The Spellmason Chronicles is an urban fantasy series like none we have really seen. No vampires. No werewolves. No demons. Just good old fashioned gargoyles in New York City!
The story began in the first book, Alchemystic. Alexandra Belarus is a struggling artist living in New York City. When she is attacked on the street and saved by an inhumanly powerful winged figure, she discovers her family history has entered her present in the form of a gargoyle named Stanis, stone brought to life by Spellmasonry.
Lexi and Stanis are equally surprised to find themselves bound to each other—and ultimately have to work together to save the city they both love.
Anton has written a sequel, Stonecast! It is published today!
Here is a bit more about it:
NO STONE UNTURNED…
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.
To celebrate the release of Stonecast, I decided to ask Anton some questions!
NEW RELEASE INTERVIEW: STONECAST BY ANTON STROUT
Shawn Speakman: STONECAST, the second book in your urban fantasy series the Spellmason Chronicles, publishes today. But first, tell Unbound Worlds readers about the first book, ALCHEMYSTIC?
But for the first book we are brought into the lives of Alexandra Belarus—a twenty three year old wannabe artist stuck in her family’s real estate business… until someone tries to kill her. When her assailant mysteriously seems to vanish into the dark of the night sky, things get weird. When she discovers that the creature responsible for it is Stanis—an ancient gargoyle sworn to protect her family—things get even stranger.
With the aid of her pole arm wielding dancer best friend and a Dungeons & Dragons nerd she begins to unravel the true legacy of her family and that maybe real estate wasn’t the family business she was meant for.
STONECAST picks up the tale roughly six months after the events of the first book as we take a look at the price paid for the event so ALCHEMYSTIC and what the existence of gargoyles, magic and alchemy mean in the larger picture of the world…
Shawn Speakman: What challenges were you confronted with while writing STONECAST?
I’m getting confused just trying to articulate it, but trust me I think it works well, if the warm reception of ALCHEMYSTIC was any indicator.
The other challenge, of course, was trying to make nerdy Dungeons & Dragons playing/game store owning Marshall Blackmoore a convincing character… you know, because I am so unfamiliar with that level of geekery.. .cough cough cough…
Shawn Speakman: How did you come up with the idea of stone magic?
Actually, I love museums and especially sculpture. Architecture, too. I’m obsessed with people who create things, really. Doctor Frankenstein gave his flesh golem life, so why not make my stone ones? I like the idea of all those behind the scenes of the magic in the world… if there was a novel just about who made all the rings in Lord of the Rings, I would read that. Some of it is in the work of Tolkien, but I want more more more about those who create. Writing a book about a sculptor really being able to give its work life just seemed like a natural progression in my writing, in the sculpting of giving my characters life through my own works of art. Man, do I sound pretentious.
Can I change my answer to: Statue pretty, make walk and talk…?
Shawn Speakman: No. You can’t. Ha! The myth of the gargoyle has been around for centuries. How much research did you do on the topic? And have you ever imagined what New York would be like if all of the city’s gargoyles came alive at once?
Have I ever imagined what New York would be like if all of the city’s gargoyles came alive at once? Funny you should mention that… did I accidentally send you my outline for STONECAST…?
I think there might be proof landing on store bookshelves and e-readers as we speak…
Shawn Speakman: What are you working on now? The next Spellmason book, I hope?
Stonecast by Anton Strout is in fine bookstores today!
Gargoyles come to life!