by Anne Nesbet
vampiri samodavi, gargoyles that move, stones full of memories, music that brings the dead to life – there is magic in the legends and magic waiting in a choice
Maya has found her way in Paris with the help of Valko – everything is better with a friend. Just as she is willing to recognize a little of the happiness hope brings, strange things begin to happen and Henri de Fourcroy is part of them. He has cast a spell, an enchantment, a bonding? Something is calling Maya and changing the city: perhaps even undoing the world.
Henri, now a shadow is using what is left of his magic to bring himself back to life. The Cabinet of Earths may be gone, but he is sure he can bend the rules of the universe once more. He will only need to convince Maya to give him what he needs – her heart. He knows she will. That is how the magic works now that he has bound her to him. She is his zmey (dragon). All he must do is wait for her to bring the pieces together. He places his memory into a wall for safekeeping, but the wall doesn’t want to think, to know, to feel, to be – that is not what a rock should do. The wall resists. Part of it explodes and the hole that appears it just enough… just enough to give Maya the space to think and choose. She can decide if the dominoes will just fall as they will or if she will resist and create a new pattern.
Maya is caught in the force of the magic, but Valko is not. Together they are aware of things that others are not. They learn about history and heritage. They learn about change and magic. Determinism – physics, choice – magic.
A Box of Gargoyles settles the loose ends left from The Cabinet of Earths. There are always at least two sides of a thing, if not more. It is important to consider each facet, each color, each choice – they are always there. When the time is right you’ll know what to do. It will shine and sparkle like a star. It will feel warm and happy. The music of the world will twinkle with peace.