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‘The King Must Fall’ – Kickstarter Now Live

The Kickstarter page for ‘The King Must Fall’ anthology is now live.

The King Must Fall is a dark fantasy anthology from Gimdark Magazine featuring 14+ authors writing about rogues, assassins, mages, blackguards, and warriors on quests to kill their kings, rulers, and leaders. We’ll be offering ebook, hardcover, numbered signed edition hardcovers, and a leatherbound signed lettered edition.

Wrapped in Felix Ortiz’s beautiful cover art, designed by the legendary Shawn King, and with a stretch goal to fill it with Carlos Diaz’s interior art, The King Must Fall will be a gripping read and an eye-catching addition to your bookshelf.

The anthology will feature an all new Raven’s Shadow novella by yours truly and great stories from the following authors:

 Bradley P. Beaulieu (The Song of the Shattered Sands, The Lays of Anuskaya)

 Kameron Hurley (The God’s War Trilogy, Worldbreaker Saga)

 Michael R Fletcher (Manifest Delusions, Black Stone Heart)

 Anna Smith Spark (Empires of Dust)

 Shawn Speakman (The Annwn Cycles, Unfettered)

 Daniel Polansky (Low Town, Those Above)

 Devin Madson (The Reborn Empire)

 Adrian Tchaikovsky (Shadows of the Apt, Children of Time)

 Lee Murray (Into the Mist, Hounds of the Underworld)

 Jeremy Szal (The Common)

 Justin Call (The Silent Gods)

 Trudi Canavan (The Black Magician, Age of the Five)

 Peter Orullian (The Vault of Heaven, The Astonishing)

Go to the Kickstarter Page to support this anthology and check out al the great the rewards and stretch goals. (NB, sorry but the Tuckerisation pledge reward for the Raven’s Shadow novella has already been claimed). 


‘City of Songs’ ARC Giveaway – ‘The Black Song’ UK Kindle Daily Deal – ‘The King Must Fall’ Kickstarter – New Interview

Thanks to those nice folks at Subterranean Press I have three signed advance review copies of City of Songs – Volume Three of The Seven Swords novella series – to give away to existing mailing list subscribers and anyone who subscribes between now and midnight GMT June 5th. 

Winners will be chosen and notified on June 6th. As usual, remember to check you spam folders to make sure you haven’t missed out.

Join the mailing list.

City of Songs will be released in September in special edition hardcover, audio and ebook. It looks like the lettered tray-case editions have already sold out but the signed and numbered hardcovers are still available. Go to the Subterranean Press website to place your orders.

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In other news – for today only the UK ebook edition of The Wolf’s Call – Book One of the Raven’s Blade duology – is on sale at £0.99 as a Kindle daly deal on the UK Amazon store. Buy here: amazon.co.uk.

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I’m also delighted to announce that I will contributing an all new Raven’s Shadow novella to the upcoming anthology The King Must Fall from Grimdark Magazine. 

This will be a crowdfunded publication so, if you want to make it happen, head over to the Kickstarter page to be notified when the project goes live on June 15th. More details on the novella coming soon. 

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And finally, many thanks to book blogger and aspiring writer Shauna Lawless for interviewing me about the upcoming publication of The Pariah, plus a lot of other stuff. Find it on at her blog at: https://shaunalawless.com/2021/05/19/author-interview-anthony-ryan/


‘Songs of the Dark’ Now Available in Ebook and Paperback

Songs of the Dark – Short Fiction from the World of Raven’s Shadow is now available in ebook and paperback. Songs of the Dark collects all the Raven’s Shadow novellas published so far into one volume. 

*Cover illustration by Kevin Goeke. Cover design by STK Creations.

Buy the ebook: Amazon.comAmazon.co.ukNookKoboGoogle PlayApple Books

Buy the illustrated paperback: Amazon.comAmazon.co.ukBarnes & Noble

The special limited edition signed hardcover is also still available to buy from Subterranean Press.

About the Book:

“Heard whispers of the Dark all my life. It’s a strange feeling when a whisper becomes a shout.” 

Songs of the Dark collects all four novellas from the world of Anthony Ryan’s internationally best-selling Raven’s Shadow trilogy.

A Duel of Evils – Centuries before the rise of the Unified Realm, the final battle looms between the city-state of Kethia and the Volarian Empire. As told by Imperial Chronicler Lord Verniers, this terrible event is shrouded in many secrets and, some say, wrought by servants of the Dark.

Many Are the Dead – When word reaches the north of a fresh outbreak of the dreaded Red Hand, Brother Sollis, the finest swordsman in the Sixth Order, leads a small band to a long-abandoned castle in search of a potential cure but discovers a far greater threat lurking in the mountains.

The Lady of Crows – A quest for bloody vengeance forces Derla, a skilled and deadly veteran of the Varinshold underworld, into the service of the arch schemer King Janus.

The Lord Collector – Veteran Realm Guard Jerhid, newly appointed Lord Collector of the King’s Excise, finds himself battling ruthless smuggler gangs and worse on the wild southern shore of the Unified Realm. 

