Fireborn: Embers of Atlantis

Tracy Hickman and Fantasy Flight Games are pleased to announce ‘Fireborn: Embers of Atlantis’ — a new novel by Tracy Hickman

“We are going to preserve life,” Tsanya snapped. “Your lives and those of our own race. We have found a way to graft the souls of dragons and Seelie into the race of men.”

“You are insane!” Abraxas asserted.

“Listen to me!” Tsanya pleaded. “We have debated long on this course and it is not lightly taken. Man is short-lived and disposed to selfishness, cruelty, and temper—but they are proven survivors. Of all the races across Erebea only man is assured to survive the coming night…a night without Karma or Taint that will last millennia on end. Your souls—the seeds of who you are—will pass from father to son, from mother to daughter—sleeping within the scions born of mortality and grafted within their lives. Your sleep with be troubled and not all of you will survive the journey down the centuries. But one day the foundations of the world will turn again, Karma will return and with it your souls will be awakened.”
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Powerful scions walk the streets of modern London, oblivious to their true nature. Unknowingly, they carry within them the spirits of reincarnated dragons from an age of high fantasy. As magic begins to emerge once more in the 21st century, long-dormant memories begin to flood the minds of these scions, reminding them of their mystical heritage.

Welcome to the world of Fireborn.

Ethan Gallows knows things about his world. He knows there is magic, and he knows he has nothing to do with it. Yet when he is sent on the seemingly menial job of filming a museum curator’s antique art collection in London, Ethan discovers that he has much more to learn.

After witnessing a violent display of sorcery, ancient memories come rushing back to Ethan – memories seen through the eyes of a dragon. With minions of the Taint now seeking him for their own twisted purposes, Ethan must put his trust in Sojourner – a woman claiming to be a draconic scion. Could he really be a dragon of old, or is this some sort of fanatic conspiracy? There’s only one way for Ethan to find out.

Embers of Atlantis is the first novel based on the acclaimed Fireborn roleplaying game setting. Written by New York Times bestselling author Tracy Hickman (Dragonlance Chronicles), Embers of Atlantis introduces readers to a modern world faced with the sudden emergence of magic.

Tracy Hickman took the time to share some insights into his experience writing Embers of Atlantis:

“I’ve been working with dragons for nearly all of my professional life and was, I’ll admit, getting a bit too comfortable with them. Fireborn shakes the dust off of those dragons of the ancient past and brings them roaring into our own times, driving magic into our familiar surroundings with explosive force and twisting everything familiar into new shapes that are both compelling and horrifying. Writing ‘Embers of Atlantis’ was like hanging onto the dragon’s tail – a thrilling ride from first to last. I’ve personally walked the streets of London, the fields of Normandy and climbed the stairs of Mont Saint Michel. Now with this novel I’ve been able to return to those places and see them in a new and very strange light; where animated corpses run through the Trafalgar Square, dreadful demons lurk in the Chunnel and zombie Nazi’s are refighting the Second World War. What a delight to come to my friends of traditional fantasy with something so exciting, fresh and unhinged.”

8 thoughts on “Fireborn: Embers of Atlantis

  1. Shane Crabtree says:

    I met you for the first time at GenCon 2011. I was really impressed by our conversation. Since I am new to urban fiction (but I really love the concepts of the genre) I didn’t know what to expect. I enjoy the Dragonlance and those types of works I didn’t know if I would like it as well. However, I thoroughly enjoyed Embers of Atlantis! After the first couple of chapters the story really picked up speed and the last half of the book was simply amazing! As you said above that you were getting a bit too comfortable with dragons and the past and had to bring them forward…this, too, I believe was the same for me; I was getting too comfortable with reading the same paradigm and this book allowed me to branch out. Thanks again!

  2. Patty L. Earnest says:

    Hello Mr. and Mrs. Hickman. I have just purchased “The Death Gate Cycle” and I was given the first two books of the Dragon Lance Series of Legends. I was confused by several things and have been looking for the Chronicles Trilogy. I have been reading about you and Mrs. Weis and decided to ask a question.
    I read Joanne Bertin’s “The Last Dragonlord” and “The Dragonlord and the Pheonix”. She was suppose to write “The Brads Oath” but has yet to release it. Q: What is the possibility of resuming her work, with her permission of course, finalizing the series for her. I really loved her books and noticed that some of your ideas are reflected in her book. They are not the same but similar. I look forward to the Chronicles when I find them. Just finished “The time of the Twins”
    I started reading it because of my twin sisters. But decided to read the Chronicles before I read the other two books of the legends.
    Sorry about this being so long. Hope you will concider my question.
    Sincerely Patty Earnest

  3. Marcelino Soliz says:

    It’s because of this announcement that I bought the PDF version of the game on RPGnow. So they really could use this as way to relaunch the game. If it has you Mr. Hickman connected to it, I know it has to have something special. There hasn’t been anything you’ve done that I don’t love. The Immortals will always be in my top 5 books and one I always suggest to my friends. It’s an important book. Thank you.

  4. This book sounds really interesting and I can’t wait to pick it up. I noticed Barnes and Noble does not carry it on their site or in store. I went to the Fantasy Flight Games site as well and it said not yet available. Any insight into when this book will be available Tracy?

  5. James A. Beggs says:

    Well, great! So… was this novel your idea originally or FFGs? I just ask because, if the latter, that tells me that it might actually be so! 🙂

  6. James A. Beggs says:

    I loved the Fireborn RPG, but it died and disappeared, and more than a couple years ago.. so, while I’m inordinately pleased to see a novel of the game coming out, I’m wondering what inspired this choice… and can we expect the chance of this being the first step in the game being reprinted?

    • James, while I have no actual knowledge of Fantasy Flights intentions regarding the Fireborn RPG, I would like to think that they will be using this as a relaunch opportunity.

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