Architects of Illusion

Biltmore Estate, Asheville, NC

Biltmore transforms into Olympus, a world rich in Greek mythology, where statues draw breath, legendary creatures abound, and the fate of mankind lies in the hands of extraordinary young scholars mentored by the Muses. Two girls, one raised in the grips of magic, one sheltered from it, must unravel the illusions surrounding Olympus to defy their destiny, or be forever bound to an ancient, deadly secret that spells the end for all humanity.

Join me on a journey through the magical setting of Architects of Illusion, a young adult fantasy novel series inspired by the land and legacy of Biltmore Estate. Greek mythology meets Night at the Museum, Harry Potter and Downton Abbey in this mysterious adventure series!

Photograph by Daniel Pennystone, Model Rachel Peniston

“Dusk unlocks the door between our world and that of the Dimidiums, spirits caught in the grim gaze of the Gorgons. In a blinding shower of shattered light, the gods slip free of their stone skin, and the battle against time begins.”

Samantha Redstreake Geary, Architects of Illusion

Photograph by Danny Pennystone, Model Rachel Peniston

“No matter the space between them, the centuries stolen by sunsets, she fights for a moment of connection, chasing the fading light for a chance to see it dance in his eyes. Artemis would surrender all the stars in the sky to feel the warmth of Orion’s pulse beneath the stone.”

Samantha Redstreake Geary, Architects of Illusion


As a participant in The Great Discontent & Elle Luna‘s #The100DayProject, I featured photographs of my Biltmore adventures spun with a fantastical twist and paired with a playlist showcasing the Muse of music!

Architects of Illusion on Instagram

All images & text © Samantha Redstreake Geary 2015

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Our collaborative #ProjectImagination trailer for Ron Howard, Josh Hutcherson & Canon, pays homage to the storytellers and dreamers, artists & creatives who’ve given us the greatest gift there is. Inspiration.

Day 25_Biltmore

Beneath the Stone photo shoot featuring model, Rachel Peniston.

Story & Narration by Samantha Redstreake Geary
Music by Kevin Rix of audiomachine
Directed & Filmed by Daniel Peniston
Video Editing by Braelyn Whiteside
Starring Rachel Peniston

BENEATH THE STONE
The tragic tale of Artemis & Orion reimagined through the eyes of a writer. A historic estate in Asheville, NC, transforms into a place of myth & magic when dusk descends and statues draw breath.

*Characters and storyline featured from Architects of Illusion

Photograph by Danny Pennystone

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