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The Glass Gargoyle

(The Lost Ancients #1)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  866 ratings  ·  125 reviews
Archeologist Taryn St. Giles has spent her life mining the ruins of the elves who vanished from the Four Kingdoms a thousand years ago. But when her patrons begin disappearing too—and then turning up dead—she finds herself unemployed, restless, and desperate. So she goes looking for other missing things: as a bounty hunter.

Tracking her first fugitive—the distractingly han
Paperback, 330 pages
Published March 24th 2015 by Marie Andreas (first published March 23rd 2015)
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Catharine Glen
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: spfbo2017
A fast-paced, humorous romp with a colorful cast of characters - including three feisty fairies, a mysterious love interest, and old ruins once inhabited by ancient elves. Andreas' characters were well-developed with distinct personalities. There's an interesting world here filled with a variety of different races (I don't think anyone could be called plain old "human"). I do wish our protagonist Taryn and her romantic interest Alric spent a little more time together during the story as I enjoye ...more
Jean Orrico
Mar 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. Very fun and it moves along, does not bog down in a lot of needless description.
I love the fighting fairies and Taryn’s seemingly endless way of trouble finding her in the strangest of circumstances. I admit, I said the same thing at the end of the book as Taryn did as I wanted more NOW. I am very glad the next installment will be coming soon as I need to find out what happens next.
Great read for those looking for a good paced book and fun fantasy story.
Oct 26, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015, fantasy, mystery
This is a generic urban fantasy novel. The heroine (and narrator) is a down-on-her-luck archeologist turned bounty hunter in a fantasy world. She meets the requisite sexy, mysterious, bad boy. She has funny sidekick fairies. The words "glass gargoyle" don't appear until two-thirds of the way through the book.
I can't say why, but I wouldn't turn down the next book in the series.
By all accounts, this should have been a book I loved. I don't know what went wrong, but I gave up at about 30% in because I was skimming more often than not. It just wouldn't hold my attention.

There were some fun and colourful characters (NOT the heroine), but I just couldn't get into the story. Taryn herself just felt so bland and uninspired, and for as much as she was presented as some kind of awesome, she was captured or imprisoned or injured multiple times in the first 30% of the story. I
Picked this up as part of my ongoing effort to find good fantasy romance reads on Kindle Unlimited. Not one in my top 25 but I'd consider revisiting it when I'm a little less picky.

Many elements of The Glass Gargoyle appealed to me: archaeology, bounty hunting, elves, and romance. If the book had stopped there, I think we would have been fine. But it didn't- we continue to be given more and more plots, races, mysteries, etc. that are never fully developed. I think it suffers from 'cram everythin
S. Nemo
Somehow I did finish this book, but I mostly switched between it, a webcomic and Ursula K. le Guin's The Unreal and the Real.

The protagonist was all right, but I find the transition from archaeologist to bounty hunter very strange. She admits herself that she is out of shape, so it's really not logical. She is not really a fighter except occasionally, when she has her unpredictable reaction to whisky. Suspension of disbelief is one thing, but at the very least give the woman some kind of fighti
So, I Read This Book Today
Oct 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Archeologist Taryn St. Giles just can’t catch a break. Her last few patrons died or disappeared on her, Crusty Bucket is drunk again, and some jerk started a fight in the Shimmering Dewdrop. On a Tuesday night, no less! And to top it off? The same jerk who started the fight is the character she has been trying to find all day. Well, if she can’t work as an archeologist, she has to do something. And at least being a bounty hunter puts food on the table and keeps a roof over their heads. Yes, I sa ...more
Two and a half stars.

Taryn St Giles is an archaeologist down on her luck, forced to resort to bounty hunting to make ends meet. She is the reluctant owner of three fairies who can usually be relied upon to get drunk and start fights. As the book opens Taryn is hunting for a bounty, although she collars him relatively easy he doesn't stay collared for long - and that is the start of a crazy journey. Soon there are mysterious disappearances, dead bodies, mysterious strangers, gypsies, jinn, elves,
Marya Miller
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When I started reading The Glass Gargoyle, I thought it was going to be a fun read. The more into it I got, the more I realized it was something much rarer--a *great* one, with characters that jump off the page, led by a really likable but unlikely heroine I could easily become best friends with. I also loved the rising paranoia as friend became foe and foe became friend--you never know if anyone is what they seem (save for Taryn, the heroine--and even she has her secrets!) The tension and suspe ...more
Sterling Walker
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A humorous read with a cast of bizarre characters, both alien and mythological, and a heroine who bounces from one misadventure to the next. I loved her 'pet' faeries, Garbage Blossom, Crusty Bucket, and Leaf Grub! The only thing I didn't like was how much Andreas packed into a single volume. I almost needed to take notes to keep up with all the details, but I'm hooked as a reader. Eager to get to volume 2.
Aug 15, 2017 rated it liked it
This was an entertaining read which left me "In Like" with it.
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
I am partway through the third book and really am only persisting at this point because I don't have anything better to read.

