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The Black Song – US Paperback Out Now and more…

The US paperback edition of The Black Song – the second and final volume of The Raven’s Blade – is published today.

Buy the US paperback here: amazon.comBarnes & NobleIndieboundBooks A MillionBookshop.orgHudson Booksesllers

Check out The Black Song book page for other formats.


I’m delighted to report that City of Songs – Volume Three in my Seven Swords novella series – has received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly.

‘Ryan ingeniously combines magic and mystery in his outstanding third Seven Swords fantasy.’

Read the full review here (some mild spoiler warnings for those who prefer to come to it completely cold).

City of Songs will be released in special edition signed hardcover and ebook from Subterranean Press in September. Hopefully, the audiobook edition will appear shortly after. To answer an oft-asked question, there won’t be a pre-order page for the ebook, however, I’ll be sure to announce the release and provide the relevant where-to-buy links when they become available. 

Pre-order the signed, numbered hardcover edition from the Subterranean Press website.


Heartfelt gratitude to everyone who supported the Kickstarter for Grimdark Magazine’s anthology The King Must Fall. Thanks (I like to think) to you, the anthology – which includes an all new Raven’s Shadow novella – has now reached its funding goal. A number of really great stretch goals remain with 8 days left to run. So, if you haven’t already become a supporter, please consider doing so now. 

The King Must Fall Kickstarter Page.


Thanks to those nice people at Orbit for providing this nifty video to remind everyone that my next full-length novel, The Pariah – Book One of the Covenant of Steel – will be released in two months time. 

Grimdark Magazine (purely coincidentally) were kind enough to review the book last week and seemed to like it a lot:

‘The Pariah is Anthony Ryan at his best. A fast-paced, brutal fantasy novel with larger than life characters and a plot full of intrigue and suspense. With bloody twists and turns aplenty, this novel is destined to become a favourite of the grimdark community.’

Read the full review here.

For Canadian readers – I’m told that the Indigo book chain is running a 30% off promotion on their ‘Most Anticipated Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books’ – which includes The Pariah. Go here to pre-order: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/the-pariah/9780316430760-item.html


Draconis Memoria RPG update – work continues on this project despite some dreadful pandemic related issues for the publisher. I still don’t have a start date for the Kickstarter but you can now register your interest here to make sure you don’t miss it: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/hirukoa/draconis-memoria-rpg


And finally, it will be Blood Song’s tenth birthday on July 31st, which marks the day when I first self-published the book on Smashwords (whereupon it sold a massive five copies before I put it on the Kindle store in January 2012, but that’s a different story). Watch out for a book birthday related giveaway towards the end of the month. Please note – you’ll need to be signed up to my mailing list to have a chance of winning.


‘Songs of the Dark’ Now Available in Ebook and Paperback

Songs of the Dark – Short Fiction from the World of Raven’s Shadow is now available in ebook and paperback. Songs of the Dark collects all the Raven’s Shadow novellas published so far into one volume. 

*Cover illustration by Kevin Goeke. Cover design by STK Creations.

Buy the ebook: Amazon.comAmazon.co.ukNookKoboGoogle PlayApple Books

Buy the illustrated paperback: Amazon.comAmazon.co.ukBarnes & Noble

The special limited edition signed hardcover is also still available to buy from Subterranean Press.

About the Book:

“Heard whispers of the Dark all my life. It’s a strange feeling when a whisper becomes a shout.” 

Songs of the Dark collects all four novellas from the world of Anthony Ryan’s internationally best-selling Raven’s Shadow trilogy.

A Duel of Evils – Centuries before the rise of the Unified Realm, the final battle looms between the city-state of Kethia and the Volarian Empire. As told by Imperial Chronicler Lord Verniers, this terrible event is shrouded in many secrets and, some say, wrought by servants of the Dark.

Many Are the Dead – When word reaches the north of a fresh outbreak of the dreaded Red Hand, Brother Sollis, the finest swordsman in the Sixth 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.

The Lady of Crows – A quest for bloody vengeance forces Derla, a skilled and deadly veteran of the Varinshold underworld, into the service of the arch schemer King Janus.

The Lord Collector – Veteran Realm Guard Jerhid, newly appointed Lord Collector of the King’s Excise, finds himself battling ruthless smuggler gangs and worse on the wild southern shore of the Unified Realm. 

