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Upcoming Red River Seven Giveaway & Signed Traitor HC Charity Auction

To celebrate the upcoming release of my post-apocalyptic thriller Red River Seven – October 10th in the US and October 12th in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa – I’ll be running a giveaway on my mailing list from October 4th to 9th. Five first place winners will receive a signed paperback of the book and ten second place winners will receive a signed bookplate (vinyl stickers that would also look great on a laptop or journal).

In order to enter you’ll need to join the mailing list before October 4th. Sign up here.

Subscribers will receive an email on the 4th with a link to submit their entry. The giveaway will run until midnight GMT on October 9th. Winners will be chosen at random and notified on October 10th – check your spam folders to make sure you haven’t missed out.

Book description and pre-order details are on the Red River Seven book page.

In other news, I’ve contributed a signed UK edition hardcover of The Traitor – Covenant of Steel Book 3 – to the Children in Read charity auction. Go here to bid (currently priced at £10!):


All proceeds from the auction will go to the charity Children in Need which contributes to a load of really great causes in the UK. There are a wide range of books available in the auction, including a signed copy of Coraline by Neil Gaiman and my recent fave The Children of Gods and Fighting Men by Shauna Lawless. Check the full range out here: https://www.jumblebee.co.uk/childreninread2023

Across the Sorrow Sea – Now Available in Ebook

I’m happy to report that Across the Sorrow Sea – Book Five in my Seven Swords novella series – is now available in ebook. Please note that, whilst the Kindle version is available for immediate download, the ebook will only become available for download on the other stores on September 30th (no idea why).

Buy the ebook here:  Amazon.com –  Amazon.co.uk –  Apple Books –  Kobo –  Nook

The special signed hardcover edition can be ordered from the Subterranean Press website. The audiobook will be released on September 30th and can be pre-ordered from: audible.com  –  audible.co.uk

For more info see the book page on my site.

Also, my US publisher is running another Goodreads giveaway for my upcoming post-apocalyptic thriller Red River Seven, this time for a paperback copy. Go here to enter (sorry, US residents only): https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/371581-red-river-seven

Book description and pre-order details are on the Red River Seven book page. 

The Waking Fire – US Ebook Sale

Attention all dragoneers, dragon-riders, draco-philes (etc. people who like dragons is what I’m saying) – The Waking Fire, Book One of the Draconis Memoria trilogy, is currently on sale in ebook for $1.99 (sorry, US only).

Buy here: Amazon.comNookKoboGoogle PlayApple Books

For other formats – see the book page.


The New York Times bestselling Raven’s Shadow Trilogy was a perfect read for “fans of broadscale epic fantasy along the lines of Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series and George R. R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire novels.”* Now, Anthony Ryan begins a new saga, The Draconis Memoria…

Throughout the vast lands controlled by the Ironship Syndicate, nothing is more prized than the blood of drakes. Harvested from the veins of captive or hunted Reds, Green, Blues and Blacks, it can be distilled into elixirs that give fearsome powers to the rare men and women who have the ability harness them—known as the blood-blessed.

But not many know the truth: that the lines of drakes are weakening. If they fail, war with the neighboring Corvantine Empire will follow swiftly. The Syndicate’s last hope resides in whispers of the existence of another breed of drake, far more powerful than the rest, and the few who have been chosen by fate to seek it.

Claydon Torcreek is a petty thief and an unregistered blood-blessed, who finds himself pressed into service by the protectorate and sent to wild, uncharted territories in search of a creature he believes is little more than legend. Lizanne Lethridge is a formidable spy and assassin, facing gravest danger on an espionage mission deep into the heart of enemy territory. And Corrick Hilemore is the second lieutenant of an ironship, whose pursuit of ruthless brigands leads him to a far greater threat at the edge of the world.

As lives and empires clash and intertwine, as the unknown and the known collide, all three must fight to turn the tide of a coming war, or drown in its wake.

*Library Journal

The Pariah – Kindle Sale and Signed Traitor Hardcovers

Firstly, some good news for US readers – The Pariah, Book One of The Covenant of Steel, is on sale on the Kindle Store today priced at $2.99. Buy here: Amazon.com

In other Covenant of Steel news – Goldsboro Books are now offering a signed, numbered, sprayed edges UK hardcover edition of The Traitor. Check it out here:  https://www.goldsborobooks.com/product/the-traitor

You can also order signed hardcovers of The Traitor from The Broken Binding: https://www.thebrokenbinding.co.uk/product-page/the-traitor-anthony-ryan

And finally, thanks to everyone who has already bought a copy of the concluding instalment in the tale of Alwyn Scribe. Hugely appreciated as always – I really can’t do it without you.

