The Five Elements by Scott Marlowe

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"The Principle of Confluence states that when two or more identical energy sources come together they combine to form a single, more powerful energy source." - Treatise on Energy, Philoditus, c. 235

When once powerful earth sorcerers calling themselves elementalists 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, a single descendent of the elementalists wishes to carry on the work of those first early thinkers by making the parts of their greatest creation whole again.

Aaron--scholar, alchemist, and sorcerer's apprentice--and his friend, Shanna, fall victim to these ambitions when their home is leveled by a surprise, elemental attack. In the ensuing chaos, Aaron thinks Shanna killed, while Aaron himself is forced to flee for his life. For Shanna, who survives that fateful night, the greatest adventure of her life is about to begin. Only the worst of nightmares awaits Aaron: pursued by dwarves, hell hounds, and a demon who will not stop until he is dead, 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.

About Scott Marlowe

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Scott Marlowe divides his time between writing fiction, mountain biking, and designing software systems for the accounting and medical industries. He currently lives in Texas with his wife and two crazy dogs.You can find more information about Scott at
Published December 7, 2010 by Umberland Press. 389 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Children's Books. Non-fiction

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