Martha Wells is an American science fiction and fantasy writer. She has a website here.
Her books include:
- The Element of Fire
- The Death of the Necromancer
- The Fall of Ile-Rien Trilogy
- The Wizard Hunters
- The Ships of the Air
- The Gate of Gods
- The Cloud Roads
- The Serpent Sea
- The Siren Depths
- Stories of the Raksura, Volume I
- Stories of the Raksura, Volume II
- The Edge of Worlds
- The Harbors of the Sun
- Emilie and the Hollow World
- Emilie and the Sky World
- All Systems Red
- Artificial Condition
- Rogue Protocol
- Exit Strategy
- Network Effect (forthcoming 2020)
- City of Bones
- Wheel of the Infinite
Tropes found in her works include:
- Black and Gray Morality: Death of the Necromancer has Nicholas Valiarde, a coldblooded thief, murderer and all around Magnificent Bastard. Nic has spent years sabotaging his enemy on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge; at the start of the narrative, Nic's nearing the completion of his ultimate scheme when he and his subordinates run afoul of an unknown person using Black Magic. Somehow, this leads to the group spending the rest of the book fighting an insane mass murderer. And the reason they do it is at least partly because it's bad for business.
- Chekhov M.I.A.: Nicholas Valiarde in the Fall of Ile-Rien trilogy.
- Fantasy Gun Control: Averted in Death of the Necromancer. Guns exist side-by-side with knights, swordplay, and magic (including that of the eponymous necromancer). The prequel, "The Element of Fire," has a quasi-Elizabethan setting, and the protagonist uses a wheel-lock gun in the first chapter.
- Framing the Guilty Party: In The Death of the Necromancer, one of the villains framed an innocent man for murder and necromancy. As a consequence, the heronote spends the novel trying to frame him, so that he too will be executed for a crime he didn't commit. The hero finally tricks him into shooting a magically animated corpse.
- Geometric Magic: In The Fall of Ile-Rien the wizards are busy reverse-engineering a kind of "travelling circle"-spell, where altering the symbols lets you go to different places and worlds.