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Information about Cate's fantasy adventure novels, including maps, glossaries, FAQs, release dates, and cover art, as well as dates and locations of readings, book signings, and convention appearances.

Cate's books

The Chimera 
Illusion of Thieves An Illusion of Thieves
A Conjuring of Assassins A Conjuring of Assassins


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April 18-21, 2019
Doubletree Seattle Airport Hotel
Seatac WA




Conjuring cover art New Alyssa Winans cover art for Book 2 of the Chimera, A Conjuring of Assassins. I call it gorgeous. And yes, that's Placidio up on that rooftop! You remember Placidio. A professional duelist, not very promising on first look:

...one might easily doubt that Placidio di Vasil’s swollen, seeping eyes could take in the details of my household. The rest of him was no more promising. He reeked of wine and urine. An angry scar creased his face from the left eye to a square chin buried in a clotted rats’ nest of black hair. Grime and grease disguised the colors of his limp shirt and threadbare doublet.     Yet my expectations were not entirely correct, either. I’d thought him run to fat, but the buff jerkin and leather breeches hugged a big frame layered with muscle and sinew, and though the taverner Fesci had called him old man, not even his unhealthy skin would mark the duelist past five-and-thirty. --An Illusion of Thieves

But, of course, he proved to be a great deal more than he appeared.

A Conjuring of Assassins will be released in February 2020.

The Beginning of the Chimera Adventure!
window An Illusion of Thieves, the first book of the Chimera is out from Tor Books.

The stories of the Chimera recount the adventures of four people who've spent their very different lives hiding some most astounding talents:

In the independencies of the Costa Drago, use of magic reaps a death sentence. But four sorcerers—a former courtesan, a professional duelist, a metalsmith, and an angry, illiterate youth—find purpose beyond simple survival. Calling themselves the Chimera, the four hire out their extraordinary talents to il Padroné — the Master — Cantagna's Shadow Lord, for missions of intrigue that ungifted spies would find impossible.

You should be able to find it in your favorite brick and mortar bookstore, as well as online booksellers. It is available in print and ebook at independent bookstores, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and on MacMillan digital audio (Indiebound) and Audible.com.

Some early reviews:

"Political intrigue, deceit, and forbidden talents...with a Mission Impossible vibe." --Booklist (starred review)

"...a lively, twisty tale of intrigue, theft, and double-crosses." --Kirkus Reviews

"A grand, romantic, fantastical adventure." --B&N Sci-Fi and Fantasy blog

"Very tense and twisty [with] a world that feels broad and deep and believable... seriously compelling." --Locus Magazine

So why the window? Because the Chimera stories have their foundation in the Independency of Cantagna - a city teetering between old ways and a vision of enlightenment. Where jealousies of privilege compete with more inclusive wealth. Where myths long codified in law and art just won't quite die out. Where plots and intrigues grow in the shadows...

Before us and on every side, the grandeur of Cantagna’s wealth rose in a magnificence of towers and spires, sculpted facades, and sprawling palaces. A gushing fountain centered the piazza. The monumental bronze depicted Atladu’s Leviathan drowning the kingdom of Sysaline on the day the beast washed the monster Dragonis out of the sky. Behind the fountain stood the Palazzo Segnori—the same venue my brother and I visited for his Quarter Day parole reports. The palazzo’s pillared loggia stretched left and right, and above it the harmonious rows of windows, like bright eyes ever open to the world. --An Illusion of Thieves

Learn more about the Chimera series.

Read an an excerpt of An Illusion of Thieves.

Browse the newly added Glossary and Pronunciation Guide for the Chimera World.

And what's next?

The Stair Book 2 of the Chimera, A Conjuring of Assassins is already in the works. I love this photo. It captures another piece of Cantagna, the Scala Ciondolante, exactly. The Chimera books are fantasy adventure--and the incident on the Dangling Stair opens another crack in Romy's certainties about the world.

   Sweat beaded on my spine as I strolled out of the potter’s stall, past the shuttered glassmaker’s shop and a cobbler’s stall. One of the brick arches that marked the boundaries of Piazza Vasaio lay just ahead. A neat signboard read, SCALA CIONDOLANTE. The Dangling Stair. A set of worn and very steep steps that led straight down from Piazza Vasaio to the Market Ring Gate.
   The day had gone quiet. Conversations had retreated behind walls. Tradesmen and householders lunched indoors. Children and elders had vanished from stoops and benches as if winter frost had dropped down on us out of season.
   As if straight from my own horror, a wordless screech split the quiet from the jumble of houses and shops just beyond the piazza boundaries.
   I clutched the luck charm in my waist pocket as I walked briskly through the boundary arch, watching my step on the crumbling stair like the other stragglers. A water carrier. Two prosperous-looking clerks in starched ruffs and tall hats. A woman carrying a bolt of gray wool. Perhaps ten others were in sight farther down.
   A second howl arrowed from the piazza directly behind me.
   “Must have a demon on the run,” shouted one of the clerks, a gleeful, ruddy-cheeked young man, holding his hat as he took the steps two at a time on his way up to the piazza.
-- A Conjuring of Assassins

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An Illusion of Thieves(Tor) cover art by Alyssa Winans
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