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Storytellers On Tour: The Place Below by Dan Fitzgerald – Encore

This past week we gave the spotlight to The Place Below, the third and last novel in Dan Fitzgerald‘s Fantasy series, The Maer Cycle. Our Roadies brought a wide selection of content to this show with reviews, interviews and other posts. Now it’s time to bring the show to an end and it’s my pleasure to present you with the encore, including some extra content. Come and learn a bit more about the world of The Place Below through Dan’s video!

Shall we?

Meet the Author
Dan Fitzgerald

Dan Fitzgerald is a fantasy author living in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, DC with his wife, twin boys, and two cats. When he is not writing, he might be gardening, taking photographs of nature, doing yoga, cooking, or listening to French music. The Maer Cycle is his debut trilogy, with Hollow Road and The Archive on several book bloggers’ best-of lists for 2020, and The Place Below coming March 4 2021. His upcoming duology, The Weirdwater Confluence, will be published in October 2021 and January 2022. All books published by Shadow Spark Publishing.

Find out more about Dan and his books at, or look him up on Twitter or Instagram, under the name danfitzwrites.

Book Blurb
The Place Below by Dan Fitzgerald

It’s been twenty-five years since the Battle for the Archive. Peace reigns over the Silver Hills, and humans and Maer are preparing to sign their first trade agreement. Even warring tribes of the Free Maer have set aside old quarrels.

Sasha is a young scholar of mixed Maer and human parentage, traveling throughout the Maer lands collecting stories of the Ka-lar, the buried Forever Kings. She finds a reference in the Archive to a Ka-lar named Kuun, a scholar in life, who was laid down in an ancient brightstone mine, beneath a mountain said to be the home of the fabled Skin Maer. The lure of the tale is too strong to resist. Joined by some old friends, Sasha sets out to uncover secrets that have lain buried for over a thousand years. In The Place Below, the Maer Cycle comes to a close as the darkest mysteries of the Maer are at last brought into the light.

The Tour

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Whispers & Wonder – excerpt of Dan’s next book + IG spotlight



Bookends & Bagends – review

“As ever, Dan rocks out some amazingly epic ‘non-epic’ fantasy balancing the slow-burning wonderment of discovery with alacritous bursts of action. It’s confident fantasy that knows what it is and knows what it wants to say, I’ve said before, but I’ll say it again – Dan’s writing feels like a real adventure with real people.

On finishing the final page, there was a tinge of sadness, but there was a feeling of satisfaction more so. It truly has been my pleasure to read Dan’s trilogy, and to see it wrapped but so beautifully was a triumph.”



Beneath a Thousand Skies – review

“The Maer Cycle was already very firmly on my list of memorable series. One that I will definitely revisit especially when I want to scratch that ‘journey’ itch and The Place Below has cemented it as a favourite, both as an individual book but also as a fitting send-off to a series that has been something different since book one. I can’t recommend this highly enough, and I for one will eagerly be anticipating the next book by this author (and we don’t have that long to wait!).”



C.K. Sorens – review + IG spotlight

“I planned a week to read it, and I ended up taking three days to finish. I also know our author Dan has more Maer books in the works and I’m excited to see if, perhaps, some of my questions might be answered in those pages, companions to the Maer Cycle trilogy that introduced this fantasy world.”



Out of This World SFF Reviews – review

“THE PLACE BELOW is a fitting end to this unique and original series, and it answers all of the questions and mysteries posed early on.  If you are looking for a fantasy series that doesn’t follow the usual path of kings and queens, dragons, knights, and warring kingdoms, then I’d say this series should appeal to you and cleanse your palate quite nicely.  I am sad to see this series end but also feel a great sense of joy in discovering a brand new author in Dan Fitzgerald, whose books I will continue to gobble up as they are published.”



Sue’s Musings – review

“The story reaches a satisfying conclusion and all of the loose ends appear to have been tied up rather nicely. I thoroughly enjoyed this series and look forward to seeing what Dan Fitzgerald has in store for us next!”

The Bookwyrm’s Guide to the Galaxy – interview

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