July 2020 book signing dates TBA for the launch of UNCONQUERABLE SUN.

NEWS (most recent update January 2020):

UNCONQUERABLE SUN coming on 7/7/2020: Gender-swapped Alexander the Great in space. Tor Books.

A new Court of Fives companion novella, BRIGHT THRONES, is now available as exclusive digital content.

""Bettany has always been an outsider in her family: the angry one, the wild one, the daughter who refused to accept the dominance of her Patron father’s people over her Commoner mother’s. When her family is torn apart by a vengeful lord, Bettany makes a dangerous choice to accompany their household servants being transported to the mines, hoping she can keep them from suffering a fate worse than death. Their only chance lies with a stuffy foreign doctor who may be able to help them escape, but can Bettany trust him? Her instincts tell her there is much more to this man than meets the eye.

Find out what happened to Jessamy’s missing twin sister in this Court of Fives companion novella!"

BRIGHT THRONES is available digitally through Little, Brown Books for Young Readers via Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks, Google Play, and Kobo.


The final installment in the Court of Fives trilogy, BURIED HEART, will be released July 25, 2017, and you can get your first look at the cover art and more at Bustle.

"In Buried Heart, the country in disarray, as the Commoner class are in the midst of a revolt against their Patron overlords. But the real enemy is approaching from foreign lands, and Jessamy must find a way to unite the country and save the people she loves. In this thrilling conclusion to the trilogy, Jessamy finds herself in a war against her beloved Prince Kalliarkos."


POISONED BLADE, the sequel to Court of Fives, is now available in hardcover.

"Now a Challenger, Jessamy is moving up the ranks of the Fives--the complex athletic contest favored by the lowliest Commoners and the loftiest Patrons alike. Pitted against far more formidable adversaries, success is Jes's only option, as her prize money is essential to keeping her hidden family alive. She leaps at the chance to tour the countryside and face more competitors, but then a fatal attack on her traveling party puts Jes at the center of the war that Lord Kalliarkos--the prince she still loves--is fighting against their country's enemies. With a sinister overlord watching her every move and Kal's life on the line, Jes must now become more than a Fives champion.... She must become a warrior."


Take a listen to the audio drama for Kate Elliott’s short story, “My Voice is in My Sword” on Redshift!

Originally published in the anthology Weird Tales from Shakespeare, the short fiction story also appeared in print in Apex Magazine: “It is said that Macbeth is a cursed play, but will the curse follow an acting troupe to a distant world?”  Apex has partnered with Redshift Audio productions to bring sci-fi audio dramatizations to life.

You can listen to “My Voice is in My Sword” at Redshift or download the podcast on iTunes.



BLACK WOLVES is the first volume of my new epic fantasy series, from Orbit Books. An exiled captain returns to help the son of the king who died under his protection in this rich and multi-layered first book in an action-packed new series.

Though Black Wolves is set in the same world as the Crossroads trilogy, this series is a standalone. (Release date: 3 Nov. 2015)

Update: RT Book Reviews has chosen Black Wolves as a finalist in their 2015 RT Reviewers' Choice Awards for Best Epic Fantasy Novel, along with Cecilia Holland's Dragon Heart, Erin Lindsey's The Bloodforged, and Juliet Marillier's Tower of Thorns.


COURT OF FIVES is the first volume of my new YA fantasy series, was released by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (LBYR) on 18 August 2015. The publisher describes it as "Game of Thrones meets The Hunger Games meets Little Women" (that's a lot of meetings). My original description was "Little Women meets the Count of Monte Cristo in a fantasy setting inspired by Greco-Roman Egypt."

Read more about Court of Fives and other updates at my blog!


THE VERY BEST OF KATE ELLIOTT, a collection of all my short fiction so far (except for a few random short pieces so directly related to the Spiritwalker Trilogy that they don't work as standalones), published by Tachyon Publications (February 2015) with the most awesome of Julie Dillon covers. You heard it here first.

Polish publisher Zysk has published Crown of Stars volume 5, The Gathering Storm, as Nadciągająca burza. The first five volumes all now available in lovely new editions.

Croatian publisher Lumen will be publishing Cold Magic (date to come).

You may be able to buy signed copies of backlist from the following indie bookstores, or they may be sold out:

Borderlands Books

866 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

Mysterious Galaxy

7051 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard, Suite 302
San Diego, CA 92111

Powells Beaverton

3415 SW Cedar Hills Boulevard
Beaverton, OR 97005


A Note About Email:

My father once reminded me of the immortal words of Boss Pendergast to the newly-elected Senator Harry S. Truman upon Truman's leaving Missouri for Washington D.C.: 

"Work hard, keep your mouth shut, and answer your mail." 

I read all my email. I'm VERY slow answering it (I answer it all myself), but I try to get to it all eventually. It often takes me 3-4 months to reply.  Sometimes it takes much longer, for which I apologize in advance.

Let me emphasize here that I appreciate each and every note that comes my way. As a writer I work in isolation, so it's gratifying to know that people are reading and enjoying the books.

The best place to contact me is Twitter, followed by my blog, Facebook, and Tumblr
. Or, of course, at one of my rare public appearances. I really do love to meet readers.