Magic of the Gargoyles by Rebecca Chastain
Mind Your Muse Books, 2014
Fantasy; 79 pgs
After having read and enjoyed Rebecca Chastain's A Fistful of Evil last year, I eagerly accepted her offer to read and review her novella, Magic of the Gargoyles. I love urban fantasy and this particular story sounded different and interesting.
Mika Stillwater is in a serious financial bind, trying to work her way into a better life. The side job she took on is on a tight deadline and the boss on her day job is strict about attendance. When a baby gargoyle shows up in her apartment, however, she is forced to put everything on hold. Gargoyles are a great source of magic and someone has kidnapped a nest of baby gargoyles in order to use them for dark purposes. The gargoyle who sought Mika out sensed the earth elemental magic in her and believes only she can help. Mika doubts she is powerful enough to find and save the baby gargoyles, but she will do her best. Hopefully it will be enough.
Despite this book being a novella (and therefore short), Rebecca Chastain does an amazing job of setting up the world in this novel, including the social hierarchy of those with magical power and skill, without sacrificing the story. I really like Mika. She is not afraid to push the boundaries and test her limits. I also like that the author captured the struggle Mika felt between helping the gargoyles and sacrificing her own life goals. Mika's roommate, Kylie, is quite a character herself. She's a good person to have on your side.
I have not come across too many stories involving gargoyles in which they play such an integral part of the story. I really liked the way the author brought them to life, gave them personalities and told their story.
The story itself is intense from the beginning to end as Mika races against the clock to save the gargoyles. She proves herself resourceful, especially given she has little idea what she is doing at first and must learn as she goes. I thoroughly enjoyed Magic of the Gargoyles and hope this won't be the last book set in this world. I would love to see a full length novel featuring either Mika or even Kylie.
Rating: (Very Good)
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Source: I received an e-copy of this book from the author for an honest review.
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