Synopses & Reviews
Five hundred years ago, in an alternate Age of Exploration, the earth is flat. Alchemy is a true science, sea monsters menace the oceans, and Europe is embroiled in religious controversy. At the edge of the world, where the stars reach down close to the Earth, wonders abound. This drives the bravest explorers to the beckoning Western Ocean.
Christopher Sinclair is an alchemist who cares only about one thing: quintessence, a substance he believes will grant magical powers and immortality. And he has a ship.
Fleeing an inquisition, physician Stephen Parris follows Sinclair to an island that perches upon the farthest horizon, bringing his daughter Catherine with him. The island teems with fantastical animals and alluring mysteries...and may even harbor the most coveted secret of all ... in this novel by David Walton.
"At the edge of the flat Earth is the island known as Horizon; here be not dragons, but intelligent entities called tamarins that communicate telepathically, animals that can pass through walls and transform their bodies, and pools of water that change stone and flesh to gold. Alchemist Christopher Sinclair, doctor Stephen Parris, and Parris's spirited daughter, Catherine, lead an expedition to this island, fleeing turmoil after the death of Edward VI of England. But the new paradise is full of dangers from the land, hostile tamarins, and within the expedition itself and despite the explorers' physical distance from England, its unrest haunts them. Walton (Terminal Mind) reinvents the age of exploration with imaginative detail and a rich bestiary of magical creatures (though, too conveniently, there are no indigenous humans to protest the invasion). Despite some slack pacing at the start and a rushed denouement, the heart of the adventure is consistently entertaining. Agent: Eleanor Wood, Spectrum Literary Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Praise for Quintessesnce and David Walton:
“Quintessence is an utterly stunning work of imagination, a slipstream counterhistory set in a fourteenth century that is as audaciously imagined as any work of science fiction.”
—Rosemary Edghill, coauthor of The Shadow of Albion
“With Quintessence David Walton proves that winning the Philip K. Dick Award was not a fluke, but a harbinger of things to come.”
—Mike Resnick, Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of the Oracle Trilogy
“Terminal Mind is high-intensity human drama set in a thoroughly imagined and highly plausible future.”
—Orson Scott Cards InterGalactic Medicine Show
“Terminal Mind is a fast-paced SF-thriller with a very human heart.”
—Elaine Isaak, author of The Eunuchs Heir
“[Walton's] characters are firmly grounded in a social context. In Terminal Mind, the family and interpersonal conflicts are just as intriguing as the threat to society, with outcomes that are just as uncertain.”
—Nancy Fulda, assistant editor, Baens Universe
Imagine an Age of Exploration full of alchemy, human dissection, sea monsters, betrayal, torture, religious controversy, and magic. In Europe, the magic is thin, but at the edge of the world, where the stars reach down close to the Earth, wonders abound. This drives the bravest explorers to the alluring Western Ocean. Christopher Sinclair is an alchemist who cares only about one thing: quintessence, a substance he believes will grant magical powers and immortality. And he has a ship.
About the Author
DAVID WALTON won the 2008 Philip K. Dick Award for his debut novel, Terminal Mind. He lives near Philadelphia. davidwaltonfiction.wordpress.com