Scott Marlowe, fantasy author

Scott Marlowe

Author of the Alchemancer and Assassin Without a Name fantasy series

Alchemancer series

The Five Elements (The Alchemancer: Book One) The Nullification Engine (The Alchemancer: Book Two)

Assassin Without a Name series

Fine Wine (A Tale of the Assassin Without a Name #1) Killing the Dead (A Tale of the Assassin Without a Name #2) Night of Zealotry (A Tale of the Assassin Without a Name #3) The Goddard Affair (A Tale of the Assassin Without a Name #4) Thief's Gambit (A Tale of the Assassin Without a Name #5) Assassin's Justice (A Tale of the Assassin Without a Name #6) Witch's Imperative (A Tale of the Assassin Without a Name #7)

Standalone

The Hall of the Wood

Compilations & Collections

Tales of Uhl (The Five Elements, Hall of the Wood, The Killing Knife) The Assassin's Blade (A Tale of the Assassin Without a Name #1-7) The Killing Knife (A Tale of the Assassin Without a Name #1-3)
The Five Elements

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THE FIVE ELEMENTS

Book One of the Alchemancer Series

The Five Elements

When powerful earth sorcerers forsook their vows to harness the earth not with magic, but with science, their brethren struck them down and hunted them to the last. Or so they thought... Now, five hundred years later, one person seeks to carry on the work of those first early thinkers by making the parts of their greatest creation whole again.

Aaron and Shanna fall victim to these ambitions when their home is leveled by a surprise elemental attack. In the ensuing chaos, the two are separated. For Shanna, hardship soon turns to fortune, as she finds herself embarking upon the greatest adventure of her life. Only the worst of nightmares awaits Aaron. Hunted at every turn, the only thing keeping him alive is his own resourcefulness and an eslar mercenary whose reputation as a killer might make him the worst threat of all.

Though Aaron and Shanna travel different paths, their purpose is joined when they individually learn of the mysterious Fifth Element. Shanna sees it as the final piece in the puzzle that is her destiny. To Aaron's logical mind, it is an impossible ambiguity. Whatever the answer, the Fifth Element draws them back together and into a final confrontation that will mean the end of everything unless they succeed.

Read the first three chapters: [ 1 ] [ 2 ] [ 3 ]

The Five Elements survived Jefferson Smith's #ImmerseOrDie challenge The Five Elements selected as one of Fantasy Review Barn's 2013 Gems The Five Elements included in StoryBundle's latest Fantasy Bundle

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The Nullification Engine

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THE NULLIFICATION ENGINE

Book Two of the Alchemancer Series

The Nullification Engine

The city of Brighton promises new beginnings for Aaron, Serena, and the taciturn eslar, Ensel Rhe. But, upon their arrival, Aaron and Serena are arrested for their role in the Chaos of a week ago, while Ensel Rhe slips away on business of his own.

The pair are given the opportunity to plead their case before the earl himself, whereupon they are released and assigned a very special duty, for deep below the palace lies the Nullification Engine, an ancient machine completed hundreds of years ago but never activated. Until now. While Aaron and Serena struggle to unravel the machine's mysteries, Ensel Rhe confronts his past once more when he learns his daughter has come to Brighton, but in the company of one of his greatest enemies.

A race against time begins as Aaron comes to realize the Nullification Engine was never turned on for a reason, for once the machine reaches a state of full nullitivity, it will destroy Brighton and everyone in it.

Read the first three chapters: [ 1 ] [ 2 ] [ 3 ]

The Nullification Engine selected as one of Fantasy Review Barn's 2014 Gems

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Fine Wine

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FINE WINE

A Tale of the Assassin Without a Name #1

Fine Wine

Abelard has made enemies. The Assassin Without a Name is sent to deal with him. But death isn't always the answer.

In this short introductory tale, an assassin makes a deal.

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Killing the Dead

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KILLING THE DEAD

A Tale of the Assassin Without a Name #2

Killing the Dead

Some say the dead should stay dead. Not everyone agrees.

The priests purged one of their own with holy fire. Now they need the Assassin Without a Name to finish the job.

In this short tale, an assassin is hired to kill the already dead.

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Night of Zealotry

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NIGHT OF ZEALOTRY

A Tale of the Assassin Without a Name #3

Night of Zealotry

Take out the mark, retrieve the scroll, and avoid getting killed by his protection detail of Black Guard mercenaries. That was the job. Simple enough, or so the Assassin Without a Name thought, until he finds himself smack in the middle of three organizations all vying for possession of the item he just stole.

Of the three, the worst is the Jakaree, a group of fanatical priests willing to kill to fulfill their mysterious goals. But by making the Assassin Without a Name a target, they're about to get a lesson in death themselves from one of the best.

