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Magic of the Gargoyles

(Gargoyle Guardian Chronicles #1)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  1,267 ratings  ·  226 reviews
Mika Stillwater is a mid-level earth elemental with ambitions of becoming a quartz artisan, and her hard work is starting to get noticed. But when a panicked baby gargoyle bursts into her studio, insisting Mika is the only person shell trust with her desperate mission, Mikas carefully constructed five-year plan is shattered.

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Kindle Edition, 96 pages
Published October 20th 2014 by Mind Your Muse Books
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Stepping into Rebecca Chastains Magic of Gargoyles is like falling down the rabbit hole of a delightful and quirky fantasy world where magic is real! One mid-level earth elemental becomes a savior of gargoyles from the dastardly evil that threatens to steal their magic in a quest for power and control. Everyone knows that gargoyles can up the magically powers of an
Marta Cox
I loved the cover and it was a free read so obviously I grabbed this book. I did enjoy the concept but feel I'd have liked more time getting to know and understand the characters. Now that having been said it's an amazing concept although admittedly the abilities of Mika are difficult to get my head around. Manipulating quartz is a magical talent that she uses to amazing effect here and the gargoyles are just so oddly cute. Clearly there's a lot more to come so not really a complete story but ...more
Maria Dimitrova
May 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A cute if short UF novel. The setting is ambiguous so it could be pretty much anywhere in the world. The worldbuilding is sparse but enough to transport a reader fully into the world. I'e never run into gargoyles before in any of the UF novels I've read and that's what really made an impression on me. Also the baby gargoyles are cute as hell. I want one. Or ten! The story is fast-paced and quite short. A good start for a series and I'll definitely check out the rest.
Montzalee Wittmann
Magic of the Gargoyles (Gargoyle Guardian Chronicles #1) by Rebecca Chastain is an exciting novella that had me the first page when a baby gargoyle blasted into her room asking for help. How does that not get a reader's attention? She learns she can heal gargoyles, although she is just a mid-level earth element magic user. From there it sent us readers to a shady underground where baby gargoyles were being sold off illegally and our gal risks life (and whole life savings) to rescue them against ...more
Lila Lockhart
Fantastic world building, sassy characters, and adorable gargoyles. At times the magic-language got a bit clunky, but beyond this, Magic of the Gargoyles was a thoroughly enjoyable story. I am keen to explore this series further.
Clare O'Beara
There's plenty of detailed worldbuilding in this urban fantasy, but my problem was that it was too thrown at me with no introduction, explanation or narration. The main character uses earth elemental magic and we gradually understand that she is working at mid-level and there are higher levels to attain. At this stage she gets a bullying boss, can't call in sick or be late on a contract. But her story starts with the arrival of an injured young gargoyle in her room, which she would treat as ...more
This made for a quick but uneventful read. The storyline and characters just fell flat for me. It had a very juvenile feel to it throughout. I guess I wasnt a fan of it because the story and character development seemed nonexistent. I am glad it was offered as a kindleunlimited though and I'd still check out some of this writers other work. ...more
Mar 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Novellas are a rare creature these days, and when they appear, they vary wildly in quality. Magic of the Gargoyles is an engrossing change of pace, telling a solid tale and engaging the reader with colorful characters, all within the constraints of the under 20,000 word format. In a form appealing to teens and up, Rebecca Chastain breaks another plateau in her writing career.

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Oct 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The heroine of Magic of the Gargoyles, Mika, is trying to hone her skills in quartz but right in the middle of her first job, she has a baby gargoyle at her door, frantic and scared. Unsure about what is going on, Mika follows the baby into a really bad part of town only to discover powerful elementals abusing their gifts. Upon completion of her current mission, the baby gargoyle indicates that rest of of her nest has also been kidnapped and will be sold to the highest, and meanest, bidders. ...more
Mar 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
One of the few times I bought an e-book without reading the blurb , even a free one, I hit jackpot. The book cover and the word 'Gargoyles' made me get it and I can say without hesitation that I haven't regretted it!

The picture and the name are self explanatory. The book cover is like the story, unpretentious and solid. The plot is simple but chock-full of adventure and action, action meaning fantasy-kind action and not too much violence. We have a plucky heroine, Mika and her side kick and best
Jul 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Magic of the Gargoyles by Rebecca Chastain

Earth Elemental Mika Stillwater is on a mission to save a nest of baby gargoyles. Mika must save them from the Black Magic villains who want to use the gargoyles magic for an evil power boost. When their magic is taken so are their lives.

A very original novella. Mika is likable, she is determined to do the right thing, and save the baby gargoyles. The Gargoyles are so adorable and likable. I have never read a story like this. It was fun, adventurous,
Kristen Cansler
Jan 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blog-review, r2r
I was absolutely blown away by Magic of the Gargoyles and blown away by Rebecca Chastain. The descriptions of the world that Mika resides in immediately caught my attention. From the very beginning, I was hooked! The book weaves together a tale with magic in a way that reminds me of why I love fantasy.

Mika was a great character! I loved her resolve at helping the baby gargoyles. I hope that I can read more about Mika and her magical worlds from this promising author. You cannot go wrong with
May 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite-fantasy
Normally I would give this book four stars because it has magic, but it breaks my standard by being so good I don't want to lower the rating.
Mar 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
"Magic of the Gargoyles" is such a sweet little novella. it is hard to believe that Ms. Chastain was able to pack so much action and excitement in only 79 pages; yet, she did it!

