By Anton Strout
AN outdated buddy OF THE FAMILY...
Alexandra Belarus is a suffering artist dwelling in ny urban, even if her relatives is wealthy in actual property, together with a towering, gothic Gramercy Park construction equipped via her great-great grandfather. however the fact of her bloodline is published while she is attacked within the streets and stored by way of an inhumanly robust winged determine. A determine that understands the Belarus name...
Lexi's great-great grandfather was once a spellmason—an artisan who may perhaps paintings magic on stone. yet in his day, darkish forces labored opposed to him and his, so he left a spell of safeguard on his kin. Now that Lexi is at risk, the spell has awoken her ancestor's such a lot depended on and fearsome production: a gargoyle named Stannis.
Lexi and Stannis are both shocked to discover themselves certain. yet as they learn how to interact, they discover that they wish one another to avoid wasting the town they either love...
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Alchemystic (Spellmason Chronicles, Book 1) by Anton Strout