Carol Berg, author
Information about my epic fantasy novels, including maps,
glossaries, FAQs, release dates, and cover art, as well as dates and locations of readings, book signings, and convention appearances.
On May 30, 2020, Colorado Humanities and Center for the Book announced that An Illusion of Thieves has won the 2020 Colorado Book Award in the fantasy/science fiction category. Colorado Book Awards are given out every year for excellence in books published in the previous year by Colorado authors, artists, and photographers.
A Conjuring of Assassins, the second novel of the Chimera, and my second novel under the name of Cate Glass, arrives in the glory of its stunning Alyssa Winans cover on 2-4-2020.
So what's new or different in Conjuring? Our four partners have just come off their first successful caper, having decided that it felt awesome to have a purpose for their magic beyond preserving their own lives. (Alas, most sorcerers left in in the Costa Drago don't ever get that opportunity.) Now that they're comfortable with each other, they'll try to learn a little more. Romy, in particular, is frustrated by a limitation of her talent for impersonation and is trying hard to get past it.
If you've read An Illusion of Thieves you know that there is another task waiting for them. And we dive right in early on. That task turns out to be a lot more complicated that it seems. (Is that a surprise?) It requires research, investigation, some pilfering, some exploration of hidden parts of the city, discoveries...ooh, what is that on these maps?...a return to a place Romy never imagined she would go back to, even for an hour. And it happens that matters are more complicated by a most unusual stranger who washes up on the banks of the Venia.
You can read an excerpt of A Conjuring of Assassins at Cate's site.
So what is the Chimera?
Webster and Britannica and Google say that a chimera is:
1. a mythical creature, a fire-breathing female with face, body, and limbs of three different beasts.
2. something that exists only in the imagination and is not possible in reality.
Both definitions hold sway in this series. Romy could certainly be called a fire-breathing female and a fantastical creature of many aspects--and the person who gave her that name in admiration knew it. It also comes to mean something else in the series. I'll let you find that one out.
As for the series itself, I call it my (pre-Cruise)Mission Impossible. With magic. In a world reminiscent of Renaissance Italy. You know, intrigue, mercenaries, poison rings, artists, family rivalries, political skullduggery of all kinds. And, certainly, the mythos of the Costa Drago that makes using magic a mortal crime starts to creep into everyday doings...
I've turned in a third Chimera novel, so it should be showing up sometime in late 2020 or early 2021. Stay tuned for that.
Why the window?
To set the mood, of course. Get a flavor...
A gushing fountain centered the piazza, a monumental bronze of Atladu’s Leviathan drowning
the kingdom of Sysaline on the day it washed the monster Dragonis out of
the sky. Behind the fountain stood the Palazzo Segnori—the same venue my brother and I visited for his Quarter Day parole reports. The palazzo’s pillared loggia stretched left and right, and above it
the harmonious rows of windows, like bright eyes ever open to
the world. --An Illusion of Thieves
To learn more about the Chimera series visit Cate's website.
You can read an excerpt of An Illusion of Thieves at the site, as well.
Some recent Interviews and Podcasts:
- Fantasy Book Critic (2020)
- Blackgate Online (2019)
- That's My Book Panel - Live from GenCon(2019)
- Carol Berg and Kristin Britain - Live from GenCon (2019)
This year's travels
Alas, as you might guess, all my in-person appearances for the rest of 2020 have been canceled. There might be some on-line opportunities along the way. But indeed, this is a small thing beside the devastation of COVID 19 for so many people. I will miss you all! Stay in touch and stay well. Listen to each other.
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An Illusion of Thieves (Tor) cover art by Alyssa Winans.
A Conjuring of Assassins (Tor) cover art by Alyssa Winans.
Dust and Light and Ash and Silver(Roc) cover art by Gene Mollica
The Spirit Lens, The Soul Mirror, and The Daemon Prism (Roc) cover art by Gordon Crabb
Restoration (Roc) cover art by Matt Stawicki
Son of Avonar (Roc) cover art by Matt Stawicki
Breath and Bone (Roc) cover art by Luis Royo
Flesh and Spirit (Roc) cover art by Luis Royo
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