The Traitor – Publication Day

*Cover illustration by Jaime Jones (www.artpad.org). Cover design by Lauren Panepinto (@Panepinto).

The Traitor – the third and final book in The Covenant of Steel trilogy – is released today in the US, UK, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, and South Africa. 

Buy the ebook:  Amazon.com  – Amazon.co.uk –  Nook  –  Apple Books  –  KoboGoogle Play

Buy the US paperback:  Amazon.com  –  Barnes & Noble  – Indiebound – Bookshop.org

Buy the UK hardcover:  Amazon.co.uk  –  Waterstones  –  Blackwells  – Hive

Buy the audiobook:  Audible.com – Audible.co.uk

(*affiliate links used for Amazon stores)

‘Masterful… Ryan’s thoughtful characterizations and complex plotting are on clear display… Sends the series out on a high note.’ – Publishers Weekly Starred Review of The Traitor.

The Traitor concludes the ruthless and gripping epic fantasy series from New York Times bestseller Anthony Ryan, whose books have sold more than a million copies worldwide.

It’s been a long journey for Alwyn Scribe. Born a bastard and raised an outlaw, he’s now a knight and the most trusted advisor to Lady Evadine Courlain. Together they’ve won countless battles and helped to bring order to a fractured kingdom.

Yet Evadine is not the woman Alwyn once knew. As puritanical fury increasingly replaces her benevolent faith, Alwyn begins to question what her true motives really are.

As the kingdom braces itself for one final battle, Alwyn’s conscience fights its own war with his heart. Now, more than ever, he must decide whose side he’s really on.

Many thanks to everyone at Orbit Books for their hard work in bringing the tale of Alwyn Scribe to its conclusion. 

Now, on to the next thing…

The Scarlet Ziggurat – Free Seven Swords Short Story

As a thank you to their readers, Subterranean Press are giving away an ebook of my short story The Scarlet Ziggurat. This is a prequel story set in the same world as my Seven Swords novella series.


For centuries, the Scarlet Ziggurat, once the palace of a fabled Sorcerer Queen, has lain undisturbed beneath the dunes of the southern desert. Now Guyime, dispossessed king and wielder of the demon cursed Nameless Blade, has come to claim the ziggurat’s secrets. Guided by a mighty sorcerer, Guyime must defeat ancient and malign forces to claim his promised reward: release from the cursed sword on his back and the endless taunts of its demon inhabitant. But, in a world where magic equates to power, can any bargain be trusted?

The Scarlet Ziggurat is an exciting prequel adventure to the highly acclaimed Seven Swords series from New York Times bestselling author Anthony Ryan.

Once again, many thanks to Didier Graffet for the wonderful cover illustration.

To claim your free copy simply go to the Subterranean Press website and download it. You don’t ned to do anything else, but if anyone feels like expressing their gratitude by joining their mailing list or buying one of their books, I’m sure they’d be delighted.

For anyone new to the Seven Swords series, this story doesn’t contain any spoilers for the other books and can be read in isolation. If you’re a newcomer to this world, start with Book One A PILGRIMAGE OF SWORDS. 

Also, a reminder that the pre-order for Book Five of the series, Across the Sorrow Sea, is now live. Go here for details. 

Announcing ‘Across the Sorrow Sea’ – Book Five of the Seven Swords

Across the Sorrow Sea – Book Five of my fantasy novella series The Seven Swords – is now available for pre-order from Subterranean Press. Thanks once again to the amazing Didier Graffet for a spectacular cover. 

Pre-order via the Subterranean Press website.

The ebook and audiobook editions will be released when the hardcover ships in September 2023. 

Book description:


Continuing their quest for the Seven Swords, legendary warrior Guyime and his companions must brave these perilous tides to find the mythic Spectral Isle, where once a demon named Lakorath was captured by a sorcerer of great power. Here ancient plans will be unveiled and the secret purpose of the seven demon cursed blades may finally be revealed…

Continuing the saga of The Seven Swords, Across the Sorrow Sea is a fast-moving tale of seafaring adventure and dramatic revelations from the New York Times bestselling author of the Raven’s Shadow and the Covenant of Steel trilogies.

Lettered: 26 signed leatherbound copies, housed in a custom traycase

Limited: 1000 signed numbered hardcover copies

Anyone who pre-orders the hardcover will be entered into a draw to win the fronts illustration drawn by mine very own hand. 

Anyone new to this series should start with A Pilgrimage of Swords, which is available in ebook and audio. Details on the book page

The Martyr – UK Paperback Release

The UK paperback edition of The Martyr – Book Two of The Covenant of Steel – is released today by Orbit.

