Author: Juliet Dark
Series: Fairwick Chronicles #3
Published by: Ballantine Books
Publication Date: September 3, 2013
A can’t-miss read for fans of Deborah Harkness and Karen Marie Moning, The Angel Stone weaves a tale of ancient folklore and thrilling fantasy with a passionate love story that transcends time.
For Callie McFay, a half-witch/half-fey professor of folklore and Gothic literature, the fight to save the enchanted town of Fairwick, New York, is far from over. After a hostile takeover by the Grove—a sinister group of witches and their cohorts—many of the local fey have been banished or killed, including Callie’s one true love. And in place of the spirit of tolerance and harmony, the new administration at Fairwick College has fostered an air of danger and distrust.
With her unique magical abilities, Callie is the only one who can rescue her friends from exile and restore order to the school—a task that requires her to find the Angel Stone, a legendary talisman of immense power. Propelled on an extraordinary quest back to seventeenth-century Scotland, Callie risks her life to obtain the stone. Yet when she encounters a sexy incarnation of her lost love, she finds the greater risk is to her heart. As the fate of Fairwick hangs in the balance, Callie must make a wrenching choice: reclaim a chance for eternal passion or save everything she holds dear.
The Angel Stone is the third and final book in the Fairwick Chronicles, and unfortunately it wasn’t always been smooth sailing with this series. I loved the first book, The Demon Lover, but I had issues with the second book, The Water Witch, so of course I was hesitant about reading The Angel Stone. There were a couple of irritating moments, but I ultimately enjoyed it. It also had a faster pace than the last book, which I was very grateful for.
Since the door to Faerie closed, Fairwick hasn’t been the same. A large portion of the unique population are stuck in Faerie, while the College is being taken over by the Grove and their nephilim allies. There is a much more sinister agenda in the works than Callie could imagine. The only way for her to stop it is to go back in time to 17th century Scotland. Yes, the fact that there was some magical time travel bumped it up for me.
Callie’s character bugged me in last book, but I liked her again in this one. It felt like she was clueless to what was right in front of her for way too long. Thankfully though, she turned out to be a stronger character in The Angel Stone. I was also pleasantly surprised with Frank. We get to see a lot more of his personality, and I liked him quite a bit more than I previously did. He brought some much needed humor to the story. I enjoyed the other characters, too, but not as much as Frank.
I mentioned that Callie goes back in time, and honestly, this was my favorite part of the book. I liked how the author weaved the past and the present together. There were certain aspects that weren’t really explained and kind of brushed aside. While that would normally bother me to no end, I was okay with it in this case. I also enjoyed the romance a lot more in The Angel Stone. This is a major facet of the series, and I was pleased with how everything pulled together. I thought the name variations was a nice touch.
Overall, I’m happy with the way the series ended. It was a tough hump to get over with the second book, but The Angel Stone made up for it. If you like magic, folklore and romance, then you should give the Fairwick Chronicles a shot.