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Saturday, February 16, 2013

NEW SERIES ANNOUNCEMENTS: David Dalglish, Jon Sprunk and Bradley Beaulieu (by Mihir Wanchoo)

Official Author Website
Read Fantasy Book Critic's interview with David Dalglish

David Dalglish is an Indie author who has had tremendous success with his books (fourteen titles as of last count). He’s been a prolific writer releasing nearly 4-5 books per year since he published his debut back in 2010. When I first read his Shadowdance trilogy, I realized what a fantastic talent he is and it’s to my great joy that Orbit Books announced yesterday that they have picked his Shadowdance trilogy and the Watcher’s Blade trilogy.

The first book in the Shadowdance trilogy was self-published by the author back in late 2010 and the remaining books were published in 2011. Interested readers can read the  FBC reviews below:
1] Dance Of Cloaks 

2] Dance Of Blades 

3] Dance Of Death

The Watcher’s Blade trilogy has had its first book published last year and the remaining two books will now be most likely be published in 2014 or early 2015:
1] Blood Of The Underworld

2] Blood Of the Father

3] Blood Of The Innocents (tentative title)

Orbit has acquired all six books (four published and two unpublished so far) and will be releasing the first three in October, November & December of 2013 and the latter three in increments of 4-6 months in 2014 (or even 2015). As a reader I’m very excited that readers worldwide will be able to sample David’s dark, character-driven tale of assassins, thieves and treachery in the grim and gritty world of Dezrel.

Official Author Website
Read Fantasy Book Critic's review of Shadow's Son

Jon Sprunk also announced his new series a couple of days ago on his newly updated website. The new series is with his previous publisher PYR books and will be a four book epic fantasy series. It is titled “The Book Of The Black Earth” and the first book Blood And Iron will be released in 2014. Cindy and me are huge fans of Jon and his previous trilogy and so we were very excited to learn more about this upcoming series. Jon was extremely kind to give us a quick blurb of the first book and here’s the exclusive reveal:

The Akeshian Empire has long been ruled by God-Kings and -Queens with the power of life and death over their subjects. When ship carpenter Horace is shipwrecked on its shores, he is taken captive and soon discovers that he possesses latent magical power of his own

Elevated to the court of the enemy queen, Horace finds himself in the middle of a power struggle between the empire’s traditional wizard-rulers and a rising religious sect that wants to subjugate all magic-wielders and seize control.

I’ll be waiting to read Blood And Iron when it releases next year, as I can’t wait to see Jon’s take on epic fantasy. I’m sure many of you will feel the same as me and so keep an eye out on Jon’s website for further announcements for this exciting series.

Official Author Website
Read Fantasy Book Critic's review of The Winds Of Khalakovo
Read Fantasy Book Critic's review of Strata
Read Bradley Beaulieu's Chat with Rob Ziegler
Read joint Fantasy Book Critic interview with four NightShade authors

Lastly Bradley Beaulieu revealed that he’s joining DAW books with his new trilogy titled “The Song of the Shattered Sands” and the first book is tentatively titled “Twelve Kings in Sharakhai”. Here’s what Brad revealed over on his blog:

It’s a story set in a powerful desert city that controls the flow of trade and spice through otherwise impassable terrain. There are echoes of both A Thousand and One Nights and Thieves’ World. It’s a story about Çeda, a woman who fights in the pits to scrape a living from the cruel but beautiful city she calls home. As the story opens, she discovers that the book her mother left her before she died holds the clues to unraveling the power of the Twelve Kings of Sharakhai, men who have ruled the desert with an iron fist for nearly two hundred years.

As Çeda begins to unlock the secrets hidden within the poems in the book—as well as what her mother was trying to do before she died—the Kings learn of her, and they will stop at nothing to keep those secrets buried in the desert where they belong. And so the chase is on. Çeda must unlock the hidden riddles of her mother’s book before the Kings find her. She had better hope she does, for she is the last hope for the people of the desert.

The story is partly based on Brad’s short story “From the Spices of Sanandira” which was published in two parts in issues seventy and seventy-one of Beneath Ceaseless Skies. Lastly be sure to read Brad’s interview on Mad Hatter’s blog to know a bit more about this new series and his thoughts on what to expect next from him.

NOTE: David Dalglish's and Jon Sprunk's pictures courtesy of the authors themselves. Bradley Beaulieu's picture courtesy of Brenda Cooper.


Cursed Armada said...

I haven't read Beaulieu yet but man I'm totally on board with The Song of the Shattered Sands... Sounds frekin awesome!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

I'm really excited to get more books from Jon. And I have David's book here on my Nook to read. I'm really looking forward to starting that trilogy. And there was another of his books that was free, so I picked it up too. I think it might have been the Orc first book. But some amazing news here.


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