Four compelling tales of mystery, magic, intrigue, and battle presented in one volume for the first time – featuring all-new introductions by the author. The print editions also feature and black-and-white interior illustrations by Anthony Ryan. 

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In other news, many thanks to David Walters of FanFiAddict.com for his spoiler free review of The Pariah – Book One of The Covenant of Steel:

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.

Read the full review here: https://fanfiaddict.com/2021/05/05/review-the-pariah-the-covenant-of-steel-1-by-anthony-ryan

The Pariah will be released on August 24th in the US and August 26th in the UK. Buy links are on the book page.


‘The Black Song’ Nominated for the Booknest Awards, ‘Slab City Blues’ Audio Goes Wide, and more…

Many thanks to those nice people at Booknest for nominating ‘The Black Song’ – Book Two of The Raven’s Blade – for their ‘Best Traditionally Published Novel’ award longlist. Head over to the awards page to vote for your favourite fantasy novel from 2020: http://booknest.eu/component/k2/blog/2183-2020-booknest-fantasy-awards-longlist

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The audiobook edition of ‘Slab City Blues – The Collected Stories’, narrated by the inestimable Steven Brand, is no longer exclusive to Audible and can be purchased from these retailers: 

 Apple Books  –  Kobo  –   Google Play  –  Chirp

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‘Een Pelgrimstocht van Zwaarden’ – the Dutch edition of my novella ‘A Pilgrimage of Swords’ – Vol. 1 of The Seven Swords – will be released on March 30th. Netherlands fantasy outlet AnderWereld are offering a box of goodies which includes a hardcover copy of the novella and a 210mm x 210mm glossy postcard of the Execration map signed by yours truly. Go here to order: https://www.anderwereld-magie.nl/a-63512008/nieuwe-mystery-boekenboxen/mystery-boekenbox-maart-fantasy-novelle/

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And finally, I’m please to share a few more sample pages from the Draconis Memoria RPG rulebook courtesy of Hiruoka. Watch this space for news of the upcoming kickstarter. 


The Wolf’s Call – US Ebook on Sale at $1.99

The US ebook edition of The Wolf’s Call, Book One of The Raven’s Blade, is now on sale at $1.99. The sale will run until March 2nd.

Buy here: Amazon.com  –   Kobo  –  Nook  –  Apple Books  –  Google Play 

Links for other formats and UK editions are on the book page.


The Black Song – UK Paperback Released

The UK paperback edition of The Black Song, Book Two of the Raven’s Blade duology, is released today by Orbit.

More details and a reading sample on the book page.

Buy the UK paperback here: Amazon.co.ukWaterstonesHive.co.ukWH SmithWorderyBookshop.org

Other formats:

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

UK audiobook:  Audible.co.uk –  Apple audiobooks

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

US hardcover:  amazon.com  – Barnes & Noble  –  Indiebound –  Books A Million  –  Bookshop.org  –  Hudson Booksellers  –  Powell’s  –  Target  –  Walmart

US audiobook:  Audible.com –  Apple Audiobooks –  audiobooks.com  –  audiobookstore.com  –  Libro.fm


Announcing ‘The Pariah’ – Book One of the ‘Covenant of Steel’

Many thanks to Fantasy Inn for hosting the cover reveal for my new novel The Pariah – Book One in the all new The Covenant of Steel trilogy. 

Cover illustration by Jaime Jones who also painted the UK cover for The Waking Fire – see more of his work at www.artpad.org. Cover design by Lauren Panepinto (@Panepinto).

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?

The Pariah will be released by Orbit in the US on August 24th and in the UK on August 26th, 2021.

Pre-order Links

UK ebook: Amazon.co.ukApple BooksKoboGoogle Play

UK hardcover: Amazon.co.ukWaterstonesWH SmithWorderyBookshop.org

US ebook: Amazon.comNookApple BooksKoboGoogle Play

US paperback: Amazon.comBarnes and NobleIndieboundBookshop.org

No pre-order links for the audiobook yet but watch this space. Thanks to everyone at Orbit for their hard work in making this happen and to you, Dear Reader, for patiently awaiting news of what I’m writing next. 

