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The Glass Gargoyle

(The Lost Ancients #1)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  1,379 ratings  ·  206 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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Shalini 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
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
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
I almost gave up on this tale. About a third of way into it, I started giggling at the one liners and absolutely ridiculous happenings. The cast of characters reads like a menagerie from a mix of mythology, imagination and the absurd. And of course, being a series, the end starts a new beginning with no end in sight. Hence, it is over for me.
May 04, 2019 rated it liked it
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This is not a novel which takes itself, its world or its heroine entirely seriously. And that’s half the appeal, with Taryn being a snarky yet persistent little tomb raider, who is genuinely appealing. Her curiosity is forever getting the better of her – but she has to rely much more on her wits than any Lara Croft-esque antics. Well, except when intoxicated, when she gets a bit… strange. That change manifests itself in a couple of different w
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I totally loved The Glass Gargoyle (The Lost Ancients #1) by Marie Andreas. I enjoyed the colorful characters and clever story line. The book was remarkable engrossing and well-written and made for a quick read. Do not be deceived by the read dates in the review, I had misplaced the book and it took me a while to find it!

Marie Andreas did a superb job of creating a unique, entertaining, oftentimes humorous setting for the story. The only downside I see is that now I have more books to buy, as th
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
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: fantasy, 2015, 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.
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
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
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
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
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A super fun book! I can’t wait to read the next one.
Alyssia Cooke
This is a good, fun read if a little light on details and back stories for key characters. You are introduced to Taryn as she tries to corral her three drunk singing fairies in the middle of a drunken bar brawl. To make matters more complex she is meant to be bringing in a bounty and that bounty started the bar brawl. But let’s be honest, I was on board from the mention of drunken fairies. From there things only get more complicated for Taryn as she keeps running into her mysterious bounty and h ...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. ...more
Aug 15, 2017 rated it liked it
This was an entertaining read which left me "In Like" with it. ...more
Bethany Hoeflich
Mar 16, 2019 rated it liked it
A bit messy. I think it could have benefited from a heavy-handed editor for tightening. Overall, it was an enjoyable read!
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Lots of fun! Great character and plot! So much better than most of what I've read recently. ...more
*Source* Kindle Unlimited
*Genre* Fantasy
*Rating* 3.5


The Glass Gargoyle is the first installment in author Marie Andreas The Lost Ancients series. Archeologist Taryn St. Giles has spent her life mining the ruins of the elves who vanished from the Four Kingdoms about 1300 years ago. But when her patrons begin disappearing and then turning up dead, she finds herself unemployed, restless, desperate, and a bad reputation as getting people killed. So she becomes a bounty hunter. Tracking her
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
P Henderson
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(EDIT: after reading the blurbs on the other books in the series I realize that the author actually DID intend this to be a comedy series. So some of what follows may not be accurate but I don't feel like changing it. Honestly, the comedy aspect is there but it doesn't come across strongly enough at all. )

I'm giving this one 4 stars because I really did enjoy the book a lot, but the honest truth of it is that the book has a few problems and probably only deserves a 3-star rating. It's hard to sa
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
Lindsay (LindsayHWrites)
Jan 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned, 4-stars, reviewed, 2017
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!
Jan 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Archaeology! Ancient Elves! Tiny drunken fairies! Loved this book.
Marufa Hoque
Mar 26, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Dave Higgins
Jun 25, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Combining archaeology and world-threatening mystical artefacts without either copying the well-known character or deliberately avoiding echoes, Andreas creates a fantasy novel that balances intelligent interaction with fast-paced high-stakes plot.

All Taryn wants to do is delve into the ruins left when the elves vanished a thousand years ago. Unfortunately, her noble patrons seem to either disappear or die; so she has to make ends meet as a bounty hunter. Reluctantly accepting a bounty from one o
Nov 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Taryn is an archaeologist who moonlights as a bounty hunter between jobs to make ends meet. She is assisted in both tasks with a cadre of friends: a lizard woman academic, a cat man mage, a bar full of well-wishers, and a trio of three fairies who are sort of her friends/pets. Taryn is tossed into higher stakes than she's used to, however, when interests in the local digs increase, a certain man keeps popping up, and people start showing up in her rooms, dead...

There is a lot to like here. Tary
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Marie is a fantasy and science fiction reader with a serious writing addiction, and a few awards to go with it. 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. The entire six book, Lost Ancien ...more

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