A series of novels (Stoneheart, Ironhand, and Silvertongue) written by Charlie Fletcher.A city has many lives and many layers. London has more than most. Not all layers are underground, and not all the lives belong to the living.Twelve-year-old George Chapman is about to learn this the hard way. When, in a tiny act of rebellion, George breaks the head from a stone dragon outside the Natural History Museum, he awakens an ancient power—a power that has been dormant for centuries—and the results are instant and terrifying. A stone pterodactyl unpeels from the wall and starts chasing George with unbridled fury. He runs for his life, but it seems that no one can see what he's fleeing. No one except Edie, who is also trapped in this strange world because of her own inexplicable powers.Now that George has disturbed the fragile truce between the warring statues of London, he is forced into a race for survival where nothing is what it seems, and it's never clear whom to trust.And this is just the beginning, as the statues of London awake...Has a character sheet.
Tropes for Stoneheart include:
Always Save the Girl: The Gunner risks breaking his oath to the Walker in order to rescue Edie from the Minotaur by saving one last bullet in spite of promising to fight the Minotaur weaponless.
Breaking the Fellowship: In the end of Stoneheart, the Gunner is taken by the Walker, leaving George and Edie to rescue him.
Ship Tease: It's difficult to say because there is no pairing in the first book, but George and Edie can easily be paired up because they're both twelve. Even one of the Sphinx lampshades this.
Sphinx: Then you won't get an answer; and you can go away and take your glint with you.
George: She's not my glint.
Sphinx: You can take her anyway.
And the Walker too.
The Walker: How very sickening. You found yourself your own little Stone Heart.
The same could even be said about Edie and the Gunner, though it's very unlikely. But Edie seems particularily happy around the Gunner later into the story, even smiling at him (an unfamiliar gesture on Edie that even George notices), and the Gunner is quite protective of her, even risking his oath with the Walker to save Edie from the Minotaur.
This Is Unforgivable: The Gunner to the Walker after the former finds out that the latter has single-handedly wiped out an entire race. Made especially ironic by the Gunner's Fantastic Racism in the first book.
"You can't change the past, even if it hasn't happened yet"
Tropes for Silvertongue include:
Disney Villain Death: Subverted with Edie's mother as she was not a villain in any way. In an attempt to save her daughter from The Walker, she throws herself at him, causing both of them to fall off the roof of a tall building. While The Walker survives the fall due to his immortality, Edie's mother falls to her death.
To elaborate, Edie's mother, a recovering alcoholic, was driven completely off the deep end when her heart stone was stolen by the Walker in a scene that just screams attempted rape. Her sanity then proceeds to gradually unravel until, finally, she tries to kill Edie's stepfather with a kitchen appliance. This results in her being committed to an insane asylum where she spends the rest of her life, leaving Edie alone with her alcoholic stepfather. The next Edie hears of her is when her stepfather informs Edie that her mother has committed suicide (in actuality, she jumped off the roof to keep the Walker from finding Edie). It is then that Edie glints the aforementioned attempted rape scene, and, horrified that her stepfather simply sat back and smiled throughout the entire thing, runs away. This prompts her stepfather to run after her with a knife, smiling and talking about how they ought to head back to the house together. When he finally catches up to her, Edie hits him over the head with a rock, knocking him into a quary and killing him. She then runs away to London, where she spends the period before the story hopping between youth hostels and believing she's insane. Before she meets George, a Londoner who can also see the moving statues, and he promptly tells her to bugger off. And then she dies. And that's on top of her inherant power that shows her horrible flashbacks of the past whenever she touches a rock.