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In other news, the UK paperback edition of The Black Song – Book Two of The Raven’s Blade – releases on February 11th. I was going to do another signed book giveaway but recent, I assume, COVID-related experiences with international shipping means I’ll hold off until the US paperback comes out in June when, vaccines permitting, things will have calmed down a bit. 

You can pre-order the UK Black Song paperback here:

Amazon.co.ukWaterstonesWH SmithHive.co.uk

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In yet more other news, Slab City Blues – The Collected Stories is now available in hardcover from Amazon.co.ukAmazon.com.


Upcoming ‘Black Song’ Signed US Hardcover Giveaway

Just a quick post to let you all know that on 4th September I’ll be running a quickie mailing list exclusive give-away for five signed, lined and dated copies of the US hardcover edition of The Black Song to mark the one month-aversary of its publication.

In order to enter you have to be a signed-up member of the mailing list – sign up here. I’ll be sending out an email to subscribers on 4th September with a clickable link for those who want to be entered into the draw, so make sure you check your spam folders to ensure you don’t miss out. Winners will be chosen at random and notified on Monday September 7th. The give-away will be open to all mailing list subscribers, not just US residents.

In other news – it transpires that I totally missed the publication of the Italian edition of The Wolf’s Call in April – Il richiamo del lupo (La spada del corvo #1) is now available, published by Fanucci Editore. Click here for the Amazon.it link, but I’m assured it’s available in all good bookshops, COVID restrictions permitting. (If anyone knows the name of the cover artist, please let me know so I can credit them).

Finally, a reminder that The Kraken’s Tooth – the second novella my ‘Seven Swords’ series from Subterranean Press – will be released on 30th September and is available for pre-order here: https://subterraneanpress.com/krakens-tooth.

If you order before the release date you have the added bonus of being entered into a draw to win an original signed illustration by me and you won’t have to send me emails complaining about the price of hardcovers on eBay after Subterranean have sold out.

The ebook and audiobook editions of The Kraken’s Tooth will also be available when the hardcover is released.


and ‘The Wolf’s Call’ in German is…

Das Lied des Wolfes, published today by Hobbit Presse.

Many thanks to my translator Sara Riffel and my German editor Stephan Askani for all their hard work in making this happen.

Click here to buy the book in hardcover, ebook or audiobook.

Also, thanks to Frederico Musetti for the spectacular cover. You can see more of his work here: http://www.federicomusetti.it


The Black Song – US and Canada Release Day

The Black Song – Book Two of the Raven’s Blade – is released today in the US and Canada.

Buy here:

Ebook: amazon.com –  Nook  –  iBooks  –  Kobo  –  Google Play  –  Books A Million

Hardcover:  amazon.com  – Barnes & Noble  –  Indiebound  –  Books A Million  –  Bookshop.org  –  Hudson Booksellers  –  Powell’s  –  Target  –  Walmart

Audiobook:  audible.com  – Apple Audiobooks –  audiobooks.com  –  audiobookstore.com  –  Libro.fm

Description:

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 unrivaled 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…

“…expert worldbuilding, crackling dialogue, gripping action and subtle shifts on the political chessboard.” – Publisher’s Weekly.

For anyone who missed it, The Black Song released in the UK on July 28th.

Buy here:

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

UK hardcover:  amazon.co.uk  –  Waterstones –  Hive.co.uk – WH Smith – Wordery

UK audiobook:  Audible.co.uk –  Apple audiobooks

Thanks to everyone at Ace for helping to bring The Black Song into the world, particularly my editor Jessica Wade. Thanks also to my UK editor James Long and my agent Paul Lucas.

The Black Song the second and final book in The Raven’s Blade duology and, to answer an oft-asked question, it will be Vaelin’s last adventure… for the time being. I think he’s earned a break after everything I’ve put him through but, rest assured, he will be back eventually. In the meantime I have other stories to tell and new worlds to explore – watch this space for details to be announced in the near future.


‘The Black Song’ is an August Book of the Month on Amazon.com

Many thanks to Amazon for including The Black Song in the ‘Best Books of the Month in Science Fiction & Fantasy’. Check out the full list on Amazon. com.

The Black Song releases in the US and Canada in hardcover, ebook and audiobook in three days. Full details on the book page. Pre-orders below.

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

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

US audiobook:  Audible.com