Tag: the book of transformations

5Jul

The Broken Isles – Extract, Interview

The Broken Isles is now out – well, earlier in the week if you’re on Amazon. There are extracts of The Broken Isles and The Book of Transformations over at the Tor UK blog. The direct link to the new extract is here. And here’s the blurb from the back of the book:

War spills into the Boreal Archipelago, as two rival cultures bring their eternal battle into this adjacent realm.

Fresh from a military victory, Commander Brynd Lathraea plans to rebuild the city of Villiren, where he is confronted with a dilemma. There are friendly forces who have no other choice but to live alongside his own people, and their numbers will be required to fight in the looming conflict. The commander turns politician as he seeks to build bridges and embrace mysterious new technologies to further his ambitions. However, many in Villiren are sceptical of aliens coming to their city, tensions run high, and even the dream of a peaceful future brings with it inevitable clashes of beliefs.

Meanwhile, Villjamur has been destroyed. A vast swathe of refugees from the legendary city are now on the run from an immense alien presence in the sky. Villages are being cleared and people are dying en masse. And Inquisitor Fulcrom finds himself at the helm of an operation to aid the refugee exodus to the coast, but it’s a race against time before this threatened genocide is complete. Ancient civilisations line up on the field of battle. Exotic creatures and a possible god walk alongside citizens of the Empire. As the Legends of the Red Sun series draws to a close, there will be one final and immense conflict to decide the fate of multiple cultures forever.

There’s also a brief, but open interview with me over at Civilian Reader:

Writing a coherent fantasy series with a satisfying ending is an immense challenge. I had to cross-reference things I was thinking or doing four years ago, which is not easy. Also, I didn’t want to drag it out – I wanted it to end cleanly. So it was a logical challenge that I’m not used to – the previous books had a greater degree of creative freedom, whereas this was somewhat restrained by what I’d done before. I like to think it was rewarding, too.

2Jul

Giveaway Winners

Because I started to feel guilty picking 15 people to get a copy of The Book of Transformations, I handed over responsibility to my fiancée. The guilt-free selection is as follows:

ChristinaJL_GB
AndyinBrum
Andrew Carter
Laura Graham
Margret Helgadottir
John_lloyd
Joseph A. Gervasi
Gillian Holmes
Ahimsa Kerp
Greg Lincoln
John Chapman
Ga Veltri
Pieohpah5
Angela Bland
Paul Weimer

WordPress/Disqus does keep a log of your emails, so I’ll be in touch later tonight to get your full names and addresses!

25Jun

The Broken Isles & The Book of Transformations

Well, final copies are here – and they look lovely. The artwork is so much stronger and vibrant on the final copies. I really like this new look for the series. The rest of the books will be repackaged for around October time (I think) – you can see what they’ll look like here.

Also, the repackaged edition of Nights of Villjamur will contain around 200 minor changes. Luckily I got the chance to iron out many of the flaws – a few first-time novelist issues, the rest being some of the more exotic words and phrases that put some readers off. All in all, it should prove to be a much smoother read.

I’ve got loads of copies of The Book of Transformations, so I’ll likely do a signed-copy giveaway later in the week. Stay tuned…

3Feb

The Book of Transformations – Final Cover Art

I have to say, I really like this direction – and especially the fonts used. Say what you will about hooded figures (and I know you will), I think these aesthetics really capture the feel of the books for me.