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As the millennium draws to a close, the gargoyles who guard the ancient buildings of Dublin come together to face an evil that threatens all they hold dear. This story of an eternal enemy is by the bestselling author of the Deryni series....

Title : St. Patrick's Gargoyle
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ISBN : 9780441007257
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 240 Pages
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St. Patrick's Gargoyle Reviews

  • kingshearte
    2019-03-11 22:05

    The blurb makes this book sound rather more dramatic, and frankly, more interesting, than it actually was. The first two thirds or so just puttered along, with no real sense of urgency, or malevolence, or anything particularly engaging. As a character, I was reasonably fond of Templeton, but that's about the only thing that kept me going at all.As for that "evil" that nothing could have prepared him for? Well, for starters, Paddy is hundreds and hundreds of years old. He's dealt with evil. Particularly as his previous occupation was, as Kurtz is fond of reminding us over and over and over again until we want to throw things, an Avenging Angel (capitals Kurtz's). And the dealing with the evil thing was so anti-climactic that really, in Paddy's very long life, I expect it barely registered as a blip.But the thing that really weirded me out about this book was just how God-heavy it was. I mean, the main character is a cathedral gargoyle, so some religion is to be expected. But it was really heavy-handed. In some ways, it's no different than any other fantasy. God vs. Satan, Tordelnyserald the White Mage vs. Dark Lord Skeloldald, whatever. It's all basically the same thing. But this one was very into not just the good vs. evil thing, but also the whole angelic hierarchy, and the afterlife, and it was all just dripping with piousness. I just found it a bit much, particularly when I wasn't expecting it. I have no problem with reading a religious book. I just read a biography of St. Paul, and am slowly working my way through the Bible. But when I pick up what looks like a quick, urban-fantasy-type read, I'm not thrilled at finding myself preached at so insistently.Other flaws? The repetition, for one. Mostly it was the avenging angel thing, but other small details were repeated excessively often too. I also found her not quite consistent with her gargoyle mythology. She'll establish rules, and then amend or contradict them later, I guess as she decided the rules she'd established didn't allow her to do what she wanted with her story, so she needed to expand them? Perhaps her computer is a special no-regrets version that doesn't allow you to go back and change things once they're written? I don't know. Just one example: the gargoyles can not only pass through all manner of solid walls and locked gates and whatnot, but they can bring regular people through with them when they feel so inclined. And yet they require someone to open the trunk of a car so they can get in and out of it. The hell?On the good side, I liked her characters. I liked Templeton, and I liked Paddy. On the other hand, everyone else was pretty one-dimensional, and even those two didn't really have that much depth. And frankly, while they were quite likeable, I just expect 82-year-old men and millennia-old angels to have just a little more to them. So even that's not really much to recommend her, I guess. Ah well.Anyway, I think this book had a good premise, but the execution of it was rather weak.

  • Patrick
    2019-03-18 22:21

    I imagine that St. Patrick's Gargoyle might have worked better as a short story or novelette rather than a full-length book. Kurtz's attention to detail is admirable, but it comes at the expense of plot momentum; after more than 100 pages, practically nothing has happened (though there are some lovely multi-pages descriptions of Irish cathedrals). This one just never grabbed me. (Finished on page 111.)

  • Alyssia Cooke
    2019-03-20 23:25

    I really quite enjoyed this short tale, although the author can be a tad heavy handed with the theology and has a tendency to repeat facts rather a lot. Even with that, this is a slow paced, rather sweet novel and the characterisations of both Templeton and the gargoyle Paddy were well done. Other characters fell a little bit short which may have been due to the short nature of the novel itself.For instance, Templeton’s daughters and grandchildren often seemed overly scripted so what could have come across as concern for his well being was instead applied with a hammer. As these are the only other key human players in the narrative, more could have been done with them... but subtly.That said, this was an enjoyable read and the meandering tone of the first three quarters suited the story well. The ending was perhaps a little more poorly explained and rushed, but by and large this was a nice effort.

  • Clare O'Beara
    2019-02-28 17:02

    This is quite a sweet and at times emotional urban fantasy in which an elderly but strong gentleman in Dublin finds himself driving around the city at the behest of St. Patrick's Cathedral's gargoyle, looking for stolen church plate. The gentleman is Francis Templeton, widower, 82, and he cherishes his Rolls Royce which is used as a wedding car. He's also a Knight of Malta which is perhaps the reason why he was able to see the gargoyle, Paddy. In this fantasy, the gargoyles are a more modern form of avenging angels, keeping evil doers from their churches. The theology is treated with respect, if various doctrines are treated slightly less so, and I think any churchgoer would have to work hard to be offended. The author did a lot of research, such as sitting in on bell ringing sessions and cathedral preparations for Christmas, which is passed on to the reader in great detail; younger readers may be skipping some pages to get on with the story. But in a sense the traditions and formalities are what the story is about, with a shadowy menace threatening to sweep all of it away. Many Dublin city centre locations get a name check or a passing visit, with history sitting lightly on the city's shoulders. One item jumped out which every Irish schoolchild knows is incorrect; Parnell was not called the Great Liberator - this was the earlier Daniel O'Connell for whom O'Connell Street is named. But we won't hold that against the author since she's been so good as to make our city the star of the show. I had never heard of this book before finding it secondhand in Chapters off Parnell Square, Dublin in 2015. Pity as it deserves a wider readership. A recent book called Stone Heart by Charlie Fletcher features a similar jaunt around London with statues coming to life, but more scarily and with young protagonists.