Four compelling tales of mystery, magic, intrigue, and battle presented in one volume for the first time – featuring all-new introductions by the author. The print editions also feature and black-and-white interior illustrations by Anthony Ryan. 

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In other news, many thanks to David Walters of FanFiAddict.com for his spoiler free review of The Pariah – Book One of The Covenant of Steel:

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.

Read the full review here: https://fanfiaddict.com/2021/05/05/review-the-pariah-the-covenant-of-steel-1-by-anthony-ryan

The Pariah will be released on August 24th in the US and August 26th in the UK. Buy links are on the book page.


Legion of Flame – Signed Hardcover Giveaway

To celebrate the imminent release of The Legion of Flame I’m holding a mailing list signed books giveaway. Existing subscribers to my mailing list and anyone who subscribes between now and midnight GMT June 25th are automatically entered.

One first place winner will receive a UK hardcover.

Two second place winners will receive a US hardcover.

Three third place winners will receive UK trade paperbacks.

All books will be signed, lined and dated (with a personalised dedication if requested). The winners will be chosen and notified on 26th June.

Anyone who would like a second chance to win a signed US hardcover can also enter the simultaneous giveaway on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/240283-the-legion-of-flame

Note for readers in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa – the release dates for the Orbit edition of The Legion of Flame have been brought forward. The ebook and audio versions will come out on 27th June and the hardcover and ANZ trade paperback editions on the 29th, so anyone who pre-ordered will receive their books earlier than expected.

Also, a reminder for anyone who missed it that my Raven’s Shadow short story A Duel of Evils is now available as a standalone ebook.

If you prefer your fiction in audio form the story is also now available in the audiobook of the Unfettered II anthology:  audible.com  –  audible.co.uk  –  iTunes

 

 


‘Unfettered II’ Ebook Giveaway & New Raven’s Shadow Novella Teaser

Congratulations to the three winners of the Unfettered II giveaway contest. The winners have been notified and will soon receive their free ebooks from Grim Oak Press. Commiserations to those who didn’t win but watch out for a signed Waking Fire hardcover giveaway closer to Christmas.

Unfettered II has also been selected as one of Amazon.com’s top five fantasy books of December 2016. Check out the full list at Omnivoracious – The Amazon Book Review.

In other news, the new Raven’s Shadow novella is nearing publication – check back for full details in the near future. For now I’ll just reveal the title: The Lady of Crows. Sign up for the mailing list to be sure you don’t miss the announcement.


Announcing ‘Unfettered II – Tales by Masters of Fantasy’

Many thanks to Shawn Speakman of Grim Oak Press for inviting me to contribute to his new anthology Unfettered II – Tales by Masters of Fantasy, which will include A Duel of Evils, a previously unpublished short story set in the Raven’s Shadow universe. The profits from Unfettered II will go to cancer research and alleviating the medical debt of authors. The book will be available in November 2016 but you can pre-order the hardcover on the Grim Oak Press website.

cover-unfetteredii-bwHere’s the full author line-up:

  • Bradley Beaulieu (Song of Shattered Sands)
  • Terry Brooks
  • Jim Butcher (Dresden Files)
  • Rachel Caine
  • Sarah Beth Durst (The Queens of Renthia)
  • David Farland
  • Charlaine Harris
  • Mark Lawrence (Gunlaw)
  • Erin Lindsey (Bloodbound)
  • Seanan McGuire
  • Aidan Moher
  • Naomi Novik
  • Peter Orullian (Vault of Heaven)
  • J.A. Pitts
  • Anthony Ryan (Raven’s Shadow)
  • Brandon Sanderson
  • Scott Sigler
  • Shawn Speakman (Annwn Cycle)
  • Michael J. Sullivan (The Legends of the First Empire)
  • Django Wexler
  • Janny Wurts
  • Todd Lockwood (Cover Artist)
  • Don Maitz (Interior Illustrator)

And here’s the story about how this anthology came about:

‘Without health insurance and diagnosed with cancer in 2011, Grim Oak Press owner Shawn Speakman accrued massive medical debt while treating the disease. Rather than declare medical bankruptcy, he reached out to fellow authors and received donated short stories in return—many from New York Times bestselling writers. The stories were collected and became Unfettered, the proceeds from the sci-fi/fantasy anthology eliminating his debt burden.

To pay forward the aid he received—and to memorialize his mother who passed away earlier this year from Stage 4 stomach cancer—Speakman has again collaborated with celebrated sci-fi/fantasy authors to publish Unfettered II. “My mother first put books into my life as a child. Later she helped me survive two different cancers,” said Speakman. “Having lost her to cancer, I will focus my sorrow in a way that will make a difference. Unfettered II is the beginning of that.”

All proceeds from Unfettered II will go toward ending medical debt for other authors as well as be donated in partnership to the Cancer Research Institute in New York, NY.

Such notable New York Times bestselling authors as Terry Brooks (“The Shannara Chronicles”),

Charlaine Harris (“True Blood,” “Midnight, Texas”), Brandon Sanderson (“Wheel of Time,” “Stormlight Archive”), Jim Butcher (“Dresden Files”), and Naomi Novik (“Temeraire,” Uprooted) are contributing short stories to Unfettered II.

