Thanks once again to Will Musser (willmusser.com) for composing more music inspired by my books – this time a 10 minute piece for The Wolf’s Call. If you’re looking for a soundtrack to read to, check it out here:
Reminder – today is the last day to enter the giveaway for signed hardcovers and a hand-drawn wolf illustration. Sign up for themailing listbefore midnight GMT to have a chance of winning.
The Wolf’s Call – Book I of The Raven’s Blade – is released in eight days. 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 21st.
1 first place winner will receive their choice of either a UK or US hardcover edition of The Wolf’s Call and a drawing of a wolf by my own fair hand (see below) signed and inscribed with your favourite quote from any of my books.
4 second place winners will receive their choice of either a UK or US hardcover edition of The Wolf’s Call.
5 third place winners will receive a UK trade paperback The Wolf’s Call.
All books will be signed, lined and dated (with a personalised dedication if requested). Winners will be chosen at random and notified on July 22nd. Be sure to check your spam folders on the 22nd to make sure you haven’t missed out on a prize.
‘Sandrunners – A Draconis Memoria Short Story’ is now available to download for free as a thank you to anyone who signs up to my mailing list.
Any readers of The Waking Fire curious as to what exactly happened during the oft-referred to Wittler Expedition, or anyone in search of an introduction to the Draconis Memoria world, should check it out. In this prequel story, newly graduated Blood-blessed Ethelynne Drystone accompanies the Sandrunners Independent Contractor Company on a dangerous mission to the Arradsian Interior, intent on finding the lair of the legendary White Drake.
It looks like Goldsboro Books has sold out of its signed and numbered hardcovers of The Wolf’s Call. Thanks to everyone who bought one and commiserations to those who missed out. I’ll be running another mailing list giveaway for both signed copies of both the UK and US editions so be sure to sign up to make sure you don’t miss out.
Some readers have requested a recap of the Raven’s Shadow trilogy to refresh their memory before diving in to Vaelin’s next adventure. There are plenty of reminders in the book to cover what has gone before but if anyone wants a detailed summary I can’t do better than the Raven’s Shadow Wiki. (Thanks to everyone who put this together).
Also, I know some of you have or intend to re-read the previous books, if so you might want to check out the reading order here to work out the best place to start.
The nice folks at Subterranean Press are running a giveaway for a hand-drawn, signed and dated version of the map from my upcoming novella A Pilgrimage of Swords. The map is the product of my own not-very-dainty hands and will be given away to one randomly chosen lucky person who pre-orders one of the hardcover editions. It looks like the signed and lettered special traycase editions have sold out but the signed edition is still available. Don’t worry if you’ve already pre-ordered as you’ll automatically be included in the draw.
A Pilgrimage of Swords – the first novella in a proposed series entitled The Seven Swords – will be released in September 2019 in hardcover and ebook (the pre-order for the ebook will appear closer to the release date). I’ll be running a mailing list giveaway for signed hardcovers prior to the release so be sure to watch out for that.
Here’s the Publishers Weekly’s Starred Review of A Pilgrimage of Swords:
“Ryan introduces a monster-riddled fantasy world with a perfectly balanced novella, including just enough backstory to create a cohesive story line and flesh out the characters… Fans of quick, descriptive tales built around shadowy figures with murky motives will enjoy this quest-based story and come away craving more (and longer) works set in this fascinating world.”
And here’s the blurb:
ENTER THE EXECRATION,
WHERE THE DAMNED AND THE DESPERATE
COME TO PRAY TO THE MAD GOD…
It is two hundred years since the deity known as the Absolved went mad and destroyed the Kingdom of Alnachim, transforming it into the Execration, a blasted wasteland filled with nameless terrors. For decades, desperate souls have made pilgrimage to the centre of this cursed land to seek the Mad God’s favour, their fate always unknown.
Now a veteran warrior known only as Pilgrim, armed with a fabled blade inhabited by the soul of a taunting demon, must join with six others to make the last journey to the heart of the Execration. Allied with a youthful priest, a beast-charmer, a duplicitous scholar, an effete actor and two exiled lovers, Pilgrim must survive madness, malevolent spirits, unnatural monsters and the ever-present risk of treachery, all so that the Mad God might hear his prayer and, perhaps, grant redemption. But can sins such as his ever be forgiven?
Set in a world where demons and gods walk the earth, A Pilgrimage of Swords is a dark and exciting fantasy adventure from the New York Times bestselling author of the Raven’s Shadow and Draconis Memoria trilogies.
Attention book collectors, Goldsboro Books in London are offering 250 signed, stamped and numbered copies of the UK hardcover first edition of The Wolf’s Call. Available on 1st of August but you can pre-order here: