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The Angel Stone: Book Three of the Fairwick Trilogy    by Juliet Dark order for
Angel Stone
by Juliet Dark
Order:  USA  Can
Ballantine, 2013 (2013)
Softcover, CD, e-Book
* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

If you enjoy romantic fantasy or paranormal romance, then you don't want to miss the Fairwick trilogy. The Angel Stone follows The Demon Lover and The Water Witch as the third in Juliet Dark's delicious Fairwick Chronicles.

In The Demon Lover, Callie McFay accepted a teaching position at Fairwick College. She purchased Honeysuckle House, which came with erotic dreams of extraordinary sex, due to an incubus. Callie learned from local witches (some on college staff) that she is a rare doorkeeper to the world of Faerie. She eventually exiled the incubus to the Borderlands, and was enlisted by her grandmother in the Grove, 'a club for ultra-conservative witches'.

In The Water Witch, Callie opened a door to send young undines back to Faerie, saving their lives. She also freed her incubus, who reappeared as Handyman Bill, always around when needed. Wizard Duncan Laird taught her to shapeshift and tutored her in magic, but turned out to be a Nephilim (one of a race of elves kicked out of Faerie for consorting with human women). The Grove and nephilim allied to close the door to Faerie forever, many locals (including the college dean) choosing to remain on the other side.

As The Angel Stone opens, Duncan Laird is in charge of the college, which is patrolled by his trow allies. Many of the incoming male students are part-nephilim. Callie has dreams of a new version of the legend of Tam Lin, of a brooch and an angel stone. She learns that 'a doorkeeper may become the door' to faerie (but not how) and that she must form a witch circle on Hallowe'en night and return to Ballydoon where it all started, in the 1600s, a time of witch hunts.

In the past, Callie meets William Duffy (yet another version of the love of her life) and relives a variation of the Tam Lin legend. But, conflicted by her growing feelings for William (which seem like a betrayal of the man he will become in the future), she flees Ballydoon. How is it all resolved? You must read The Angel Stone to find out, but it culminates in a thrilling firestorm of a battle between good guys and bad, with heavy losses on both sides.

The Angel Stone brings the Fairwick trilogy to an extraordinary and very satisfactory conclusion. I hope that Juliet Dark (a pen name for Carol Goodman, acclaimed author of Arcadia Falls, The Night Villa and The Sonnet Lover) will continue to write in this genre; she's darn good at it!

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