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Shadow-Stained (Stones of Power #1)

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For her, it’s her late grandma’s legacy. For him, the mother of all black arts spoils, granting one demon the power of a God. Immortality.

When occult-magnet Ruby falls victim to Demon Lord Drayvex’s viperous allure, she loses a sentient dark relic to his light fingers and appetite for power. Like calls to like. But when Drayvex himself loses the relic to a traitor to the
Published April 14th 2020
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Victory (DKB)
Apr 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
"He was pure darkness, a devouring abyss. Darkness and light never truly touched. They created shadows when they tried, and this shadow-stained world was proof of their efforts."

Ruby Peyton is a city girl stuck living the country life. She lives with her mother in a small town called Crichton. Her grandmother passed away, but not without giving her a precious stone necklace that holds great power of immortality. And now, a demon lord is interested in this human girl; a pawn that insists on being
A.C. Merkel
Jan 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Love the sarcasm!

Drayvex is an ass and I love him! It must be hard having such an ego and developing actual feelings after being a demon lord and then king for so long.

Loved Ruby too, and Interested in what the mildy confusing ending sparks for future books. Mildy confusing as in I think it’s supposed to be. So we can find out exactly what’s going on later.

Best thing is Ruby is actually afraid of the monsters.
She’s not overtly badass. And she’s largely relatable.

I’m giving this a five becaus
Eva Alton
Dec 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I had heard so much about this book and I'm glad I finally got to read it! Ruby is an ordinary girl, but she owns a very special pendant which can offer demons unlimited power and immortality. Of course, she had no idea about that and doesn't suspect a thing when she meets a random stranger in a bar. He's in truth a demon, Lord Drayvex, ruler of a demon planet. His first goal is to steal the pendant and forget about the girl, but things get complicated and he slowly starts to grow feelings for h ...more
Veronica Marshall
Apr 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, action
I received an advance review copy for free, so I am leaving this review. ( Through book sirens)

Ruby a human girl who lives in a Small town in Crichton where everyone knows each other and she has only been living there for two years. She inherited a necklace from her grandma after she died that has special powers but is written off as a fake but meant as sentimental more.

So she should wear it everyday of her life. Ruby runs into Drayvex who is hunting for this particular necklace. He becomes good
E.P. Stavs
Jan 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Wow, was this dark! And bloody. And gruesome... seriously gruesome. So yeah, I liked it!

Ruby is a somewhat sad, lonely young woman who made me a little crazy sometimes when she wouldn't just tell guys to piss off. But she was also pretty realistic for a girl her age, so I have to give the author props there.

Drayvex is a demon lord with no real conscience to speak of. He's dark and blatantly evil, yet I couldn't help but root for him. His attraction to Ruby is subtle, which was kind of nice. No
Read  With Miki
Apr 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
I Received this book in exchange for an honest review

Shadow-Stained by Rachel Hobbs follows our main character Ruby as she tries to survive the demons trying to get her necklace and the boredom of a small village after moving from a large city. Ruby believes she was made for big things, big things that don't include moving to a small place in the middle of nowhere.

The necklace, The Lapis Vitae, was given to Ruby by her grandmother. Drayvex is a demon who wants it for himself. Ruby believes it'
Laken Honeycutt
Dec 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book drew me in like the pull of a dark tide under a starlit night. Each chapter became more alluring and more difficult to put down. I am left longing to read more and anxiously awaiting the sequel.

Shadow Stained is author Rachel Hobbs' debut novel about a woman, Ruby, who is uprooted from her urban life and forced to move to the country with her injured mother. She’s having a hard time adjusting when she meets a mysterious stranger. Little does she know this stranger is the Demon Lord Dra
Shaun Griffiths
Mar 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved this adult PNR story. It starts following Ruby, who inherits what she thinks is a piece of costume jewelry from her deceased Gran, only to find its one of the most powerful demon artifacts known to demons!
The Demon Lord tracks it down, and lucky for Ruby, and against his better nature / judgement, the Demon Lord takes a shine to her, and decides to let her live. Unfortunately, this is just the start of her problems. 
After the Demon Lord returns through the portal, he finds trouble brewing
Michele Quirke
Jan 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Well, I'll start off by saying that while Shadow-Stained isn't one of those cutesy, romantic love stories, it's definitely worth your time! It's dark, full of gore, and beautifully written.

