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Alma Alexander has lived and worked on four continents and in more than six countries. She is currently based in the Pacific Northwest, where she lives with her husband and two cats. Her international success, "The Secrets of Jin Shei", has been published in 10 languages and more than 20 countries, and a follow-up to "The Secrets of Jin Shei", entitled "Embers of Heaven", has just been released in Australia and New Zealand, to be followed by the UK later this year. She is currently working on a new YA fantasy trilogy, "Worldweavers", the first book of which was released in the USA in March 2007.

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"The Secrets of Jin Shei" Harper Collins, Hardcover 2004, paperback 2005

"The Hidden Queen" Harper Collins/EOS, 2005

"Changer of Days" Harper Collins/EOS, 2005

("Worldweavers 1: GIft fo the Unmage", Harper Collins/EOS, 2007)


Orlando Sentinel

Alma Alexander expertly weaves the lives of characters into a plot full of intrigue and magic in The Secrets of Jin-Shei.

Crescent Blues

Changer of Days represents a respectable series opener ... a strong yet sympathetically vulnerable heroine and an absorbing depiction of the desert culture that shelters her. ... Hromic presents a fully realized, magical world peopled with characters that prove easy to either love or hate.


By the time I finished the fifteen-page prologue I was captivated. ... It is a beautifully woven story that leads the reader to savor every detail, as every detail has meaning somewhere down the road.


Hromic unravels a few of the standard fantasy conventions with strong female characters and an intelligent insight into the basis of power. ... A reflective novel from a mature and developed writer. ... Touching, spiritual, thoughtful and sensitive.

SF Site

An involving, intelligent novel. ... Many of the plot elements are familiar, but Hromic's thoughtful and sensitive treatment lends freshness to these popular themes. ... Characterization is a particular strength of this novel.

SF Site
on "The Secrets of Jin-Shei"

Vivid and involving, The Secrets of Jin-Shei is both an exotic journey into the imagination, and a graceful exploration of the heart.

New Zealand Herald

Readers who enjoy historical novels and can suspend belief a little will savour this complex saga.


This compelling tale full of conflict, adventure, joy, and tragedy can be enjoyed by many tastes. ... This is one for the keeper shelf that will probably get read more than once and which operates on several levels. A rare treat.

on "Changer of Days"

One of the most stunning books to have crossed my desk for review. ... The rich tapestry of magic, exotic and deadly landscape, betrayal and intrigue are neatly woven into a smooth, flowing narrative of extraordinary depth. ... The mythology that weaves the various cultures together ... will capture readers' imaginations and linger long after completing the book.

Altair Australia

Powerful characters and a powerful setting help to deliver what I am thrilled to say is a great bloody book.