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The Goddard Affair

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THE GODDARD AFFAIR

A Tale of the Assassin Without a Name #4

The Goddard Affair

The Assassin Without a Name is on the hunt, looking for the secret organizations which recently tried to kill him before they can try again. But the work of his trade doesn't stop just because of personal business, so when a new client named Walter Goddard comes around wishing to have a rival eliminated, the Assassin Without a Name takes the job.

Only after the task is complete does he learn that Walter Goddard is a member of the Society for the Progression of Science and Technology, one of the very same organizations he's been seeking. At one of the society’s premiere technology galas, the Assassin Without a Name meets Gwendolyn Morgan, a beautiful widow with society problems of her own. Not only does she believe the organization hired an assassin to murder her husband, but she’s certain she’s next. Convincing himself he’s only helping Gwendolyn in exchange for the society’s darkest secrets and not because of his part in making the woman a widow, the Assassin Without a Name finds himself in the unusual role of protector as the society dispatches their Black Guard watchdogs to kill them both.

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Thief's Gambit

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THIEF'S GAMBIT

A Tale of the Assassin Without a Name #5

Thief's Gambit

The hunter has become the hunted, as the Assassin Without a Name is forced from his usual haunts by Gwendolyn Goddard and her Black Guard watchdogs. On the run and out of patience, a welcome distraction arrives in the form of an old flame, Elizabeth West, who recruits him for a special Warder mission. The fanatical Jakaree are on the move, searching for an ancient relic so diabolical, the Warders are intent on destroying it before the zealots can lay a hand on it.

But the Assassin Without a Name soon learns that Elizabeth has something bigger in mind. Suspicious of her employer's true motives, she sets out to uncover the truth, leading them on a harrowing escapade across Alchester's rooftops, deep beneath the city's once grand temples, and into the sky onboard a Warder airship.

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Assassin's Justice

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ASSASSIN'S JUSTICE

A Tale of the Assassin Without a Name #6

Assassin's Justice

The Assassin Without a Name has a new client and a new job in the form of Kaileesh, a Southlander too sly for his own good. The job goes down without a hitch, but things sour when it comes time to settle. Finding himself at the receiving end of a double-cross isn't anything new for the Assassin Without a Name, so he knows just what to do to Kaileesh. But the situation becomes more complicated when he learns Kaileesh was in league with an influential member of Alchester's gentry. What starts as simple revenge becomes something more as the Assassin Without a Name formulates a plan to bring his own particular form of justice down on the heads of those who betrayed him.

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Witch's Imperative

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WITCH'S IMPERATIVE

A Tale of the Assassin Without a Name #7

Witch's Imperative

"Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble." - William Shakespeare

Trouble arrives for the Assassin Without a Name when he is waylaid by a woman with strange powers and a stranger disposition. Claiming she is not a witch, but "something worse," she tells him her name is Mathilda and that she wishes to hire him. The mark? None other than the supreme leader of the Warders, an organization Mathilda believes will bring death and destruction to Alchester unless they are stopped.

But the Warders aren't the only ones with such grand, dire designs. The Progressive Society, led by Gwendolyn Goddard, sets in motion an ambitious plan that will put Mathilda and the Assassin Without a Name's fortitude to the test, for they'll have to fight more than just the living if they hope to survive.

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The Hall of the Wood

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THE HALL OF THE WOOD

The Hall of the Wood

All is not right in the Simarron Woods.

The King's Patrol has vanished. Their Hall stands empty. Goblins prowl the fringes of the forest and folk whisper of a sitheri witch brewing evil from the darkest hollows.

Once a patroller of the Hall, Jerrick is duty-bound to investigate. He is joined by Kayra Weslin, knight errant, and her chronicler, Holly, who go to answer a plea for help from nearby Homewood. Along with Murik Alon Rin'kres, an eslar sorcerer who harbors a secret purpose all his own, the four attempt to unravel the mystery of the missing patrollers. They soon find tales of their disappearance frighteningly untrue.

Read the first three chapters: [ 1 ] [ 2 ] [ 3 ]

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Tales of Uhl (The Five Elements, Hall of the Wood, The Killing Knife)

TALES OF UHL

Tales of Uhl (The Five Elements, Hall of the Wood, The Killing Knife)

Uhl is a place of legends, where grandiose tales hold dominion; where a loom of imagination weaves astonishing fabrications; where wonder, fear, and--less often--triumph, are the order of the day.

