
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...more
Book Utopia
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...more
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...more
Elisa Ramblings
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...more
Becky Black
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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
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...more
Cassie Richards
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...more
Sadie Forsythe
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...more
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
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)...more
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
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
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.
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
Mar 17, 2014 Ayanna marked it as maybe-later  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
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
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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My review is cross-posted from Joyfully Reviewed:

In the City, humans never know that Fae, gods, goblins, and more live among them. Richard Stone, a Fae viscount, has a somewhat thriving county (aka: a slum) and inspires the fantasies of many in his acting career (in other words, he’s a porn star). He also is the keeper of the Azure Blade, one of the five magical swords in the City. He’s not too thrilled about his arranged marriage, but his knight of a bri...more
Main Characters: Count Pembroke Kendrick Llewellyn Richard Firemane & Simaron Arthur Gray
Key Themes: Humor, Urban Fantasy, Social Differences, Interspecies
Location: Alternate Universe

The narrator (Richard aka Dick aka Ricky aka Your Excellency) took a little lot of getting used to, and honestly, I never fully got used to his “voice”.

Richard lacked focus, and was constantly going off on tangents, in his thoughts, words and deeds. His every last thought was documented, but since those thoughts...more
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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...more
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