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A Pilgrimage of Swords – Hand-Drawn Map Giveaway

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. 

Pre-order from the Subterranean Press website

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. 


A Pilgrimage of Swords – Advance Review Copy Quickie Giveaway

Thanks to those nice people at Subterranean Press I have three signed Advance Review Copies of my novella A Pilgrimage of Swords to give away to mailing list subscribers. If you’re not already a subscriber please sign up here by midnight GMT on April 20th to have a chance of winning. Winners will be chosen and notified on April 21st.

Any book reviewers/bloggers/book-tubers who would like a copy please get in touch via the contact page and I’ll ask Subterranean to send you one. 

A Pilgrimage of Swords will be released in special limited edition hardcover and ebook in September 2019. Further details, excerpt and pre-order on the Subterranean Press website: https://subterraneanpress.com/pilgrimage-of-swords-3583.


‘Many Are the Dead’ Audiobook Pre-order and Giveaway

The audiobook edition of Many Are the Dead: A Raven’s Shadow Novella, narrated by Steven Brand, will be released by Audible on March 12th. Pre-order here:  Audible.comAudible.co.uk

*(Cover by Kevin Goeke, design by Shawn King)

Description:

“The Faith requires all we have.”

New York Times bestselling author Anthony Ryan returns to the Raven’s Shadow world in this prequel novella set ten years before the events in Blood Song.

For decades the brothers of the Sixth Order have fought a savage war against the Lonak clans amidst the frozen peaks of their Dominion.

When word reaches the north of a fresh outbreak of the dreaded Red Hand, Brother Sollis, the finest swordsman in the 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.

Enemies become allies as Sollis leads an increasingly desperate fight against an inhuman enemy steeped in the power of the Dark.

“Brilliantly written… Anyone who has read Blood Song will adore this.” – Fantasy Book Review.

“Many Are the Dead is a good treat to gobble up while we wait for the continuation of Vaelin Al Sona’s story.” – Grimdark Magazine.

To celebrate, I’m giving away 10 promo-codes for a free download of the audiobook. Current subscribers to my mailing list are automatically entered. If you’re not a subscriber and want a chance to win a free audiobook, go here to sign up. The winners will be chosen at random and notified on March 12th. 



Announcing ‘Many Are the Dead’ – All New Raven’s Shadow Novella Available for Pre-order

I’m very pleased at long last to announce the release of Many Are the Dead, an all new never before published Raven’s Shadow novella. 

Description:

“The Faith requires all we have.”

New York Times bestselling author Anthony Ryan returns to the Raven’s Shadow world in this prequel novella set ten years before the events in Blood Song. 

For decades the brothers of the Sixth Order have fought a savage war against the Lonak clans amidst the frozen peaks of their Dominion. 

When word reaches the north of a fresh outbreak of the dreaded Red Hand, Brother Sollis, the finest swordsman in the 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.

Enemies become allies as Sollis leads an increasingly desperate fight against an inhuman enemy steeped in the power of the Dark. 

Mailing list subscribers will know that I promised this a while ago but for ‘reasons’ had to sit on it until now. The ebook will be released on 2nd November but you can pre-order it now on the Amazon Kindle store: Amazon.com  – Amazon.co.uk –  and Kobo. Links to ibooks and Nook to follow. Anyone who just can’t wait, or prefers the dead tree option, can order the paperback which is already available:  Amazon.com  –  Amazon.co.uk.

To celebrate the release I have ten signed paperbacks to give away to existing mailing list subscribers or anyone who joins the list by the 2nd of November. Winners will be chosen at random and notified on 3rd November. Go here to sign up. 

Thanks once again to Kevin Goeke (movco-art.com) for the spectacular cover illustration and to Shawn King (stkcreations.com) for the cover and interior book design. 

 


The Lady of Crows – Out now in Grimdark Magazine

Thanks to Grimdark Magazine for publishing the new Raven’s Shadow novella The Lady of Crows, which is released today. Also many thanks to Jason Deem for the marvellous cover art – you can see more of Jason’s work here.

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Buy it here:   Amazon.com  –  Amazon.co.uk

Also, a reminder for anyone who missed it, the audiobook version is also available:  Audible.com  –  Audible.co.uk


The Lord Collector – Ebook Now Available

The stand-alone ebook edition of The Lord Collector – A Raven’s Shadow Novella, is now available from the following retailers: Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Kobo, iBooks, Nook and Smashwords.

The novella is also still available as part of the Blackguards Anthology in ebook and print. You can also purchase the stand-alone audiobook from audible.com, audible.co.uk, iTunesAmazon.com, Amazon.co.uk

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Author’s Note – The following story takes place in the same world as my novel Blood Song, the first volume in the Raven’s Shadow trilogy. I wrote it because I wanted to more fully explore characters who appear in Blood Song and the sequels Tower Lord and Queen of Fire. Readers familiar with my work are sure to recognise a certain pale-eyed, raspy voiced Sword Master of the Sixth Order and those curious as to the origins of the Tower Lord of the Southern Shore will find answers here. The tale takes place at the mid-point of the timeline described in Blood Song, a time when King Janus, with typical ruthlessness, is in the process of fully consolidating his grip on the Unified Realm.

The Lord Collector by Anthony Ryan: a grim introduction to our protagonist, Jehrid, leader of an Excise Guard unit (think a kind of investigative military) to kick this story off. Jehrid is tasked by his Tower Lord with working with Brother Sollis of the Sixth Order and two others with finding a passenger from a month-old shipwreck. But Jehrid has another agenda: vengeance. A story told with standard Anthony Ryan style. Enjoyable, violent, somber at times and galloping like a horse at others.’  – Adrian Collins, Grimdark Magazine