Buy here:  Amazon.co.uk –  Waterstones – Hive

For other formats and territories, check out the book page.

The winners of the signed paperback mailing list giveaway have now been chosen and notified. Check your spam folders to make sure you haven’t missed out on a prize. To ensure you’re included in future giveaways sign up to my mailing list.

Reminder: The Traitor – Book three of The Covenant of Steel trilogy – is now available for pre-order. Check out the links on the book page.

‘The Martyr’ Paperback Giveaway and ‘Red River Seven’ Gets a Blurb

The UK paperback edition of The Martyr – Book Two in the Covenant of Steel trilogy – will be released on April 13th. To celebrate I’m giving away five signed copies to existing mailing list subscribers and anyone who joins the list before midnight GMT on April 12th.

To enter go here to join the mailing list

The giveaway is open to all readers worldwide. If you’ve already signed up, you’re automatically entered. 

Winners will be chosen and notified on April 13th. Remember to check your spam folders to make sure you don’t miss out on a prize.

Order The Martyr UK paperback here: Amazon.co.ukWaterstonesHive

For other formats visit the book page.

In other news, the blurb for my post-apocalyptic thriller Red River Seven (to be published in October under the pseudonym AJ Ryan) has now gone up on the Amazon US and UK pre-order pages: 

Internationally bestselling fantasy author Anthony Ryan – writing as A. J. Ryan – delivers a nerve-shredding thriller in which seven strangers must undertake a terrifying journey into the unknown.

A man awakes on a boat at sea with no memory of who he is or how he came to be there. He’s not alone – there are six others. None of them can remember their names, but all bear the scars of recent surgery.

When a message appears on the onboard computer – Proceeding to Point A – the group agrees to work together to survive whatever is coming.

But as the boat moves through the mist-shrouded waters, divisions begin to form, and the group is plagued by questions. Who is directing them, why have their memories been wiped, and – most crucially of all – what are the screams they can hear beyond the mist?

Pre-order the paperback here: Amazon.com Amazon.co.ukWaterstones

Pre-order links for the ebook and audio editions haven’t appeared yet. I’ll update when they do. Also, watch this space for a cover reveal, hopefully soon. 

For those who can’t get enough of my half-baked opinions, I did a podcast interview recently with fellow fantasist Stephen Aryan which can be viewed here:

Anthony Ryan interviewed by Stephen Aryan.

And finally, I contributed a clip to this ensemble of scribblers offering advice for any aspiring writers out there:

Dear Writer…

The King Must Fall – Now Available

The King Must Fall anthology from Grimdark Magazine is now available in ebook, hardcover, paperback, and audiobook. The anthology includes an all new Raven’s Shadow novella The Book Burner’s Fall. For chronology fans, this story takes place some one hundred and twenty-five years before the events in Blood Song

Book description:

When the mighty and cruel must be brought low, it’s the killers and the schemers who emerge from the shadows. As plans twist and change, and our protagonists are foiled and beaten, one thing remains true: no matter the cost, the king must fall.

The King Must Fall is a dark fantasy anthology featuring 19 titans of the dark and grimdark fantasy genres writing about rogues, assassins, mages, blackguards, and warriors on quests to kill their kings, rulers, captains, and leaders.

Featuring stories by Devin Madson, Luke Scull, Anna Smith Spark, Anthony Ryan, Michael R Fletcher, Jeremy Szal, Lee Murray, Daniel Polansky, Shawn Speakman, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Trudi Canavan, Alex Marshall, Anna Stephens, Justin Call, Peter Orullian, Kameron Hurley, Matthew Ward, Deborah A. Wolf, and Bradley P. Beaulieu.

Buy the ebook:  Amazon.comAmazon.co.ukAmazon.auAmazon.deAmazon.frAmazon.es

Buy the hardcover: Amazon.comAmazon.co.ukBarnes & NobleIndieboundWaterstones

Buy the paperback: Amazon.comAmazon.co.ukBarnes & NobleBookshop.orgIndiebound

Buy the audiobook:  Audible.comAudbile.co.ukKoboIndieboundAudiobooks.com

In other news, the audio edition of To Blackfyre KeepBook Four of the Seven Swords – is now available on Audible, read by the inestimable Steven Brand. 

Buy here: Audible.comAudible.co.uk

For other formats see the book page.

And finally, if you’ve ever wondered how authors really feel about negative reviews, Hillary Argyle of the Bookborn channel has put together another compilation of author reactions. One day, when I’m feeling brave, I may post the uncut version of my segment (but that day is not this day).