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Sorceress Awakening (A Gargoyle and Sorceress Tale Book 1) by [Blackwood, Lisa]
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When Lillian finds herself facing off against vampires and other mythological impossibilities, help comes from an unlikely source—the stone gargoyle who has been sleeping in her garden for the last twelve years.

After the battle, Lillian learns the humans she thought were her family are actually a powerful coven of witches at war with the demonic Riven. Lillian is something more than human, a Sorceress and Avatar to the gods. Gregory has been her protector for many lifetimes, but when she was still a child troubles in their homeland forced him to flee with her to the human world. However, Gregory fears something from her childhood followed them to this world—he suspects Lillian is host to an infant demon, one capable of evil greater than even the Riven.

Extra complications arise when she realizes she’s concealing a forbidden love for her guardian. While she might be able to defeat the Riven with Gregory’s help, she does not know if her fragile new love can survive the evil growing in her own soul.


Author's Note: Sorceress Awakening was previously published as Stone’s Kiss and was part of the Urban Fantasy series called The Avatars.


The Gargoyle and Sorceress novels have a continuing story arc and should be read in order:

Sorceress Awakening
Sorceress Rising
Sorceress Hunting
Sorceress at War (Forthcoming)
Sorceress Triumphant (Forthcoming)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4784 KB
  • Print Length: 257 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Lisa Blackwood (25 November 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006EAMITG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,720 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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I chose this rating for a very good reason. I am hooked on how vivid some people can think up enough of these stories to fill a single book let alone a complete series. How do they put it all together in such a manner to hold peoples interest for many hours. Wow.
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A life defined by half-truths and denial leads to unsatisfied perceptions of a life that never truly was; only through acceptance can life be fully experienced - anything less is make-believe. The lies disguised as half-truths throughout Lillian's current lifetime, whether intended for foul or good, are just that - lies. What these deceptions lead to are most likely amongst the greatest harms done in her short life; and inevitably leave her ill-equipped to deal with the damage done to her, for which the lies saught to counteract.

The depth of machinations wrought by The Lady of Battles in all their nefarious beauty are never more apparent than when the true nature of her foresight, which allowed her to manipulate two eternal partners' love to be that which undermines and weakens them to point of failure, are never more apparent than when hidden meanings are finally revealed in the closing climax of the novel.

By foreseeing that which eternal love predicts will be, a being incapable of love for having become devoid of its embraces through her inconsolable grief, can manipulate two warriors of light to be the servants of dark by doing that which comes most natural. Choices whilst being 'natural' in said dilemmas thus are completely deleterious to their purposes. At such times, an effective mechanism highlighted throughout the novel which is able to stall these mechanations is duty.

Perhaps through such instances it is understandable that in many fables and lore, duty in and of itself, is depicted to be a true antagonist to love. The absorbing and detailed way in which these revelations are precipitated in the reader's mind by Lisa Blackwood's writing, are amongst the most intuitive ways in which said realisations are experienced.
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Enjoyable mix of characters and narrative. Novel premise that unwinds and draws in the reader. Definately rereadable. Certainly a complete story in itself and a great series start.
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Amazon.com: 4.2 out of 5 stars 133 reviews
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gripping Fantasy - I want to stay! Very Original! 23 May 2016
By Colleen Michelle Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
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I am giving this book five stars for very particular reasons.
One, Gargoyles!
Two, the author did employ an editor, in the kindle version it states the following "edited by Beth Balmanno.[...]
Three, there is not another story I have come across that is on this subject (Werewolves, billionaires and vampires get boring - don't knock me, I'm an author who has written about vampires and werewolves!).
Four, the author does an amazing job with world building and character creation. Well done!
Lastly, five, the whole series is available free through Kindle Unlimited,a sticking point with me.

Five examples for the five stars I have given. Keep writing dear author, this world is fun to be a part of! Your mind is a fascinating place.

As a reader, I automatically check for errors, it is in-grained within me. I must love this story so much I'm missing everything everyone is chatting about.

Here's the thing. With the availability of eBooks, we now get to read books written by authors from all over the globe. Some countries have different 'flavors' to their writing style(s). It is the way of the modern world. I find it exciting.

Strangely enough, while the world has grown high tech in most every area, publishing seems to have grown less 'techy' and I don't know why. The tools at a writer's fingertips are plentiful but just not as good as before the eBook wave took over the world.

I've invested in many things myself, as a writer, so I can understand how an error can creep in. Or a hand full. Or a book peppered with them, as has happened to me.

If the story is well written and keeps my attention, I don't care. (Look at my reviews, I am not always this nice.)

I've read some of the reviews here and while everyone is open to their own opinion, I think the author should applaud her success with this book. She's got my attention and I am hard to please.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Writer Has Talent, But... 1 April 2017
By Sandra Palmer - Published on Amazon.com
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Disparate and desperate are two different words. I really hate it when words are used incorrectly and it pulls me out of the story every time. This is the main reason that I don't buy books that haven't been published in print because if they published in print, supposedly they have been edited.

My second problem with this book is that her definition of hamadryad is also incorrect. A hamadryad is not a tree. It is a dryad that is bound to a tree and who will die if her specific tree dies. They were the daughters of a nymph named hamadryas.

The story line is somewhat chaotic and does not explain enough for the first in a series. (I read it when it was titled Stone's Kiss.)

I might have enjoyed the book if it were not for these things, but instead it was a slog. I don't plan to bother with the rest of the series.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed it. It must have been revised since the earlier, very critical reviews. Possible spoilers. 31 July 2016
By PRBC - Published on Amazon.com
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This is going to sound strange, but I THINK I received this book for free in exchange for an unbiased honest review. I think I did, but my computer ate my e-mails, so I can't tell. At any rate, it is worth reviewing and worth reading and is probably a 4.5, in my opinion. I really enjoyed it. It must have been heavily edited since the reviews in 2012 criticizing the grammar and punctuation. There were a few small errors, but not enough to really annoy me--and I'm very touchy about that. It's late and I've stayed up to finish it because I wanted to see how they would get to the HEA (happily ever after) that had to be coming. It did and it took a while. It is almost 4500 locations. And it's a HFN (happily for now) with the HEA still off in the future. A gargoyle and a sorceress/dryad combo--not something I've seen before. I want to know more about the grandmother and a couple of other characters and guess they may show up more in later volumes in the series. There are three visiting dryads, but only two play a part in the story and one appears to have gotten lost with only one mention of her as Auburn. I do wonder why the heroine is surprised at the size of the goddess, since she already knows her twin brother is a giant--so some things did slip through. Also she lived with her for 8 years, although is recovering from amnesia. Still, worth the read in my opinion.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Think twice the next time u see a GARGOYLE! 26 March 2017
By Adrienne Swiatkowski - Published on Amazon.com
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A sweet and surprising tale of a Dryad and her Gargoyle. Lillian and Gregory, live, love, die and are reborn in this deliciously seductive story. I found myself unable to put this one down once I began reading..
Thanks for another "Good read." On to book two!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Book! 14 September 2016
By Caitrianna - Published on Amazon.com
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I love this book. Can't wait for the next one. Read it in a couple days. Keep up the good work. Gargoyles and Wizardry's, a different concept to me. Very well done. I always thought gargoyles were supposed to be evil and you have put them in a good light. Thank you! The next books in the series can only get better.

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