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“Concepts now, commas later.” – Laurie

Air Logic – a work in progress
(Book 4 of the Elemental Logic series)

Book summary

In Air Logic, the geniuses, artists, and heros of Shaftal confront the pure, clear light of reason. By air logic...

  • friends become traitors
  • justice is evacuated
  • fire becomes earth
  • the truth is known

Read an excerpt from Air Logic

  • There are plenty of ravens in the world, thought Chaen, and finished painting the sign with lacquer. As she cleaned her brushes, she kept an eye on the sign, which rested on two rickety sawhorses. The shadows would not creep back from this sheltered spot until late afternoon, and by then the lacquer would be dry. A nearby tree cast white petals to the ground like snow, but the breeze seemed to have settled and she thought no more petals would blow onto the wet lacquer. Her stomach growled, and she thought of a warm slice of bread, the aroma like nuts being roasted. She thought of a thick chunk of cheese, the color of cream, its surface rough like a rocky hillside. She opened the alehouse door, but paused and glanced again at the sky. No raven. She did not see the large black bird that lurked on a rooftop in the shadow of a chimney.
  • Read the rest of Chapter 1 . . .

Readers ask questions about Air Logic – Laurie Marks answers

Q: Do you have Air Logic all planned out? Do you know how it's going to end? Any clues?
A: The 3-D movie in my head is playing bits and pieces of scenes, and I'm starting to get a vague idea of the plot. Of course, the problem of the rogue air witch, which first crops up in Water Logic, will be resolved. But a lot of the story will be about Chaen, including her memories of her lost family and farmstead. (I really want to know more about the everyday life of a gigantic Shaftali farm family.) Zanja will indeed cross one more boundary, but this time she won't leave Karis behind (and sex will be involved). Something bad might happen to Emil. As for the ending, I could write the epilogue right now, but I have no idea what'll happen in the final chapter. It'll come to always does.
Q: What's it like to come to the end of a series? Are you sad, or can't you wait to move on to other characters?
A: My books feel alive until I decide they're finished, and then it feels like they die. By the time I finish the series, it will have taken as long as it takes to raise a child and send her away to college. So I suppose I'll feel a lot like my mother felt when I left home – dazed, lonely, vacant. And yes, I'll also be more than ready to move on to the next project, ready to invent a new world and discover strange, surprising things I haven't yet dreamed of.

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