  • Shannon
    2019-03-02 01:06

    This was the first Katherine Kurtz book that I read, and while I was not `put-off' by it, I certainly was not impressed. The overall story was interesting, and I really liked the idea that the gargoyles were actually avenging angels. Paddy and Templeton were fairly well developed, but it would have been nice to learn more about Marcus Cassidy, the Knight, and Templeton's family.At times Kurtz goes off on a tangent about the Catholic Church, and the Protestant Church. While some of the information is interesting, it reads like a textbook on theology, thus does nothing for the story flow. It seems to me that the information could have been integrated into the story in a more useful way.The ending was very lackluster, and instead of being happy and/or sad, I was just relieved to be finished with the book.

  • Elizabeth
    2019-03-15 17:59

    I love going to Dublin so it was a real treat to read about places and things that I have seen there. This story, told from the perspective of the titular Gargoyle is about the age old battle between good and evil. This is a God based, Christian with a capital C tale. It features miracles, small and large and angels and demons to name a few elements. Kurtz really knows how to grab and keep your attention andI don't think I will ever look at statuary the same way again.

  • Samantha
    2019-03-05 18:15

    Somehow before I picked this book up, I missed the fact that it was a Christian fantasy.It's highly preachy, the rhetoric dripping from just about every page.A shame, because the idea was otherwise fun. For religious types only.

  • Elentarri
    2019-03-04 22:24

    This short and sometimes emotional novel is told from the perspective of Paddy, the gargoyle who guards St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin, Ireland. It is a tale of good vs evil, as Paddy enlists the help of 82 year old Francis Templeton, a Knight of Malta with a fondness of his old Rolls Royce.The book is somewhat weak on plot but heavy on theology and church functioning, including a section on bell ringing (which was rather interesting). I didn't feel that the author was preaching, despite the religious themes of the book (which couldn't really be helped in a book like this).The author's portrayal of gargoyles is original and something I enjoyed immensely. The story also makes use of miracles (sort of), demons, angels and a cat. This is a sweet little mystery story, with lovable characters, delightful interactions and a unique perspective. It is not gritty or dark, though there are intense moments, nor is it quite fluffy either. I found this book to be a pleasant and enjoyable diversion.The book isn't particularly meant for children but i is safe for their consumption, i.e. no gore, excessive violence or sex.

  • Susie
    2019-02-19 20:27

    I wanted to like this book, but I just couldn't keep going. Very slow moving and it just couldn't keep my interest. I can only think of one or two other books that I started and didn't finish, but this is one of them.

  • Jill Fitzpatrick
    2019-03-17 20:13

    I LOVE gargoyles!!!So to have a book devoted to them was a delight! Especially since everyone thinks they are evil but they aren't. Long time guardians of all that is good, they lead you and Francis on a fantastic adventure to save the world! This just became my top 10 favorite.

  • Sheri
    2019-02-19 21:17

    Cute enough story but the amount of tour guide information was a bit much.

  • Sandy Shin
    2019-02-19 17:26

    Interesting story of the gargoyle as a city's guardian. Not just one, a large group of them

  • Laura
    2019-02-21 00:24

    A minor emergency (I'd run out of new books) sent me to my box of random books. These are books which have not been sorted but are good enough to keep. I don't remember reading St. Patrick's Gargoyle before but I remember that I enjoyed it (I usually enjoy Katherine Kurtz but I can only read her books when I'm in an intellectual frame of mind.) It was a very good choice.The setting is Christmas-time in Dublin; I read it at Christmas-time in Euless, TX. The plot involves the classic battle between good and evil/angels and demons; I just spent yesterday afternoon grading exams.At times, I felt as if I were being lectured to about my religion. It almost put me off the book but after slogging through that I got into the meat of the story. If it weren't for the lecturing, this would have been a five star book.I've already passed the book on to a friend. I think it will be an excellent introduction to Katherine Kurtz's works on his plane ride to visit his family for Christmas.

  • Sian Wadey
    2019-02-23 23:14

    For some reason this took me an age to read. It was recommended by my Aunt and as I hadn't read a quirky light hearted fantasy in a while I thought I'd give it a go.The story centres around Paddy, a gargoyle at St's Patrick's in Dublin. He's quite a character, funny in some ways charming. I've never read a book from the point of view of a gargoyle, so that was quite interesting. As soon as the book starts we're whisked off on a chase through the Dublin streets. Paddy enlists the help of Templeton, an elderly gentlemen with a mint condition Rolls Royce, to track down the thieves who have stolen the church's silver.Their friendship blossoms, and leads Templeton (a Knight of Malta) down a path he never thought possible.It's a cute little story, with some nice characters and a unique perspective, but I was never grabbed. Reading it wasn't a chore, but I didn't hunger to read the next chapter like I have with other books. I may read more of Katherine Kurtz in the future, but I'm in no rush.

