The Black Song – US and Canada Release Day

The Black Song – Book Two of the Raven’s Blade – is released today in the US and Canada.

Buy here:

Ebook: amazon.com –  Nook  –  iBooks  –  Kobo  –  Google Play  –  Books A Million

Hardcover:  amazon.com  – Barnes & Noble  –  Indiebound  –  Books A Million  –  Bookshop.org  –  Hudson Booksellers  –  Powell’s  –  Target  –  Walmart

Audiobook:  audible.com  – Apple Audiobooks –  audiobooks.com  –  audiobookstore.com  –  Libro.fm

Description:

A matchless warrior is pitted against a near-God in the second epic installment of the Raven’s Blade series.

 “It has long been our lot in life, brother, to do what others can’t.”

Vaelin Al Sorna was known across the realm as the greatest of warriors, but he thought battles were behind him. He was wrong. Prophecy and rumor led him across the sea to find a woman he once loved, and drew him into a war waged by the Darkblade, a man who believes himself a god—and one who has gathered a fanatical army that threatens all of the known world.

After a costly defeat by the Darkblade, Vaelin’s forces are shattered, while the self-proclaimed immortal and his army continue their terrible march. But during the clash, Vaelin regained some of the dark magic that once gave him unrivaled skill in battle. And though the fight he has been drawn into seems near unwinnable, the song that drives him now desires the blood of his enemy above all else…

“…expert worldbuilding, crackling dialogue, gripping action and subtle shifts on the political chessboard.” – Publisher’s Weekly.

For anyone who missed it, The Black Song released in the UK on July 28th.

Buy here:

UK ebook:  amazon.co.uk  –  iBooks –  Kobo  –  Google Play

UK hardcover:  amazon.co.uk  –  Waterstones –  Hive.co.uk – WH Smith – Wordery

UK audiobook:  Audible.co.uk –  Apple audiobooks

Thanks to everyone at Ace for helping to bring The Black Song into the world, particularly my editor Jessica Wade. Thanks also to my UK editor James Long and my agent Paul Lucas.

The Black Song the second and final book in The Raven’s Blade duology and, to answer an oft-asked question, it will be Vaelin’s last adventure… for the time being. I think he’s earned a break after everything I’ve put him through but, rest assured, he will be back eventually. In the meantime I have other stories to tell and new worlds to explore – watch this space for details to be announced in the near future.


‘The Black Song’ is an August Book of the Month on Amazon.com

Many thanks to Amazon for including The Black Song in the ‘Best Books of the Month in Science Fiction & Fantasy’. Check out the full list on Amazon. com.

The Black Song releases in the US and Canada in hardcover, ebook and audiobook in three days. Full details on the book page. Pre-orders below.

US ebook:  amazon.com  –  Nook  –  iBooks  –  Kobo  –  Google Play

US hardcover:  amazon.com  – Barnes & Noble  –  Indiebound

US audiobook:  Audible.com


The Black Song – UK Hardcover Release

The Black Song – The second and final book of The Raven’s Blade – is released in hardcover today in the UK and Ireland.

Buy here: amazon.co.uk  –  Waterstones –  Hive.co.ukWH SmithWordery

Other formats:

UK ebook:  amazon.co.uk  –  iBooks –  Kobo  –  Google Play

UK audiobook:  Audible.co.ukApple audiobooks

Congratulations to the winners of the signed hardcover giveaway who have already been notified. Look out for another giveaway for the US hardcover (cover below) sometime after the release on August 5th. Pre-orders below:

US ebook:  amazon.com  –  Nook  –  iBooks  –  Kobo  –  Google Play

US hardcover:  amazon.com  – Barnes & Noble  –  Indiebound

US audiobook:  Audible.com


The Black Song – UK Ebook and Audiobook Release Day

The UK ebook and audiobook editions of The Black Song – second and final volume of the Raven’s Blade – are released today. Readers in Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa should also be able to download it. July 30th is the official release day for the UK hardcover but I’m told it’s already on the shelves in some bookshops (wear a mask if you go looking). 

Thanks to everyone at Orbit UK for making this happen.

I’ll still be running the signed UK hardcover giveaway until midnight GMT on 29th and notifying the winners not he 30th, so mailing list subscribers make sure to check your spam folders to ensure you haven’t missed a prize. 

