ARC Review: Kato by D.B. Reynolds


Title: Kato

Author: D.B. Reynolds

Release Date: June 23

Heat Level: 3.5 flames

Star Level: 4.5 stars

It was a time when gods walked the earth, when armies fought not for bits of land, but for the very existence of humanity. On such a battlefield, five formidable warriors stood against an evil greater than any the earth had ever seen. But evil is not an honorable foe. Betrayed by someone they trusted, the warriors were cursed, one by one, tossed into the maelstrom of time, imprisoned in stone, their freedom resting on nearly impossible conditions. Until…

Kato Amadi…born of darkest sorcery, unstoppable on the battlefield, his magic is as deadly as his blade. But not even magic could save him from vicious betrayal. Trapped for millennia in darkness and silence, he is freed at last, only to find himself in the middle of a battle against the very beasts of hell he was created to destroy.

Grace Van Allen is a scholar of ancient languages who toils in the dim recesses of a museum basement with only a beautiful stone warrior to keep her company. But when Grace calls upon her silent warrior to help her translate an obscure new language, she breaks the ancient curse holding him prisoner…and frees three deadly demons to rampage through her city.

Tracking demons is what Kato was born to do, but he’ll need Grace’s help. And when they discover that Kato’s enemy is still alive and still plotting against him, their hunt takes a dangerous turn, one that might just prove fatal for both of them…



Kato is book two in D.B. Reynolds’ Stone Warriors series, although it is the first in the series that I’ve read. The world building is phenomenal and the romance curled my toes. I’m hooked on this paranormal series!

The whole premise of these books is that warriors of old have been cursed. Locked in stone, they await for the one who will break them free. Kato is our hero in this tale, the son of the Dark Witch. Demons have been summoned to modern day California, and the woman responsible is also the woman Kato owes for breaking his curse. They have to beat the clock as they try to wrangle their demon foe while a simmering attraction boils just underneath.

“And you agreed to do whatever I said.”
“In your dreams, pal. I agreed to follow your lead when it came to magic, which doesn’t include staying home like a good little woman while you go hunting. So where do we start?”

I really enjoyed this book! I love the idea of these centuries’ old warriors coming back to life. Kato has confidence to spare, but I adored how he still had this sweetness and curiosity to him. There’s just something so charming about this big, gruff warrior trying to figure out the current century’s lingo. Priceless.

Grace is everything I look for in a heroine, too. Girl can kick butt, and I loved seeing her in action. She’s full of surprises! I adored her. Then there’s the plot that develops alongside the romance. Suspense, action, humor, it all makes Kato a delightful read.

On top of that, we have demons and curses, spells and sorcery. The secondary characters were such good fun too. I need to go back and read Damian’s book, and please, please, please…I need more of Nick! Talk about a puzzle…

I’d recommend this series to anyone wanting an action-packed paranormal romance. 4.5 stars!

*I voluntarily reviewed an arc via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

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