Joshua Palmatier is a fantasy writer with a PhD in mathematics. He currently lives in Binghamton, NY and teaches mathematics at SUNY College at Oneonta. His first novel, The Skewed Throne (DAW, 2006), was a Compton Crook finalist for best first novel of 2006. The sequel, The Cracked Throne (DAW), was released in November of 2006, and the third novel in the series, The Vacant Throne (DAW), is scheduled to be released in January 2008. He is currently hard at work on the first novel of a new series, called Well of Sorrows (DAW, 2009). For information regarding the books or the author, please check out his webpage at or his LiveJournal at