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Magic of the Gargoyles (Gargoyle Guardian Chronicles #1)

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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 she’ll trust with her desperate mission, Mika’s carefully constructed five-year plan is shattered.

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Kindle Edition, Updated cover for AISN: B00NYISFXY, 126 pages
Published (first published October 20th 2014)
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Dianne
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Stepping into Rebecca Chastain’s 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
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Maria Dimitrova
May 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 norm ...more
OpenBookSociety.com
Mar 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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.

And those words weave Rebecca Chastain’s brea
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Sapphyria
Oct 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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. Mik ...more
Floryie
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
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Sheri
Jul 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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, dan
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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
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Hollie
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 wasn’t 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.
Marsha
Mar 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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 shoul
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Maghon Thomas
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 exactl
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G33z3r
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 r
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Seth Silvernail
Mar 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Eddy Faison
Jan 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Tracey
Nov 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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 ask....no idea. Not sure how that works in this world and it's never actu
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Iain
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fun little story in a world where gargoyles amplify magic... very enjoyable characters...
chucklesthescot
Sep 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, fiction, 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 f
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Sarah
Jan 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Wendy
Apr 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 str
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So, I Read This Book Today
Aug 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
“Just really, really believe in what you’re trying to do. Don’t 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 doesn’t seem like such a huge request, does it? After
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Carole
Nov 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mika, a mid-level earth elemental, wants to be her own boss and her dream is to own a Pinnacle Pentagon Showroom but first she needs to finish making 12 of her one-of-a-kind quartz masterpieces, if she manages to sell them all she can then afford a down payment.

With one last twist of a filament of earth magic, I fused together the delicate seams of the quartz tube. Slumping forward, I braced my elbows on the table and rested my cheekbones on my palms, cupping my weary eyes in darkness. Six down,
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Mandy
Mika is a mid-level earth elemental it’s how she pays the bills with big plans to become a quartz artisan. She’s been saving ever penny in hopes of opening her own shop and she’s actually getting closer with each project she completes. That is till the night the baby gargoyle burst into the house needing help for her brother. Knowing she had to help but not sure what she could do Mika takes off after the little gargoyle following her into a war zone but together they rescue the little hatchling. ...more
Marian Thorpe
Nov 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy lovers
Recommended to Marian by: the author
Mika Stillwater is a mid-level earth elemental adept, specializing in quartz working. Moonlighting from her unfulfulling quarry job, she is desperately working late into the night to finish a commission that will finally fund her own shop, when a frantic, terrified baby gargoyle arrives on her balcony. Seeking help in rescuing its kidnapped siblings, new hatchlings that have been taken for black-market sales, the gargoyle has been attracted by the strength of Mika's magic.

The opening scenes of M
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Jennifer  (BTH Reviews)
MAGIC OF THE GARGOYLES is the first book in the Gargoyle Guardian Chronicles series by Rebecca Chastain.

Setting: Terra Haven

Sexual Content: none

Tense: Past

Point of View: First Person



Although it’s only 97 pages, it’s jam-packed with action and excitement. I really enjoyed reading this novella.

The story is about a young woman named Mika who has magical abilities working with quartz. She is asked to help a baby gargoyle save her brother. Mika learns that her abilities are greater than she knew. Mik
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Leslie Sanchez
Jan 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wish I could give it more than 5 stars. It deserves it. I started this book without knowing anything about the author. I am so glad I did! This book had me captured from the very beginning. Mika is a mid level earth elemental with a speciality in quartz. She lacks the confidence to venture into anything other than what she's now doing. So, when she is basically attacked by a gargoyle hatchling begging for help she doesn't know what to do. She does know she can not do nothing, so she goes to he ...more
Amy Braun
Oct 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
I love Gargoyles. Always have. I go out of my way to find books about them. So when I read the blurb for this one, I had to grab it. And though the book was waaaaaay shorter than I thought it would be (seriously, so short), I really enjoyed the uniqueness of it. The world is really interesting in regards to how magic and elementals are viewed, and I definitely want to know more about it. The story is very cool and I enjoyed it a lot, and who can say no to baby Gargoyles? Another highlight was Mi ...more
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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, you’ll 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
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Other books in the series

Gargoyle Guardian Chronicles (4 books)
  • Curse of the Gargoyles (Gargoyle Guardian Chronicles #2)
  • Deadlines and Dryads (Terra Haven Chronicles, #1)
  • Secret of the Gargoyles (Gargoyle Guardian Chronicles #3)