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When his kingdom is threatened by an ancient evil, a king is forced to make the ultimate sacrifice. If he is to defeat an army of monsters, he must become one himself! His victory carries a terrible price... An eternity frozen in stone. Fifteen centuries later, the Celtic warrior is awakened when the world needs him most. A stranger in a strange land with his only guide aWhen his kingdom is threatened by an ancient evil, a king is forced to make the ultimate sacrifice. If he is to defeat an army of monsters, he must become one himself! His victory carries a terrible price... An eternity frozen in stone. Fifteen centuries later, the Celtic warrior is awakened when the world needs him most. A stranger in a strange land with his only guide a beautiful archeology student, he must battle his old adversary once again, all while struggling with his own darkness. For he is by day a man, by night cursed to become... The GARGOYLE!...

Title : Gargoyle Knight
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ISBN : 9781495289583
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 220 Pages
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Gargoyle Knight Reviews

  • Lisa Hall
    2019-03-17 11:48

    Artan, an ancient Irish King of Kirkfall, defeats his brother Cael and his army of gargoyles by sacrificing his humanity to get close enough to Cael to break a magical ruby, the Eye of Balor, from which Cael draws his evil power. Thousands of years later, an archeologist brings the ancient Celtic world alive inside a museum, highlighting what he believes to be an ancient myth. His daughter, Rhianna, cuts herself on the edges of the split ruby, thereby healing the Eye and awakening the gargoyle hoard that has been locked in stone for centuries.Artan awakenings from his prison of stone in a New York City park, fully aware after centuries of watching the world pass by around him. Unfortunately, his brother Cael also awakens and he's on a hunt to uncover the Eye of Balor and finish what he started all those centuries ago - bringing the demon-god Balor into our world.Artan is a heroes hero. He loses all those he loves, sacrifices for his people, and even in serving up the winning blow, he is punished along with this brother in the form of a centuries long internment in stone. As I was reading, I had no trouble following along with the story as is, and enjoying every minute of it. The ending came too quickly and didn't give me enough Artan/Rhianna. As the only real contributions to this story from Rhianna was bleeding on the ruby and helping Artan find a mystical sword I really felt like there should have been much more of the romance angle played up. The girl barely gets a kiss in this book. After I finished the story was when I thought about how things would have played out if this had been written by a couple of my fave urban fantasy writers and I can tell you, this story would have been twice as long, with some hot and heavy scenes written into it. When you bring back a muscle-bound bad boy with more than a hellishly cool accent and a magic sword, Mary Jane should get more out of it than tied to an altar as a sacrifice. I'm just saying.Still, very cool premise. Loved the story and the mythological history twist into the contemporary world. I wish the ending had been longer, but the book was well worth my time. I'm somewhere between a three and four stars on this story. The short ending holds this back to a three for me.

  • David Teachout
    2019-02-28 15:47

    I was so looking forward to a good story, with the introduction setting up a great background and potential character clashes. Alas, nothing comes of it. I was frankly put in mind of a teenage boy having been raised watching the original cartoon "Gargoyles" and never having grown up from there. The dialogue nearly had me splitting a side with laughter at the ridiculous liners intended to be serious and the stereotype characters in the overworked father and female love interest who's existence was a groan. The time-travel element was poorly explained as to why the adversaries knew some things and not others about the modern world, particularly as one was hidden away in a cave the whole time. No development in the central conflict or characters. Still, if you like gargoyles and don't like to think about what you're reading, rather fun time.

  • shannonStubbs
    2019-03-20 15:30

    This was actually a surprising good story. It had monsters, kings, and a girl to save. It also took place in modern day New York. It kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time.

  • Shenstone
    2019-03-24 17:37

    A good start to a new series, an enjoyable read.

