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Out of the Waters

The Books of the Elements (Volume 2)

David Drake

Tor Fantasy

The wealthy Governor Saxa, of the great city of Carce, has generously subsidized a theatrical/religious event. During this elaborate staging of Hercules founding a city on the shores of Lusitania, dark magic turns the panoply into a chilling event. The sky darkens and the waves crash in the flooded arena. A great creature rises from the sea: a huge, tentacled horror on snake legs. It devastates the city, much to the delight of the crowd.

A few in the audience, although not Saxa, understand that this was not mere stagecraft, but something much darker and more dangerous. If all signs are being read right, this illusion could signify a dreadful intrusion of supernatural powers into the real world. Saxa’s son, Varus, has been the conduit for such an event once before. This new novel is as powerful and elaborate as that fantastic theatrical event, a major fantasy for this year.

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Varus sat upright at his fathers side in the Tribunalthe patrons boxover the right edge of the stage in the Pompeian Theater, jotting notes in the waxed memorandum book on his lap. Staring at him from the vast bowl of the theater was an audience of thousands: perhaps twenty thousand all told, including the slaves standingthey werent allowed to sitin the aisles and the surrounding colonnades.
It was disquieting to look out at so many human faces, though he knew that only a handful of them were even vaguely aware of Gaius Alphenus Varus. Indeed, very few of the spectators
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Praise for The Legions Of Fire

“Drake keeps the action moving. Recommended for all action fantasy fans, not least because three of the four protagonists are on the verge of adulthood, which promises a bildungsroman atmosphere throughout the succeeding volumes.”
—Booklist

“Drake vividly recreates the attitudes of patrician Romans in this fantasy tale…. Fans of fantasy and historical fiction will enjoy the decidedly noncontemporary characters and their adventures.”
—Publishers Weekly

“Drake is one of the best fantasy writers this genre has ever produced.”
—Eric Flint, author of 1632

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OUT OF THE WATERS by David DrakeKirkus Book Reviews
Read the Kirkus Review of OUT OF THE WATERS . Second installment in Drake's new four-volume fantasy cycle (<em>The Legions of Fire<em>, 2010, etc.) set in early Imperial Rome or, as the author terms it, Carce.
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