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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! Just...WOW!
Alexandra "Lexi" Belarus is a struggling artist living in New York City. She is not a starving artist though, because her family owns a lot of land. But when her older brother, Devon, has a building fall on him, Lexi has no choice but to quickly begin learning about the family's real estate empire. When Lexi is attacked on the dark streets and saved by a massive winged...
Published on 28 Sep 2012 by Detra Fitch

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1.0 out of 5 stars Massive disappointment
Love the Simon Canderous books and so had high hopes for this new series-until I starting reading the first one. Everything the author gets right in the "Dead" stories he seems (at least in my humble opinion) to get wrong in this book. The characters are stereotyped, one-dimensional and difficult. The story lacks depth, humour and seemingly revolves around mysterious men...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! Just...WOW!, 28 Sep 2012
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This review is from: Alchemystic (Spellmason Chronicle) (Mass Market Paperback)
Alexandra "Lexi" Belarus is a struggling artist living in New York City. She is not a starving artist though, because her family owns a lot of land. But when her older brother, Devon, has a building fall on him, Lexi has no choice but to quickly begin learning about the family's real estate empire. When Lexi is attacked on the dark streets and saved by a massive winged figure, she begins to learn the truth about the Belarus history.

Lexi's great-great-grandfather, Alexander, was a Spellmason. Spellmasonry is alchemy, using arcane chemical processes to imbue materials with different properties than they would normally have. For example, Spellmasonry can give life to stone. Lexi's GGF had dark forces conspiring against him and his kin, so he left a spell of protection on his family. Now that Lexi is in danger, the magic has awoken Stanis, a stone gargoyle. Stanis has been standing sentinel for ages. The family's stone ally had even saved Lexi's father long ago. But why did Stanis not waken months ago, when Devon was murdered?

As Lexi searches for Alexander's hidden tomes of knowledge, she learns that Stanis once had four soul stones. For an unknown reason, Lexi's GGF removed them and hid each somewhere in the city. Riddles have been left to their locations. Lexi vows to restore the stones to Stanis so he would be at full power to help protect the family.

With Lexi is her closest friend, Aurora "Rory" Torres. For years Rory has toned her body through dance. She soon discovers that dance and gracefulness is perfect for fighting. Marshall is Rory's roommate. Marsh is no fighter, but he is a geek. His years of playing Dungeon and Dragon games have made him into a brilliant tactician. With the stones often surrounded with magical traps, Marsh is actually the most experienced. As a gamer, Marsh is eating this stuff up!

As the secret order trying to kill Lexi and her parents close in, the race is on to find and restore the gargoyle's soul stones. All the while, Lexi must quickly learn to become a Spellmason.

***** FIVE STARS! Wow! Just...WOW! This is the first time that I have had the pleasure of reading any story by this author; however, he has already made a fan in me! This story will greatly appeal to fans of Fantasy and/or gaming (on board, PC, or consoles), as well as fans of action movies, such as X-Men, Indiana Jones, and Tomb Raider. If any of that fits you, then you will instantly be a perspicacious reader. But no worries, the author explains everything in such a way that non-gamers will totally understand and enjoy.

The story is set in the present. No one knows or believes in magic. Yet any reader who actually lives in New York may find his view of the city to become a bit warped. The characters show themselves to have the same indomitable spirit of those that (in reality) reside in the great city. The author exposes some of the abandoned underground areas, painting the scenery so vividly that I actually began to feel a prickly sensation at one point. The best I can describe Strout's writing style is to say that he seems to write with a patience coupled with ferocity. I eagerly wait for the next installment of this series. Exhilarating and highly recommended! *****

Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Massive disappointment, 19 Nov 2013
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Love the Simon Canderous books and so had high hopes for this new series-until I starting reading the first one. Everything the author gets right in the "Dead" stories he seems (at least in my humble opinion) to get wrong in this book. The characters are stereotyped, one-dimensional and difficult. The story lacks depth, humour and seemingly revolves around mysterious men in robes trying to kill the main protagonist. I have to say I can't remember being so disappointed in a book. Please bring back Canderous and send this load of hardcore to the recycling centre
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Read, 22 Nov 2014
Not my usual read. It's fantasy but modern day Gothic so not sure what heading that comes under. It's not a page turner all the way through and I found myself picking it up and reading a few pages at a time. It's nicely written and the central characters make the story readable.

The premise is odd; a flying gargoyle (not sure that's a spoiler as he's shown on the front page and mentioned in the blurb). The scientist part of me was less understanding - flying stone, but then again a live Gargoyle? Disbelief is what fantasy is all about and it's the skill of the author to make it believable.

Anton Strout does a good job here and the story moves along nicely. There's a lot of chat and the action comes in bursts. I reached the end of the book and did want to follow the tale which makes it worth 4 stars in my view. I see it has a spread of reviews so clearly it has a range of appeal.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars slow start, 23 May 2013
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I would have given this a higher star rating if not for the slow confusing start but still enjoyable not bad
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