Cover art will be supplied by renowned artist Todd Lockwood, who contributed the artwork for Unfettered. Interior art duties will be handled by Hugo Award-winning illustrator Don Maitz.’

 


Deep Magic Magazine – New Article on How I Edit a Novel

Thanks to fellow fantasist Jeff Wheeler – author of The Legends of Muirwood and the Kingsfountain series – for inviting me to contribute to the relaunched Deep Magic Magazine. Anyone curious about how I edit my work should check out my article ‘How I Edit a Novel’, as well as a lot of great content including a story by Jeff himself and an interview with Brandon Sanderson. The June 2016 issue will be available in ebook format on the 14th but can be pre-ordered on Amazon at the low low price of $2.99. The magazine is also open to submissions so any aspiring writers should check out the website here. You can also drop by the Deep Magic Facebook page.

The full table of contents for the June 2016 issue is below:

Fiction

  • The Churchyard Yarrow by Cecilia Dart-Thornton
  • The Perfect Specimen by Carrie Ann Noble
  • Rain Dance by Steve Yeager
  • The Apothecant by Brendon Taylor
  • The Beesinger’s Daughter by Jeff Wheeler
  • Novel Excerpt: Magic Bitter Magic Sweet by Charlie N. Holmberg

Non-fiction

  • Interview with Brandon Sanderson
  • How I Edit a Novel by Anthony Ryan
  • Returning to the Light by David Pomerico

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Unbound Anthology – Ebook Now Available

The new anthology from Grim Oak PressUnbound – Tales by Masters of Fantasy – is now available in ebook (the hardcover should be out by the end of the year). Unbound includes my story The Hall of the Diamond Queen, read the first page here.  Where to buy: Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Nook, Kobo, Apple iBooks.

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Here’s the full line-up of contributing authors:

  • Small Kindnesses by Joe Abercrombie
  • An Unfortunate Influx of Filipians by Terry Brooks
  • Mr. Island by Kristen Britain
  • Jury Duty by Jim Butcher
  • Madwalls by Rachel Caine
  • The Way Into Oblivion by Harry Connolly
  • Uncharming by Delilah Dawson
  • All In a Night’s Work by David Anthony Durham
  • Son of Crimea by Jason M. Hough
  • Dichotomy of Paradigms by Mary Robinette Kowal
  • A Good Name by Mark Lawrence
  • River and Echo by John Marco
  • Seven Tongues by Tim Marquitz
  • The Siege of Tilpur by Brian McClellan
  • Fiber by Seanan McGuire
  • Stories Are Gods by Peter Orullian
  • Heart’s Desire by Kat Richardson
  • The Hall of the Diamond Queen by Anthony Ryan
  • The Dead’s Revenant by Shawn Speakman
  • The Farmboy Prince by Brian Staveley
  • The Game by Michael J. Sullivan
  • The Ethical Heresy by Sam Sykes
  • The Rat by Mazarkis Williams

Unbound Anthology – My First Page

As a taster for the upcoming anthology, Unbound – Tales by Masters of Fantasy, editor Shawn Speakman was kind enough to send me the first page of my story The Hall of the Diamond Queen.

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Want more? Unbound is out in e-book on 1st December, features stories by authors much more famous than I am (including Joe Abbercrombie, Jim Butcher and Mark Lawrence to name but three), and can be pre-ordered from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk and Nook. No confirmed release date yet for the hardcover version but Shawn assures me it’s in the works, pre-order from Grim Oak Press.


‘Unbound’ Anthology – Ebook Pre-order now Available

The ebook version of the new anthology from Grim Oak PressUnbound – Tales by Masters of Fantasy – is now available fro pre-order on Amazon.com & Amazon.co.uk. Unbound will be released on 1st December and includes my story The Hall of the Diamond Queen (it’s not a Raven’s Shadow story but it does have giant war-eagles and talking velociraptors, if you like that kind of thing).

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Here’s the full line-up of contributing authors:

  • Small Kindnesses by Joe Abercrombie
  • An Unfortunate Influx of Filipians by Terry Brooks
  • Mr. Island by Kristen Britain
  • Jury Duty by Jim Butcher
  • Madwalls by Rachel Caine
  • The Way Into Oblivion by Harry Connolly
  • Uncharming by Delilah Dawson
  • All In a Night’s Work by David Anthony Durham
  • Son of Crimea by Jason M. Hough
  • Dichotomy of Paradigms by Mary Robinette Kowal
  • A Good Name by Mark Lawrence
  • River and Echo by John Marco
  • Seven Tongues by Tim Marquitz
  • The Siege of Tilpur by Brian McClellan
  • Fiber by Seanan McGuire
  • Stories Are Gods by Peter Orullian
  • Heart’s Desire by Kat Richardson
  • The Hall of the Diamond Queen by Anthony Ryan
  • The Dead’s Revenant by Shawn Speakman
  • The Farmboy Prince by Brian Staveley
  • The Game by Michael J. Sullivan
  • The Ethical Heresy by Sam Sykes
  • The Rat by Mazarkis Williams