The Stone Awakened Book Cover The Stone Awakened
Guardians of Erin Book 2
Judith Sterling
YA/Paranormal Fantasy
The Wild Rose Press, Inc
December 19, 2018
156

Since moving to Ireland, Ashling Donoghue has tackled one challenge after another. Now the mystery of her parents' disappearance seems unsolvable. Are they dead or only missing? No one—not even the godlike Breasals—has a clue. Hope and fear war inside her, but she's determined to find answers and stay strong for her siblings. Even as she hones newfound powers, her banshee-in-training sister Deirdre needs her support.

Ashling could use a little help herself. She's struggling to navigate her first romance, and while Aengus Breasal stirs her body, mind, and soul, his nemesis Lorcan does too. Both men harbor secrets about her past life as Caer. One has ties to Aoife, the scheming wind demon whose influence is on the rise.

As the Stone of Destiny awakens, so does the conflict within.

Reviewed by: Linda Tonis

Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team

It has been three weeks since Ashling’s parents disappeared and she is doing everything she can to be there for her twin brothers Kain, Conall and her sister Deirdre who is now coming into her gift as a Banshee. The Breasals are doing everything in their power to find them and in addition to helping her siblings Ash is dealing with her feelings for Lorcan and Aengus. As if that is not enough she also knows that she was Caer in a past life, a girl who was also torn between Lorcan and Aengus.

Her heart calls out for Aengus but she can’t dismiss her feelings for Lorcan and knows that when she was Caer she hurt one of them, but which one. We know that Aengus is a Breasal and is good but we aren’t clear about Lorcan. Deirdre begins to have visions, death visions and with Ash’s help she goes to where she is needed to bring comfort. Her full powers have yet to come into being and Kain and Conall are still waiting for their powers to appear.

Unfortunately for Deirdre her visions always seem to come when she is about to eat and she takes her food seriously frustrating her causing me to laugh out loud every time it happens. She also meets an admirer, Robin a gancanagh who seduces women and once they profess their love for him leaves. Many of the women he leaves kill themselves and Robin is totally unaware of what trouble he is causing until Deirdre and Ash bring it to his attention. Not a believer in love he tries to change and hopes that Deirdre can change his mind about love.

Another wonderful story filled with amazing characters and quite a few mythological beings, sprites, dragons and even a visit to Jack Frost. There are still many unanswered questions which hopefully will be answered in book three which I look forward to.