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The Black Song – UK Audio Pre-Order and Publisher’s Weekly Starred Review

The audiobook edition of The Black Song – the second and final book in the Raven’s Blade duology – narrated by Steven Brand, is now available for pre-order in the UK. The book will be released on July 28th in the UK and August 4th in the US. 

Pre-Order here: Audible.co.uk

Pre-Order the US audiobook here:  Audible.com

Other formats:

US ebook:  amazon.com  –  Nook  –  iBooks  –  Kobo  –  Google Play

US hardcover:  amazon.com  – Barnes & Noble  –  Indiebound

UK ebook:  amazon.co.uk  –  iBooks –  Kobo  –  Google Play

UK hardcover:  amazon.co.uk  –  Waterstones –  Hive.co.uk

I’m also pleased to report that The Black Song has received a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly: “…expert worldbuilding, crackling dialogue, gripping action and subtle shifts on the political chessboard.”

Read the full review here.

Read an excerpt from Chapter One of The Black Song.

I’ll be running a giveaway for signed copies of the UK and US hardcovers for mailing list subscribers in July. Be sure to sign up for the list to make sure you don’t miss out.


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. 


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


The Kraken’s Tooth – Original Illustration Pre-Order Giveaway

Those fine people at Subterranean Press are running a giveaway for the original frontis illustration for the hardcover edition of my novella The Kraken’s Tooth – Book Two of The Seven Swords which began with A Pilgrimage of Swords.

The giveaway is open to anyone who pre-orders the hardcover from the Subterranean Press website. The winner will receive the original illustration hand-drawn by yours truly, signed and datedIt looks like the signed and lettered special traycase hardcover has sold out but the signed and numbered edition is still available. Don’t worry if you’ve already pre-ordered as you’ll automatically be included in the draw. The Kraken’s Tooth will be released in September 2020

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I hope you’re all staying safe and well in these trying times. For everyone patiently waiting for The Black Song advance reader copy giveaway, I hope to run it sometime in May. It will be exclusive to my mailing list subscribers so be sure to sign up to make sure you don’t miss out.


‘A Pilgrimage of Swords’ Audiobook Released Today & ‘The Wolf’s Call’ is an Award Winner

The audiobook edition of my novella A Pilgrimage of Swords, Volume One of The Seven Swords, is now available from Audible.

Buy here: audible.comaudible.co.uk

Thanks, as always, to Steven Brand for his excellent narration.

A reminder that The Kraken’s Tooth, the second novella in this series, is now available for pre-order. Links on the book page.

In other news, I’m proud and delighted to announce that The Wolf’s Call has won the Booknest Fantasy Award for Best Traditionally Published Novel. Huge thanks to everyone who voted and congrats to my fellow winners. Best of all, I now own this badass blade!

Check out the announcement here

And finally, the audiobook of The Black Song, the second and final book in The Raven’s Blade, is also now available for pre-order from Audible.com. No UK pre-order yet but watch this space. 


The Wolf’s Call – £0.99 UK Kindle Daily Deal

The UK Kindle edition of The Wolf’s Call – Book One of the Raven’s Blade – is on sale today at £0.99. Buy here: Amazon.co.uk

Also, for dead tree lovers, the UK paperback edition will be released on February 20th, pre-order here:  Amazon.co.uk – Waterstones –  Hive.co.uk

No links yet for the US paperback but it’s slated for release in June 2020.

Also, a reminder that pre-order links for The Black SongBook Two of the Raven’s Blade – are now live. See the book page for details. 


A Pilgrimage of Swords – Signed Hardcover Giveaway

*cover illustration by Didier Graffet

My novella A Pilgrimage of Swords was released by Subterranean Press in September and, somewhat to my surprise, has since sold out in hardcover. 

In the spirit of the season, and to express my gratitude for the response to this novella, I thought I’d give readers who missed out another chance to win a signed copy. Therefore, I’m holding a quickie giveaway for existing subscribers to my mailing list and anyone who subscribes between now and midnight GMT December 25th. 

Five lucky winners will receive a signed limited edition hardcover of A Pilgrimage of Swords. Winners will be chosen at random and notified on December 26th.  

A Pilgrimage of Swords is available in ebook, buy here:  Amazon.com  –  Amazon.co.uk  –  Nook  –  Kobo  –  Apple Books

Full details are on the book page

A Pilgrimage of Swords is the first in a series entitled The Seven Swords. The next volume, The Kraken’s Tooth, will be released by Subterranean Press in September 2020. Check back in the new year for a cover reveal – once again the illustration is by Didier Graffet and is really something special.


Announcing ‘Fire Wings’ – All New Novella Available in Deep Magic Magazine

Thanks to the nice people at Deep Magic Magazine for publishing my new novella Fire Wings in their Winter 2019 issue. This is a never-before-published 35,000-word tale set in the same world as my short story The Hall of the Diamond Queen

Buy Deep Magic Magazine here:  amazon.com –  amazon.co.ukamazon.caamazon.aus

You don’t have to have The Hall of the Diamond Queen to follow the novella but if you want to check it out for completeness it’s available free to subscribers of my mailing list or as part of the Unbound anthology from Grim Oak Press. 

In addition to Fire Wings this issue has two short stories, a novelette and one other novella to enjoy. Here’s the full table of contents:

Forged in Iron and Blood by Jeanna Mason Stay

The Job Prospects of History Majors by Alyssa Eckles

Fairy Lights by Laurie Lucking

A Power Arcane Caitlyn McFarland

Fire Wings by Anthony Ryan

The issue also has extended sample chapters for the following novels:

The Killing Fog by Jeff Wheeler

The Will and the Wilds by Charlie N. Holmberg

Raven’s Knight by Steve R. Yeager 

Find out more about Deep Magic on their website.


The Black Song – Book Two of the Raven’s Blade – Now Available for Pre-Order

The US and UK editions of The Black Song – the second and final book in The Raven’s Blade series – are now available for pre-order. No covers yet but watch this space for a reveal soon. As usual, the audiobook pre-order won’t appear for a while, I’ll post an update when it does. 

The Black Song is currently scheduled for release next year in the UK on July 2nd and in the US on August 4th. These dates may change so be sure to check back for updates closer to publication day.

Here’s the description for the US edition:

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 unrivalled 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…

Pre-order links below:

US ebook:  amazon.com  –  Nook  –  iBooks  –  Kobo  –  Google Play

US hardcover:  amazon.com  – Barnes & Noble  –  Indiebound

UK ebook:  amazon.co.uk  – iBooks –  Kobo  –  Google Play

UK hardcover:  amazon.co.uk  –  Waterstones


Blood Song for £0.99 – Amazon UK Black Friday Kindle Sale

The Kindle edition of Blood Song – Book One of the Raven’s Shadow trilogy – is now on sale at £0.99. This price will only last until 29th November so be sure to tell your friends (or your enemies if you think they’d hate it).

Buy here: Amazon.co.uk

For other formats check out the Blood Song book page.