I was just a child.
A wizard came to my town. He came to find me. In a fiery blast I lost my home, my friends, my family. The entire town was obliterated.
I grew up a fugitive, surviving on the charity of others. As I hid, my powers grew. The nightmares grew as well. Something was welling up from within me. Something that could not be contained.
As an adult I took my place among the wizards. I ruled my country as a figurehead, a puppet of those with greater power or experience. I wasn't to be trusted, or even talked to, for five long years.
The other wizards decided my fate. I was to be imprisoned, watched, guarded by the very wizard responsible for the death of my parents.
I had to lose everything, even my sense of self, before I found out who I was, and who my real enemies are.
Priests ruled the world of Kayan.
Their gods were capricious and unreliable, but rule in their name was absolute.
Naran Tennival was a child, an orphan, living with his sister, Aral. She was only a student at the University Magica.
Then the priests came after Naran.
Their struggle for survival will have lasting consequences, changing the course of history.
Witness Krecek, Aral, Raev, and Davri fall from grace and rise to ultimate power in the story that starts it all.
The Battle of Cairnborough is over, but the Chaos War has just begun!
Unlocking the memories of his past lives made Agrad Verwyn stronger than ever, but he is haunted by the experiences of so many lifetimes. To save his sanity he makes a deal with the goddess of magic. She will suppress most of those memories, in exchange for the erasure of Davri's dangerous visions.
Soon after, an unnatural plague spreads through his country. Agrad will risk anything to save his people. Will his quest uncover a solution, or will he create the key to his downfall, and the destruction of all wizards?
Most people think being a necromancer is easy work, if you can get past the ick factor of dealing with death.
They only see the glamorous side, the TV interviews, the big house, the expensive car. My uncle played that up in the biggest way, indulging in all the comforts the family money could buy. Behind the scenes, as his apprentice, I did all the dirty work.
Now my uncle is dead, and all this is mine.
His undead clients.
And the demon in his attic.
Some days it's a crazy job, and you don't know where it's going to lead, but, well, it's a living.
Praise for Elemental:
Elemental is an engaging and fantastic book, the beginning book by Tam Chronin.
The main character, Agrad, is one of the most distinctive and interesting characters I’ve read in a long time and reminds me quite fondly of when I read the first Herald Mage book by Mercedes Lackey.
If you are looking for a new epic fantasy with an interesting twist on magic systems and interesting characters that explore sexuality and identity in a fantasy setting, giving LGBTQ youth and adults the opportunity to identify with those like themselves, then this first novel by Tam Chronin might just be what you’re looking for.
The world building in this book is great and I definitely recommend to anyone who loves dark fantasy!
Dani Hoots, author of the Daughter of Hades series
The book is a wonderful read.... Can’t wait to start the next one.
Diane Enos, local author
If you enjoy fantasy, magic and character motivations, you will enjoy reading this book.
There are many surprises in this story and I highly recommend it for those who appreciate high fantasy novels. This book is certainly an intimate epic and I am eager for more books from this writer.
John Paul Reid, author of The Medford Family Chronicles
I loved Agrad and the how he came to be who he is... Do yourself a favor and read this book asap. You won't regret it.
Tam's world-building is fantastic in this novel, and I can't wait to see how it develops more in future installments! She also has a real gift for pacing and setting the scene, at multiple points in Elemental I felt so immersed in what I was reading that the time just flew by.
One of the best fantasy books I have read in a while...up there with all the big names, if not better.
If you like character driven stories that still have a clever plot, this one is your next must read.
I thought this book was exceptional.
We get to see his entire journey from when he was a boy to a man. Watching him discover his core identity. Watching him discover love. It wasn't really a fast paced book but it was never slow.
I wish there was more...