Today I am interviewing Joshua Palmatier, author of the new epic fantasy novel, Reaping the Aurora, final book in the Ley series.
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DJ: Hey Joshua! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!
For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?
Joshua Palmatier: Certainly. I’m a fantasy author with DAW Books who also happens to have a PhD in math. I teach at a college in upstate New York and write the fantasy novels on the side. At this point, I have three complete trilogies out—the “Throne of Amenkor” trilogy, the “Well of Sorrows” trilogy, and the just finished “Ley” trilogy. I also have some short stories published in various anthologies and edit themed anthologies as well. I formed a small press called Zombies Need Brains in order to continue editing anthologies.
DJ: What are Reaping the Aurora and the Ley series about?
Joshua: REAPING THE AURORA is the third and final novel in the “Ley” series. The basic premise is that humans have tapped into the power of the ley lines—the magical lines that connect stone monuments (such as Stonehenge)—and they are using the ley lines sort of like how we use electricity. In the first book, Kara learns that she’s a Wielder, one of those that can manipulate the ley. Allan, a guardsman, learns that he somehow disrupts the ley lines. In the first two books, due to the abuse of the ley, it shatters, basically creating a catastrophe that thrusts the relatively advance society of the city of Erenthrall (and the rest of the world) into chaos. Kara, Allan, and the rest of those they gather around them fight for survival while attempting to repair the damage that’s been done. REAPING THE AURORA focuses on their last ditch efforts to repair the ley before it rips the world—and reality—apart. Continue reading