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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
Colorado Book Award Winner
A Conjuring of Assassins A Conjuring of Assassins
A Summoning of Demons A Summoning of Demons


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The Chimera's Third Adventure is Out!
It's a perilous time in Cantagna...

Conjuring cover art Of course it is! After a long summer without word from their employer, the city experiences a violent earthquake. In a cascading series of events, the four sorcerers of the Chimera are hit from all sides:

Romy's increasingly lurid and disturbing dreams.
A gang of petty kidnappers with a menacing side business.
Increasingly virulent anti-sorcery harangues from the Philosophic Confraternity, and heavier patrols by their grotesque, ever-present magic sniffers.
The return of a mysterious friend with revelations about old mysteries and dire warnings of an inescapable danger.
Oh, yes, and demons...
All of these tangle inextricably with the simplest of missions-to prevent an arranged marriage between a oddly dull young man who does not allow himself to sleep and a brilliant young woman with ideas that could upend the certainties of history and the balance of reason and fanaticism in Cantagna.

A Summoning of Demons, the third adventure of the Chimera, is now out in print and ebook (with this cool cover from Alyssa Winans).

Read an an excerpt of A Summoning of Demons.

Find A Summoning of Demons online at Amazon, Indiebound, or Barnes and Noble or at your local brick-and-mortar bookstore.

Learn more about the Chimera series.

Browse an updated Glossary and Pronunciation Guide for the Chimera World.

Did you miss the Second Adventure?

Conjuring cover art Certain prominent citizens of Cantagna have banded together to fund the assassination of the brutal Tyrant of Mercediare, Cantagna's longtime enemy. The Shadow Lord wants the list of their treacherous pledges found and destroyed before it can cause a storm of vengeance that would shatter the peace and prosperity of the entire Costa Drago. In the second adventure of the Chimera, A Conjuring of Assassins,Romy, Placidio, Neri, and Dumond draw on the limits of their magic to unravel a mystery of murder, vengeance, superstition, and divination with stakes that start high and grow more serious by the hour. An old friend from Romy's past and a memory-damaged stranger she drags from the river could be their downfall or the keys to their most difficult tasks.

A Conjuring of Assassins is available in trade paperback, ebook, and audio at Indiebound independent bookstores, at, Barnes and Noble and other online and brick-and-mortar booksellers.

Read an an excerpt of A Conjuring of Assassins.

View a map (sketch) of the City of Cantagna or a map (sketch) of the Costa Drago.

Read an interview with Cate at Fantasy Book Critic

Fine news...

Illusion of Thieves cover art On May 30, 2020, Colorado Humanities and Center for the Book announced that An Illusion of Thieves has won the 2020 Colorado Book Award in the fantasy/science fiction category. Colorado Book Awards are given out every year for excellence in books published in the previous year by Colorado authors, artists, and photographers.

The Beginning
Illusion of Thieves cover art

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.

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 up top of this page? 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

Newsletter Merge
I fully intend to become more regular in getting out a newsletter. I have books to give away and writing news to share. But it is much too difficult to keep up two newsletters! So I am planning to merge my Cate Glass newsletter with my Carol Berg newsletter. If you have signed up for Cate's, please click on the newsletter sign-up button to the left and enter your preferences one more time . Sorry for the trouble. I don't want to just move your name willy nilly!!
And what's next?
Stay tuned.

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An Illusion of Thieves(Tor) cover art by Alyssa Winans
A Conjuring of Assassins(Tor) cover art by Alyssa Winans
A Summoning of Demons(Tor) cover art by Alyssa Winans

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