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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).


The Traitor – Cover Reveal for Covenant of Steel Book Three

I’m delighted to reveal the cover for The Traitor – the third and final book in The Covenant of Steel trilogy. 

Once again the illustration is by the excellent Jaime Jones, see more of his work here: http://www.artpad.org/.

No book description yet, but watch this space. The Traitor will be released in the US on July 11th and July 13th in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.

Pre-order The Traitor US ebook:  Amazon.com –  Nook – Apple Books – Kobo

Pre-order The Traitor US paperback:  Amazon.com – Barnes & Noble 

Pre-order The Traitor UK hardcover:  Amazon.co.uk –  Waterstones – Blackwells


In other news, Subterranean Press found an extra box of 7 paperback advance review copies of To Blackfyre Keep – Volume Four in my Seven Swords novella series – lurking in their warehouse. I’ll be giving these away on a first-come-first-served basis to my mailing list on December 3rd. If you haven’t already, join the list before then to make sure you don’t miss out.


The Pariah US Ebook Sale and The Traitor Pre-Orders

I’m happy to report that the ebook version of The Pariah – Book One of the Covenant of Steel – is on sale in the US this week at $2.99. 

The sale will run for one week only, so grab it soon (if you haven’t already). 

Buy here:  Amazon.com –  Nook –  Apple Books –  Kobo –  Google Play

In more Covenant of Steel news, some pre-order links for book three – The Traitor – have now appeared. No UK ebook pre-order yet, but watch this space for updates. Also, no cover yet but I have seen the finished version and think it’s really something special. I hope to reveal it soon. I’ve also provisionally confirmed a signed, numbered special hardcover edition with Goldsboro Books – I’ll let you know when the order page goes live. 

Pre-order The Traitor US ebook: Amazon.comNookApple BooksKobo

Pre-order The Traitor US paperback: Amazon.comBarnes & Noble

Pre-order The Traitor UK hardcover:  Amazon.co.ukWaterstonesBlackwells


And finally, for those who have been asking, the ebook edition of To Blackfyre KeepVolume Four of the Seven Swords – is now available outside the US. Links are on the book page. The winners of the signed hardcover giveaway have been chosen and notified – check your spam folders to make sure you haven’t missed out. 


To Blackfyre Keep – Signed Hardcover Giveaway

To Blackfyre Keep hardcovers are here. To celebrate the release of the fourth novella in The Seven Swords series, I’m holding a signed copies giveaway for existing subscribers to my mailing list and anyone who subscribes between now and midnight GMT on November 8th. 

Three lucky winners will receive a signed limited edition hardcover of To Blackfyre Keep. The giveaway is open to all subscribers worldwide. Winners will be chosen at random and notified on November 9th – check your spam folders to make sure you haven’t missed out on a prize.

For those of you waiting for the audiobook, I’m told it’s now slated for release by Audible on December 6th, once again narrated by the incomparable Steven Brand. 

I’m aware that readers outside the US are currently unable to buy the eBook on most platforms. I’m assured by Subterranean Press that they are working on distributing the ebook to international platforms. I’ll post updated links when I have them. In the meantime, non-US readers are able to buy the ebook direct from the Subterranean Press website

Full details of this novella are on the book page.


To Blackfyre Keep – Book Four of the Seven Swords – Out Now in Hardcover and Ebook

The hardcover edition of my fantasy novella To Blackfyre Keep – Book Four of the Seven Swords – is now shipping from Subterranean Press. Thanks to everyone who bought a pre-order. The special tray case edition has sold out but there are still copies of the signed and numbered hardcover available. Order from the Subterranean Press Website.

The book is also out in ebook from:  Amazon.com* –  Nook  –  Apple Books  –  Kobo  –  Subterranean Press

(*affiliate link).

The kindle version doesn’t seem to have filtered out to the UK Amazon store yet – I’ll update the links in due course. 

Also, no word on the audiobook yet, but I’ll post as soon as it becomes available.

I know many of you were expecting this to come out last month and can only apologise for the delay which was due to lingering pandemic related issues with Subterranean Press’s printing and distribution side.

Many thanks to everyone at Subterranean for making this happen, and, as always, to Didier Graffet for the wonderful cover illustration. You can view more of his work here.

For any newcomers to this series click the links below for details of the first three volumes:

A Pilgrimage of Swords

The Kraken’s Tooth

City of Songs

I’ll be running a mailing list giveaway for signed copies of To Blackfyre Keep later this month when my author copies turn up, so sign up to the list (if you haven’t already) to make sure you don’t miss out. 

Book description:

GUYIME—DEMON CURSED WIELDER OF THE NAMELESS BLADE—FOLLOWS THE TRAIL OF THE FABLED SEVEN SWORDS INTO THE TROUBLED NORTHLANDS, A REALM WHERE HE WAS ONCE CALLED KING…AND RAVAGER.

Magically guided to enlist in the retinue of a lovesick knight, Guyime and his companions journey to the haunted ruin of Blackfyre Keep, a castle legend tells cannot be held. But a far deadlier threat than mere ghosts awaits. An ancient evil has been conjured and to defeat it Guyime may be forced to become the monster he used to be—the Ravager reborn.

Continuing the epic adventure of The Seven SwordsTo Blackfyre Keep is an enthralling tale of creeping menace and pulse pounding action from New York Times bestselling author of the Raven’s Shadow and Draconis Memoria trilogies.


