Carnival of Stone by Rob Blackwell
A new spin on an old myth. Gorgons are back and they are backed by their own army of snakes. “I hate snakes…….”
Publisher’s Description: Supernatural investigator Soren Chase is having a rough day. He narrowly avoids being murdered by a pair of trigger-happy leprechauns (yes, leprechauns) before taking a case to investigate the disappearance of a graduate student in the mountains of Virginia.
But when Soren arrives in the normally sleepy hamlet of Hilltop, he finds the situation is far worse than he imagined. He’s up against a creature unlike anything he’s encountered before and it will take all his skills–and working with an unlikely ally–to survive.
Carnival of Stone is a stand-alone novella in the Soren Chase series that can be enjoyed by any reader who loves urban fantasy, mystery and suspense. Set between the events of Closed at Dark and The Forest of Forever, it will please existing fans and new readers alike.
Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel (in other words, SPOILERS!)
I love this series. Soren Chase is a paranormal investigator that throws himself “into these situations, blindly getting into a jam and then crawling out of it.” This time he is chasing a gorgon. His reflective aviator sunglasses are still a part of him and if you read Forest of Forever, you’d know more about his possible “problem”, if you want to call it that. This story takes place before Forest of Forever and after Closed at Dark. That isn’t the order of reading, though. I have read them in order of publishing and while I don’t *think* it’d mess you up too much to read them out of order, I do think it’s much better to read them in order of publishing.
This story has two “cases” in it, though one is only starting. Did you know there is a supernatural syndicate? Oh, great. Like the humans aren’t scary enough, right? I got to meet, more in detail, Soren’s mentor, Terry. I experienced how Soren got Terry’s office and Terry’s nephew as assistant. Also, in another twist, Terry isn’t quite what he seems and that in itself is VERY interesting.
This book doesn’t end in a cliffhanger, though there is a lead in for the next book. I cannot wait to see what happens next. This is quite the page turner, so get your blankie, tea and a soft place to sit, because you are not gonna be moving. Also, this is a little on the dark scale, but not “turn every light on in the house” and “keep your best friend on speaker phone” scary. I loved it.