  • Jude
    2019-03-04 14:39

    Read the first line and you’ll be hooked. This is the second book by indie author William Massa and I so thoroughly enjoyed the first one, I was a bit worried the second would not be as good. I needn’t have had any fears. The author weaves a tight plot, the book is fast paced, and drew me in from the beginning and kept me there. I was hooked from the first sentence. It’s a story where characters transcend time and the ages, with sacrifice, envy, a hunger for power, with romance and a bit of the the dark super-hero. Put it all together and you have a book which keeps one reading to see what happens on the next page. The book unfolds like a movie in the reader’s imagination. The author is able to find the right balance between dark and light, the present and the past, myth and history. Somehow there is a something in the book to attract readers of most genres and all ages. For those readers, like me, who are particular about editing, this book will be a joy to read. Kudos to the editor and the proof-reader. For those readers who are conscious of the price of books, the launch price is right too. I did receive an advanced copy of the book to read and review, but that in no way influenced my review or rating. In fact, now that I’ve read it, I’m going to go back re-read it to savour and enjoy it again. If you haven’t read William Massa’s first book, “FEAR THE LIGHT: WHO MURDERED DRACULA?” I would highly recommend it as well. Just don’t expect to get a lot of anything else done though. I couldn’t seem to put either books down until I had finished them.

  • A. Payne
    2019-02-25 18:44

    I've always been fascinated with anything Celtic, so the premise for this book excitedly drew me in. I really enjoyed the new spin on the gargoyle myth and found it cleverly done, mixing it with Celtic mythos so seamlessly that I feel I need to Google to see if this was a real myth of theirs! I enjoyed the story, and while I personally prefer more descriptiveness in my novels, I still found myself easily able to imagine what the author was trying to convey. In fact, the whole book played out rather like a movie in my head with the pacing.I would call this a definite read for those who enjoy paranormal styled books, or who just enjoy a good "monster" story. I look forward to reading more from Mr. Massa in the future.

  • Krissys
    2019-02-27 17:37

    I was quite impressed with how much I really enjoyed this book. Although I do wish there was more character development it is not lacking in the least. It is well written and well thought out, I enjoyed the detail building and I loved the plot. Fresh and unique in both aspects it is a thrilling read. The story is amazing and even for female readers that prefer for there to be a romance angle to their fantasy novels, William brings just a pinch in for that as well. For action buffs it also packs quite a punch. Gargoyle Knight is a book I need to add to my print book collection because its definitely a book I would return to in the future. I hope that there are more additions like this one for William Massa's future publications.

  • Jenny
    2019-03-20 17:40

    This book is AMAZING! I loved it!I love the writing. It's perfect, great descriptive language with describing the scenes and the characters. The characters are great, This book has a fast pace and it's a page turner, tough to put this one down. I loved the ending, it was very satisfying! One of the things I love about it is that it's unique, I've never come across a book, movie or anything else like this one. I recommend this book to anyone who loves to read, and especially to those who enjoy this genre.

  • Amy
    2019-02-22 11:52

    Fun read! I love gargoyles & had to read it. Fast paced & keeps you guessing! I loved it & have already recommended it to friends! Just bought another one of Mr. Massa's books because I loved this one so much! Can't wait to get started!

  • Bill Tillman
    2019-02-22 11:47

    Most parts of Gargoyle Knight were refreshing and non-stop action. The origin tale of gargoyles was not satisfying nor of evil druid brother. The action of NYC was great, as was the character development other than Cain McKeltar. Ending was over the top, but in fantasy that is good.

  • Cristina Isabel
    2019-02-24 16:52

    Definitely an add to the favorites. I've always been fascinated about gargoyles and this book hit the spot. A well, executed story that had me wanting to know just how it would end. Gargoyle Knight, without a doubt, delivers a perfect mix of action, magic and just a dash of romance.

  • Meels
    2019-03-10 16:56

    DNF at 68%It only gets two stars, because I love the IDEA of this book, and the cover. That’s about it. Oh, and I didn’t notice any glaring editing issues.The dialogue is horrible, it’s also dreadfully predictable. The fact that he keeps seeing/thinking of his dead wife when he sees Rihanna completely grossed me out.The prose are dreadful. Like referring to cooking him breakfast and the fact that she enjoyed watching him eat her “culinary creations”. It was eggs and toast, people. Eggs and toast. Hardly a “culinary creation”. Painful stuff like that. I just couldn’t be bothered to carry on. I didn’t care who loved or died, so...yeah.

