Category Archives: Books of the Elements

The Books of the Elements

The Books of the Elements

updated 30 April 2014 The Books of the Elements are a series of four fantasy novels set in a city and empire named Carce, which very similar to that of Rome in 30 ad. I wanted to create a setting … Continue reading

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Air and Darkness

Air and Darkness is the fourth and final book in the Books of the Elements Series. It will be available November 2015 from Tor. The setting of this novel and of the series, The Books of the Elements, is the … Continue reading

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Monsters of the Earth

Monsters of the Earth, the third of the Books of the Elements, will be out in September 2013 from Tor. AUTHOR’S NOTE I intend individual volumes in The Books of the Elements to be self-standing, (though I also hope that … Continue reading

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Out of the Waters

Out of the Waters is the second in the Books of the Elements fantasy series from Tor. AUTHOR’S NOTE Out of the Waters is set in a fictional city named Carce (pronounced CAR-see). Things occur in this novel and in … Continue reading

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The Legions of Fire

The Legions of Fire is the first of a quartet of fantasies in The Books of the Elements series from Tor. First and foremost, The Legions of Fire is a novel about a fictional city named Carce (pronounced CAR-see) and … Continue reading

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The Story Behind Monsters of the Earth

Written for Upcoming4.Me [online magazine] Posted 30 October 2013. The Books of the Elements combine Roman culture with regional myths, but I don’t mean regional religions. I’m building on African backgrounds and folktales in Monsters of the Earth, but there … Continue reading

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Another Method of Plotting

Written for the Tor/Forge July 2011 Newsletter Last year when Tor asked me for an essay to accompany the publication of The Legions of Fire, the first of my Books of the Elements fantasy series, I explained that riding a … Continue reading

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The Motorcycle Way to Complex Plotting

  Written for the Tor/Forge May 2010 Newsletter THE MOTORCYCLE WAY TO COMPLEX PLOTTING Writers use various tools in their work. One of my tools is my motorcycle. Well, plural: my motorcycles. Bikers learn quickly that if they expect to … Continue reading

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