Scott Marlowe
Scott Marlowe, fantasy author

Scott Marlowe

Author of the Alchemancer and Assassin Without a Name fantasy series

Tor Free E-book: Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

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2008/07/16 - I'm trying to fill in the gaps in my Tor Free E-book blog series, so while "Mistborn" was one of Tor's early giveaways, I'm just now adding it to the series.

Read my review of Mistborn. 

Tor's first week giveaway is Mistborn, by Brandon Sanderson.

This is one of those books where the cover makes me want to pick it up. A summary from Publisher's Weekly reads:

Sanderson's eerie second fantasy (after 2005's Elantris), set in a mist-haunted, ash-ridden world, pits Kelsier, "the Survivor of Hathsin," against the immortal Lord Ruler's 1,000-year domination of both the Great Houses and their serflike "skaa." Through Allomancy acquired in the Ruler's most hellish prison, Kelsier can "burn" 10 metals internally, fueling superhuman powers he uses to assemble rebels in a loose plan to destroy the nobility, the empire and the Lord Ruler himself.

Sounds intriguing; I immediately want to know how this 'burning' concept works.

Sanderson maintains a web site, but his About section is woefully uninformative. He does have several other books out: Elantris and Alcatraz Initiated are listed, but are not part of the Mistborn series. Mistborn is book one of a three book series. Book two is The Well of Ascension and book three The Hero of Ages, currently available for pre-order.

For a running list of all of Tor's free e-books, go here.

New blog/web site and the demise of the Tower of Marlowe

The Tower of Marlowe has been deserted, left to stand as a silent bastion, not to have its parapets nor its winding stairs nor shadowed halls frequented again.

Instead, welcome to my new blog, now residing alongside my web site. I dropped the Tower moniker in favor of my own humble name. I like the clean design, of which I can take no credit for, and the ease by which I was able to customize it to my tastes and needs. The site is based on, an open source ASP.NET application with a back-end written in C#. It's extremely easy to setup and modify, though it currently only has a small number of themes to choose from. I intend to apply my programming skills to keep things running; hopefully I don't throw too many wrenches into the works as I experiment.

Take a look around and let me know what you think. It'll be a day or two before I move my blogspot posts over, though I intend to keep the Tower of Marlowe "as is" for the foreseeable future.