Mika Stillwater is an elemental who has great skill in working with gems especially quartz. She has been slaving away working in a quarry and now has a chance to work for herself and open up her own shop if she can just finish up some vials for a client at a prestigious firm. She has half of her work complete so it
Maghon Thomas
Mar 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I freaking love this book! I am seriously hoping this turns into a series- I have a feeling it will because we have gargoyles on the loose here, but I NEED another one. I have fallen in love with everyone! I read it way too fast, it is short but I wanted more! And gargoyles have been my thing lately. They are now up there with werewolves and dragons!

We start with Mika. She's a normal not really powerful witch. Well, I'm gunna use witch so no one gets confused, but I will let you find out
Modestly entertaining urban fantasy adventure story in magic-heavy alternate world. The heroine is sort of like a cat lady, but she collects stray gargoyles instead of cats. Oh, and she has to thwart a bad guy who likes to torture gargoyles to extract their magic. As a simple adventure of good guys vs bad guys, it works fairly well.

It's quite a short book, which makes it a quick read, but also means the author doesn't spend much time on world-building. It's difficult to know what the world is
Seth Silvernail
Mar 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Short, Sweet Fun Read

I'd definitely like to see a full novel set in this intriguing new world created by Ms. Chastain. Not only would I like to read and learn more about this world and its interesting elemental magic system but I'd like to see Mika's story continue.

Hopefully as she grows in her skill with magic she will gain more self confidence as well, the level of self deprecation she displayed was the only true negative aspect to this novella for me.

If you're looking for a fun glimpse into
Aug 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a fabulous fantasy read that was well written and developed by the author. I enjoyed the character of Mika immensely and the world that the author wrote of was done in such a manner I was sucked in and part of the story in short order. This is not a heavy read, but rather a short and clean one that will leave your wanting more. Highly recommend this book to fantasy lovers anywhere!
Eddy Faison
Jan 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loved It

Amazing story, I've always be curious about Crystal/quartz magic and in this incredibly woven tale I get to see. Can't wait to read more adventures with Mika and the hatchlings
Bill Tillman
Magic of the Gargoyles

A different kind of gargoyle story, fun fast paced full of action. I read this in an afternoon, and cannot find enough good things to say about it!
Nov 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook
Really enjoyed short story. Reminiscent of Tamora Pierce, Patricia Reede. Not a cliff hanger, story stands on its own. Looking forward to much more of this world and its characters.
Book Snob Sue
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great book. Loved it so much I already one-clicked the bundle and am half way through the second book. This is a world of magic, which isn't always my favorite one books, but I can't resist gargoyles.... I mean who can.

She's a mid level elemental that is found by a baby gargoyle and needs her help. She ends up saving the other baby gargoyle, then 3 additional ones....there are 5 siblings in all. Where are their parents you idea. Not sure how that works in this world and it's never
Mark Boyd
Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I've read by this author. It is a short easy read, the first in the series of the Gargoyle Guardian Chronicles. The book was engaging and interesting from the standpoint of how the main character Mika, was able to heal gargoyles using crystal magic. I haven't read much about Gargoyles so this was a nice introduction and having dealt a little with quartz in my life, it was interesting how Mika's mastery of the stone was the key to the story. A fun read, good characters, ...more
This was a pretty fun story although it definitely felt a bit rushed at times. I liked the main character well enough but sometimes her actions did not really make sense to me and it felt like she was just doing things without actually thinking about them as a thin excuse to quickly move the plot forward. There was still a decent amount of world-building though, especially considering the low page count. The gargoyles were absolutely the best part of the whole thing. I loved their descriptions ...more
Timelord Iain
Fun little story in a world where gargoyles amplify magic... very enjoyable characters...
Charlotte Hodrick
A wonderful and incredible story for the series
Sep 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, ebook, uf-pnr
I read another series by the author which I only rated as 1 star but I liked the sound of this series and decided to give it a try anyway. I'm glad I did because I really enjoyed this one.

Mika is in a job she hates with a boss she dislikes, trying to save up enough money to go into business for herself. She has her eye on premises for her new business and to get it she is taking on jobs in her free time to get more money and make a reputation for herself, using her elemental magic and affinity
Jan 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
All earth elemental Mika has ever dreamed of is opening her own store where she can sell her magical creations, she has been saving for months and almost has enough to put down a deposit on a shop in an ideal location, all she needs to do is complete her latest order in time and her dreams will finally come true. Everything changes when a young gargoyle hatchling turns up at Mika's apartment begging for help. The gargoyle's siblings have all been kidnapped and their lives are in great danger as ...more
So, I Read This Book Today
Just really, really believe in what youre trying to do. Dont let people alter that. Let people advise you and lead you down paths to make smart business decisions. But trust your instinct and trust that overwhelming drive that made you put all your dreams and everything on the line. Luke Bryan

Magic of the Gargoyles
All Mika Stillwater wants to do is finish this finicky, delicate job, get paid, and maybe, just maybe, get some sleep. That doesnt seem like such a huge request, does it? After all,
Apr 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
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REBECCA CHASTAIN is the USA Today bestselling author of the Madison Fox Adventures urban fantasy series and the Gargoyle Guardian Chronicles fantasy trilogy, among other works. Inside her novels, youll find spellbinding adventures packed with supernatural creatures, thrilling action, heartwarming characters (human and otherwise), and more than a little humor. Rebecca lives in Northern California ...more

Other books in the series

Gargoyle Guardian Chronicles (3 books)
  • Curse of the Gargoyles (Gargoyle Guardian Chronicles #2)
  • Secret of the Gargoyles (Gargoyle Guardian Chronicles #3)

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