As a writer (grammar, etc.) Ms. Andreas seems to know her stuff. As a storyteller...not so much.

The 'heroine' supposedly has mad skills in multiple things but never really gets to display them.

I like my protagonists to be competent at something. It may be the wrong skill needed, but at least demonstrate competence. We are informed of her competence but she simply stumbles
Jul 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This story was a hoot! Ms. Andreas created a fantastic world with a mix of characters that are not only not-human (or at least not fully), but a wide range of personalities. I cracked up from the start. There were many lines that had me laughing out loud, which then made me explain myself to my co-workers as to why I was disturbing the peace.

I enjoyed the fast paced adventure and all of the many problems Taryn runs into. The girl just can't seem to get a break, and it's all so funny. There were
May 31, 2017 rated it did not like it
I really wanted to like this book. It had so many elements that I love like all of the different mythical creatures, but the heroin was just TSTL. Like seriously TFSTL. I barely was able to finish the book because she got on my nerves so bad. She was afraid of EVERYTHING, but she was just too curious not to get to the bottom of things. Unless of course it was something important and then she took whatever nonsensical explanation that presented itself. If she wasn't so dumb, the book would have p ...more
Lindsay (LindsayHWrites)
This book is creative, particularly in its definitions of magic and the lore that surrounds it. But I didn't really find myself desperate to read it when I put it down or anything. So while I think that the main character is fun and unusual, particularly in fantasy, it isn't one of my favorites.
I did receive a copy of this in ebook from from Netgalley, but it didn't affect my rating of the book.
Ilana Schoonover
An amazing read!

I thought it started a little slow, but soon I couldn't put it down. Can't wait to read the next one!
Marvelous Morgan
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked the world, premise, and the characters but I had a hard time giving this book the "it was amazing- 5star status." Parts of the book made me laugh and parts it made sit up and keep reading, eagerly anticipating what would happen next. I think my biggest problem with the book was how it just jumped into this fantasy world I knew nothing about. Very little was explained which was confusing and made it difficult to read. It was a good book though and it did capture my attention. My fa ...more
Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This should have been my cup of tea but it simply wasn't. Which is sad, because when I forced my way through to the end, I found that some of the plot twists were not only agile, but fun and interesting too. Be that as it may, they didn't improve the book enough for me to want to read the next volume in the series.

There were so many things that didn't work for me. As a long standing reader of Elizabeth Peters, I have to say so few people on a supposed "archaeological" dig (two) is way too few to
Read (Think) Books
May 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fantasy and urban fantasy readers
Recommended to Read (Think) Books by: bookbub
Shelves: mary-k, fantasy
If you like your fantasy fast-paced, broadly comic, and with little explanatory narrative, The Glass Gargoyle is for you. The love interest is suitably mysterious and fun, the side characters have a lot of variety and interest, and the three boisterous faeries create a pretty darned interesting sub-plot of their own. I like the mix of creature/races and the deft handling of multiple bad guys.
What keeps this from earning a fifth star? There's a deep world underneath the frenetic pace, but the au
This book is the start of what might just turn out to be a great ride. Yes, the excellent storytelling and engaging voice are somewhat marred by the desperate need for copy editor. But Andreas's writing is clear enough that the run-on sentences and the results otherwise misplaced punctuation marks aren't as much of as a distraction as they might be in another author's works.

