Heart of Stone

Book One of the Medusa Chronicles

Fiction - Fantasy - Urban
308 Pages
Reviewed on 03/14/2024
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Author Biography

David W. Burns began writing fiction when he was six years old, penning macabre tales which amused (and disturbed) his family. A lifelong fan of stories which blend the real and the impossible, he has written many urban fantasy short stories, including “Night Surf,” which won the Grand Prize in the 14th Annual Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards. By day (and some evenings) a trial attorney, David lives in Marlton, New Jersey with his kind and very patient wife and his three wonderful children.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Shrabastee Chakraborty for Readers' Favorite

Many of us are unaware of the existence of “Mythics,” that is, people who resemble, or are reincarnations of the monsters from myths and legends. A gorgon adorned with a head full of poisonous snakes and a petrifying glare, Kyra Anastas was a hired assassin by profession. Unfortunately, following a hit job, she becomes a person of interest for the Chicago PD. Her next job entails protecting Stephanie, a visually impaired girl, from some unknown power. Kyra has to keep her safe for two days until she comes of age, but even that proves difficult when Stephanie’s divine abilities attract an entourage of mythical monsters. Can Kyra keep her promise to Stephanie’s mother? What does she care about saving a puny girl, anyway? Find out in Heart of Stone, an urban fantasy by David W. Burns.

Because of my interest in Greek mythology, the premise held an inescapable allure for me. I wasn’t surprised when the novel captivated me right from the first sentence. After that, it was a thrilling ride featuring a series of unexpected twists, the next adventure waiting just around the corner. Kyra’s quest seemed impossible at times with monsters dogging her every step and new challenges cropping up at every turn. This book was an eclectic mix of action thriller, mythology retelling, and urban fantasy. I loved how David W. Burns featured several mythical creatures masquerading as humans yet giving faint hints of their true identities. Burns delivered a potent message about self-acceptance. Kyra’s self-loathing and apathetic lifestyle devoid of companionship tugged at my heart. Only by facing her past trauma and accepting her true nature can Kyra rekindle the inherent goodness hiding behind the façade of the abominable, fearsome monster. I loved how Stephanie’s pure heart became Kyra’s redemption, turning the killer into a protector. With subtle humor enmeshed within the edgy, gripping storyline, Heart of Stone is a perfect read for fans of the Percy Jackson series.