f Carol Berg: Author

Carol Berg, author

Happy Autumn! May the season bring good health in body, mind, air (for those of us in wildfire areas), and politics!

books appearances get in touch press kit

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.

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All in-person appearances canceled
But yes, some on-line appearances


Cate Glass books

An Illusion of Thieves
An Illusion of Thieves
    Colorado Book Award Winner
A Conjuring of Assassins
A Summoning of Demons
    Forthcoming 2021
Carol Berg books

The Sanctuary Duet
Dust and Light
Ash and Silver

Novels of the Collegia Magica
Novels of the Collegia Magica
The Spirit Lens
The Soul Mirror
    Colorado Book Award Winner
The Daemon Prism

Flesh and Spirit
The Lighthouse Duet
Flesh And Spirit
Breath and Bone
    Colorado Book Award Winner
    Mythopoeic Fantasy Award Winner

Books of the Rai-kirah
Books of the Rai-kirah
    Geffen Award Winner

Bridge of D'Arnath
The Bridge of D'Arnath:
Son of Avonar
Guardians of the Keep
The Soul Weaver
Daughter of Ancients
    Prism Award Winner

Song of the Beast
Song of the Beast
A standalone fantasy.
    Colorado Book Award Winner


writing news
Fine news...

Illusion of Thieves cover art 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.

Join me in some recent Interviews and Podcasts:
Ramblings From an Alternate Reality Blog Author Spotlight (2020)
Writers Drinking Coffee Podcast(2020) with Chaz and Karen Brenchley and Jennie Warner
Fantasy Book Critic (2020)
Blackgate Online (2019)

I also am participating in the Colorado Writers' Collaborative, a virtual writers' conference that is free to all comers on YouTube for the entire month of September. Over forty workshops and keynotes from those scheduled to teach at three canceled events for 2020.

FYI, I am now on Instagram @carolbergwriter. Not because I need extra social media (ahem, my Twitter feed has been noticeably quiet this spring and summer - sorry). But because of an invitation from @magicbookcorner who is doing a series of posts/reviews on my books this month. It is AWESOME. Gorgeous photos and some lovely posts. I will be joining in with some Q/A sessions.

The Next Chimera Adventure! window

A Summoning of Demons, the third adventure of the Chimera, and my third novel under the name of Cate Glass, will arrive on 2-2-2021.

So what's new or different in Summoning? Our four partners have had a quiet summer since the harrowing culmination of their second mission. The most menacing threat comes from a petty crew of kidnappers called the Cavalieri Teschio - or Skull Knights who have moved from taking laborers' children for small ransoms to snatching youths of better families. But about the time our four sorcerers start to think that the Shadow Lord has decided the Chimera crew is too risky to employ, an earthquake strikes the city. Rapidly escalating events--Romy's plague of lurid dreams, increased anti-sorcery harangues from the Philosophic Confraternity, heavier patrols by the grotesque, ever-present magic sniffers -- culminate in a message from the Shadow Lord about an arranged marriage with a reluctant bride. He wishes the marriage stopped without, fearing it will result in severe consequences for Cantagna's "reasonable governance" - that power-hungry fanatics will gain influence over the voices of reason. And by the way, the rushed arrangements give the Chimera only two days to figure out how to stop an ironclad contract. And in the midst of this frantic enterprise, mysterious friend returns with dire warnings for Romy's safety...

Read an excerpt of A Summoning of Demons at Cate's website.

Preorder A Summoning of Demons at Amazon, Indiebound, or Barnes and Noble.

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...

To learn more about the Chimera series visit Cate's website.

You can read an excerpt of An Illusion of Thieves and an excerpt of A Conjuring of Assassins at the site, as well.

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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Deadline for entries is 9/1/2020!

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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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