  • Jessica Chittester
    2019-02-28 11:56

    I loved this book! So why did I only give it a 4 star rating? For one simple reason, I wanted more.This book left me on the seat of my pants - there was drama, there was action! This book read like a movie plays!Utterly brilliant. But, it ended to soon. I would had also liked to see a little more romance, it was there for the taking, but that just may be the woman in me.Wonderful! I'm so happy this book found its way into my hands.

  • Wendy
    2019-03-15 17:48

    "Gargoyle Knight" a fascinating and innovative urban fantasy begins with a tragic victory in Ireland in 525 AD when King Artan McKeltar sacrifices his life to an eternity frozen in stone as a gargoyle to save the Kingdom of Kirkfall.The story heats up when centuries later in present day New York Rhianna Sharpe examining the pieces of the Eye of Balor at the New York City Museum pricks her finger on the jagged edges of the gem. Her blood not only fuses it together again but breaks the spell imprisoning Celtic King Artan and releases his scarred brother a druid warrior whose determined to breakdown the veil that locks the demon Balor in the Otherworld.Through insights into the past of the Kingdom of Kirkfall William Massa sets the stage for a conflict between brothers that not only stole the lives of Artan McKeltar's family but resulted in a sacrifice to save his clan that kept him frozen in stone for centuries. The plot is fast-paced and action-packed as the brothers clash again in the present bringing their battle to New York and into the lives of Rhianna and her father an archaeologist and a Celtic expert. The suspense escalates when Cael the warrior druid not only captures Michael Sharpe, torturing him for information but tracks Rhianna and Artan to the home of fantasy game creator Craig McConnor (Lord Irish) who holds the key to a magical lost sword. Progressing smoothly to a deadly confrontation at the end, the plot is absorbing but the intensity and excitement of the story line would have increased with further development. Amid the clash of the gargoyles a romance brews as Rhianna is intimidated but attracted to the Celtic King. When the rage and darkness of the transformation steal Artan's humanity it's his infatuation with the woman who looks so much like his lost wife that seals his destiny. Throughout the plot you glimpse the growing passion although again this part of the story could have been built up more.Twenty-four year old Rhianna Sharpe is an archaeology student with an interest like her father in Celtic lore. Studious and suffering from a couple of dating fiascos her love life resides in the pages of romance novels until she meets Artan. Rhianna is smart, reserved but resilient when faced with the unimaginable. Artan McKeltar the amiable, much-admired King of Kirkfall is shrewd, determined and tough as he's suddenly thrust into a modern world with a language he barely understands while trying to overcome his brother's evil before Samhain. In contrast Cael is his embittered older brother who lost the throne because of his power-hunger and dabbling in the black arts. He's crafty, dangerous and twisted; in his vengeance he's willing to unleash a demon on New York. It is these characters that infuse the plot with excitement, energy and drama and keeps you glued to every chapter.I liked William Massa's "Gargoyle Knight" an entertaining series that I expect will get better with each new novel. In future I look forward to reading more of Artan's adventure as he adapts to the modern world.

