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Carol Berg, author

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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.

next stop

April 18-21, 2019
Doubletree Seattle Airport Hotel
Seatac WA


Cate Glass books

An Illusion of Thieves
An Illusion of Thieves
A Conjuring of Assassins
    Forthcoming February 2020
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
    Winner of the Colorado Book Award
The Daemon Prism

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

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

Bridge of D'Arnath
The Bridge of D'Arnath:
Son of Avonar
Guardians of the Keep
The Soul Weaver
Daughter of Ancients
    Winner of the 2006 Prism Award

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


writing news
The Chimera Lives! window

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?
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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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

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