Many thanks to the Campaign for the American Reader for featuring The Waking Fire on their blog, and for inviting me to take part in the ‘Page 69 test’, where I comment on the 69th page of the book and how fits in with the rest of the story and provide a few musings on casting choices should the book ever become a movie (I should stress that this is definitely not a possibility at this time).
In other Waking Fire news, I’ve compiled a list of reviews received so far below:
Mark Lawrence on Goodreads
Review on Publishers Weekly
Robert Bradley on the Huffington Post UK
Bob Milne on Beauty in Ruins
Silvia Paoletta on Darkest Sins
Ani Johnson on The Bookbag
Epic Levi on Epic Reads
LK Evans on BooksbyLKEvans
Andrew Mather on The Quill to Live
Philippa Mary on The Little Book Owl
Paul Fiander Audiobook review on Backwards Compatible
Maureen Beatrice on Maureen’s Books
And finally, for any Raven’s Shadow fans who ever wondered what it would be like to play Keschet, French reader Rémi has coded up a free-to-play online version which you find here: http://remi.apps-web.net/Keschet/Keschet. Rémi tells me he’s still working on it so expect a few bugs. Also, it’s not networked so both players will need to be on the same computer and the rules are all in French. Still, it’s fun to see something I’ve written come to life and many thanks to Rémi for taking the time and trouble to make it happen.
The Kindle version of Blood Song is available as a Kindle Daily Deal on Amazon.co.uk for £0.99 for today only – buy here. Sorry rest of the world but it’s UK customers only.
For any Czech readers: – Book-blogger Veronica Burgerová is running a competition to win signed Czech editions of Blood Song and Tower Lord at http://imanence.blogspot.cz/2016/05/blogtour-2016-soutez.html. There are also chances to win books by fellow fantasy authors Amy Kathleen Ryan (no relation), Chloe Neill and Kate McGarry.
La Reine de feu, published today by Bragelonne. Buy it from Amazon.fr and hopefully everywhere else French books are sold.
My German publisher, Hobbit Presse, has relaunched their website – http://www.hobbitpresse.de/ – as the central meeting point for fantasy readers in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. This is what you can find there:
– News about Hobbit Presse authors and books
– Downloads of the Hobbit Presse Newspaper ‘Tolkien Times’, beginning from 2001, including many articles from the Tolkien Times and Klett-Cotta Blog.
– Book trailers and video interviews.
– Information about author readings or appearance dates.
To celebrate I’m running Goodreads giveaways for signed audio CD editions of Das Lied des Blutes (Blood Song) and Der Herr des Turmes (Tower Lord) – read by Detlief Biestedt, translation by Hans and Sara Riffel. Winners will also receive a signed bookplate for each book. The German language edition of Queen of Fire is due for release in September so watch out for another Giveaway then.
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, iTunes, Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk
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