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The Martyr – UK Release Day

The Martyr – Book Two of the Covenant of Steel – is released today in ebook and hardcover in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.

Buy the ebook: Amazon.co.uk  –  Kobo  –  Apple BooksGoogle Play

Buy the UK hardcover:  Amazon.co.uk  –  Waterstones – Blackwells – Hive.co.ukGoldsboro BooksThe Broken Binding

*(affiliate links used for Amazon)

Full details and buy links for other stores are on the book page.


The Martyr – Released Today in USA and Canada

(Cover illustration by Jaime Jones)

Happy book birthday to… me! The Martyr – Book Two of the Covenant of Steel – is released today in ebook and paperback in the USA and Canada. 

Buy the ebook:  Amazon.com –  Nook  –  Kobo –  Apple BooksGoogle Play

Buy the paperback:  Amazon.com  –  Indiebound –  Barnes & Noble

Book description:

Ryan again showcases his gift for epic fantasy in his excellent sequel to The Pariah – Publishers Weekly starred review of The Martyr.

The Martyr is the second novel in The Covenant of Steel, a new epic fantasy series of action, intrigue and magic from Anthony Ryan, a master storyteller who has taken the fantasy world by storm.

Times have changed for Alwyn Scribe. Once an outlaw, he’s now a spymaster and sworn protector of Lady Evadine Courlain, whose visions of a demonic apocalypse have earned her the fanatical devotion of the faithful. 

Yet Evadine’s growing fame has put her at odds with both Crown and Covenant. As trouble brews in the kingdom, both seek to exploit her position for their own ends. 

Sent to the Duchy of Alundia to put down a rebellion, Alwyn must rely on old instincts to fight for his new cause. Deadly feuds and ancient secrets are laid bare as war erupts, a war that will decide the fate of the Kingdom of Albermaine and, perhaps, prevent the coming of the prophesied Second Scourge.


Many thanks to everyone who entered the signed book giveaway. The winners have now been notified – mailing list subscribers check your spam folders to make sure you haven’t missed out. 

As stated previously, release of The Martyr audiobook has been delayed until September 6th to allow Steven Brand time to record it. Some people have reported that the existing pre-order links for the US Audible store no longer appear to be active – I’ll repost them closer to the release date when I’m sure they’re working. 

The Martyr will also be released in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa on June 30th. Pre-order links are on the book page.


The Pariah – $2.99 US Kindle Sale & The Martyr UK Signed Hardcovers

Good news everyone, The Pariah – Book One of the Covenant of Steel – is a Kindle daily deal on the US Amazon store today priced at $2.99.

Buy it here:  Amazon.com 

For other formats and outlets see the book page


I’m pleased to report that the special signed, sprayed edges edition of the UK hardcover is now available for pre-order from Goldsboro Books: https://www.goldsborobooks.com/product/the-martyr-limited-edition

Stocks are limited to 500 copies, and I’m not sure how long they’ll last, so get your orders in quickly if you don’t want to miss out.

The Martyr – Book Two of the Covenant of Steel – will be released in the US on June 28th and the UK on June 30th. Pre-order links are on the book page.

I’ll also be running a mailing list giveaway for signed hardcovers closer to the release date. Be sure to sign up for the list to have a chance of winning. 


‘The Martyr’ – Audiobook Pre-Order and ‘City of Songs Hardcover’ Sale

US and UK audiobook pre-orders for The Martyr – Book Two of The Covenant of Steel – are now live. Check them out here: Audible.comAudible.co.ukApple BooksKoboBarnes & Noble

Buy links for other formats are on the book page.

I also need to let you know that, despite the listed publication date, the audiobook release is likely to be delayed by several weeks. Steven Brand is an in-demand actor and narrator these days so, to avoid switching to another voice, the recording sessions need to be put back to accommodate his schedule. Obviously it would be better for all formats to be published at the same time and I do apologise for this delay. However, both myself and the publisher, felt it was important to continue with Steven as the voice of the series.


In other news, the signed hardcover edition of City of Songs – Volume Three of my novella series The Seven Swords – is currently on sale at the less-than-half price of $15. Available only from the Subterranean Press website. 

I don’t know how long this sale will last so act now if you don’t want to miss out on a bargain.


The Pariah – $2.99 US Ebook Sale

For today only, the US ebook edition of The Pariah – Book One of the Covenant of Steel – is a Kindle daily deal at $2.99. I’m told the price will be matched by other US ebook vendors. Find it via the follow links:

Amazon.com –  Nook –  Apple Books –  Kobo –  Google Play

Links to other formats and UK vendors are on the book page.

“Ryan (the Raven’s Shadow series) impresses with this fantasy trilogy opener… The author makes buy-in easy thanks to three-dimensional characters and intelligent prose that grips from the opening sentence.” Publisher’s Weekly starred review.

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.” – FanFiAddict. 


The Pariah – UK Paperback Now Available and Sneak Peek at Something Completely Different

The UK paperback edition of The Pariah – Book One of the Covenant of Steel – is now available.

Buy here:  Amazon.co.uk  –  Waterstones  –  Hive  –  Wordery

Full details and buy links for other formats are on the book page


And now for something completely different…

Last September I managed to carve out some time to write a non-fantasy novel that’s been hanging around my head for quite a while. It’s still early days so there’s no publication date yet, and the title may well change, but here’s the announcement on Publisher’s Marketplace to wet any interested appetites.

