Book Review: The Druid Stone (Layers of the Otherworld Book 1) by Heidi Belleau & Violetta Vane [Audiobook]

Sean has been having the same nightmare every night, so he travels to Ireland and seeks the help of Cormac, a druid. As Cormac tries to help Sean solve the mystery of his nightmares, the two men end up getting tangled in fae games, time travel, and unexpected feelings.

Book Review: The Druid Stone (Layers of the Otherworld Book 1) by Heidi Belleau & Violetta Vane
Title: The Druid Stone
Book Number: Book 1
Pages: 278
My Rating: 3.5 Stars
More Info: Goodreads, Amazon, Publisher


This was one of those books that I’m not sure why it didn’t grip me more. To be fair, it might’ve if I hadn’t listened to the audiobook and if I hadn’t been so distracted by real life stress. I did enjoy it though!

It was an interesting mix of faery magic and time travel. The fae and time travel stuff could be confusing but was also really cool and interesting. It was one of those takes in which the fae and their lands are beautiful but powerful and scary. I’m not sure if all the time travel stuff made sense, but I just didn’t think too hard about it. It made for an interesting and fairly unique story though with a lot of complexity in the plot and a lot of intense and unsettling moments.

There were a handful of times when I thought I missed something and was confused, so I’d rewind, only to find I didn’t miss anything. It was just written in a confusing way, and then the explanation came later. But everything did make sense by the end.

The characters seemed realistic enough. I’m not sure I have strong feelings about the romance, to be honest. Also I don’t know why the description mentions an “intensely sexual bond” because that makes it sound like a smutfest when it really wasn’t (which I was glad for). But anyway, what I loved about the few sex scenes that were in the book were Sean’s tentativeness and uncertainty (since he wasn’t experienced with men) and Cormac’s honesty and encouragement.

Unfortunately I didn’t love the audiobook narrator, Ian Ruane. It should’ve been easy to tell the characters apart, since one was Irish and one was American, except sometimes Sean just sounded Irish too. And the American accent he did just reminded me of the MovieFone voice. It was such a standard, voiceover type American accent, which I didn’t feel like suited Sean, since he was half-Cuban and, I believe, grew up in South Florida. I also felt like the narrator didn’t really voice act all the proper emotion in some scenes. But it wasn’t a terrible performance. The narration parts and the dialogue of Irish characters were fine.

According to Goodreads this is the first in a series, but this was published eight years ago as of the time of this review, and I see no mention of more books. This has a solid ending that wraps up all the threads and works just fine as a standalone, so you don’t need to worry about that.

Overall, I enjoyed this book with its believable characters and its unique fae and time travel combo!

*Rating: 3.5 Stars // Read Date: 2020 // Format: Audiobook*


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  1. Jessica

    I just read a book that had time travel (well actually switching bodies) and magic. Some of the magic though was LSD drugs. The book is Kor’Thank Barbarian Valley Girl by Kent Wayne. It’s a wild book. Right now I’m listening to The Warsaw Protocol by Steve Berry. It’s a thriller book, no magic. And then I will try to listen to The Stand by Stephen King.

    By the way, I have a book that has druids in it, but I never finished it.

    1. Kristen Burns

      Time travel and magic can really be a cool combo. I’ve never heard of that book, it does sound wild! That’s too bad about the druid book you never finished.

  2. Greg

    I do like the idea of druid and Ireland- come to think of it I’ve read very few books about druids! Sorry this one had some issues but I’m glad overall it was good. Fae magic and time travel… hmm, that’s an intriguing combo…

    1. Kristen Burns

      I think this might be the first I read about a druid, though, tbf, I still don’t really know what druids do lol. It was definitely an interesting combo!