Revew: Alchemystic by Anton Strout

Title: Alchemystic
Author:Anton Strout
Series: The Spellmason Chronicles
Release Date:September 25, 2012
Publisher: Ace
Genre:  Fantasy
Rating: 3.5 Hoots
Reviewer: Krystal
Buy From: Amazon/ Barnes and Noble

Sum It Up!  Overall, this was a good read, but not very likely to stand-out.

Alexandra Belarus is a struggling artist living in New York City, even though her family is rich in real estate, including a towering Gothic Gramercy Park building built by her great-great-grandfather. But the truth of her bloodline is revealed when she is attacked on the street and saved by an inhumanly powerful winged figure. A figure who knows the Belarus name…

Lexi’s great-great-grandfather was a Spellmason—an artisan who could work magic on stone. But in his day, dark forces conspired against him and his, so he left a spell of protection on his family. Now that Lexi is in danger, the spell has awoken her ancestor’s most trusted and fearsome creation: a gargoyle named Stanis.

Lexi and Stanis are equally surprised to find themselves bound to each other. But as they learn to work together, they realize that only united can they save the city they both love…
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A spellmason can work magic on stone. Alexandra finds out that her great-great-grandfather was a Spellmason when a threat awakens his spell to protect her...and Stanis, the gargoyle, rises to help both her and the city. The story is told from the alternating viewpoints of both Alexandra and Stanis. The reader will get to know both of their characters very well as they are well-developed and dynamic.

Alexandra may not think she needs help to save her home, her city, but Stanis knows that she will need his brutal strength and she slowly comes to accept this fact. Both of them are fighters, they fight for what they love. Their characters are not without unusual nuances. Alexandra and Stanis have their small oddities that serve to make them memorable. Their conversations range from odd to funny to mainstream. The other characters are fun to meet, but are far from the focus.

The plot is not so unique, the city is in danger and needs a savior(s). Alexandra and Stanis must stand up and try to be heroes. Overall, this was a good read, but not very likely to stand-out. 

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