Chimera: 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.

New fantasy adventure from

Cate Glass

An Illusion of Thieves

An Illusion of Thieves

In a land where the taint of magic is a death sentence, four sorcerers find an unexpected calling...

When Romy's brother risks using magic for petty thieving, she exerts her influence as the Shadow Lord’s beloved courtesan to save his life. The price is her dismissal from nine years of settled happiness. Forced back to her roots in Cantagna’s Beggar's Ring, Romy has only her wits and her own secret magic to make a new life for herself and her angry young brother. As they struggle to survive, they find allies in unexpected quarters -- a professional duelist with a dangerous past and a metalsmith with an unusual skill for forgery.  

Cast as scapegoat in a plot to overthrow the Shadow Lord and drive Cantagna into civil war, Romy, her brother, and their newfound partners must risk exposing their secrets to save Romy's life and preserve Cantagna’s future as a city of justice and enlightenment.

And forthcoming in 2020, the next Chimera adventure. . .
A Conjuring of Assassins

Romy and her partners of the Chimera have embraced their roles as the Shadow Lord’s agents, using their forbidden magic to accomplish tasks his other spies cannot. Their new mission seems simple.

- Locate a prisoner arrested for spying
- Discover where the spy has hidden a list of powerful men and women pledged to assassinate Cantagna’s most dangerous enemy.
- Destroy the list before it plunges the entire Costa Drago into a firestorm of murderous vengeance.
Not so simple. No one – not even the Shadow Lord – knows where the prisoner is being held. The Mercediaran ambassador, who will take custody of the prisoner, has a fascination with divination, a strange obsession with perfection, a terror of malignant spirits, and a murky past. And when Placidio and Romy infiltrate the ambassador’s household by impersonating a cloth merchant and an aspiring diviner, they discover that the ambassador’s oddities and the prisoner’s identity signal dangers far more explosive than exposing the Assassins List.

Cover art by Alyssa Winans

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