Watch this space for more concrete news when I have it. 


The Pariah – US Kindle Daily Deal at $2.99

The US ebook edition of The Pariah, Book One of The Covenant of Steel, is on sale at $2.99. This is a Black Friday only sale so act quickly if you don’t want to miss out.

Buy here: Amazon

I’m told the price should be matched on other ebook retailers:

Nook –  Apple Books –  Kobo –  Google Play


In other sale news, Subterranean Press is currently offering the hardcover signed special editions of Songs of the Dark and City of Songs at half price. 

Buy from the Subterranean Press website for $62.50.

More details on the Songs of the Dark book Page.

Buy from the Subterranean Press website for $20.

More details on the City of Songs book page.


The Martyr – Cover Reveal for Covenant of Steel Book Two

I’m delighted to reveal the cover for The Martyr, Book Two of The Covenant of Steel.

Thanks as always to everyone at Orbit for making this happen. Illustration by Jaime Jones. 

The Martyr is currently slated for release on June 28th 2022 in the US and June 30th 2022 in the UK. Here are the pre-order links so far* – the ebook hasn’t yet appeared on the UK Kindle Store. I’ll post further links when I have them.

Buy the ebook:  Amazon.comNook  –  Apple Books

Buy the UK hardcover:  amazon.co.uk  –  Waterstones

Buy the US paperback:  amazon.com  –  IndieboundBarnes & Noble

New to this series? Check out book one, The Pariah

*(affiliate links used for Amazon)

Book description:

The Martyr is the second novel in The Covenant of Steel, a new epic fantasy series of action, intrigue and magic from Anthony Ryan, a master storyteller who has taken the fantasy world by storm.

Times have changed for Alwyn Scribe. Once an outlaw, he’s now a spymaster and sworn protector of Lady Evadine Courlain, whose visions of a demonic apocalypse have earned her the fanatical devotion of the faithful. 

Yet Evadine’s growing fame has put her at odds with both Crown and Covenant. As trouble brews in the kingdom, both seek to exploit her position for their own ends. 

Sent to the Duchy of Alundia to put down a rebellion, Alwyn must rely on old instincts to fight for his new cause. Deadly feuds and ancient secrets are laid bare as war erupts, a war that will decide the fate of the Kingdom of Albermaine and, perhaps, prevent the coming of the prophesied Second Scourge.


In other news – UK audiobook fans can buy the audio edition of Many Are the Dead A Raven’s Shadow Novella – as part of Audible UK’s 2-for-1 sale: https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Many-Are-the-Dead-Audiobook/B07NPXRSRK


And finally, thanks to fellow fantasist Ben Galley for inviting me into his Fantasy Author Lounge to talk books, writing and various gubbins. Check it out on YouTube.


The Pariah – Released in the UK Today

The Pariah – Book One of The Covenant of Steel – is released today in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

UK ebook: Amazon.co.uk –  Apple Books –  Kobo –  Google Play

UK hardcover: Amazon.co.uk –  Waterstones –  WH Smith –  Wordery – Bookshop.orgThe Broken Binding

Audiobook:  audible.co.uk

“Ryan (the Raven’s Shadow series) impresses with this fantasy trilogy opener… The author makes buy-in easy thanks to three-dimensional characters and intelligent prose that grips from the opening sentence.” – Publisher’s Weekly starred review.

The Pariah is a sharp, brutal tale and a brilliant introduction to the Covenant 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.” – FanFiAddict.

About the book:

The Pariah begins a new epic fantasy series of action, intrigue and magic from Anthony Ryan, a master storyteller who has taken the fantasy world by storm. 

Born into the troubled kingdom of Albermaine, Alwyn Scribe is raised as an outlaw. Quick of wit and deft with a blade, Alwyn is content with the freedom of the woods and the comradeship of his fellow thieves. But an act of betrayal sets him on a new path – one of blood and vengeance, which eventually leads him to a soldier’s life in the king’s army. 

Fighting under the command of Lady Evadine Courlain, a noblewoman beset by visions of a demonic apocalypse, Alwyn must survive war and the deadly intrigues of the nobility if he hopes to claim his vengeance. But as dark forces, both human and arcane, gather to oppose Evadine’s rise, Alwyn faces a choice: can he be a warrior, or will he always be an outlaw?


Blood Song – Ten Year Anniversary Giveaway

July 31st 2021 will mark ten years to the day since I first published Blood Song on the Smashwords self-publishing site. For a more detailed version of my pro-writer origin story check out my essay ‘The Long Overnight’ on the Penguin Blood Song page (scroll down to the ‘Author Essay’ bit). Suffice to say, a lot has happened since. One decade, eight (soon to be nine) published novels, a bunch of novellas, and over a million books sold later, I think it’s fair to say I owe it all to that one click of the mouse ten years ago. Funny old world. 

On July 31st members of my mailing list will be given the chance to enter a draw for a rare 1st edition, signed, lined and dated US hardcover edition of Blood Song. One second-place winner will receive a signed US edition mass market paperback. Five third-place winners will receive signed Blood Song bookplates. All winners will also receive one of these snazzy Pariah bookplates provided by Orbit and signed by me. 

To have a chance of winning please ensure you subscribe to the mailing list before midnight on July 30th. 


Speaking of The Pariah, the US audiobook is now available for pre-order here: Audible.com.

And just a reminder:

Pre-order links for all formats are on The Pariah book page.