Buy The Black Song UK ebook:  amazon.co.uk  –  iBooks  –  Kobo  –  Google Play

Buy The Black Song UK audiobook:  audible.co.uk

Buy The Black Song UK hardcover:  amazon.co.uk  –  Waterstones  –  Hive.co.uk

The Black Song will be released in the US and Canada on August 4th. Pre-order here:

US ebook:  amazon.com  –  Nook  –  iBooks  –  Kobo  –  Google Play

US audiobook:  Audible.com

US hardcover:  amazon.com  – Barnes & Noble  –  Indiebound

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In other news, the US Kindle edition of Tower Lord, Book Two of the Raven’s Shadow trilogy, is currently on sale at $1.99. I’ve no idea how long this price will last so be quick to bag yourself a bargain:  Amazon.com


The Black Song – UK Hardcover Giveaway

In nine days The Black Song – Book II of The Raven’s Blade Duology – is released in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. To mark the occasion I’m holding a giveaway for existing subscribers to my mailing list and anyone who subscribes between now and midnight GMT July 29th. 

Five first place winners will receive a UK hardcover first edition of The Black Song.

Five second place winners will receive a UK trade paperback edition of The Black Song.

All books will be signed, lined and dated (with a personalised dedication if requested). Winners will be chosen at random and notified on July 30th. The giveaway is open to all mailing list subscribers not just those in the UK. Be sure to check your spam folders on the 30th to make sure you haven’t missed out on a prize.

The US edition of The Black Song will be released on August 4th. I was hoping to include US editions in this giveaway. However, as my author copies haven’t arrived yet (I assume to ongoing COVID related botheration), I’ve decided to run a second giveaway for US edition after the release on August 4th. 

Join the mailing list.

Please note that the Goldsboro Books special signed and numbered hardcover edition of The Black Song has now sold out. Thanks to everyone who purchased and commiserations to those who missed out. 

Pre-order The Black Song here:

US ebook:  amazon.com  –  Nook  –  iBooks  –  Kobo  –  Google Play

US hardcover:  amazon.com  – Barnes & Noble  –  Indiebound

US audiobook:  Audible.com

UK ebook:  amazon.co.uk  –  iBooks –  Kobo  –  Google Play

UK hardcover:  amazon.co.uk  –  Waterstones –  Hive.co.ukBlackwells

UK audiobook:  Audible.co.ukApple Audiobooks


New Podcast Interview/’The Black Song’ Giveaway/’The Waking Fire’ Price Drop

Thanks to David Walters for inviting me to be interviewed on FanFiAddict’s ‘Authors on a podcast talking books’. You can hear me waffle on about The Black Song and various writer-related gubbins via these links:

FanFiAddict website: https://fanfiaddict.com/2020/07/11/authors-on-a-podcast-talking-books-ep-42-anthony-ryan/

Apple podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/authors-on-a-podcast-talking-books/id1489100521?ign-mpt=uo%3D4

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/5flRejokJOk3ODDJHv8mUH

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Good news everyone, my author copies of the UK hardcover edition of The Black Song have arrived which means I’ll be able to run a giveaway for signed copies after all. I’ll be running the giveaway in about a week and winners will be chosen from existing mailing list subscribers, so make sure you sign up to have a chance of winning. 

The Black Song will be released in the UK on July 30th and the US on August 4th. Pre-order links are here.

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Thanks to everyone who entered The Kraken’s Tooth advance review copy giveaway. The winners have now been notified. Please check your spam folders to make sure you haven’t missed out on a prize. Pre-order links for The Kraken’s Tooth are on the book page.

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And finally, I’m pleased to report that the US ebook edition of The Waking Fire – Book One of The Draconis Memoria – has been reduced in price to $3.99, so if you were thinking about starting this series but hadn’t yet taken the plunge, now would be a very good time. Where-to-buy links and book description are on The Waking Fire book page.


‘The Kraken’s Tooth’ – ARC Giveaway & ‘The Black Song’ Signed, Numbered Edition Pre-order from Goldsboro Books

Thanks to those nice people at Subterranean Press I have three signed Advance Review Copies of my novella The Kraken’s ToothBook Two of the Seven Swords, to give away to mailing list subscribers. If you’re not already a subscriber please sign up here by midnight GMT on July 12th to have a chance of winning. Winners will be chosen and notified on July 13th.

