Monsters of the Earth (Mass Market)

The Books of the Elements, Volume Three

By David Drake

Tor Fantasy, 9780765360472, 432pp.

Publication Date: November 25, 2014

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Hardcover (9/3/2013)
MP3 CD (6/28/2016)

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Governor Saxa, of the great city of Carce, a fantasy analog of ancient Rome, is rusticating at his villa. When Saxa's son Varus accompanies Corylus on a visit to the household of his father, Crispus, a retired military commander, Saxa graciously joins the party with his young wife Hedia, daughter Alphena, and a large entourage of his servants, making it a major social triumph for Crispus. But on the way to the event, something goes amiss. Varus, who has been the conduit for supernatural visions before, experiences another: giant crystalline worms devouring the entire world.

Soon the major characters are each involved in supernatural events caused by a struggle between two powerful magicians, both mentored by the deceased poet and mage Vergil, one of whom wants to destroy the world and the other who wishes to stop him. But which is which? There is a complex web of human and supernatural deceit to be unraveled.

Monsters of the Earth, the new novel in David Drake's ongoing chronicles of Carce, The Books of the Elements, is a gripping and intricate work of fantasy.

About the Author

David Drake (born 1945) sold his first story (a fantasy) at age 20. His undergraduate majors at the University of Iowa were history (with honors) and Latin (BA, 1967). He uses his training in both subjects extensively in his fiction.

David entered Duke Law School in 1967 and graduated five years later (JD, 1972). The delay was caused by his being drafted into the US Army. He served in 1970 as an enlisted interrogator with the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, the Blackhorse, in Viet Nam and Cambodia. He has used his legal and particularly his military experiences extensively in his fiction also.

David practiced law for eight years; drove a city bus for one year; and has been a full-time freelance writer since 1981, writing such novels as Out of the Waters and Monsters of the Earth. He reads and travels extensively.

Praise For Monsters of the Earth: The Books of the Elements, Volume Three

“Imaginative and fast-paced… A world so solidly realistic that the fantastic elements become all the more vivid and wondrous.” —Publishers Weekly on Out of the Waters

“Consummate storyteller and prolific author Drake's latest novel should please his many fans as well as fans of the classical age.” —Library Journal on Out of the Waters

“Has the readability and intelligence that we have come to associate with Drake's work--not only his classic military SF, but also his growing body of superior fantasy.” —Booklist on Out of the Waters

“An outstanding fantasy series, showing once again that Drake is among the most versatile of authors in the SF/Fantasy genres.” —S.M. Stirling on Goddess of the Ice Realm

“Fascinating throughout, a pleasure to read...certainly one of the finest epic fantasies of the decade.” —Piers Anthony on The Lord of the Isles

“David Drake's work here is original, engrossing, and instantly credible.” —Stephen R. Donaldson on The Lord of the Isles