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Alchemystic (The Spellmason Chronicles #1)

3.22 of 5 stars 3.22  ·  rating details  ·  539 ratings  ·  107 reviews
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 kno...more
Mass Market Paperback, 290 pages
Published September 25th 2012 by Ace
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A fun YA/NA Urban Fantasy...

"I lifted my knife, ignoring how it shook in my hand. Whether I could use it was another story, but I'd be damned if I was going to play the victim again. Something dark was rising up in me."
The story had several elements which generally appeal to me:
secret societies,
hidden family histories,
a full-on paranormal/urban fantasy thing going on,
not to mention a funny and strong main character.

However, I had a hard time latching on to this book.

It simply wasn't a story...more
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

I'm not sure if this book was meant to be cute but that was my overall impression of Alchemystic. Alexandra, the heroine, is young and naive while as Stanis, the gargoyle, is old but has little memory of his past. Together they come across as the blind leading the blind but not in a bad way, this is where that cuteness factor I was talking about comes into play. One character has the will while as the other has the way and together they create a very neat team dynamic. I...more
Comes out October 2012. The first 3 chapters were in a sampler from Comic-con. I like Lexi so far. She seems interesting...don't know much about Stanis yet cuz he only just woke up. At a panel the author referred to this series as something along the lines of his Gargoyles fan boy moment which immediately got my attention since I loved them! Have pretty good expectations for this series :)


Ok finally got to read it. Liked it. Very much reminded me of my love of the Gargoyles tv show :) kinda...more
ePub/Urban Fantasy: About a quarter of the way through, I checked Amazon to see if this was a YA book. The book is written like a YA book and the publisher should have marketed as one.

The main character, Alexandra, is a likeable heroine. She even has her own "Scooby Gang" of friends. They are likable too. While there is a lot of exposition at the beginning describing the relationship Alexandra has with her brother, (which should have been done with narration not forced dialogue), there is reall...more
Ryn Miller
At first read I thought perhaps my lack of experience with urban fantasy was the problem. There seemed so many holes in the book. So I did some more reading, and I found that the genre isn't to blame. This is a solid 2 star book. It'll keep you turning the pages, but barely.

The problem for this book is the character development, or lack thereof. Anton Strout needs to spend some time reading a few Stephen King novels. Characters drive a good story. This book is what happens when you have an admi...more
I'm sad to say that I didn't love this one. I felt like the main character, Lexi, was oddly detached. There was none of the humor or wryness that I expected from Strout. I didn't get a sense of her as anything other than generic heroine girl. OK fine, she wants to be an artist, she hates being pushed into business by her family, but what's her personality, what's her sense of humor or temper or anything else that makes her different from anyone else in the world? Especially when she's going to b...more
May 19, 2014 Carien rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: uf
This is a DNF review, I didn't finish the book.

This book is based on a short story Strout wrote in Spells of the City. I picked this book up because I really liked that short story and wanted more.


The gargoyle Stanis is really cool and I kind of liked the story idea, but I seriously disliked Lexi and her friends.

They were bratty and annoying and in Lexi's case even obnoxious at times. I put this book down around page 118 when I realised I really wanted to punch Lexi and her friends.

Melanie Rose Meadors
Funny story about this book...I'd have given it at least four stars anyway. I found it to be fun, fresh, and hell, it has GARGOYLES in it. While it had the darkish feeling that an urban fantasy should have, there was plenty of humor that didn't feel forced (forced humor is a pet peeve of mine), and I felt that the characters were relatable--really liked the dynamic between them. All good things. But this happens to be the book I brought with me on a cross-country trip to Seattle a few days befor...more
colleen the contrarian  ± (... never stop fighting) ±

There's a little part of me - a very little part - that sort of wants to bump this up to 2 stars. This is down to two things: 1) I did sort of care about Stanis but the end of the book. (He's the gargoyle. He's also the only character with any real development.) 2) I still have a hard time using 1-stars for "didn't like" instead of "absolutely abysmal".

'Cause this book isn't abysmal... but it was pretty bad, and I did not like.

