Early Review: Incarnate (Spellmason Chronicles #3) by Anton Strout

September 29, 2014 Review 1

Early Review: Incarnate (Spellmason Chronicles #3) by Anton StroutIncarnate by Anton Strout
Series: The Spellmason Chronicles #3
Published by Ace on September 30, 2014
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Format: Paperback
Pages: 320
Source: Publisher
Sexual Content: N/A
Reviewed by: Kate
4 Stars

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When Alexandra Belarus discovered her family’s secret ability to breathe life into stone, she uncovered an entire world of magic hidden within New York City—a world she has accidentally thrown into chaos. A spell gone awry has set thousands of gargoyles loose upon Manhattan, and it’s up to Lexi and her faithful protector, Stanis, to put things right.

But the stress of saving the city is casting a pall over Lexi and Stanis’s relationship, driving them to work separately to solve the problem. As Stanis struggles to unite the gargoyle population, Lexi forges unlikely alliances with witches, alchemists and New York’s Finest to quell an unsettling uprising led by an ancient and deadly foe long thought vanquished.

To save her city, Lexi must wield more power than ever before with the added hope of recovering a mysterious artifact that could change her world—and bring her closer to Stanis than she ever thought possible…

A fitting end to the Spellmason Chronicles, INCARNATE wraps up all my issues from STONECAST and surprises me with an ending I didn't even know I wanted. Full of great characters, lots of action, and even some touching moments, INCARNATE has everything a good urban fantasy novel should have.

One of my favorite parts of the Spellmason Chronicles has always been Lexi's relationships with her friends. Rory and Marshall are well developed characters, not just cut-out best friends. Their genuine caring for Lexi, and the bond all three of them have is something that makes this series stand out. Marshall's geeky references and Rory's sarcastic quips don't hurt, either.

My other favorite aspect of the series is the originality. Gargoyles and alchemy are not common urban fantasy elements, and the combination of the too is interesting. The aftermath of the creation of so many gargoyles around Manhattan is a great subject for the book to deal with, even bringing in police. We don't often see the moment that magic is revealed to the world in books - usually we see it hidden or we see after the revelation. Strout's imagining of how it would be if magic was revealed is a fun mental exercise.

Overall, INCARNATE is a great way to end the Spellmason Chronicles. Action-packed and never slowing down for a moment, the conclusion will satisfy readers who have been with Lexi since the beginning. Though the romance storyline falters near the middle, the final match-up is surprising and just what Lexi needs. All in all, a great series closer.

Series Titles:
  1. Alchemystic
  2. Stonecast - 2/5
  3. Incarnate
More Reviews: Similar Titles:
  • For a series by the same author, try the Simon Canderous series by Anton Strout
  • For more running around New York battling evil, try the Esther Diamond series by Laura Resnick
  • For paranormal romance starring gargoyles, try the Gargoyles series by Christine Warren

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