With a unique and super fast-paced plot, Hobbs dragged me into her world and I was thrilled to be a part of it. I must say, I was not a fan of Drayvex at first. In fact, I was well over halfway through the book before I started to think that maybe this power-driven, murderous demon had any redeeming qualities
Elizabeth Holland
Jan 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A thoroughly thrilling read! Ruby finds herself bored with life and wanting to return to the city, however, before she has a chance her life is turned upside down. When demon lord, Drayvex, enters her life nothing will ever be the same again. I absolutely loved this book. It was filled with demons, amazing description of magical worlds and Ruby was a badass character. It was interesting to see Drayvex develop feelings for Ruby whilst fighting his inner evil nature. A great read and I'm looking f ...more
Helen Garraway
Feb 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal, fantasy, indie
An excellent dark fantasy story with well developed characters, great world building, and plenty of action. Who would know there were so many ways to kill a demon? or annoy one! Ruby is a stubborn and sassy human who manages to get under the Demon Lord Drayvex's skin, and causes him all sort of problems. What more could you ask for in a demon riddled fantasy romp with a bit of romance thrown in. And it's the first book in a series.

A thoroughly enjoyable read that is well written and slowly draws
Anca Antoci
Shadow-Stained is the first book in the Stones of Power series and marks the phenomenal literary debut of new author, Rachel Hobbs. It's a dark and engrossing fantasy that kept me engaged throughout the story. This is a well deserved 5-star novel for me.

The writing
Her style is fluid with an emphasis on show rather than tell (a skill I’m still struggling with), which is remarkable for a first-time author. Beautiful and vivid world-building, interesting and fresh mythology, plenty of mystery, and
This paranormal thriller plunges you into peril right off the bat and never lets up, and kept me guessing through the entire narrative. My heart hurt for Ruby, the protagonist, who is targeted and manipulated by demons, all who seek a family heirloom she's worn since her grandmother's death. The relationship between Ruby and Drayvex, the Demon Lord who originally sets out to simply take what he wants and destroy the girl that gets in his way, is downright delicious. Cannot wait to read more in t ...more
A.L. Garcia
Sep 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I am in love! I do not usually read this genre. I just started to, but this book has seriously made me want so much more. It is so captivating. The action in this one starts fast. It jumps out and pulls you into this wonderfully crazy story about demons in this little town looking for this necklace held by an emotionally turmoiled and spiritually lost but unwittingly brave young woman. Then, it gets even better, as Drayvex enters the picture. The dialogue becomes so intense, complicated, an ...more
Apr 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This is a first for me – a paranormal romance review! Granted, I didn’t know SHADOW STAINED was a paranormal romance when I started reading – if I had known there’s an almost zero percent chance I would have picked it up – but actually, I’m kinda glad I did. And I know there’s some folks who read my reviews that do read a bunch in this genre and for you folks I think there’s a lot to like in this book.

Shadow-Stained is the very dark story of Ruby and Drayvex. Ruby is a city girl cooped up in the
John Ortega
Jun 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
To me a book is about the both the plot and the characters and Rachel Hobbs has done right by both. Her debut novel Shadow-Stained is a slow burner into an inferno of emotions.

The plot is very simple Ruby is a normal girl who comes into possession of a power stone that grants immortality and suddenly turns her into a target for every demon with a god complex that wants ultimate power, she will need to team up with Drayvex the one Demon Lord who's ego matches the solar system to save Earth. Simp
M. Woe
Aug 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'm a few chapters into the book so luckily I can't spoil too much. The basics are that Drayvex is a powerful demon lord and Ruby is a human that just so happens to have a necklace that will grant him unimaginable power. You can tell he's a very old Demon because well, he acts like one. He has this calm yet always annoyed persona that I actually find funny and endearing. I'm surprised how much I like Drayvex. When I started the book I didn't picture it as a romance but so far it seems like he li ...more
Terry Herres
Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I recieved a copy of this book as an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

This is a gripping fantasy novel featuring demons, magic, internal strife, a hint of romance and desperation. Ruby is a strong but unsure of herself young woman who finds herself in a world she barely believes is real. The twists and turns will keep you engulfed and entertained. I highly recommend this for any fan of demon based fantasy.

