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Thursday, March 5, 2009

Winners of the Mike Carey and Stephen Hunt Giveaways!!! Plus News on Solaris Books & “Dragon Age: The Stolen Throne”...

Congratulations to Heather MacBryde (UK) and Damien McKeating (UK) who were both randomly selected to win a SET of Mike Carey’s Felix Castor novels (UK edition) including copies of “The Devil You Know”, “Vicious Circle”, “Dead Men's Boots” and the new book “Thicker Than Water”, all thanks to Orbit UK!!! “Thicker Than Water” officially comes out today in the UK. For more information, please visit the Official Mike Carey Website.

Congratulations also to Jennifer Rembold (Kentucky), Sarai Diaz (Spain), Nicholas Askren (Colorado), Kristin Norby (Arizona), and Charise Knittel (California) who were all randomly selected to win a COPY of
Stephen Hunt’s new book “The Rise of the Iron Moon” thanks to Voyager!!! “The Rise of the Iron Moon” is the third Jackelian novel after “The Court of the Air” (Reviewed HERE) and “The Kingdom Beyond the Waves” (Reviewed HERE). For more information, please visit the Official Stephen Hunt Website.

Games Workshop PLC recently announced its intention to make its Solaris Books publishing imprint available for sale.

BL Publishing, the publishing division of Games Workshop, has two imprints, Black Library and Solaris. Its core business is the Black Library, an imprint which publishes fiction set in the dark fantasy worlds of Games Workshop’s Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000 settings. It has seen consistent double digit like-for-like growth over the last 3 years.

Solaris is an original fiction imprint of BL Publishing and releases around 20 science fiction, fantasy and horror titles a year. Renowned for its back-to-basics approach and innovative marketing, this imprint was started in 2006 and has very quickly become established as a global brand in midlist, mass market fiction.

Both the
Black Library and Solaris are distributed in the UK and US by Simon & Schuster.

Games Workshop’s Head of Publishing, George Mann, said in a statement: “In recent years our Black Library imprint has more than doubled in size and scope and we have decided that we should focus all our attention in growing this core part of our business. Whilst we see plenty of growth potential with Solaris, we are looking for a buyer who is interested in developing this global brand.”

For more information contact
George Mann or Emma Clarke.

Tor Books, the largest publisher of science fiction in the world, and BioWare™, a division of Electronic Arts Inc., are proud to announce the publication of “Dragon Age: “The Stolen Throne”, the thrilling prequel to Dragon Age™: Origins, the highly anticipated dark, heroic fantasy video game. This gripping novel will introduce the reader to a brand new fantasy universe created by BioWare, the award-winning developer of computer, console, handheld and online video games. Veteran video game developer and writer, David Gaider, brings a fresh and talented voice to the novel based on the hit video game that is set for release in 2009.

To coincide with the March 3, 2009 publication of “Dragon Age: “The Stolen Throne”,
BioWare has released five exclusive new screenshots from Dragon Age: Origins, which depict various scenes from the novel that also appear in the video game. These screenshots can be viewed below:


When the beloved rebel queen is murdered, her son Maric sets out on a mission of vengeance against the faithless lords who were responsible for his mother's untimely death. The nation of Ferelden that once prospered under his family's reign now suffers under the cruel hands of the invading Orlesians. His countrymen now live in fear and no one is to be trusted.

Maric soon becomes the leader of a rebel army hell-bent on retaking Ferelden from the control of a foreign tyrant. With only two true allies by his side, the brash outlaw Loghain and the beautiful warrior maiden Rowan, Maric and his trusted band must outwit spies and traitors as they try to reclaim the stolen throne...

The team at
BioWare has passionately created a fantasy world like no other—filled with compelling characters, rich landscapes, and hidden terrors. “Dragon Age: “The Stolen Throne” is a sweeping epic that will enrapture readers and gamers everywhere.


David Gaider lives in Edmonton, Alberta, and is a Senior Writer at BioWare's Edmonton studio, where he has worked since 1999. He is currently the Lead Writer on Dragon Age: Origins, responsible for story and setting design, and prior to that worked on such titles as Baldur's Gate™ 2, Baldur's Gate™ 2: Throne of Bhaal, Star Wars®: Knights of the Old Republic™, Neverwinter Nights™ and its expansions.


Anonymous said...

solaris has some good authors under its wing...but i guess the competition of its brand(games workshop) is going to be in full swing on several fronts. in the e-game worlds they have several new big scale projects and compete with blizzard's settings. on the miniatures front a few companies(privateer press for one) are gaining ground on its virtual dominance.

but seriously, what are they going to do when dan abnett sprains his wrists from the 80 books he writes a year? :-P

SparklingBlue said...

That Dragon Age book sounds exciting!

Robert said...

From a business standpoint, I can see why focusing on Black Library makes perfect sense, but personally I'm rooting for Solaris and hope they find a buyer so I can keep reading the books the imprint has to offer :D

SparklingBlue, I'm a huge fan of RPGs, so I'm really looking forward to the Dragon Age game and checking out the book which sounds interesting. I actually forgot about the book though which is why it's not in the March 2009 spotlight...


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