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Stonecast (The Spellmason Chronicles #2)

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  255 Ratings  ·  25 Reviews
The adventures of a girl and her gargoyle continue in the second installment of this “thrilling, funny and eerie” fantasy series. —Romantic Times on Alchemystic

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
Mass Market Paperback, 289 pages
Published September 24th 2013 by Ace (first published September 1st 2013)
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I really enjoyed this story. It was rather fun to read. :-)

It picks up about six months after the events in book one (Alchemystic). Alexandra is still learning about Spellmasonry and Stanis is in the hands of his ruthless father.

Enter Caleb Kennedy, alchemist extraordinaire. He (view spoiler)
Romancing the Book
Aug 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Reviewed by Justin
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Originally posted at Romancing the Book

I wasn’t particularly excited about this book when I first started reading. I wasn’t that big of a fan of the first book of the series, Alchemystic, but felt that the setting it had created would certainly allow for some interesting possibilities for the second book. As such, whether reluctantly or not, I did read this book with an open mind. And, I must admit, it was certainly better.

This being the second no
Melanie R Meadors
Jul 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 grip ...more
Orion Lyonesse
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Alexandra Belarus has the ability to animate stone. She started with the gargoyle, Stanis. Now she has to free him as well as protect the secrets of her craft from Kejetan, who wants new stone bodies for himself and his followers, granting them eternal life. Even though I hadn’t read the first novel, I had no trouble following the story. I got the book from a library book sale and now I have to find the rest of the series!
May 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thoroughly enjoyed

Fantastic and engrossing, I was quickly absorbed into the story and struggled to put it down long enough to deal with the trivialities of life. Fast paced action combines eloquently with relatable characters. An impressive mix of the mundane aspects of life paired brilliantly with the surrealness of the paranormal. I'm hooked!
Debbie Lester
Oct 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 pro ...more
May 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Oh Stanis, how do I love thee? Stonecast is the second installment in the Anton Strout very cool series about a Spellmason and the grotesque or as we call them gargoyle that has watched over the Belarus family since her great-great grandfather. Although you might enjoy Stonecast by reading it alone you would miss out on a lot of history that was given in the first book, Alchemystic. I really was looking forward to this follow-up and it did not disappoint. We begin the story where things left off ...more
Jul 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-reads
Stonecast was not as fun as it's predecessor, Alchemystic, but it's designed to be a that way (still fun, and occasionally funny, however). Lexi's still trying to figure out how to deal with this new reality she's found herself in -- magic exists, she's a Spellmason (at least an entry-level and self-taught one) -- but now the stakes are higher -- her brother and a centuries-old dictator are gunning for her, and have taken her guardian gargoyle captive. She knows that she only has a little while ...more
Oct 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
Review originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..

STONECAST is a rather tough nut for me to review as I feel overly disappointed. I had largely been anticipating this release as the first book in the series sucked me in with its uniqueness. I wanted to know more about this fascinating world, and to see what would happen next after the way things ended before. However, I had a suspicion when things opened up in this book six months later with no real progression that the almost too slow pace
All Things Urban Fantasy
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
Lígia Bellini
I enjoyed so much the first book, but this one i felt a little bit bored, reading it. The whole story created about gargoyles, alchemy and magic is reaaaally interesting, but till half the book, i think the plot was lost. And I didn't like Caleb! I didn't like how cruel he was to Stanis and then because he start to have feelings for Lexi, he turns into a good guy! That didn't work for me! I like when things happens so fast, but this time it was without a good connection. Again, Marshall and Rory ...more
Oct 21, 2013 rated it liked it
This book was of a similar quality to the first one, though I felt the characterization was a little more consistent in this second book. Though the protagonist is still not the most likeable or relatable character in the world, I am increasingly a fan of Stanis and how his character is developing. While it's not the *best* written book (just in my opinion), the premise is still interesting enough to keep me going. I also like that the first conflict introduced is not being dragged out to long, ...more
Jul 13, 2016 rated it did not like it
I hated it. 100 pages in and I just can't go on. Lexi and Caleb annoy the crap out of me. Plus Caleb is torturing the gargoyle and Lexi is friendly with this guy! Ugh also Lexi is pretty much useless. She's the whole wishy washy female lead and i'm damn tired of it.
Dr susan
Oct 24, 2014 rated it liked it
I forgot to review Stonecast. Although it was better than Alchemystic, I was not thrilled. I did not skim to finish, and the book improved by the 50% point, but there were too many places when I wanted to scream at the characters that they were too stupid to live.
Mar 10, 2013 rated it liked it
will try again later, something about book changed. fell out of love.
Sherry Mullins
Oct 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
very well done.
Jan 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
This second book in the Spellmason trilogy was a good read. I'm still wanting to beat up Caleb for his role in hurting Stanis.
Jan 08, 2017 added it
I like this series. A little bit of magic, a little romance and a lot of intrigue.
On to the 3rd book!
Oct 07, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013book, speculative
Not as strong as the first book but still very worthwhile. I will continue to keep up with the series.
May 18, 2014 rated it liked it
Not as strong as the first one. Not sure if I'm going to continue with this series.
Molly Smith
Sep 13, 2013 rated it it was ok
See my review at That's What I'm talking About:
Sep 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: qwillery
Mr. Strout writes one hell of a woman!
Sara Walker
Oct 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fantasy
See my review at URBAN FANTASY LAND.
Aug 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
I like Mr. Strout's books -- but this really should have been marketed as a YA (at the most) book.
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When not plotting against his mortal enemy Patrick Rothfuss, Anton Strout is the author of the Simon Canderous urban fantasy series for Ace Books including Dead To Me, Deader Still, Dead Matter and Dead Waters.
His new series with Ace Books is entitled The Spellmason Chronicles. Alchemystic is first in the series, followed by Stonecast and the upcoming Incarnate .

He is also the host and curat
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The Spellmason Chronicles (3 books)
  • Alchemystic (The Spellmason Chronicles, #1)
  • Incarnate (The Spellmason Chronicles, #3)

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