Title: Magic of the Gargoyles
Author: Rebecca Chastain
Published: October 2014
Mika Stillwater thrives at being ordinary. She’s a mid-level earth elemental with a strong quartz specialty and a basic grasp of the other four magical elements. Her highest ambition is to open her own shop as a quartz artisan, and she’s worked tirelessly to become her own boss.
When a lone baby gargoyle insists Mika is the only person to be trusted with her urgent mission, the last thing Mika expects is to be swept into the gritty criminal underworld of Terra Haven.
Mika must jeopardize everything she’s worked so hard for to have a chance at being the hero the baby gargoyle desperately needs. If she fails, gargoyles will die, and Mika with them.
Is it possible for someone ordinary to achieve the extraordinary?
Note: I received a copy of this book for review. Receipt of a review copy does not guarantee a review, and I only review books I recommend.
Characterization and badassery
I quite liked both Mika (cute name for a person with a quartz magic talent) and her forthright friend Kylie. They have a believable friendship and both were developed characters even though this is a novella-length work. Mika doesn’t feel like she’s particularly courageous or tough but her actions prove her to be so, while Kylie does not know the meaning of the word “no.” Both are worthy heroes.
The gargoyles do steal the show for me, as I found them both endearing and intriguing.
Plot and pacing
A focused plot that stays on pace for the course of the story.
Prose and editing
Straightforward and a good match for the feel of the story.
The gargoyles get a couple small moments to amuse.
I quite enjoyed this story, which had a different take on gargoyles and the nature of magic. It’s a quick read and nicely done.