Start your journey in this collection by strapping yourself in as Aaron, sorcerer's apprentice and alchemist, seeks mastery over elemental forces in The Five Elements (The Alchemancer: Book One). Then step away from civilization for a time to immerse yourself in the frontier and its dangers as Jerrick Bur, King's Patroller, attempts to unravel the mystery of the missing rangers in The Hall of the Wood. Last, get ready to prowl the main streets and back alleys of Alchester with the Assassin Without a Name in Fine Wine, Killing the Dead, and Night of Zealotry (collectively, The Killing Knife).

Tales of Uhl is approximately 850 pages long and contains the following two short stories, novelette, and two full-length novels:

Fine Wine

Abelard has made enemies. The Assassin Without a Name is sent to deal with him. But death isn't always the answer.

Killing the Dead

The priests purged one of their own with holy fire. Now they need the Assassin Without a Name to finish the job.

Night of Zealotry

Take out the mark, retrieve the scroll, and avoid getting killed by his Black Guard protectors. That was the job. Simple enough, or so the Assassin Without a Name thought, until he finds himself smack in the middle of three organizations, each willing to kill to possess the item he just stole.

Hall of the Wood

All is not right in the Simarron. On his way home to the Ranger Hall of the Wood, Jerrick receives a chilling warning: the rangers are dead, the Simarron Woods, thrown into peril. Nearby Homewood has issued a plea for help, a summonings which Kayra Weslin, knight errant, and her chronicler, Holly, answer. Along with Murik Alon Rin'kres, an eslar sorcerer who harbors a secret purpose all his own, the four attempt to unravel the mystery of the missing rangers. They soon find tales of their demise frighteningly untrue.

The Five Elements

Aaron wants nothing more than to study his tomes, perform his experiments, and spend time with his closest friend, Shanna. Substitute the occasional romp about the city for the books and plenty of games of crutchit for the smelly alchemicals, and Shanna is just fine with that too.

But such routines are thrown into chaos when an elemental attack levels their home. Aaron thinks Shanna killed, while Aaron himself is forced to flee for his life. For Shanna, who survives that fateful night, the greatest adventure of her life is about to begin. Only the worst of nightmares awaits Aaron: pursued by dwarves, hell hounds, and a demon who will not stop until he is dead, the only thing keeping him alive is his own resourcefulness and an eslar mercenary whose reputation as a killer might make him the worst threat of all.

The Assassin's Blade (A Tale of the Assassin Without a Name #1-7)

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THE ASSASSIN'S BLADE

A Tale of the Assassin Without a Name #1-7

The Assassin's Blade (A Tale of the Assassin Without a Name #1-7)

I had a name once, same as everyone else, but after one glorious night of murder it was no longer safe to use. Small sacrifice for ensuring my sister's safety, I figured. So now I don't use one. In my line of work, it's not necessary anyway. What is my line of work? Murder, of course, though I fancy myself more than just an assassin. Gentleman, thief, wine connoisseur, adventurer, a man of a thousand names and none. I'm all of those things and more.

My life was about as normal as one could hope until one particular job came along. Kill the artificer, steal the plans, make an exchange. Simple enough, until a band of fanatical priests ambushed and tried to kill me. Turns out the plans have something to do with a source of dark energy. The priests aren't the only ones interested in it, either. I've no interest in being a hero, but I'll do whatever I have to do to keep my city--and my sister--safe. There's already blood on my hands. What's a little more?

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Enter a world of intrigue, adventure, magic, technology, and, of course, murder, as the Assassin Without a Name finds himself embroiled in a secret war where all is lost no matter who wins.

The Assassin's Blade is a compilation of the first seven Assassin Without a Name fantasy adventure stories. It includes:

  1. Fine Wine
  2. Killing the Dead
  3. Night of Zealotry
  4. The Goddard Affair
  5. Thief's Gambit
  6. Assassin's Justice
  7. Witch's Imperative

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The Killing Knife (A Tale of the Assassin Without a Name #1-3)

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THE KILLING KNIFE

A Tale of the Assassin Without a Name #1-3

The Killing Knife (A Tale of the Assassin Without a Name #1-3)

The Assassin Without a Name takes the jobs he wants, dispensing death, or mercy, as he sees fit. His is a life of luxury, with a glass of the finest wine in one hand and a killing knife in the other.

At least until the Jakaree, a group of death-dealing fanatics, arrive with plans to subsume the city of Alchester in permanent darkness. When the Assassin Without a Name's closest friend and former lover finds herself embroiled in their machinations, he sets out to give the death-dealers a true lesson in death that they'll never forget.

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Enter a world of intrigue, adventure, magic, technology, and, of course, murder, as the Assassin Without a Name finds himself embroiled in a secret war where all is lost no matter who wins.

The Killing Knife is a compilation of the first three Assassin Without a Name fantasy adventure stories, Fine Wine, Killing the Dead, and Night of Zealotry.

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