Scott Marlowe, fantasy author

Scott Marlowe

Author of the Alchemancer and Assassin Without a Name fantasy series

FAQ for The Five Elements

This is third and last post in which I will highlight the last section in the landing/product page for The Five Elements, that being the FAQ. I've only got a few questions listed right now, some of which came out of an interview I did with Kindle Fantasy Authors. I think if I set my mind to it I could come up with some more, but there's something odd about writing up questions to which you already know the answers. So, if anyone out there does have anything nagging at them about either The Alchemancer series as a whole or The Five Elements in particular, comment below or contact me via my contact page.

Of course, these questions and answers are already out on the The Five Elements' product page. Any additional ones will go there as well.

Here, then, is The Five Elements FAQ:

FAQ

How many books are there in The Alchemancer series?

The plan is that The Alchemancer series will span 4-5 novels. While I think there are enough stories in these characters to go well beyond that, I do have a pretty good idea where I want the immediate, overarching storyline to go, and I think 4-5 novels will suit things just fine. I should add that while there are subsequent novels in the series, the story told in The Five Elements does come to a conclusion. In other words, it won't leave you hanging waiting for the next novel.

What's the next book in the series and when will it be out?

The second book in The Alchemancer series is called The Incandescent Engine. I'm working towards having a rough draft completed by September '12. After that, it will go through many revisions. If all goes well, it should be complete by January '13. I wish I could do better on the date, but I still have to work a day job, so...

What's an "alchemancer"?

In the strictest sense, it's the combination of an "alchemist" or "alchemy" and a "-mancer" (someone who practices divination). This would make an alchemancer someone who practices divination by way of alchemy. However, in the context of the series, it's much more than that. Think of an alchemancer as part alchemist, mathematician, scientist, and maybe a bit of sorcerer or witch as well. It's not necessarily someone who actively practices magic, but someone who bends it to their will by means of alchemy, mechanics, or some other principle of science. Further, "the" alchemancer is an individual who may usher in a new age of enlightenment, or perhaps one of darkness. You'll find out as the larger story unfolds.

The Places of The Five Elements

Following in the footsteps of last night's post where I detailed the characters of my fantasy/pseudoscience novel, The Five Elements, tonight I give you the places of The Five Elements. Surprisingly, there aren't that many. Much of the story takes place in Norwynne, then onboard an airship, and within a couple of different houses out in the wilderness.

Oh, almost forgot, there's a volcano and a floating city, too.

You can also see this info out on the new product/landing page for the novel.

Last comment… this *is* leading up to something (a hint: it involves 'free' and 'eBooks'). Check back tomorrow night. Until then…

Places

Norwynne Keep

A prosperous yet remote oceanside city that began as a military outpost. It boasts the fabled wall Regrok, which has never been breached or broken, and Ellingrel, Tower of Sorcery. The city-keep is ruled by Lord Vuller.

Ellingrel

Norwynne's Tower of Sorcery where reside Elsanar, his coterie, and their staff.

The Underkeep

The area beneath Norwynne built out by the dwarves who once called the remote location home. Abandoned long ago, only the highest sub-levels have been converted for use by the city's current residents. It is said dwarven treasure remains to be found somewhere deep down, though no one has ever found anything.

Ursool's house

Ursool's home in the woods.

Wildemoore Manor

A remote abode called home by Master Ansanom and his apprentice, Serena.

Griffin

The Griffin is a one-of-a-kind airship specially designed to stay aloft for long periods of time and to ascend to especially high altitudes.

Cauldron Mountain

A volcano, presently active.

Valacia

A city in the clouds.

The Characters of The Five Elements

I recently whipped up a new product/landing page for The Five Elements. Sort of a one stop/one page destination for people who have already read the book and want some more information about the novel, its characters, and its places, or for people who haven't yet read it but want to get a better feel for what it's about before buying.

The top half of the page is the sort of stuff you can find anywhere: reviews, a link to buy the novel, etc.

The bottom half is something I'm calling "The Five Elements Miscellany". This section is comprised of Characters, Places, and a FAQ. Below you will find that first section, or you can visit the landing page which is now complete.

Characters

Aaron

Alchemist, mathematician, metallurgist, sorcerer's apprentice, Aaron is an unpretentious, gifted fifteen year old apprenticed to the great master sorcerer, Elsanar. He hails from Taloo, an oceanside fishing village south of Norwynne Keep, but since his apprenticeship has lived in Ellingrel, Norwynne's Tower of Sorcery.

Shanna

Shanna is a free-spirited fifteen year old who wants, above all else, freedom from the life of drudgery that awaits her as she enters adulthood. She is given this opportunity when Norwynne is near leveled by an elemental attack.

Ensel Rhe

A member of the blue-black skinned race known as eslar, Ensel Rhe's reasons for coming to Norwynne remain as enigmatic as the blood-stained satchel he carries with him everywhere. Folk know only that he is a mercenary in the employ of Norwynne's sorcerers. What tasks they set him on remain as mysterious as the eslar himself.

Elsanar

Greatest of the three master sorcerers who call Norwynne home. He recognized immediately the value Aaron might bring to his research, and so he enlisted him as his apprentice.

Rion

The youngest of the three master sorcerers of Norwynne Keep.

Vuller

Lord of Norwynne Keep.

Jadjin

A healer. She arrived at Norwynne from the far south years ago and decided to stay.

Ursool

A witch. An ally of Ensel Rhe's.

Erlek

Savant, scholar, man of science. He walks as if an elder one moment, then moves with the swiftness of a twenty year old the next. His purpose is both mysterious and diabolical.

Erlek's Tool

A boy who carries himself as if a king. He is always at Erlek's side.

Ansanom

A master sorcerer in his own right, Ansanom is ally and friend to Elsanar. He dwells in the remote manor house known as Wildemoore.

Serena

Master Ansanom's apprentice.

Krosus

Houndmaster. He leads a pack of demonic hounds and is a demon himself.

Corrin

A bully who goes out of his way to torment Aaron.

Tom

A cabin boy serving on an airship called the Griffin.

Sergeant Tippin

A sergeant in Lord Vuller's army.

Kelgin Blackhand

Dwarven clan leader of Fire Rock. Wielder of Soljilnor, the Flaming Cutter.

Engus Rul

A dwarven raider. Second-in-command after Kelgin.

Keln

A dwarven raider

Mirna

Erlek's servant.