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Product Details

  • Series: A Spellmason Chronicle (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Ace (September 24, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425256405
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425256404
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,118,535 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for the novels of Anton Strout
 
“Following Simon’s adventures is like being the pinball in an especially antic game, but it’s well worth the wear and tear.”—Charlaine Harris, #1 New York Times bestselling author
 
“Make room on the shelf, ‘cause you’re going to want to keep this one!”—Rachel Vincent

About the Author

Anton Strout is the author of the Simon Canderous novels and the Spellmason Chronicles. He lives in New York.

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Can't wait till the next one.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kate on November 15, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
**Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy**

STONECAST is one of those books that I had a hard time reviewing. While well written and paced, and creative (alchemy and gargoyles aren’t something we see everyday in the genre) there were a lot of aspects of the story itself that I didn’t like, so while it may appeal to others, it wasn’t as big a hit for me as ALCHYMISTIC, the first book in The Spellmason Chronicles was.

There are a few things that nearly automatically turn me off from a book- and one of those is pretty graphic torture. What Stanis goes through near the beginning of the book qualifies as torture in my mind, and then the character who is responsible for that goes on to become friends with Lexi, which really frustrated me in the “how could she” kind of way. Plus, since Stanis is one of our narrators, we know exactly how he’s feeling during the whole process, and like I said, that’s not something I’m too keen on.

Having Stanis and Lexi as narrators was a good and bad thing, since while it allowed the reader multiple points of view and the ability to have a better idea what was going on, it was also a bit distracting, since they weren’t together for most of the book. While in ALCHEMYSTIC Stanis and Lexi are telling, for the most part, a single story, in STONECAST, there are two story arcs, what is happening to Stanis and what is happening to Lexi, and they only start to intersect near the end.

Certainly, STONECAST had good points as well. Like I said, it is one of the more unique premises that I’ve encountered in the urban fantasy genre, and there is plenty of action and mystery to keep a person occupied. I really like Lexi’s friends, Rory and Marshall and the humor they add to the book, too. I will likely be looking out for book three, since I enjoy Strout’s style, but STONECAST just wasn’t for me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Melanie Meadors on September 24, 2013
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Gargoyles, magic, alchemy...I've been obsessed with these things since high school, and was overjoyed when ALCHEMYSTIC, the first of the Spellmason Chronicles, came out. Now I've just finished this second installment to the series, and I have to say, it certainly does not disappoint. With STONECAST, Strout performs a bit of alchemy of his own, combining the darker magic and mystery of urban fantasy with just the right amount of humor and snark (even a few laugh out loud moments) to create a gripping story that kept me up way past my bedtime. I appreciated the geeky nods and references throughout, but what really captured me was the relationship building between the characters, the amount of sacrifice and trust between friends, and also learning more about the fascinating world. Book 1 introduced the characters and the idea of Spellmasonry, but in this book, we really get into the magic and learn more about what is behind this world Strout has envisioned. The pedant in me appreciated the proper usage of "grotesque" and also, I found that Strout really enriched the story with details. Little things, like when Lexi found she had forgotten a hair elastic when....well, things got a little windy (I always forget mine, so I felt for her in that moment), made the story come to life. A fantastic read! But...what am I supposed to do until the next one's out?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Deb@Debbie's Book Bag on October 18, 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Anton Strout's second book in the Spellmason Chronicles, Stonecast is novel filled with magic and mayhem. Urban fantasy readers will enjoy the world building in this book, as it begins to open up a lot more supernatural possibilities for the series. Strout has done his homework, which gives an authenticity to the book that is missing in so many urban fantasy titles. The return of Kejetan isn't far away and Lexi and her friends Rory and Marshall are preparing for the worst, while her gargoyle protector Stanis is waging his own war against his father. There is a lot of tension in this novel and Strout gives it such a sense of urgency that readers will be biting their nails in anticipation of what's to come!

I simply loved Alchemystic, the first novel in this series and I was waiting with baited breath for the sequel to come out. Stonecast was certainly no disappointment. All of our favorites characters are back, albeit in a somewhat different way. Strout starts to really expand the world building in this one. He alluded to the fact in the first book that spellmasonry was the only magical element introduced to the world, but in Stonecast the reader gets to see a broader spectrum of the magic that exists in the world Strout has created. I liked the fact the author is adding new facets of magic with each novel. There are so many ways this story could evolve as these elements are introduced. It certainly keeps the reader guessing.

Lexi is the last spellmason, but she apparently is not the only purveyor of magic. I liked the fact that Strout is giving the reader a lot more information in Stonecast, about the craft of spellmasonry itself. As Lexi tried to learn and perfect her abilities, the reader gets to see more about how the alchemy works.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By n0tac0p on October 8, 2013
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Being partial to this author I want to say, I have been critical as well as having praised him. Although this new series is new in its two person - first person writing, there is a fluidity and maturity in how this author has progressed. That is not saying the "Dead" series was not enjoyable (and yes we are all anxiously waiting for Simon's return. Perhaps Anton can do a Dead series then a Spellmason book, then .....), but his style really envelops the reader into his world.

The research that he must do, to inform the reader of the things evident, here today, that exist, not for the sake of existence alone, but the history and "reason" it's here, makes one think.

I truly enjoyed this book and could not, for me, find something to be critical about. In fact I found it awfully brave in its ending. It certainly makes me wonder where the story line will pick up and how Anton will continue this adventure series. It takes a maturity to entwine the reader with both a wrap up of sorts along with the opening of a new adventure.....He does it well here. I say bravo and lets see more!
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More About the Author

Fantasy author Anton Strout was born in the Berkshire Hills mere miles from writing heavyweights Nathaniel Hawthorne and Herman Melville and currently lives in the haunted corn maze that is New Jersey (where nothing paranormal ever really happens, he assures you).

He is the author of the Simon Canderous urban fantasy series and Alchemystic, book one of the upcoming Spellmason Chronicles for Ace Books, a division of Penguin Group (USA). Anton is also the author of many short tales published in anthologies by DAW Books.

The Once & Future Podcast is his latest project, where he endeavors as Curator of Content to bring authors and readers together through a weekly news show format.

He has been a featured author guest of honor, speaker and workshop leader at San Diego Comic-Con, Gencon, New York Comic-Con, the Brooklyn Book Festival and many other conventions.

In his scant spare time, his is a writer, a sometimes actor, sometimes musician, occasional RPGer, and the worlds most casual and controller smashing video gamer. He currently works in the exciting world of publishing and yes, it is as glamorous as it sounds.

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