From the Series The Stone Man Mysteries
A demon seeking redemption, Silex has kept vigil over Edinburgh for countless years atop a local church as a gargoyle. With the help of his human assistant Craig, Silex solves the mysteries of the city below. But now a mystery lurks inside the church in the form of a young woman seeking sanctuary.
The panicking girl raises Silex’s suspicions. Craig has a more welcoming spirit—but he lacks his gargoyle mentor’s centuries of experience. When they discover the young woman’s connection to new threats menacing Edinburgh, will any of them be prepared for the danger that comes next?
The story unfolds against the moody backdrop of Scotland in the 1930s, and feature infamous grave robbers Burke and Hare who return in this work of dark fantasy.
|Interest Level||Grade 7 - Grade 12|
|Reading Level||Grade 7|
|Genre||Graphic Novels, Young Adult|
|Publisher||Lerner Publishing Group|
|Imprint||Graphic Universe ™|
|Number of Pages||88|
Author: Adam Stemple
Adam Stemple is an author and American folk rock musician based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has co-written many books with his mother, Jane Yolen.
Author: Jane Yolen
Jane Yolen lives in Massachusetts and has written more than 400 books across all genres and age ranges, including the Sydney Taylor Honor book Miriam at the River. In 2022 she was named the The Sydney Taylor Body-of-Work Winner. She has been called the Hans Christian Andersen of America and the Aesop of the twentieth century.
Illustrator: Orion Zangara
Orion Zangara is an illustrator and comic book artist who lives in the Washington, DC, area. He is a graduate of The Kubert School, an art trade school, with a concentration in sequential art.
The Stoneman Mysteries Book Two is a fun, engrossing, mystery; a black and white graphic novel about a living gargoyle and his living friend. This boy helps the gargoyle uncover events that are happening within their city of Edenburgh that the demon gargoyle with a good heart cannot uncover himself.
The setting is pretty dark not only literally, but in itself it is kinda grim- early 1900s, you can tell there is not a lot of money around, and a girl who is seeking asylum in the church that Silex the gargoyle lives at. The boy, Craig, explores the city looking for clues at Silex’s prodding. Craig uncovers a lot more than he bargains for: demon dogs who suck people underground, a minion of the devil who is looking for the girl, and the meaning of dust to dust.
This story has super cool art that fits the feel and time of the story quite well. It’s cartoony but not too cartoony, serious but not to serious, and dark, but yeah, you get the picture. It is great! It gives the feeling of something supernatural and evil lurking around every corner.
I think the only thing that I did not like in this book was the occasional use of wording that was, in its best way, trying to remind us that the story occurred in Ireland. Every time I saw it used it felt to me like it was just trying too hard. I understand why some people like it and why it was used, but it just killed me a little inside every time I saw it.
I missed the first volume of series because it came out in 2016 (wow, that was a really really long wait!), but now I am intrigued and want to go find it. I have read some of Jane Yolen’s young adult novels in the past and loved them, I am glad that she, Adam Stemple, and Orion Zangara are exploring this realm of storytelling.
Who is it for?: Lovers of gargoyles, old churches, and dark noir type mysteries. Young adults, older adults, folks who are getting into the mystery genre that is seeming to regain popularity now.
“[A] dark and introspective thriller . . .”—Kirkus Reviews