Cover: Stonecast by Anton Strout



They haven’t gotten a lot of play in fantasy literature in recent years but author Anton Strout is changing that.

With Alchemystic, Anton created an intense story with artist Lexi Belarus, whose great, great grandfather was a Spellmason, a magical worker of stone. He created the gargoyle Stanis to protect his family. When Lexi is put in danger, Stanis awakens—and all hellfire breaks loose. If you haven’t read Alchemystic, it might make for a fun, quick read.

The good news is, that isn’t the end. Anton has already written Stonecase, the second of three books! Here is a bit more about Stonecast:


Alexandra Belarus was an artist stuck working in her New York family’s business…until she discovered her true legacy—a deep and ancient magic. Lexi became the last practicing Spellmason, with the power to breathe life into stone. And as her powers awoke, so did her family’s most faithful protector: a gargoyle named Stanis. But when a centuries-old evil threatened her family and her city, Stanis sacrificed himself to save everything Lexi held dear.

With Stanis gone, Lexi’s efforts to master Spellmasonry—even with the help of her dedicated friends—are faltering. Hidden forces both watch her and threaten her, and she finds herself suddenly under the mysterious wing of a secret religious society determined to keep magic hidden from the world.

But the question of Stanis’s fate haunts her—and as the storm around her grows, so does the fear that she won’t be able to save him in her turn.

And Anton just revealed that a third book is coming in Fall 2014! A trilogy of stone gargoyle-dom excellence….

Stonecast by Anton Strout will be published September 24, 2013.