The story was pretty standard UF fare, the biggest difference bein...more
Shera (Book Whispers)
Gargoyles, gosh how I love them! So I was only too eager to toss my money out and buy this book! No, really their was begging. Even though Anton Strout's writing hasn't been my flavor in the past. I figured he was just underdeveloped at the time and now he'd be A-mazing!

Boom, always trust your gut instinct. Chapter 2, and I was living in a world of disappointment. Lexis (AKA Alexandra) was annoying. Weak willed, a push over (though I believe this was supposed to be taken as kindness, but no she...more
I was super excited by this book when I first heard about it, the concept sounded really fun. even thought the cover was cute. Almost as soon as I started getting a couple pages in I realized this book was not for me. The characters are extremely flat, there isn't any depth or real personality building. The MC is a whiny rich girl that plays the victim the entire story, very much a turnoff. Her friends are just strange, the story would have been no different without them IMO.

The book is broken...more
Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: A slow start but some peculiar characters and mythology make this Urban Fantasy a humorous read.

Opening Sentence: Waking was easy.

The Review:

Alchemystic sets up the beginning to an inventive and fun new series. Alexandra Belarus has no desire to go into the family business of real estate. Her family owns quite a few properties in the New York City area and they also have a legacy of amazing artwork created by Lexi’s great-great-grandfather....more
Judy  at Musings and Ramblings
This is the first book in The Spellmason Chronicles by Anton Strout. I picked this book up because I liked the cover and the blurb sounded interesting. I have always had a thing for gargoyles and this seemed a good fit.

The book opens from the point of view of the gargoyle, or as he prefers to be called a Grotesque, Stanis. It seems he only really awakens when the urge to Protect calls him. Otherwise, he is in some kind of half-wake state where he just absorbs and collects the changes going on ar...more
Review originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..

Unlike the rest of her real estate mogul family, Lexi Belarus is much more whimsical, preferring to surround herself in art like her great-great grandfather rather than focus on money. But everything changes when she is attacked and saved by a creature beyond imagination. Turns up dear old Grandad was involved in a lot more than just sculpture and real estate as he used alchemy and his Spellmason powers to create a gargoyle named Stanis out...more
In the end, I really liked this book. :) It had its moments, though. Lexi was fairly annoying, for one: she was too weak-willed for me. Her lack of independence (and lack of fight for said independence) really grated. She definitely was not the kick-ass heroine I've come to expect in female-led urban fantasies. I suppose this is a good thing, though, since expectations are never a good thing to have when it comes to experiencing anything new. And Lexi does have room-to-grow going for her. :)

This book was fun. I admit that the reason I read it was because the description made it sound like the book combined one of my favorite reading subjects (magic) with my work (masonry). This is mostly true but the masonry turned out to be more about architecture and sculpture.

The writing isn't bad. The story was interesting. The magic system the author introduces has potential even if a lot of the details are glossed over. The pacing of the writing was good. The introduction of the characters,...more
My favorite character:

It would have to be Alexandra (Lexi). She is a struggling artist who has the facets of humanity that I love. Some of these include intelligence, creativity, moral compass, and spirituality.

My thoughts:

The premise of the book is like nothing I've ever read. I like the thought of gargoyle as a real life protector and the elements of alchemy has always fascinated me. To see it brought to life in a book is awesome. This book is a mixture of action speckled with humor and compas...more
Truly amazing book! I received an early copy of the paperback edition for review from Literal Addiction. I am already a fan of gargoyles. I was a fan of the cartoon and love seeing pictures of them and especially love seen buildings that have gargoyles carved into the architecture. Alchemystic was a great adventure. I loved every page of it. It was the story of Alexandra Belarus who comes from a family with a deep architectural history in Manhattan. The Belarus clan also has a secret which they...more
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Snarky Hatter
So when I first read the summary I thought: "Twilight with Gargoyles? This could be really awesome, really bad, or freakin' hilarious!" Surprisingly, this story was, "Meh."

