Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group

The Books of the Elements

The Books of the Elements, a series of four fantasy novels by David Drake, begins with Legions of Fire. All four books are set in Carce, an analog of ancient Rome. Of the first book, Publishers Weekly declared, “Drake vividly recreates the attitudes of patrician Romans in this fantasy tale….Fans of fantasy and historical fiction will enjoy the decidedly non-contemporary characters and their adventures.” Learn more at www.daviddrake.com/elementsseries 

Books in this Series

Air and Darkness
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Air and Darkness

The Books of the Elements (Volume 4)
David Drake
Tor/Forge

Air and Darkness is David Drake's gripping conclusion to the Books of the Elements, a four-volume set of fantasies set in Carce, an analog of ancient Rome.

Here the stakes are raised...

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Monsters of the Earth
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Monsters of the Earth

The Books of the Elements (Volume 3)
David Drake
Tor/Forge

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,...

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Out of the Waters
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Out of the Waters

The Books of the Elements (Volume 2)
David Drake
Tor/Forge

The second novel of the highly acclaimed The Books of the Elements series

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The Legions of Fire
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The Legions of Fire

The Books of the Elements (Volume 1)
David Drake
Tor/Forge

In this novel of magical menace to the survival of all humanity, David Drake introduces a new fantasy world, Carce, based on Europe during the later Roman Empire.

Far in the north, a group...

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About the author

David Drake

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.

J. Coker