Although The Glass Gargoyle is a complete story, it is very much part of a series (NOT a serial; the primary story arc and
Stephanie Zuiderweg
I wanted it to be better

The first page was a big turn off ... days of the week named the same as ours (including Saturday!) In a fantasy world? ...but I chose to persist past it and give the book a chance. It did have a lot going for it: passable character development, an interesting city with a variety of crazy unique races; however it lacked a lot of other world building ... gods are mentioned but not detailed or even named, for example.
I liked Taryn as a character most of the time, though sh
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
I needed to like this heroine and story more. Problem was, there was almost too much going on, and most of what did happen was repetitive. Lots of curious things were pointed out as unusual, but not a single thing was cleared up or explained in this story. Let me repeat that, there were all these weird teasers hinted at and NOT A SINGLE explanation was ever given - oh, and even worse, we are left on kind of cliffhanger.
So I have a hard to like heroine - a hero who barely has any page time and is
Jan 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I received a free copy for an unbiased review from NetGalley. This book was definitely gripping. I loved the many different magical creatures and all their unique personalities and traits. The story was fast paced and kept you guessing what was going to happen next. It was very complexed and had a few shock factors in the plot that was humorous. I already got the second book because let's face it, that ending made me, and I just can not leave a story untold if it somehow keeps my attention. That ...more
Emily (Infinite Lives, Infinite Stories)
NetGalley Review
Not only did the synopsis grab the attention but so had the gorgeous cover. I was hooked immediately, even without having read a single page.
I don't want to spoil the book too much, but let me just say that it was an adventure. Honestly, there need to be more fantasy-mystery books for young adults. Forget dystopias!
The characters were unique, as was the plot. I found myself laughing numerous times throughout. The story progressed a relatively good pace, which is fantastic consi
Jan 08, 2017 rated it liked it
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review (on Netgallery). I was initially drawn to this book by both the cover and the blurb. When it came to rating this book it was really hard for me to decide. I did not dislike the book but did not love it either so i went with a 3 stars. The storyline was really unique. I love the mixture of genres with fantasy and mystery combined. I cant say i love the fairies in this book. Overall storyline was good but i cant say i felt liked ...more
May 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it!

Fabulous read, fun, entertaining full of action. Taryn St Giles finds herself in all sorts of trouble and with the help of her three fairies and a circle of friends they discover who is causing the trouble in town.

With Crusty Bucket, Garbage blossom and leaf grub causing all sorts of mischief life is certainly not dull.

I loved the world Marie Andreas has created. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in The Lost Ancients series.
A well deserved 5 star rating.
May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fun, funny, fast-paced

The poor heroine in this book is seriously the punching bag of bad luck in this opening book of the series. But she's resilient, funny, and completely engaging. Mystery man Alric really is a mystery, the three fairies are great comic relief, and Taryn's own issues with work, love, and the basics (sleeping, eating, getting kidnapped [just seeing if you're still reading])...seriously, you won't get bored with this book. And thankfully there are more in the series because I di
Jun 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, series
On a magical world where the ruins of the ancient elf civilization are strictly regulated, Taryn St. Giles moonlights as a bounty hunter between archeology digs. But when her latest bounty assignment starts turning up at her dig sites, things are start to get tricky.

Why I started this book: I'm in the middle of a couple serious and depressing war books. I needed a break.

Why I finished it: Exciting new world, manic-drunk fairies as pets and tons of new characters, a good fantasy novel for a raini
Cindy Wise
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-books-options
this one was good. Fantasy and new characters I've not heard of, along with elves and fairies. Lots of action, relatable flawed characters, and a search for something of great power that needs saving by the good guys so the bad guys don't wreck the world with it. And tension created by not liking someone at first then finding them growing on you through really tumultuous events. I still don't know exactly who Taryn is and what she is really capable of, but I know she's special in some way. I wan ...more
Tabitha Ormiston-Smith
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Already a very nice urban fantasy, The Glass Gargoyle is lifted above the common run and made special by its characters. Here are no tired old sexy vampires, no recycled elves, but instead we have Harlan the uxorious cat-man, Crusty Bucket and Garbage Blossom, the drunken, chaotic fairies, and a whole host of individuals not seen in any other world. It's creative, it's exciting, and above all it's fun. Highly recommended.
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Aug 24, 2015 05:04PM  
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Marie is a fantasy and science fiction reader with a serious writing addiction. If she wasn't writing about all the people in her head, she'd be lurking about coffee shops annoying total strangers with her stories. So really, writing is a way of saving the masses. Her fantasy series, The Lost Ancients, starts with The Glass Gargoyle. Books two, three, and four are also currently out :The Obsidian ...more

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