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.
The Chimera Lives!
An Illusion of Thieves, my debut novel under the name of Cate Glass, arrived in the glory of its stunning Alyssa Winans cover on May 21. It is the first in my new fantasy adventure series from Tor Books - Chimera. It will be quickly followed by A Conjuring of Assassins in February 2020. And a third sometime in late 2020 or early 2021 (can that date be right??)
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...
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.
This year's travels
I hope to see some of you at Miscon (Missoula MT, Memorial Day), GenCon - Writers Symposium (Indianapolis, August), the Colorado Gold Writers Conference (Denver, September), or MilHiCon (Denver, October). Jury is still out on World Fantasy (LA, November). Check out details on my appearances page.
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- Find Cate on Facebook <www.facebook.com/categlass.writer>
There will likely be some repetition between these sources, but I hope to formulate some sort of division of labor soon.
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An Illusion of Thieves (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
Copyright © Carol Berg 2019