  • Robyn
    2019-02-23 21:24

    This was a short and rather sweet novel about an elderly widower who suddenly discovers that the gargoyles in his Scottish town are alive and more, is pressed by them into service to help defeat evil.I consider it a book in-between because there are amusing parts to it, and sentimental parts, and dark, somewhat dangerous parts. It's not a book you can readily assign to a specific theme. It seemed to me mostly a love letter to the city from the author who used to live there. It takes for granted to Christian view of things, being only mildly interested in the schism between the Catholics and the Protestants and then mainly only in terms of how those differences are made visible in the constructs of their churches and what the gargoyles who guard all of the churches think of those differences. Though they are angels in gargoyle form, they tend to argue like bishops at a synod, but work together as one when the city is threatened.I enjoyed it, and it lingered in my mind, so I can recommend it, but warn that it isn't what you might expect.

  • Amie
    2019-03-10 22:18

    This was one of the most intersting fluff books I've read in a while. I'm a moderate fan of Kurtz's Deryni books, which is how I came to even notice this one. Having been to Dublin, where the story is set, I was intrigued since the setting really is most of the plot. That, and I have always been fascinated with gargoyles and other carved grotesques-- and that little plot point did not disappoint! I can totally buy into the idea of gargoyles as the avenging angles now that there's not a lot of avenging left to do; now they just guard churches and cities, keep an eye out for all of us humans. It was a poignant story in many ways, and it tugged at my heart-strings; I really did find myself getting attached to both Templeton and Paddy. Mostly, though, it made me really want to go back to a city I already love.

  • Romance Bookaholic
    2019-02-27 01:09

    Good vs Evil stuff! I love it!This book is entertaining. The world building is consistent and inventive. The characters are well developed and likable. There are Religious reference throughout the book old testament and new testament. I like that but some might be offended.If you like good Gargoyles this is the book for you. The ending left me with hope for a series but the author has yet to write it.Five Roses for St Patrick's Gargoyle

  • Doris
    2019-03-18 20:09

    This book starts out quick, moves smoothly and ends well. Even the death of the secondary character is well done. It is a book of good versus evil without the preachiness that often gets involved, although it did get me curious about the various "orders" of Knights and the meanings of the symbolism, which I think is the hallmark of a great book - it makes me curious.

  • Cathi95
    2019-02-22 18:25

    A delightful Irish story about a gargoyle in St Patricks, and elderly gentleman and a major event which could release an ancient evil on the people of Ireland and the rest of the world. I enjoyed the memories of "Paddy", the gargoyle, and the sweet story of the gentleman's life memories. For so many memories, there is a definite and active plot. This one I will remember.

  • Sue Waite-langley
    2019-03-07 21:11

    Like pretty much everything else written by Kurtz, I adored this book. Sweet and gentle and infused with Kurtz's sense of religious tradition and God's love without slapping you in the face with any of it!

  • H Lynnea
    2019-03-06 00:16

    I suppose it says something about my enthusiasm for this book when I say it sat on my shelves for about three years before I read it. It wasn't un-put-down-able, but the plot moved along well, and it had an interesting concept. Overall, four out of five stars.

  • Chris
    2019-02-19 20:18

    At times funny, the best parts of the book are when the gargoyle's talk to each other. The plot is very weak, but the conversation and characters are wonderfully drawn.I love the idea of church steeples as surface to air missles.

  • Barbara
    2019-02-27 19:57

    Slow and often gets bogged down in details. A couple of pages - at the end - was a truly wonderful scene and a great surprise. The rest felt like an interesting idea that was forced into a book-length piece.

  • Caleb
    2019-03-19 23:05

    A friend lent this book to me and I just couldn't get into it. The story is unique and the characters are likeable enough but it couldn't hold my attention. Better luck next time I guess...

  • Brett
    2019-03-12 00:00

    Fantasy

  • Katharine Ott
    2019-02-27 21:02

    "St Patrick's Gargoyle" - written by Katherine Kurtz and published in 2001 by Ace Hardcover. Certainly not among the best that Kurtz has written, not enough going on to sustain my interest.

  • Elaine
    2019-02-27 21:03

    A pleasant diversion; the author was having lots of fun.

  • Melanie Barbarito
    2019-02-20 22:09

    A pleasant book. A gentle mystery. I liked the premise of who the gargoyles actually are. Liked the description of Dublin and the churchy stuff.

  • Paula
    2019-03-17 23:23

    I have enjoyed other of Katherine Kurtz's books more than this one, but St. Patrick's Gargoyle is a quirky, engaging story with a religious, good vs. evil theme. An easy read.

  • Karie
    2019-03-20 21:17

    Really wasn't the book I was expecting. Very slow.