Any book reviewers/bloggers/book-tubers who would like a copy please get in touch via the contact page and I’ll ask Subterranean to send you one. The book is also available to reviewers via Netgalley. 

The Kraken’s Tooth will be released in special limited edition hardcover and ebook on September 30th. Further details, excerpt and pre-order on the Subterranean Press website: https://subterraneanpress.com/krakens-tooth

Also, a reminder that anyone who pre-orders will be entered into a draw to win this signed original illustration that appears at the front of the hardcover. I’m told the hardcover may well sell out prior to release so act now if you don’t want to miss out. 

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In other news – I’m happy to report that Goldsboro Books now has a pre-order page for the signed and numbered UK edition of The Black Song: https://www.goldsborobooks.com/product/the-black-song-limited-edition.

About this time I was hoping to run a giveaway for signed UK and US edition hardcovers of The Black Song. Sadly, due to ongoing COVID chaos, I’m not sure when my author copies will turn up. As I don’t want to promise books to readers without a reasonable expectation of when their prize will arrive, I’ll be holding off on this giveaway until I have my author copies. It’s possible this may happen after the book is released, so watch this space for updates.

Please note – the release date for The Black Song has been changed from July 28th to July 30th for the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa – August 4th in the US & Canada. Pre-order details for all formats are on the book page.


The Black Song – UK Audio Pre-Order and Publisher’s Weekly Starred Review

The audiobook edition of The Black Song – the second and final book in the Raven’s Blade duology – narrated by Steven Brand, is now available for pre-order in the UK. The book will be released on July 28th in the UK and August 4th in the US. 

Pre-Order here: Audible.co.uk

Pre-Order the US audiobook here:  Audible.com

Other formats:

US ebook:  amazon.com  –  Nook  –  iBooks  –  Kobo  –  Google Play

US hardcover:  amazon.com  – Barnes & Noble  –  Indiebound

UK ebook:  amazon.co.uk  –  iBooks –  Kobo  –  Google Play

UK hardcover:  amazon.co.uk  –  Waterstones –  Hive.co.uk

I’m also pleased to report that The Black Song has received a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly: “…expert worldbuilding, crackling dialogue, gripping action and subtle shifts on the political chessboard.”

Read the full review here.

Read an excerpt from Chapter One of The Black Song.

I’ll be running a giveaway for signed copies of the UK and US hardcovers for mailing list subscribers in July. Be sure to sign up for the list to make sure you don’t miss out.


and ‘The Wolf’s Call’ in French is…

…’L’Appel du loup’ – published today by Bragelonne.

Many thanks to Maxime le Dain, my French translator, and everyone at Bragelonne for making this happen and to Didier Graffet for another excellent cover.

Buy here: Amazon.fr

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Today is also the last day to enter the SF/F raffle giveaway.

I’ve teamed up with sci-fi authors Glynn Stewart, Christopher Ruz, Daniel Willcocks, and Matt Ward to do a SF/F raffle giveaway for FREE signed paperback copies of The Ragged Blade, Starship’s Mage, Slab City Blues: The Collected Stories, Dawn of Chaos, Cynetic Wolf, and Death Donor.

NOTE: By entering the sweepstakes, you are expressly giving each participating author permission to add you to their email newsletter. You are free to unsubscribe at any time.

Just hop over to mattwardwrites.com/raffle and enter your email


The Wolf’s Call – US Paperback Out Now

I realise many US readers will have a lot on their plate at the moment, but anyone seeking a distraction might want to know that the paperback edition of The Wolf’s CallBook One of the Raven’s Blade – is now available in the US and Canada.

Buy here:   Amazon.comBarnes & Noble  –  Indiebound

Buy links for other formats are on The Wolf’s Call book page.

I’d normally do a paperback giveaway at this point but COVID chaos means I haven’t received my author copies yet. I hope to run a Wolf’s Call paperback giveaway closer to the release for The Black Song – Book Two of the Raven’s Blade, so watch out for that.

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Also, a reminder that I’ve teamed up with a bunch of other great sci-fi authors to do a SF/F raffle giveaway for FREE signed paperbacks, including Slab City Blues: The Collected Stories.

Just hop over to mattwardwrites.com/raffle and enter your email before June 10th to register.