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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  –  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


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. 


The Black Song – UK Cover and Sample Chapter

Many thanks to the Fantasy Inn for hosting the reveal of the UK cover for The Black Song, the second and final book in The Raven’s Blade duology. 

You can now read an excerpt from the first chapter here

The Black Song is released in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa on July 28th. Pre-order here: 

Ebook:  amazon.co.uk  – iBooks –  Kobo  –  Google Play

Hardcover:  amazon.co.uk  –  WaterstonesHive.co.uk

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In other news, the French edition of The Wolf’s Call – L’Appel du loup – will be released on June 10th and is now available for pre-order:  Amazon.fr.

Thanks once again to Didier Graffet for perhaps the most Vaelin-y illustration to date and to everyone at Bragelonne for making this happen. 


Raven’s Blade Sweepstakes – Win ‘The Wolf’s Call’ and ‘The Black Song’

Mailing list subscribers will know that I ran the advance review copy giveaway for The Black Song last week – congratulations to the winners who have now been notified. For any US readers hoping for another chance, ACE Books is running a sweepstake giveaway for a paperback of The Wolf’s Call and an advance review copy of The Black Song. In order to enter head over to the sweepstake page: https://sweeps.penguinrandomhouse.com/enter/ravens-blade-sweepstakes

Please note the sweepstake is open to US residents only and will run until Sunday, May 24th.

I will also be running a signed Black Song hardcover giveaway for mailing list subscribers closer to the release date so be sure to sign up for a chance to win one. 

The Wolf’s Call will be released in paperback in the US on June 2nd. Pre-order here: Amazon.comBarnes & Noble  –  Indiebound

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In other news, my German publisher has now unveiled their cover for their edition of The Wolf’s Call – Das Lied des Wolfes (cover illustration by Frederico Musetti – http://www.federicomusetti.it). 

Das Lied des Wolfes: Rabenklinge #1 will be released by Hobbit Presse on August 22nd this year. Go here to pre-order the ebook or hardcover: Amazon.de


‘Blood Song’ Now Available in Spanish

I’m delighted to announce that, at long last, the Spanish language edition of Blood Song is now available in ebook. 

Buy here: Amazon.esAmazon.mx

Thanks to everyone at Orok Editorial for making this happen. Also thanks to Nil Gascón for the translation and Waurus for the awesome cover illustration (check out his Instagram for more of his work: https://www.instagram.com/waurus/). 

I’m told that the Kindle version of the Spanish edition of Blood Song will be available worldwide and will hopefully appear on other ebook platforms soon. The print edition was originally slated to be released in Spain at the same time but has been delayed due to the current crisis. Watch this space or the Orok website for news on when the print version will appear. 

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I’m also pleased to reveal that the Draconis Memoria trilogy is now being developed into a tabletop role-playing game by the good people at Hirukoa Editorial (coincidentally, also a Spanish publisher). It’s still very early days for this particular project but the intention is to eventually run a Kickstarter campaign to fund the release of the game. I don’t yet have any information on when that will happen so be sure to watch out for future updates. 

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In other news, the UK ebook edition of The Wolf’s Call is currently on sale at £0.99. I don’t know how long this sale will last so, if you haven’t yet picked up the latest adventure of Vaelin Al Sorna, now would be a very good time. 

Buy here (sorry, UK only):   Amazon.co.uk  –  Kobo  –  iBooks  –  Google Play  –  Hive.co.uk