Out of the waters

by Drake, David, 1945-

Format: Print Book 2011.
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The second novel of The Books of the Elements.

The wealthy Governor Saxa, of the great city of Carce, has generously and lavishly subsidized a theatrical/religious event. During this elaborate staging of Hercules founding a city on the shores of Lusitania, strange and 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 in David Drake's chronicles of Carce, The Books of the Elements, is as powerful and elaborate as that fantastic theatrical event, a major fantasy for this year.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Governor Saxa, of the wealthy city of Carcel has a Roman potentate's fondness for giving lavish spectacles. So he plans a theatrical/magical spectacle in which a monstrous creature rises out of the waters and wreaks havoc on the city. Magnificent entertainment it certainly is but a few in the audience suspect that the show taps into a real assault of dark magic that is coming soon. Most concerned is the Governor's son, Varus, who was a channel for the last such outbreak and is therefore close to ground zero for the next one. This second volume of the Books of the Elements, like its predecessor, The Legions of Fire (2010), has the readability and intelligence that we have come to associate with Drake's work not only his classic military sf but also his growing body of superior fantasy.--Green, Rolan. Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "This imaginative and fast-paced follow-up to 2010's Roman fantasy The Legions of Fire describes a sorcerous threat to the very foundations of reality. When Sen. Gaius Alphenus Saxa stages a religious play, the spectacle is interrupted by visions of a world-destroying monster rising up out of the sea. Some of the audience interpret this as foretelling a threat to the Carcean Empire, and possibly all life. Saxa's children-the bookish Varus and the amazonian Alphena-and their formidable stepmother, Hedia, must confront a horror with roots in the last days of Atlantis. Drake has adapted large chunks of Roman history and culture to create a world so solidly realistic that the fantastic elements become all the more vivid and wondrous. His memorable characters act in accordance with the mores of a society very different from ours, but readers will easily appreciate their stoicism and determination. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Series Drake, David, 1945- Books of the elements ; v. 2.
#1 - The Legions of fire
#2 - Out of the waters
#3 - Monsters of the earth
#4 - Air and darkness
Subjects Magicians -- Fiction.
Romans -- Fiction.
End of the world -- Fiction.
Europe -- Fiction.
Fantasy fiction.
Publisher New York :Tor,2011.
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Notes "A Tom Doherty Associates book."
Series statement from jacket.
Description 400 pages ; 25 cm.
ISBN 9780765320797 (hardcover)
0765320797 (hardcover)
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