I found this book to be well written with a couple of well developed characters to foll
Helen C
Oct 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A Compelling Dark Fantasy:
Shadow Stained had well developed characters, a good pace and lots of twists and turns, which leaves you wanting more. The book is well written, with great dialogue and plenty of dry humour and wit.
I loved the chemistry between the brooding demon lord, Drayvex, and Ruby, the mortal girl with attitude. I had a love/hate relationship with Drayvex, sometimes I was rooting for him, and sometimes I wanted to punch him in the face. I especially liked the way that Ruby's appe
Laura (Bookie_mama_bear)
Apr 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Rachel Hobbs for sending me this copy of her debut novel Shadow Stained. This is an adult fantasy demon based novel. It’s full of wit & dry humour which I loved. The story is well balanced and the characters are really well developed. There’s complex relationships and every character has a past or some deeper individual story. This is book one of a series and I know we will get more answers as we go along, I would have loved to know more about Dreyvax and his previo
Tanweer Dar
Feb 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A clever and beautifully written tale of Drayvex (a demon lord) and Ruby (a human), 'Shadow-Stained' is a masterpiece of contemporary fantasy which I thoroughly enjoyed.

The dialogue between Drayvex and Ruby (actually between Drayvex and everybody) is truly sublime at times, full of sarcasm and snark. The 'thinking out loud' we get is also exquisite.

Starting slowly and mysteriously, 'Shadow-Stained' quickly becomes a demonic romp which is as action-packed as it is entertaining. The sheer variety
Tea Leaves and Reads
Jul 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Rachel sent me this book in exchange for an honest review and I was really pleased to discover another genre outside of my usual comfort zone! Shadow Stained is Rachel’s Debut Novel and it’s brilliant! The main characters are built up well with their persona’s clearly articulated throughout the book to provide a brilliant clash of personalities and emotions. The underlying story is strong as two worlds full of mystery and secret are explored. I would say that this book spans genres – there’s the ...more
Bedside Book Review
Jul 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
A good debut novel that is packed with action and betrayal. Ruby finds herself the prey to a Demon Lord, Drayvex, who wants her family heirloom. This ‘Stone’ can give Drayvex immortally. Yet as he betrays Ruby he himself is betrayed by a traitor to his throne. Earth is in danger and Ruby must persuade Drayvex to help her.

There are so many twists and turns in this story. It is fast paced at the beginning and the end, however I wish this momentum had continued throughout the whole book. Having sa
H.M. M. Mills
Mar 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
I found Shadow-Stained had a wonderfully creative fresh look at the Demon world. I loved Drayvex and the vivid pictures Rachel Hobbs created in her characters and their actions and motives.
I enjoyed the fast paced graphic scenes and I look forward to reading the sequel.
If you like the idea of a psychotic Demon with a flicker of grey in an otherwise black heart, then you'll love Drayvex and Ruby in Shadow-Stained. I highly recommend you add it to your list.
Fionnuala Black
Jun 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A fantastical world of demons & destruction

Rachel Hobbs delivers a pulsating debut to a series I look forward to following. With a tough, resourceful female lead, a conflicted demon Lord and supporting cast of monstrous proportions, this was a rollercoaster read. Highly recommended to all fantasy fans.
Judy Ferrell
Feb 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Demon power

Ruby meets a demon what follows next is pure excitement and drama. Rachel Hobbs gives us a unique look at demons and power. After all some demons are better than others.
Helen Simpson
Apr 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
For a debut book this author did really well. I enjoyed the character development and the dark tones throughout. It kept me gripped and is full of moments of wit. Really looking forward to book 2.
Apr 17, 2020 rated it it was ok
Thank you, BookSirens, for an ARC of "Shadow-Stained" in return for an honest review.

Ms. Hobbs has kind of a cute idea for a fantasy novel - a diabolical update on the "beauty and the beast" myth in which the centuries-old Demon lord of a sunless planet falls for a plucky human girl. And there are little flashes of humor throughout "Shadow-Stained" as the wickedest creature in the universe confronts otherworldly menaces like he's a grumpy middle-manager dealing with minor inconveniences: "this f
Sep 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Rachel Hobbs pulls you into an amazing adventure with this fantasy-based paranormal romance. The beginning of the book was thoroughly immersing: to the point if I have to put it that way, giving us a clear understanding of the powerful demon's character, followed by the woman that was going to presumably change his course of 'uncaring' demeanor and life forever. He was, by privilege as a demon, powerful, arrogant, cocky, manipulative, and every bit cruel with a knack for humor, whom I enj
Bethan Thomas
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​Rachel Hobbs lives in soggy South West Wales, where she hibernates with with her bearded dragon and her husband. By day she is a dental nurse at a small local practice. By night, she writes.

​Her debut novel SHADOW-STAINED is the first in a dark fantasy series for adults, inspired by her dark and peculiar experiences with narcolepsy and parasomnia. She's since subjugated her demons, and writes und

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