  • Chris Philbrook
    2019-03-22 14:52

    Loved the premise. Loved the idea that an ancient Celtic King, and his twisted brother waged wars centuries ago, and were then entrapped in the bodies of gargoyles due to infernal magic, only to be freed in modern day New York.I was intrigued, and I bought the book on concept immediately. I just finished it, and I gotta tell you, the book was hurt by some choices the author made. I'll be gentle.First, the initial battle between the two brothers is entirely skipped over. This could've been a HUGELY awesome scene, and I'm totally bummed it didn't appear in the book in a more robust fashion. Especially early, when it could've amped up the entire feel of the novel.Second, the ease that the ancient characters communicate with the modern day characters struck me as strange. Granted, it's stated that the modern characters are able to speak ancient Gaelic, but you'd think there would be more of a language barrier. Also, late in the novel when the King meets a video game developer, there's no issues with communication. I think that might've been an oversight. Maybe I'm wrong too, either way, it was off for me.Third, towards the end of the book, the cliched 'super smart tough yet sensitive and pretty' heroine character makes an entirely idiotic decision to hand off the item that will ensure the world's destruction sheerly to save her father's life, knowing full well her decision could END THE WORLD. William writes multiple times that she was 'making the decision due to her emotions' and not logic to validate a perfectly good character's dumb decision.I was actually offended. I interpreted his choice to validate her actions by being emotionally overwhelmed as a direct insult to women making emotional decisions. Using her emotions felt like a huge cop out to me. Sorry, but it just irritated me, and made the plot move using the most horrid of decisions.Lastly, the end felt really rushed. I honestly think this book could've easily been another forty pages longer without losing any of the early intensity it has. I think more character development between the hero and heroine would've explained the relationship they have at the end far better, and it would've made the entire book come together.So having ranted like that, and being all negative and such, I'm still giving this book three stars. Why?The idea rocks! The book is also very well edited with little or no grammatical issues I could see, and despite my complaints, it was good enough to finish, and I wouldn't tell anyone it was bad. I just think it could it be better, with some changes.If he writes a sequel... I'll probably give it a shot when it goes on sale.

  • Kitty Muse Book Reviews
    2019-03-25 17:41

    Artan McKeltar, king of Kirkfall, had not tasted the air of freedom in 1500 years. Brought back to life in a hidden area of Central Park, New York, he is overwhelmed by the sounds and sights of his new world. Yet none of it alarms him; he has seen its development as in a dream, while he was trapped in the stone form of the creature he became before his imprisonment.With his newfound freedom comes the horrifying realization that his brother, Cael, evil druid and deposed heir to the throne, would also be awakened. So it is with all haste that he begins the search for his sibling.How does one undertake such a task in as huge a city as New York? Artan knows that, if he merely waits, the catastrophes that Cael would inflict on the world will be a beacon leading the king straight to him. But he cannot wait for that time, for then it will be too late.Fortunately for Artan, an event is taking place in the city that leads him right to Cael’s already-bloody footprints. The erstwhile king must convince a headstrong archaeology student by the name of Rhianna Sharpe, and her father, Dr. Michael Sharpe, of the real danger that will soon be played out over the skies of New York.The problem he faces is, his own gargoyle nature is beginning to make him lose the humanity that he was left with. Can he turn things around, and exact the vengeance on his brother that he should have had in 6th-century Ireland, before he becomes like his evil sibling?This was one of those “Do I have to go to sleep? I want to finish this!” types of books. I love “superhero saves the world” story lines.This one was ingeniously different, though. The methods by which Cael looses his dark magic on his surroundings were totally different from anything I’d read before. And the descriptions! The way Mr. Massa described the gargoyles’ transformations was horrifically perfect. He has a mind for detail that totally engrosses the reader.The characters were well thought out also. Mr. Massa described Artan’s mix of confusion, urgency, and fascination with the modern age so well. I also loved Rhianna–she is tougher and more resilient than she thinks she is, and she responds magnificently when her courage is called upon to show itself.I highly recommend this book, and his next one as well. He added the first chapter of “Who Murdered Dracula?” to the end of this book, and I’ve been wracking my brain all day as to who could have done the deed. Already he has pulled me into his next story.You, sir, are a writing genius.

  • H. Henry
    2019-03-04 11:36

    The gorgeous cover of this book grabbed my attention, and the blurb hooked me. This is a little something different from what I normally pick up in the urban fantasy genre, and I wasn't disappointed in the least.The Pros: It satisfied my love for sword and sorcery, but in a modern setting. The flashbacks to the past provided much-needed insight into the main characters motivations and while they did occasionally affect the flow of the story, never bogged it down. The main female character, Rhianna, is likeable and intelligent. Her father, Dr. Sharpe, is also a great character who gets the opportunity to show his worth without taking the spotlight off the main characters.The conflict between Cael and Artan feels authentic, and has a very 'Gladiator' vibe to it (as in the similar source of conflict between Commodus and Maximus). They duked it out until the end, which I appreciated because so many times, authors give their characters an easy 'out.' I enjoyed the dark imagery throughout this story, both in the past and present-day scenes.The Cons: I thought the story took a few chapters to really warm up. There was some set-up to get through, but the story really hit its stride in Chapter Four. Occasionally, the POV changes would slow the story down and affect the pacing where bits of the happenings were rehashed by a different character. This didn't bring down my enjoyment of the story at all, but I think it would've flowed better had certain parts not been gone over again.Some of the more minor characters seemed throwaway, like the burly security guard and the socially active roommate. There were also a few small scenes tucked in that were from the POV of a previously unintroduced minor character. I can see what the author was doing, but I'm not sure if it worked for me. Again, this is a matter of personal opinion and it didn't take away from the readability of this book.In summary, this was a great read! The pros far outweighed the cons to me, and I'm glad that I found this book. I'll definitely be looking for more books from this author.

