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:


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.