The Pariah – $2.99 US Ebook Sale

For today only, the US ebook edition of The Pariah – Book One of the Covenant of Steel – is a Kindle daily deal at $2.99. I’m told the price will be matched by other US ebook vendors. Find it via the follow links:

Amazon.com –  Nook –  Apple Books –  Kobo –  Google Play

Links to other formats and UK vendors are on the book page

“Ryan (the Raven’s Shadow series) impresses with this fantasy trilogy opener… The author makes buy-in easy thanks to three-dimensional characters and intelligent prose that grips from the opening sentence.” – Publisher’s Weekly starred review.

The Pariah is a sharp, brutal tale and a brilliant introduction to theCovenant of Steel series. While the story itself is grim and bloody, Ryan’s prose and characterization are a beacon in the darkness. A remarkable story that I did not want to end.” – FanFiAddict. 


The Martyr – Now Available in Audiobook

At long last, The Martyr – Book Two of the Covenant of Steel – is now available in audiobook, narrated by the incomparable Steven Brand. 

Buy here:  Audible.comAudible.co.ukApple BooksKoboBarnes & Noble 

Ryan again showcases his gift for epic fantasy in his excellent sequel to The Pariah’ – Publishers Weekly starred review of The Martyr.

A masterpiece’ – Shauna Lawless, author of Children of Gods and Fighting Men.

‘The Martyr continues the brilliance of The Pariah with more grit and adventure that Anthony Ryan fans and newcomers will devour’ – Grimdark Magazine.

‘A stunning success’ – The Quill to Live.

The Martyr is the second novel in The Covenant of Steel, a new epic fantasy series of action, intrigue and magic from Anthony Ryan, a master storyteller who has taken the fantasy world by storm.

Times have changed for Alwyn Scribe. Once an outlaw, he’s now a spymaster and sworn protector of Lady Evadine Courlain, whose visions of a demonic apocalypse have earned her the fanatical devotion of the faithful. 

Yet Evadine’s growing fame has put her at odds with both Crown and Covenant. As trouble brews in the kingdom, both seek to exploit her position for their own ends. 

Sent to the Duchy of Alundia to put down a rebellion, Alwyn must rely on old instincts to fight for his new cause. Deadly feuds and ancient secrets are laid bare as war erupts, a war that will decide the fate of the Kingdom of Albermaine and, perhaps, prevent the coming of the prophesied Second Scourge.


The Martyr – UK Release Day

The Martyr – Book Two of the Covenant of Steel – is released today in ebook and hardcover in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.

Buy the ebook: Amazon.co.uk  –  Kobo  –  Apple BooksGoogle Play

Buy the UK hardcover:  Amazon.co.uk  –  Waterstones – Blackwells – Hive.co.ukGoldsboro BooksThe Broken Binding

*(affiliate links used for Amazon)

Full details and buy links for other stores are on the book page.


The Martyr – Released Today in USA and Canada

(Cover illustration by Jaime Jones)

Happy book birthday to… me! The Martyr – Book Two of the Covenant of Steel – is released today in ebook and paperback in the USA and Canada. 

Buy the ebook:  Amazon.com –  Nook  –  Kobo –  Apple BooksGoogle Play

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

Book description:

Ryan again showcases his gift for epic fantasy in his excellent sequel to The Pariah – Publishers Weekly starred review of The Martyr.

The Martyr is the second novel in The Covenant of Steel, a new epic fantasy series of action, intrigue and magic from Anthony Ryan, a master storyteller who has taken the fantasy world by storm.

Times have changed for Alwyn Scribe. Once an outlaw, he’s now a spymaster and sworn protector of Lady Evadine Courlain, whose visions of a demonic apocalypse have earned her the fanatical devotion of the faithful. 

Yet Evadine’s growing fame has put her at odds with both Crown and Covenant. As trouble brews in the kingdom, both seek to exploit her position for their own ends. 

Sent to the Duchy of Alundia to put down a rebellion, Alwyn must rely on old instincts to fight for his new cause. Deadly feuds and ancient secrets are laid bare as war erupts, a war that will decide the fate of the Kingdom of Albermaine and, perhaps, prevent the coming of the prophesied Second Scourge.


Many thanks to everyone who entered the signed book giveaway. The winners have now been notified – mailing list subscribers check your spam folders to make sure you haven’t missed out. 

As stated previously, release of The Martyr audiobook has been delayed until September 6th to allow Steven Brand time to record it. Some people have reported that the existing pre-order links for the US Audible store no longer appear to be active – I’ll repost them closer to the release date when I’m sure they’re working. 

The Martyr will also be released in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa on June 30th. Pre-order links are on the book page.


The Martyr – Upcoming Giveaway

The Martyr – Book Two of the Covenant of Steel – will be released in the US on June 28th and the UK on June 30th. To celebrate I’ll be running a giveaway for my mailing list subscribers. On June 20th, existing subscribers will receive an email with a link to click in order to enter the giveaway, so make sure you sign up to the list before then if you want a chance at winning a signed, lined and dated UK edition hardcover. Runners up prizes will include signed paperbacks and bookplates.

Sign up to the mailing list here.

Note for subscribers – please ensure you check your spam filters on the 20th to make sure you don’t miss out on the giveaway.

Winners will be chosen and notified on June 27th.

To pre-order The Martyr, check out the links in the book page.

Check out The Pariah, book one in this series, here.

For more Covenant of Steel talk, check out this interview I did for Forbidden Planet TV. (https://youtu.be/T8gtRI44vM4)


And finally, for anyone who wants to make sure they get their hands on a signed hardcover of The Martyr, signed special limited editions are still available (for now) from Goldsboro Books and The Broken Binding.