Shadow-Stained (Stones of Power #1) Paperback
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For her, it’s her late grandma’s legacy. For him, the mother of all black arts spoils, granting one demon the power of a God. Immortality.
When occult-magnet Ruby falls victim to Demon Lord Drayvex’s viperous allure, she loses a sentient dark relic to his light fingers and appetite for power. Like calls to like. But when Drayvex himself loses the relic to a traitor to the throne, Ruby coerces him – the tyrant king with a soft spot for humanity – into helping her save her pokey old world village from becoming a ground zero of mass demonic carnage.
Both invested in reclaiming the relic, the one thing Ruby and Drayvex agree on is that it’s in the wrong hands. Co-existing in a precarious arrangement between predator and prey, to save the planet they both love for different reasons, they must become a formidable double-team in the face of an apocalyptic takeover. Now, the fate of both human and demon alike rests with a killer that walks between worlds, and a woman with a curse in her bloodline.
Rachel Hobbs has woven an astounding tapestry of conflicting emotions in Shadow-Stained. Drayvex is at a tug of war between an incomprehensible pull toward Ruby and his true nature. He is a formidable character, whose confidence, wit and cruelty grab the undivided attention of the audience" -- Ankita Shukla, Reedsy Discovery, 5/5
Beautiful and vivid world-building, interesting and fresh mythology, plenty of mystery, and a healthy dose of sarcasm" -- Summon Fantasy, 5/5
The author manages to weave a tale of intrigue and romance that has you rooting for the characters, while at the same time you want to bash a certain demon lord in the face. I'm looking at you Drayvex" -- Goodreads, 5/5
Rachel Hobbs delivers a pulsating debut to a series I look forward to following. With a tough, resourceful female lead, a conflicted demon Lord and supporting cast of monstrous proportions, this was a rollercoaster read. Highly recommended to all fantasy fans." -- Goodreads, 5/5