The Five Elements (The Alchemancer, #1)

The Five Elements (The Alchemancer, #1)

by Scott Marlowe

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The Five Elements (The Alchemancer, #1) by Scott Marlowe

When powerful earth sorcerers forsook their vows to harness the earth not with magic, but with science, their brethren struck them down and hunted them to the last. Or so they thought... Now, five hundred years later, one person seeks to carry on the work of those first early thinkers by making the parts of their greatest creation whole again.

Aaron and Shanna fall victim to these ambitions when their home is leveled by a surprise elemental attack. In the ensuing chaos, the two are separated. For Shanna, hardship soon turns to fortune, as she finds herself embarking upon the greatest adventure of her life. Only the worst of nightmares awaits Aaron. Hunted at every turn, the only thing keeping him alive is his own resourcefulness and an eslar mercenary whose reputation as a killer might make him the worst threat of all.

Though Aaron and Shanna travel different paths, their purpose is joined when they individually learn of the mysterious Fifth Element. Shanna sees it as the final piece in the puzzle that is her destiny. To Aaron's logical mind, it is an impossible ambiguity. Whatever the answer, the Fifth Element draws them back together and into a final confrontation that will mean the end of everything unless they succeed.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781498926775
Publisher: Umberland Press
Publication date: 12/18/2014
Series: Alchemancer , #1
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 13 Years

About the Author

Scott Marlowe writes both straight-up fantasy and science fantasy. We all know anything can happen in fantasy. But toss in some pseudoscience, an infernal machine or two, and a healthy dose of rampant sorcery and you've got a true recipe for disastrous adventure and fun.

Scott holds degrees in Computer Science Engineering, Comparative Literature, and English from the University of California, Davis.

When he's not writing, Scott likes to hit the trails on his mountain bike or immerse himself in the excitement (sarcasm) and intricacies of tax software. He loves dogs, dark beer, and strong coffee.

He hails from the San Francisco Bay Area, but now lives in Texas with his wife and two crazy dogs.

You can find more information about Scott online at

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Five Elements 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
SlowRider0 More than 1 year ago
There isn't a lot to dislike here--characters you can relate to, plenty of action, and a story that moves along at a mostly rapid pace. The author does a nice job of introducing Aaron and Shanna before he puts them through the wringer. I liked many of the secondary characters, though I'd have to say I liked Shanna the best. She's strong and knows how to fend for herself, but has plenty of flaws, too. It's fun watching her come into her own and while I wanted her to do the right thing, I think she shows just how human she is by some of her choices. If I have any complaint it's that the development of Ensel Rhe fell a little short. He's a bit of Elric wrapped up with Drizzt on the surface, but he's not explored too much except for at the very end. His role is reduced mostly to helping Aaron, but I think the character has a lot more potential than that, especially as the series continues. Overall, a fun read. Can't wait for the next book in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful read!
Bookblogger More than 1 year ago
The Five Elements is a fairly straightforward fantasy novel. The alchemy part of the book is intriguing and the fact that Aaron is studying with a master was a huge plus for me. The story has some familiar aspects, such as two friends from a similar background being separated by tragedy thinking the other dead. Aaron's companion on his journey was an excellent character in the eslar mercenary. There were a few parts of the story that I thought dragged a little bit, but on the whole the book was very enjoyable. The characters were done well and the elemental magic system was uniquely done. This book is a fine read for people looking for a fantasy that is a quick high quality read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago