Looking for news about Galen Beckett and the Mrs. Quent novels? Hoping to learn what Mark Anthony has been up to since penning The Last Rune Series? Puzzled by this odd new web site you’ve stumbled upon? Don’t worry–you’re not lost (well, at least not yet). This is indeed the new home for both authors.
Why one site for two writers, you ask? Well, I think it’s time for a few introductions. In case you weren’t privy to the fact, Galen Beckett is an alter ego of fantasy author Mark Anthony. After handing in the first Mrs. Quent book, my publisher felt it was different enough from The Last Rune novels to warrant a new identity. And while it’s true the setting and tone are distinct, in retrospect it’s interesting how similar the two series really are.
For one thing, witches figure very importantly in both. In The Last Rune series, Dr. Grace Beckett learns to shape the natural energy that flows between all living things—a force called the Weirding. Similarly, in the Mrs. Quent novels, Ivy Quent learns to direct the power of the trees in the ancient, semi-sentient groves of Wyrdwood. “Weird” is simply the modern equivalent of the Old English term “wyrd”, which loosely means fate or destiny—or the ability to shape these things.
Given the common origin of the Weirding and the Wyrdwood, and the fact that both series are now complete, it seemed like a good time to gather all of my books into one place. If you’ve read the Mrs. Quent novels, you may be interested in journeying to Eldh through the books of The Last Rune. Or the opposite may be true. If so, use these pages to explore each series. And no matter which world you journey to, I hope you enjoy getting lost in the Wrydwood….
I just finished “The Master of Heathcrest Hall” and I am so sad it’s over! I really loved this series. Can’t wait to see what you write next.
Willam ( Bil ) Hardman said:
I have for many years read and re read my copies of ” The last Rune ” series . In fact I have worn out one copy of ” beyond..” . Now I own a “Kindle” e-reader and woul like to have the series in this . However I cannot Download anywhere . Amazon U.K. is my usual source but they do not “stock” the series in Kindle form and when I Tried Amazon U.S . or any other Amazon location on the globe , all of whom seem to have your fabulous series in E-book form , I get re directed to Amazon U.K. who do not ! They say they cannot help me (Amazon U.K. ) for some esoteric reason . So can you please tell me how I can Down Load Travis and Grace and Aryn and all of the wonder and pleasure , they give me , into my Kindle . Please
Mark Anthony said:
Hi, Bil! Sorry to hear you’ve been having trouble returning to Eldh via the new digital magic. Have you tried Google Books or the Kobo bookstore? Maybe they would let you download the ebooks. Let me know if it works!
Do you have anything else in the works now that the wyrdwood trilogy is completed?
Paul Quent said:
The name Quent is a rare name, how did you happen to choose it? My daughter & I read the series and enjoyed them very much.
Jane Kemp said:
You must let Galen Beckett write more books! I finished “The Magicians and Mrs. Quent,” am almost done with “The House on Durrow Street,” and I’ve ordered The Master of Heathcrest Hall.” What will I do when I finish the last book? I will be desolate!
Heather Kirkland said:
Do you have a Twitter account? I couldn’t find you.
S. Minium said:
I have just finished reading the Wyrdwood books and absolutely adore them! You are a wonderful writer and I will be checking out your other works. The writing in the Mrs. Quent series is fun, well paced and the story nearly unpredictable. Very, very entertaining, which is about the best thing I can say. Oh, with no spoilers, the end of the Wyrdwood series was quite well done. No doubt Mr. Rafferdy should have avoided the whole scene lest anyone think well of him.