Bookburners

Magic is real, and hungry—trapped in ancient texts and artifacts, only a few who discover it survive to fight back. Detective Sal Brooks is a survivor. Freshly awake to just what dangers are lurking, she joins a Vatican-backed black-ops anti-magic squad: Team Three of the Societas Librorum Occultorum. Together they stand between humanity and magical apocalypse. Some call them the Bookburners. They don’t like the label.

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New Episode! Bookburners S2E8: “Present Infinity”

A fixed Orb and a lead on Team Four sends Sal and the gang on a truly mind-bending manhunt.

From The Writers' Room

Amal El-Mohtar on writing Bookburners S02 E07: “Fire and Ice”

Borders are much on my mind – as well as the question of who’s allowed through them, when, how, and what they get called once they’re on the other side. Writing fantasy – where I can decant my anger into beings of living flame – is what allows me to approach topics I find otherwise paralysing.

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New Episode! Bookburners S2E7: “Fire and Ice”

A fiery mystery leads the team to Canada where they learn about more than just the contentious fishing industry of Manitoba.

The One With

Andrea Phillips and the One With the Gunpowder

Let me spread to you the good word of Six Flying Dragons, my new obsession-slash-fandom. It's all of the personal drama and spine-shivers of "Wow, this really happened," except that, for me, it opened up realms of compelling history that I'd never heard a whisper about before.

From The Writers' Room

Max Gladstone on writing Bookburners S2E6: “Incognita”

It’s hard, coming home. Hard for different reasons, mind, depending on who’s homecoming and why. Coming home means asking yourself why you left. Coming home means accepting that the place you left doesn’t exist any more...and sometimes, coming home means fighting monsters.

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New Episode! Bookburners S2E6: “Incognita”

Liam and Grace travel to Shanghai to investigate a lead on the Orb – and hopefully their own pasts.

From The Writers' Room

Mur Lafferty on writing Bookburners S2E5: “Debtor’s Prison”

Hera-at-home: getting to know the mysterious Maitresse!

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New Episode! Bookburners S2E5: “Debtor’s Prison”

Asanti’s murky past gets a bit clearer when an old friend visits her to reminisce…and collect on a debt.

Just For Fun

6 Creepy Conspiracy Theories About the Vatican’s Secret Archives

The Vatican’s Secret Archives, aka Archivum Secretum Apostolicum Vaticanum, are subject to wild conspiracy theories, and for good reason. With a name like that, who wouldn’t speculate?

From The Writers' Room

Margaret Dunlap on Writing Bookburners S2E4: “Ghosts”

When the writing team got together for our second Bookburners story summit, we knew that one of the most important questions we had to answer was: How is Season 2 different than Season 1?

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New Episode! Bookburners Season 2, Episode 4: “Ghosts”

Frustrated at the still-broken Orb, Liam does some old-school web fishing and gets a nibble from Turkey.

From The Writers' Room

Brian Francis Slattery on writing Bookburners S02, Ep03: “Mistakes Were Made”

The surprising pleasures of writing this episode lay in realizing how little I had to stray from the truth, from actual experiences I’d had at academic conferences, to make “Mistakes Were Made” work. The harried and overburdened staff. The presenter who realizes slowly, during the presentation, that his work isn’t even all that interesting to his peers and possibly himself. The resolute eccentric who does amazing work but has deep-sixed his own career because he couldn’t care less about his discipline’s politics. I’d already met them all.

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