Map Reveal!

sanaugustusmapHere is the map of the major location in an Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors.  The city of San Augustus is the capital of the Kingdom of Aragoth. The city is built around a great sky harbor.  Freed from Skaladin occupation only a generation ago, it contains a blend of native and foreign architecture. Massive stone houses with red tiled roofs are interspersed it tall slender towers wrapped in geometric mosaics.

The city’s terraced layers lead up from the city’s shipping and industrial centers through market districts dotted with Temple  compounds and a ringed with worker’s tenements. On the highest tier sprawls the the vast royal citadel.

With the recent conquest and exploitation of the Craton Riqueza, San Augustus has become the busiest port in the world. It is the home base of the invincible Aragothic Armada, and the location of the famous Navel Orrery.

Cover Reveal!

An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors

This is the amazing cover of An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors, the first book in my trilogy starring Isabelle Des Zephyrs, the Polymath Princess and her faithful musketeer Jean-Claude.

In a world of soaring continents  and bottomless skies,  where a burgeoning new science lifts skyships  into the cloud-strewn heights, and ancient blood-borne sorceries cling to a fading glory, Princess Isabelle des Zephyrs is about to be married to a man she has barely heard of, the second son of a dying king in an empire sliding toward civil war.

Born without the sorcery that is her birthright, but with a perspicacious  intellect and insight to spare, Isabelle hopes her marriage will stave off the disastrous conflict and bring her opportunity and influence.  But the last two women betrothed to this prince were murdered, and a sorcerer-assassin is bent on making Isabelle the third.  Fiercely defended by her brave and loyal musketeer, Jean-Claude, Isabelle plunges into a great maze of prophecy, intrigue, and betrayal, where everyone wears masks of glamor and lies.  Step by dangerous step, she unravels the plot of an immortal madman intent on destroying the world and using Isabelle to remake it in his own twisted image.

Coming from Tor Books in August 2017.

The artwork is by Thom Tenery, who has done work on such projects as Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and Oblivion.

 

Princess Isabelle des Zephyrs

IsabelleVeiledSketch01Princess Isabelle des Zephyrs is the main character of my forthcoming novel, An Alchemy of Masques of Mirrors.  She’s first cousin once removed to the king, and a brilliant polymath who would like very much to get on with solving the deep questionf of the universe… if only people would stop trying to assassinate her.

Book Releases

Hello everyone. Two of my good writer friends have books out today.
Courtney Schafer puts her real-life mountain climbing expertise to work in her wonderful Shattered Sigil magical-intrigue/ wilderness-adventure series. The Labyrinth of Flame, the final book in the trilogy, is available in electronic format today and in print versions very very soon.
Labyrinth of Flame

Also, bestselling Author Carol Berg, sees the debut of the second book of her duet Ash and Silver, a glorious tale of magic, intrigue and betrayal.
Ash and Silver

The Monastery at Fartower

SkyshipSkylandI did this digital painting as an exercise in design for the Risen Kingdoms.  On the world of Ceil , the Temple of Enlightenment keeps caches of quondam artifacts in secure repositories in the deep sky. Fartower is one such repository.  The collection of arcane and dangerous items left over from before the breaking of the world is watched over by the Brotherhood of Silence.

Yellow is the temple’s color , and I imagine this ship is a tender that keeps the monastery supplied with provender.  The greenish layer in the lower sky is called the Miasma and is the source of plagues and other diseases.

Hello World

On November 6th, 2015, I was lucky enough to sign a contract with Tor Books for the publication of my first fantasy trilogy: the stories set in the magical world of the Risen Kingdoms.

Over the coming months, I will increase the functionality of this website, link it in to all sorts of social media and make it the place to go for for my brand of flintlock fantasy.