Thanks to Dave at the Netherlands speculative fiction site FantasyWereld for hosting my first non-English interview, available here for all Dutch speakers: http://www.fantasywereld.nl/interviews/interview-met-anthony-ryan/
For those unwilling to resort to Google Translate Dave was also kind enough to post the original English version: http://www.fantasywereld.nl/interview-with-anthony-ryan/
UK cover for Tower Lord courtesy of the fine people at Orbit UK, pre-order link on the books page:
In de Schaduw van de Raaf – I know this because the Dutch version is now available. If anyone has a high-res version of the cover please let me know.
Pre-Order pages for Tower Lord are now up on amazon.com and amazon.co.uk. No covers yet but have fun comparing the blurbs.
And here it is, release date 1st July 2014. Thanks to everyone at Ace for their work on this. Enjoy…
In Blood Song, Anthony Ryan introduced readers to “a fascinating world of conflicting religions and the wars fought in the name of those faiths” (Library Journal). Now Ryan’s epic tale continues as Vaelin Al Sorna discovers that there is no escape from the call of destiny…
“The blood-song rose with an unexpected tune, a warm hum mingling recognition with an impression of safety. He had a sense it was welcoming him home.”
Vaelin Al Sorna, warrior of the Sixth Order, called Darkblade, called Hope Killer. The greatest warrior of his day, and witness to the greatest defeat of his nation: King Janus’s vision of a Greater Unified Realm drowned in the blood of brave men fighting for a cause Vaelin alone knows was forged from a lie. Sick at heart, he comes home, determined to kill no more. Named Tower Lord of the Northern Reaches by King Janus’s grateful heir, he can perhaps find peace in a colder, more remote land far from the intrigues of a troubled Realm.
But those gifted with the blood-song are never destined to live a quiet life. Many died in King Janus’s wars, but many survived, and Vaelin is a target, not just for those seeking revenge but for those who know what he can do. The Faith has been sundered, and many have no doubt who their leader should be. The new King is weak, but his sister is strong. The blood-song is powerful, rich in warning and guidance in times of trouble, but is only a fraction of the power available to others who understand more of its mysteries. Something moves against the Realm, something that commands mighty forces, and Vaelin will find to his great regret that when faced with annihilation, even the most reluctant hand must eventually draw a sword.
Pleased to hear that the Reddit Fantasy group on Goodreads has made Blood Song their book of the month for August. I’ll be dropping by the author Q&A folder once or twice day throughout the month to answer questions. Anyone who wants to join in is very welcome. You can view the ongoing discussion here: http://www.goodreads.com/topic/group_folder/185702
Check out my guest post on Upcoming4.me about the inspiration and influences behind the writing of Blood Song.
For those who missed out on the Goldsboro Books offering, Analecta Books have some more signed hardcovers of Blood Song for sale. No idea how long they’ll stay available so order quickly if you want one.