I just didn't care about the characters--I didn't hate them, although, I will admit I can understand why a lot of people would consider Lexi a brat. She's got a roof over her head and job that pays well, so it seems childish for her to whine about it. At the same time though, she had a dream and was pursuing it but got forced...more
A nice start to what appears to be a fun series yet to come. A lot of nonstop adventure. Interesting characters each with their own sort of D&D personality in the real world, humans taking the rolls of the mage, the warrior, the rogue, the warlord, etc. And a not so often used supernatural, the gargoyle.
Couldn't finish it. Flat characters, no real sense of danger, idiotic actions by the characters, and cartoon cut outs for conflict. Made it jut over halfway through when I gave up. Agree with other reviews that this feels like a YA book, but sadly not a good one. Skip this.
Alexandra Belarus is a bit of a spoiled rich girl, avoiding her family's business and letting her older brother take the responsibility. But her family has a lot of secrets, including one that her great-great-grandfather was a Spellmason. He created a gargoyle or grotesque named Stanis, a creature tasked with protecting the family. She has to investigate her family's past, and discover their enemies in the present, keeping ahead of those who would wish her harm.

The concept is interesting, but th...more
Spoiled brat gets mad when her older brother dies and she is forced by her parents to begin to helping with the family business. How dare they when all she wants to do is live off their inherited money and be an artist! Then some supernatural stuff starts to happen...Perhaps she'll become less of a brat because of it. I kept expecting her to stomp her foot and say "But, Daddy, I wanna be an artist!"

Well written but the main character isn't a great choice. Too bad. However,it is well enough writt...more
(Full review here:

A few awkward mandatory leaps of logic and a bit of dislike for the way one of the characters kept interjecting geekdom into almost every conversation, but for the most part, the story was crafted well enough that it was still enjoyable to read, despite its flaws. Most of the characters are interesting enough that I want to read more about them, and the story begun in Alchemystic has the potential to go far, and I want to see where the...more
Paranormal Haven
2.5 stars

Alchemystic is the story Alexandra Belalrus, an artist who has been living in New York City until tragedy strikes, and she’s forced to move back home with her parents at the Gramercy Park Building. “Lexi” struggles with doing the right thing and starts to learn the ins and outs of her family’s real estate business instead of pursuing her art career. The secrets behind Lexi’s bloodline and great-great grandfather are revealed pretty early on after being attacked on the street and saved b...more
Posted at Yummy Men & Kick Ass Chicks

Alchemystic is the first book in the new The Spellmason Chronicles series by Anton Stout. Anton is an author that I have had on my radar for a while now but have yet to find the opportunity (or make the opportunity is more like it) to read him. So when I heard that he was coming out with a new series, I was looking forward to jumping on its first book. Yet as much as I was looking forward to reading this book, I have to say I was a bit disappointed.

Jamie Zalot
Apr 05, 2013 Jamie Zalot rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Sci-Fi Fantasy Goth Fans
Recommended to Jamie by: Auto Recommended
For the Doctor Who fans out there, This is the opposite side of "BLINK". If you're not a Who fan go watch that episode, it's worth it anyway!
But back to the book. This girl, Alexandera, is the typical poor little rich girl who is mad because she can't get her way. She dislikes her brother, who wants her to join the family business. She wants to pursue the family's original trade art and architecture. After a big fight between the two of them, Lexi recieves a call that changes everything...
I f...more
Christine Rains
The Belarus name is a powerful one in Manhattan. Alexandra has managed to avoid being recruited into the family business until her brother is killed. Giving up her art to help the family might have seemed difficult until she's attacked on the street and she discovers there's far more to her family's heritage than she ever dreamed. Alexandra's great-great-grandfather was a Spellmason and she's inherited his talent to work magic on stone. His last great creation was a gargoyle named Stanis. The gr...more
I really didn't like this one due to plot issues and info dumps that didn't quite make sense to me.

Early on in the book the heroine who despises her brother thinks she hears him thumping about on the roof of her apartment block and yells up at him to stop it. She then phones his mobile and yells abuse at him about not coming down when she told him to and he tells her he's at a meeting and not on her roof.

The two then get involved in a long and boring argument about how best to honour the memory...more
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When not plotting against his mortal enemy Patrick Rothfuss, Anton Strout is the author of the Simon Canderous urban fantasy series for Ace Books including Dead To Me, Deader Still, Dead Matter and Dead Waters.
His new series with Ace Books is entitled The Spellmason Chronicles. Alchemystic is first in the series, followed by Stonecast and the upcoming Incarnate .

He is also the host and curator o...more
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