E.C. Blake was born in New Mexico, "Land of Enchantment," and the state's nickname seems to have rubbed off: he started writing fantastical stories in elementary school and wrote his first fantasy novel in high school. He's been a newspaper reporter and editorial cartoonist, a magazine editor, a writing instructor and a professional actor, and has written (under another name) more than 30 works of nonfiction, ranging from biographies to science books to history books, but his first love has always been fantasy. He now lives in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, with his wife and a daughter whose favorite stories all involve "sword-fighting princesses." Come to think of it, so do his. He can be found at ecblake.com.
Praise for The Masks of Aygrima: "Mara's personal growth is a delight to follow. Sharp characterization, a fast-moving plot, and a steady unveiling of a bigger picture make this a welcome addition to the genre." --Publishers Weekly "Blake brings his fantastic world to life through offbeat links between magic, nature, and human behavior in a caste-ridden society." --Locus "Fans of Masks will not be disappointed with Blake's amazing sequel, Shadows. The magic continues in this enthralling adventure, grabbing reader's interest and holding it until the final page. Each chapter brings a new twist in the already sensational story. Blake creates the perfect mix of adventure and romance as the main character, Mara Holdfast, struggles to come of age in a world that is quickly changing." --RT Reviews "The tension and stakes were definitely ratcheted up much higher this time around.... I highly recommend this series for fantasy fans!" --Not Yet Read "Raw, powerful, emotional, and intense. Shadows is a book that captivated me from page one and had me literally on the edge of my seat." --Candance's Book Blog "The story has taken some pretty dark turns, and the emotional trauma transforms Mara into an uncontrollable element.... Shadows was a worthy sequel and promises to bring even more thrills and delights in the next installment." --Bibliosanctum "[Shadows] was a fantastic story describing a power struggle between those without magic and those with it.... I am trembling in anticipation for the next book." --Litpick "An excellent sequel.... Mara deepens as a character as we learn more about the struggles she faces in controlling her gift.... Fans of realistic heroines will love Mara." --The Qwillery