My playlists for this book were built from three types of sources:

  • Soundtracks to pulp adventure movies (e.g. Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow)
  • Music from dragon-related things (e.g. How to Train Your Dragon, Bioware’s Dragon Age games)
  • African music (e.g. Talisman)

I have a long-standing habit of making soundtracks for my novels. The titles below are designed to minimize spoilers, but still, proceed at your own risk. A playlist of most of these tracks is available on Spotify.

The Tropic of Serpents

  • The Tropic of Serpents — “The Rainmaker,” Talisman, After Silence
  • A Break-In at Kemble’s — “Is It Poison, Nanny?,” Hans Zimmer, Sherlock Holmes
  • Oscott Family Troubles — “Knighting Peter,” Harry Gregson-Williams, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
  • At Sea — “Storms in Africa,” Enya, Watermark
  • Nsebu and Atuyem — “Baba Yetu,” Christopher Tin
  • Hunting Savannah Snakes — “Aequor Oris,” Cirque du Soleil, Zaia
  • Ankumata of the Iron Legs — “Song of the Nile,” Dead Can Dance, Spiritchaser [selection]
  • Into the Green Hell — “Main Title,” Brian Gascoigne and Junior Homrich, The Emerald Forest
  • The Dragon Roars — “The Slam,” Graeme Revell, The Chronicles of Riddick
  • Witchcraft — “Famine Song,” Talisman, Passage
  • The Great Cataract — “Mirror of the Two Worlds,” Cirque du Soleil, Zed [selection]
  • Velloin and Okweme — “The Shepherdess/Back to Gevaudan/ The Beastmaster,” Joe LoDuca, Brotherhood of the Wolf
  • On the Waterfall Island — “Birth of the Sky,” Cirque du Soleil, Zed
  • Flight of the Furcula — “Dragon’s Den,” John Powell, How to Train Your Dragon
  • Labane — “Shroud,” Delerium, Archives
  • The Forest Strikes — “The Games and Escape,” James Horner, Apocalypto
  • Past and Future — “Hella Bar Talk,” Michael Giacchino, Star Trek