Queen of Fire is released today in the US and Canada. Where-to-buy links are on the books page. Two new maps have also been added to the Map Room for the benefit of e-book owners.
Also, anyone who missed out on the signed hardcover giveaway has a second chance to win on Goodreads. NB this giveaway ends at midnight tonight, Eastern Standard Time. Apologies for the short duration but they took a few days to approve it and you can’t change the closing date once it’s gone live.
Huge thanks to everyone at Ace for their hard work in helping me bring the Raven’s Shadow trilogy to conclusion, most especially my excellent editor Susan Allison. Susan retires this month after a remarkable career which included the publication of William Gibson’s Neuromancer and the works of Guy Gavriel Kay, amongst many others. As a complete neophyte to the world of traditional publishing, I consider myself lucky to have started out by working with the best.
And so, after nearly a decade of work, three books, and over 700,000 words, the Raven’s Shadow trilogy comes to an end. I offer my heartfelt thanks to every reader who joined me on this journey. To answer an oft asked question regarding the future of the Raven’s Shadow universe: I have plans for more short works set in this world, like my novella The Lord Collector, but at this stage I don’t know when I’ll return to write a full series. Rest assured, ideas are percolating in the bubbling cauldron that is my brain, but it may well be some time before I’m ready to share the brew. In the meantime, I’m currently writing the second book in a new series about which I hope to have more to say in the near future.
Thanks to Fantasy Book Critic for hosting my guest article on the experience of writing Queen of Fire, read it here: http://fantasybookcritic.blogspot.co.uk/2015/07/guest-post-we-will-make-ending-or-how-i.html
Many thanks to everyone who entered the Queen of Fire giveaway. Also thanks for the all the kind comments in the emails and apologies for not being able to respond to everyone individually. Without further ado, the randomly selected winners are:
1st place: Jared Pannell, winning a signed, lined and dated US hardcover.
2nd place: Charlie Hopkins, winning a signed, lined and dated UK hardcover.
3rd place: Brad Campbell, winning a signed, lined and dated UK large format paperback.
4th place: Mike Olsen, also winning a signed, lined and dated UK large format paperback.
Commiserations to everyone who didn’t win but if you want another chance at a signed US hardcover I’ll shortly be running another giveaway on Goodreads, so watch out for that.
Queen of Fire is released today in the UK in hardback, ebook and audio formats. Where-to-buy links have been added to the books page. This edition should also now be available in Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Many thanks to everyone at Orbit UK for their hard work on this book, especially my editor James Long who first took a chance on this series back in 2012. And heartfelt thanks to all my readers for allowing me to finish this story – I really couldn’t have done it without you. It’s been a long and winding road, but all roads must end.
Thanks to SciFiNow Magazine for inviting me to be interviewed on their website. I talk Queen of Fire, inspirations, writing advice and remain annoyingly vague about future plans. Read it here: http://www.scifinow.co.uk/interviews/anthony-ryan-on-queen-of-fire-and-the-end-of-ravens-shadow/
My novella The Lord Collector is now available in audiobook on audible.com and audible.co.uk. This is a Raven’s Shadow novella originally published in the Blackguards anthology from Ragnarok Publications. Here’s my intro to the story:
‘The following story takes place in the same world as my novel Blood Song, the first volume in the Raven’s Shadow trilogy. I wrote it because I wanted to more fully explore characters who appear in Blood Song and the sequels Tower Lord and Queen of Fire. Readers familiar with my work are sure to recognize a certain pale-eyed, raspy-voiced Sword Master of the Sixth Order, and those curious as to the origins of the Tower Lord of the Southern Shore will find answers here. The tale takes place at the midpoint of the timeline described in Blood Song, a time when King Janus, with typical ruthlessness, is in the process of further consolidating his grip on the Unified Realm.’
Thanks to everyone at Podium Publishing for making this happen.
To celebrate the imminent release of Queen of Fire it’s time for another a giveaway competition.
One first-place winner will receive a US hardcover edition of Queen of Fire, signed, lined and dated by me.
One second-place winner will receive a UK hardcover edition of Queen of Fire, signed, lined and dated by me.
Two third-place winners will receive a UK large format paperback edition of Queen of Fire, signed, lined and dated by me.
How to Enter
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org between now and midnight GMT on the 2nd of July. Mark your email ‘Queen of Fire Giveaway’ and include your name and address in the body of the email. I will choose the winners at random on 3rd of July. All addresses supplied will remain confidential and will be deleted at the close of the competition. Only one entry per contestant please, multiple emails from the same source will be banned and the sender blocked. P&P will be paid by me. Entries from non-UK residents are welcome. Best of luck.