The Dark Arts series is a secret-history fantasy set against the international geopolitics of the mid- to late twentieth century. It principally follows the adventures of Cade Martin and Anja Kernova, while also delving into the lives and struggles of other karcists (i.e., sorcerers) whose paths intersect with theirs.
What is ‘secret history’?
Unlike alternate-history fiction, secret histories strive to set their narratives in the world and history we assume to be real.
This means that, to the best of the author’s ability, the story will seek to adhere to the established facts of history, especially as it pertains to technology and society.
What kinds of stories will this series tell?
One of the key ideas behind this series is for each volume to be a different kind of story. The first book, The Midnight Front, has been crafted as a war epic spanning the years 1939–1945 in the European theater of war.
Book two, The Iron Codex, is set in 1954 and is planned as a spy thriller rooted in Cold War espionage.
The third book in the series, The Shadow Commission, is intended to be a fast-paced conspiracy thriller set in 1963, immediately after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
When are these books coming out?
The Midnight Front is scheduled for publication by Tor Books on January 30, 2018.
It is hoped by both author and editor that The Iron Codex will be published by the end of 2018.
The Shadow Commission is tentatively scheduled for sometime in 2019.