Clay Harmon

Clay Harmon grew up just outside Yosemite National Park, where he ran as a long-distance runner and helped lead his high school’s military program. Random accolades include winning first place in a state competition in the aforementioned military program, as well as trying (and failing) to get his pilot’s license by the time he finished 12th grade. He did manage to rack up a few dozen hours of flight time though.

His love for writing started on Star Wars forums as a kid, which graduated to full blown novel-writing when he started college. His first job was as a dishwasher in a Greek restaurant at twelve years old, and he eventually found his way working in a Barnes & Noble once his love for writing took over his life. He now works at a company that writes software for nonprofit organizations.

In his off-time, he lifts weights, loses at video games, and terrorizes his cats. He currently lives in Saratoga Springs, Utah, with his wife.

Find Clay on his website or follow him on Twitter.


  • The Rift Walker
    Flames of Mira (#1)
    Clay Harmon
    The Rift Walker
    Into the Rift (#2)
    Clay Harmon


The Rift Walker

Flames of Mira (#1)
"Flames of Mira is a tale of the battle to retake power and Ig's struggle to maintain his sense of self in the face of Sara's ambition, with some background world building that promises interesting possibilities in future volumes."


"Flames of Mira is a fast-paced fantasy series that leans into the dark side of epic. With a cool magic system, interesting world, and morally grey characters plagued by tough decisions, it is a story that fans of grimdark will devour. An excellent start to a new series and I can’t wait for more!"

Grimdark Magazine

"Harmon’s tight plotting, detailed worldbuilding and layered characterisation combine to create an unputdownable read. For fans of epic fantasy who are hungering for something akin to Brandon Sanderson, this will go down a treat."

Aurealis Magazine

"The dark tone, expansive world-building, sensational magic, and characters who are definitely of the morally gray variety, this is a book and series that I feel will make some big waves"

Out of This World SFF

"The Flames of Mira is an extraordinary world unlike any you’ve read before."


"I loved the dynamics between the characters, the plot and the cool magic system. I have no doubt that I am going enjoy the Rift Walker Series."

A Maze of Words

"So, while you absolutely will revel in the magic and the action (read on, oh ho, read on) and the setting is a spectacular break from the standard SFF fare, the soul of the book is deeper, and more satisfying, and absolutely worth your time."

Jon Ficke Writer

"A layered, tightly-written debut that explores the terrible costs of power."

Sunyi Dean, author of The Book Eaters

"Flames of Mira is an exciting, explosive debut, rich with complex characters, hard moral choices, and an intriguing magic system that fans of epic fantasy will love."

J.T. Greathouse, author of The Hand of the Sun King

“A gripping, darkly-inventive tale. Ig is in constant, pulse-pounding danger peril that feels uncomfortably real, and even the landscape in this Dark Souls-esque world feels antagonistic. Flames of Mira is not to be missed.”

Jeremy Szal, author of Stormblood

"Flames of Mira is fresh and creative in all the best ways. The hostile world is complex and mysterious, its peoples, cultures, and various secrets revealed at the perfect times. The characters are deep, believable, and compelling. The action starts early and never stops. I couldn't put Flames of Mira down. Clay Harmon is a name to watch in the Fantasy genre."

Scott Drakeford, author of Rise of the Mages

"THE FLAMES OF MIRA is an outstanding, original fantasy with amazing world building reminiscent of Jemisin's Broken Earth trilogy."

Michael Mammay, author of Planetside

"Clay Harmon’s FLAMES OF MIRA is a tale of pain, suffering, and the pursuit of redemption set in a world of deep shadow and bright flame. Definitely don’t miss this this one."

Zac Topping, author of Wake of War

"With some of the most unique and fascinating worldbuilding I've ever seen in a fantasy novel, the Flames of Mira is a captivating read from start to finish."

Nick Martell, author of The Two-Faced Queen

"Flames of Mira has a fantastic world-build. It pairs an original and intriguing pseudo-scientific magic with believable politics and an environment that shifts between actively hostile and merely unconcerned with the characters' survival. And the characters don't need any more antagonists: no good deed goes unpunished here, and the best of intentions go awry. It's brutal and refreshing at the same time. More, please."

K. Eason, author of Nightwatch Over Windscar

Awards & Accolades