Print Length: 404 pages
Publisher: 47North (March 1, 2020)
Publication Date: March 1, 2020
Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
Praise for THE KILLING FOG
“Wheeler (Broken Veil) opens the Grave Kingdom series with this winding tale of valor and sacrifice, set in a realm where using magic summons a heavy fog that kills every living thing it touches. [T]he threat of the fog looming in the background adds atmosphere and tension…This excellent introduction to the prolific Wheeler’s work will appeal to fans of Asian-influenced fantasy.” —Publishers Weekly
The Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Kingfountain series conjures an epic, adventurous world of ancient myth and magic as a young woman’s battle with infinite evil begins.
Survivor of a combat school, the orphaned Bingmei belongs to a band of mercenaries employed by a local ruler. Now the nobleman, and collector of rare artifacts, has entrusted Bingmei and the skilled team with a treacherous assignment: brave the wilderness’s dangers to retrieve the treasures of a lost palace buried in a glacier valley. But upsetting its tombs has a price.
Echion, emperor of the Grave Kingdom, ruler of darkness, Dragon of Night, has long been entombed. Now Bingmei has unwittingly awakened him and is answerable to a legendary prophecy. Destroying the dark lord before he reclaims the kingdoms of the living is her inherited mission. Killing Bingmei before she fulfills it is Echion’s.
Thrust unprepared into the role of savior, urged on by a renegade prince, and possessing a magic that is her destiny, Bingmei knows what she must do. But what must she risk to honor her ancestors? Bingmei’s fateful choice is one that neither her friends nor her enemies can foretell, as Echion’s dark war for control unfolds.
Jeff Wheeler took an early retirement from his career at Intel in 2014 to write full-time. He is a husband, father of five, and a devout member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Jeff lives in the Rocky Mountains. His books have been on the Wall Street Journal Bestseller list 5 times (for The Thief’s Daughter, The King’s Traitor, The Hollow Crown, The Silent Shield, and Prism Cloud) and have sold more than 4 million copies. His novels have also been published or will be published in many languages: Italian, Chinese, Hungarian, Turkish, Polish, Spanish, Russian, and German.
He is also the founder of Deep Magic: the E-zine of Clean Fantasy and Science Fiction (www.deepmagic.co), a quarterly e-zine featuring amazing short stories, novellas, and sample chapters.
You can usually find Jeff at Emerald City Comic Con, New York Comic Con or at writers conferences.
He welcomes hearing from readers: jgwheels /at/ gmail dot com
If you are interested in purchasing signed copies of his books for friends, family, or your own collection, please e-mail: WOJWbooks /at/ gmail dot com
- What is on your nightstand?
A salt crystal lamp, phone charging pad, six books, my journal, a box of Kleenex, a tin of Bag Balm.
- What author would you totally fan?
For me growing up it was Terry Brooks, but I’ve actually met him several times now. So my fan-moment would definitely be JK Rowling.
- What makes you cringe?
When people are insensitive to other people’s feelings and don’t even care or even notice.
- Do you obsessively plot out each point or just go with the flow?
I drive more in the middle of the road than in either of those lanes. I always plot out the overarching narrative of my series (regardless of how many books it is) but leave plenty of wiggle room to let my imagination wander while on the journey.
- Is there a word you love to use?
One of my favorite authors liked to include a “shagbark hickory” in almost every novel he wrote. I’ve tried to work on my vocabulary tics like that but sometimes they slip through. I really liked the work ‘smirk’ to describe a certain kind of smile until I realized (and so did some astute readers) that I used it way too much!
Also, if you have any pictures of your pet you would like to share, please attach them. My readers love animals!
Yes, we have a silky-yorkie terrier named Luke (and yes, he has a Star Wars collar). He’s most commonly found napping in a band of sunlight and sometimes sits by the heater in my office while I write.