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House of Stone

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3.88  ·  Rating details ·  303 Ratings  ·  62 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’ ...more
Paperback, 2nd Cover-Art Edition, 296 pages
Published May 3rd 2011 by Samhain Publishing (first published June 22nd 2010)
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julio
Dec 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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Ulysses Dietz
May 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Richard Firemane is many things. He is Lord of the House of Stone. He is a Knight of the Realm. He is Viscount of the Benedict Shores. He is custodian of the Azure Blade. He is a blue-blooded Fae.

He’s also the star of the Assmaster series, a production of Blue Line Studios. And, apparently, he’s very good.

I loved the odd, wry, modern world in which Vaughn Demont has placed his anti-hero. I loved that he has disguised a very American city (given the Blue Line clue, possibly Chicago?) with Fae n
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Kassa
Jun 22, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Tim
May 08, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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D.C.
Jan 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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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Book Utopia
Jun 23, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Nicole
May 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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Becky Black
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Cassie Richards
Nov 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Sherry
Jan 06, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Katharina
Feb 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sadie Forsythe
Jun 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Shelby
Ok so I gotta say, I wanted to bang my head into the wall with the first chapter or two of this book. It was everything I hated in a storyline, porn plot, first person narrative breaking the fourth wall, ugh! Especially when Richard would break the fourth wall and his utterances didn't make much sense out of context of the world. Hated the beginning. Was dreading getting through this book.

And then it happened...Richard heads to his wedding. After that all porn mentions are just that mentions of
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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)
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Jake Hill
Oct 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Arshad
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.
Alison
Sep 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Karl
Oct 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jamie
Jun 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Stonemagpie
Jun 29, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, paranormal
I'm in a minority here, but I didn't enjoy this.
I found it confusing and difficult to follow and couldn't get an understanding of Sim's personality at all. For all the professions of love, his relationship with Richard felt cold.
Lady*M
Nov 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, m-m-romance
3.5 stars
Ayanna
Mar 02, 2014 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.
Mo
Jul 15, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was so awful I had to just give up on it after about 75 pages. I can't understand the good reviews. It was so boring.
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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.

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