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‘The Kraken’s Tooth’ – ARC Giveaway & ‘The Black Song’ Signed, Numbered Edition Pre-order from Goldsboro Books

Thanks to those nice people at Subterranean Press I have three signed Advance Review Copies of my novella The Kraken’s ToothBook Two of the Seven Swords, to give away to mailing list subscribers. If you’re not already a subscriber please sign up here by midnight GMT on July 12th to have a chance of winning. Winners will be chosen and notified on July 13th.

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. The book is also available to reviewers via Netgalley. 

The Kraken’s Tooth will be released in special limited edition hardcover and ebook on September 30th. Further details, excerpt and pre-order on the Subterranean Press website: https://subterraneanpress.com/krakens-tooth

Also, a reminder that anyone who pre-orders will be entered into a draw to win this signed original illustration that appears at the front of the hardcover. I’m told the hardcover may well sell out prior to release so act now if you don’t want to miss out. 

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In other news – I’m happy to report that Goldsboro Books now has a pre-order page for the signed and numbered UK edition of The Black Song: https://www.goldsborobooks.com/product/the-black-song-limited-edition.

About this time I was hoping to run a giveaway for signed UK and US edition hardcovers of The Black Song. Sadly, due to ongoing COVID chaos, I’m not sure when my author copies will turn up. As I don’t want to promise books to readers without a reasonable expectation of when their prize will arrive, I’ll be holding off on this giveaway until I have my author copies. It’s possible this may happen after the book is released, so watch this space for updates.

Please note – the release date for The Black Song has been changed from July 28th to July 30th for the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa – August 4th in the US & Canada. Pre-order details for all formats are on the book page.


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 Black Song – UK Cover and Sample Chapter

Many thanks to the Fantasy Inn for hosting the reveal of the UK cover for The Black Song, the second and final book in The Raven’s Blade duology. 

You can now read an excerpt from the first chapter here

The Black Song is released in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa on July 28th. Pre-order here: 

Ebook:  amazon.co.uk  – iBooks –  Kobo  –  Google Play

Hardcover:  amazon.co.uk  –  WaterstonesHive.co.uk

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In other news, the French edition of The Wolf’s Call – L’Appel du loup – will be released on June 10th and is now available for pre-order:  Amazon.fr.

Thanks once again to Didier Graffet for perhaps the most Vaelin-y illustration to date and to everyone at Bragelonne for making this happen. 


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


‘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. 


A Pilgrimage of Swords – Audiobook Pre-Order Now Available & Other News

The audiobook edition of my novella A Pilgrimage of Swords, Volume One of The Seven Swords, narrated by Steven Brand, will be released by Audible on March 24th and is now available for pre-order.  

Buy here:  audible.com  –  audible.co.uk

In other news, I’m delighted to report that The Wolf’s Call, Book One of The Raven’s Blade, has been shortlisted in the ‘Best Traditionally Published Novel’ category for the Booknest Fantasy Awards. Thanks to everyone who voted in the first round. Anyone who would care to drop by and vote in the final round please go here: http://booknest.eu/component/k2/AWARDS/1812

And finally, those of you who follow me on Twitter may have noticed that the Advance Review Copies of The Black Song, Book Two of The Raven’s Blade, have arrived. I’ll be running an exclusive mailing list giveaway for five copies closer to the release date (when, hopefully, it’ll be easier to get to the post office). Be sure to sign up to the list if you want a chance of winning a signed ARC. 

Thanks for reading and please stay safe in these troubled times.


The Black Song – US Cover Reveal

I’m delighted to reveal the cover for the US edition of The Black Song – Book Two of The Raven’s Blade. Thanks to everyone at Ace/Roc for their work on this.

The Black Song will be released in the USA and Canada on August 4th this year and in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa on July 2nd. Pre-order links and description are on the book page.

Also, for any aspiring fantasy authors who have a Twitter account, I’m offering a 10,000-word manuscript critique in aid of the #authorsforfireys campaign to support volunteer firefighters battling the Australian bush-fires. The critique will cover plot, character, and prose clarity. To bid simply reply to the tweet below with your bid amount in Australian dollars. The auction will run until Jan 12th when the winner will be notified and asked for proof of their donation to the Bush-fire Disaster Appeal.

There are plenty of authors offering signed books and other goodies to support this cause so be sure to click the hashtag #authorsforfireys to check out the auctions. Full auction rules and more info can be found at https://authorsforfireys.wixsite.com/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


The Raven’s Blade – Book 2 Title Reveal

As it’s already filtered out in certain places, I can reveal that the title of the second and final book in The Raven’s Blade duology is… (sharp intake of baited breath, drum roll, suspense stretched thinner than a prime minister’s credibility etc):

THE BLACK SONG

No cover or description yet but watch this space. It looks like the US pre-order page hasn’t gone up yet but UK readers can pre-order the ebook and hardcover here: Amazon.co.ukWaterstones

Other formats and territories to follow when I have them.

The Black Song is scheduled for release on July 2nd, 2020. This date may vary by a few days but rest assured I’ve already delivered the book to my publishers and it will be coming out next year.

In the meantime, anyone who’s not yet caught up on the further adventures of Vaelin Al Sorna should grab a copy of The Wolf’s Call, Book 1 of The Raven’s Blade.

Ebook:  Amazon.com  –  Amazon.co.uk  –  Kobo  –  Nook  –  iBooks  –  Google Play  –  Hive.co.uk

Hardcover:  Amazon.com  –  Amazon.co.uk  –  Barnes & Noble  –  IndieBound  –  Waterstones  –  Hive.co.uk

Audiobook:  Audible.com  –  Audible.co.uk  –  Amazon.com  –  Amazon.co.uk

Pre-order the UK paperback: Amazon.co.ukHive.co.ukWaterstones