  • Gadget Girl
    2019-03-25 10:53

    I was looking forward to reading this second book from Willaim Massa after thoroughly enjoying his first book Who Killed Dracula which was just brilliant (see my review).Artan McKeltar king of Kirkfall brought back to life after 1500 years in the middle of central park of all places. Once alive he also realizes to his horror his brother Cael evil druid who he had deposed from the throne must also be alive and the story begins...!This book is a fantastic spin on your Celtic genres and cleverly mixed in with modern day. Its a fast paced read from Mr Massa, such an unusual unique storyline Ive never read before. I could picture the scenes all the way through the book; his descriptive prose gives us nonstop action from the very first page and I really related to the main characters. It was a much shorter read than I normally go for but I was still gripped till the very last page. You have action, Celtic lore with a perfect dash of romance.I also love the front cover its just gorgeous!!!If you love celtic lore and mythology and archaeology this is right up your street!

  • Natasha House
    2019-03-15 16:00

    Artan, King of the ancient world finds himself face to face with a decision that will cost him everything. Become a monster. Legends become reality as the king of Kirkfell lives in a stony eternity along with his greatest enemy. Archeology student Rhianna is helping her dad finish up the last bit of preparation for a huge show revealing all the wonderful artifacts of the ancient times. That is until the past collides into the present with an exciting edge.Once again, William Massa gripped my attention! If you love action, ancient lore, and a fast past, well written novel then buy this book! I love the way the author describes his action, it reminds me so much of a movie, and so gripped my attention that I couldn’t wait to read my Kindle again. He has a unique way of putting you into a scene with words that are vivid and full of personality. I really enjoyed the characters in this book from Rhianna, Artan, to even the bad guy! This book is not for the faint of heart, as it does have some blood and gore, but I loved it! I’m looking forward to his next book!

  • Tammy
    2019-03-02 13:38

    A perfect story of how history rich with fantasy and ancient Celtic folklore is proved to be all too real. Rhianna met two brothers who turned out to be a part of her history/archeological research studies. Gargoyles and magic were real. All the years of studying and not sleeping had finally paid off for Rhianna...using her knowledge of the past to help Artan defeat his evil brother. This book played out like a movie in my head. The author used such colorful, detailed descriptions. I also enjoyed reading from each of the main characters' point of view. And ,with each view the story remained fluid and accurate. I was so sad regarding where the story was headed...but loved the ending. I can't wait for the next book. Again, a very original story.

  • Carol Gibson
    2019-03-13 17:51

    I have a passion for gargoyles fueled by the animated series Gargoyles. I also enjoy urban fantasy where you have a character out of time. This novel has both, an ancient Celtic king trapped in the form of a stone gargoyle reawakening in modern New York to continue the fight against his evil twisted brother and stop Balor the ancient Celtic demon from destroying the world. The female protagonist is a scholar of ancient Celtic lore and history daughter of an archaeologist. She is brave but not a superhero which I liked she showed real fear like any person would but didn't let that stop her. I prefer these kind of characters normal people caught up in extraordinary circumstances. I understand this is the first of a series I look forward to see what happens next.

  • The Good Fairy Nicci
    2019-03-25 10:30

    I love mythology and I especially have a love of Celtic mythology, so when I saw the description of this novel I had to have it. It was a great and thrilling ride that got right to the point, fast-paced and full of action to keep you wondering what's going to happen and how it's going to play out. What I love most is that gargoyles aren't often seen in literature of this nature so it was a great spin on a rarely used concept. No vampires, no werewolves, just another creature that finally receives the attention it deserves. There's some cool jokes and references. The only thing that stopped me from giving this tale a five stars is that I would have loved to see some more character development from the leading lady. Otherwise, pacing was great, story entertaining, and Artan is one hot dude!

  • Allyn
    2019-03-20 18:00

    Old world Celtic druids, sorcery, knights and romance come back to life in the backdrop of contemporary New York in this fast-moving novel by William Massa.The gargoyle facet is an entertaining twist in this dark urban fantasy. The ancient warring between bitter rivals is familiar enough to make it a relaxed yet fun read.The settings are effortless to visualize and play out like a detailed video game. The flow is smooth without the distractions of poor editing that is common in this genre.If you enjoy a contemporary fantasy with old world flavors, I highly recommend this easy to read, action-packed story.

  • Ojan
    2019-03-22 11:53

    An exciting and action packed read. The first 3 or 4 chapters felt very familiar, almost like I had read a story like it before, but it quickly became its own story. I liked the blend of modern and the past (shown as memories), and found the descriptions to be sufficient but not overdone to allow my imagination to wander. I also felt the same about the characters themselves. They were described well enough (both physically and in their personalities) to make sure you knew who they were and what they were about, without overdoing it. I also found the conclusion to be both expected and surprising at the same time. A definite approval from me.

  • Ana
    2019-03-04 12:37

    I bought this book for half price. I still want my money back. Full of clichés. Ramblings. Weak characters. Exhausting world-building. Boring and predictable plot. I don't know. I think I could find other things to complain about if I tried but I'm positive I already wasted too much of my time with this book. A real shame specially considering I'd been real anxious to get my hands on a copy. So not worth it. Months of anticipation wasted. I couldn't connect with anything.Rating: 1.5 ★ (Half a star for Rihanna's father. Only smart character in the book)

  • David Biondi
    2019-02-23 12:56

    I found this book on amazon for 99 cents and thought hmmm what the hell. I like gargoyles and I like knights and fighting. This book plays out like an action movie with awesome CGI effects. Massa writes well and tells a good story. The reason I'm only giving it 4 out of 5 stars is that I felt it was to short. There was so much more room for a back story and character development. I feel like he only brushed the surface when he was developing each character. If you like action and a cool story you should totally check it out because it's worth the read.

  • Mark
    2019-02-27 14:58

    I really wanted to enjoy this book, the story was good and i was starting to enjoy the characters however i only made it to 56% of the book. The problem i found with the book was that it was constantly changing perspectives showing the events from multiple angles. Normally this is ok but i found it destroyed the momentum f the book and when all of a sudden you get thrown back into event from 15 pages ago just to see what another character experienced.Such a shame but i found myself unable to finish it.

  • Gina
    2019-03-25 12:42

    This book has such wonderful imagery and makes archeology seem like a fascinating pursuit. I did enjoy the story on a whole and found the hero and heroine very likeable. This book hops points of view, if you find this irritating it may not be for you, but there are breaks so you know when the points of views have shifted. He also includes flashbacks to the past which contain which lent to the story but I found to be a bit disjointed. I also found the ending to be a bit anti-climactic, which was such a let down. It seemed like a rush to create an ending and it didn't sit well with me

  • T.
    2019-03-13 18:49

    I downloaded Gargoyle Knight as a free book from Amazon. The story was a fresh take on gargoyle myth, but there were enough gaps in the plot I simply had to stop looking for logic and simply enjoy the storytelling. This is a book where everything falls conveniently in to place, which sped up the pace, but took away some potential suspense or conflict in the plot. Clean writing and good pacing round this 3.5 read up to a 4.

  • RaDo
    2019-02-26 18:56

    SpoilerI think the story was pretty good, however I didn't like the constant changes in character perspectives. we repeated quite a few scenes just from different points of view. I don't really care to learn about how a guy liked a girl when he's going to die in the same scene. It happened with at least 3 other characters where we learn a bit about there history when they don't play a part in the actual story.