The spectacular The Last Sacrifice, released this past January, is securing James A Moore as an outstanding voice in the grimdark fantasy subgenre. It’s pretty easy to see why, too. For all of the great worldbuilding and interesting socio-political interactions between characters a big chunk of The Last Sacrifice loves to cause terrible harm and trauma to our dubious heroes. It’s not just them either, the bad guys get their fair share of pain and torture – and the innocent bystanders, too. All of this works to our Jim’s credit though, and is building him a legion of fantasy fans.
For those yet to take the plunge into the world of the Grakhul – or for those eagerly anticipating the second book in the series, Fallen Gods, heading your way early 2018 – you can treat yourself to a new, FREE, short story from James, set in the same world.
The story, entitled The Sixth Kingdom, gives a little history into the Five Kingdoms as told by King Bron, whose task it is to capture our protagonist Brogan after he angers the gods. And honestly, those gods aren’t very nice at all.
To read The Sixth Kingdom head on over to MightyThorJRS blog RIGHT NOW. A cup of tea/tankard of mead to accompany is recommended.
The Booknest is running a festive fundraiser for Doctors Without Borders (aka Médecins Sans Frontières), a charity which carries out vital humanitarian work around the world, providing medical aid where it’s needed the most.
Fancy getting your hands on a whole bundle of wonderful books?
Well if you do, you’re in luck! If you head on over to GoodReads, we’re giving away ALL the books in James A. Moore’sSeven Forges Series to celebrate the release of his new book The Last Sacrifice, the first in The Tides of War series.
Amazing right? That’s 4 books for free! Although there’s a different book scheduled each week, this means you have four chances to win the whole series. Eeeeeek. Below is the date for each giveaway, plus synopsis for each book in the series:
The people of Fellein have lived with legends for many centuries. To their far north, the Blasted Lands are vast, desolate and impassable, but that doesn’t stop the occasional expedition in search of the ancients who once live their and their rumored riches. Captain Merros Dulver is the first to find a path beyond the great mountains known as the Seven Forges and encounter the half‐forgotten race who live there, who appear to be expecting him. He returns home with an entourage of strangers, but starts to wonder whether his discovery has been a positive one.
The Empire of Fellein is in mourning. The Emperor is dead, and their armies have grown soft. Merros Dulver, their newly-appointed – and somewhat reluctant – commander, has been tasked with preparing them to fight the most savage enemy the world has yet seen. Meanwhile, a perpetual storm ravages the Blasted Lands, and a new threat is about to arise – the Broken are coming, and with them only Death.
Old Canhoon, the City of Wonders, is facing a population explosion as refugees from Tyrne and Roathes alike try to escape the Sa’ba Taalor. All along the border between the Blasted Lands and the Fellein Empire, armies clash and the most powerful empire in the world is pushed back toward the old Capital. From the far east, the Pilgrim gathers an army of the faithful, heading for Old Canhoon, where the imperial family struggles against enemies old and new. In the distant Taalor valley, Andover Lashk continues his quest and must make a final decision, while at the Mounds, something inhuman is awakened and set free.
The City of Wonders has been saved and the Silent Army is risen, ready to defend the Fellein Empire and Empress Nachia at any cost. The power that was hidden in the Mounds is on the move, seeking a final confrontation with the entities that kept it locked away since the Cataclysm. Andover Lashk has come to accept his destiny and prepares to journey back to Fellein. The Sa’ba Taalor continue their domination over each country and people they encounter, but the final conflict is coming: The Great Wave of the Sa’ba Taalor stands to destroy an empire and the Silent Army prepares to stop them in their tracks.
It’s new cover time! Excitingly, this beautiful new cover is for the first title of our wonderful James A Moore‘s new fantasy series. Book one of The Tides of War, named The Last Sacrifice will be available in all good bookstores come January.
Below is a sneak peak of the new cover but head on over to SFF World for all the details, plus synopsis.
It’s getting to that time of year where the leaves change colour, the air gets colder and all you want to do is snuggle down on the sofa and read a good book.
Heh, who are we kidding, we always want to snuggle down and read a good book, but that’s by-the-by. New books are brilliant and Nook know this, which is why they’re holding a ‘start-a-series’ promotion on our lovely James A Moore’s Seven Forges, which will be available for just $1.99.
James A Moore, grade A material robot and author of the Seven Forges series (among many, many other novels) will be holding a signing tomorrow, May 7 at Jabberwocky bookstore in Newburyport, MA to celebrate the US release of The Silent Army, the fourth book in the series.
For those who have missed out on reading this epic fantasy so far, the night will provide a perfect introduction to Fellein Empire and the Sa’ba Taalor. Here’s what some lovely people have had to say about the series:
“Moore has created a brilliantly realised world here; his characters continue to get better with each book. It’s still exciting, it’s still fresh, and brilliantly vivid. Fantasy does not get much better than this.” – Morpheus Tales
“He does some fresh, counterintuitive things with the genre conventions. More than once, he startled me into saying out loud, ‘I didn’t see that coming.’” – Black Gate
For more information visit the Jabberwocky events page.
And here’s your handy map to get you to the event. We hope to see you there!
When Tudor explorers returned from the New World, they brought back a name out of half-forgotten Viking legend: skraylings. Red-sailed ships followed in the explorers’ wake, bringing Native American goods – and a skrayling ambassador – to London. But what do these seemingly magical beings really want in Elizabeth I’s capital?
Mal Catlyn, a down-at-heel swordsman, is seconded to the ambassador’s bodyguard, but assassination attempts are the least of his problems. What he learns about the skraylings and their unholy powers could cost England her new ally – and Mal Catlyn his soul.
“With an effective mix of espionage, backstage drama, and mystery, Lyle provides compelling drama in an intriguing setting.”
– Publishers Weekly
“…gives Shakespeare’s London an alternate-history twist … A lively, readable debut.”
– David Langford, Telegraph.co.uk
“A gem of a first novel…I felt as if I walked those smelly Tudor streets as strongly as I’ve felt it reading writers like Mantel or Peter Ackroyd…Anne Lyle has given us the Elizabethan London we know from reading history and Shakespeare; but she’s also created a London that has just enough strangeness in its shadows to keep us anticipating wonder.”
– Richard Kellum, Elf Machines From Hyperspace
When his beloved is killed in a terrorist atrocity committed by the sinister Bookman, young poet Orphan becomes enmeshed in a web of secrets and lies. His quest to uncover the truth takes him from the hidden catacombs of a London on the brink of revolution, through pirate-infested seas, to the mysterious island that may hold the secret to the origin, not only of the shadowy Bookman, but of Orphan himself…
“The Bookman is a delight, crammed with gorgeous period detail, seat-of-the-pants adventure and fabulous set-pieces.”
– The Guardian
“The writing is beautiful and flows so well you’ll be farther along the journey than you realize when you finally come up for air. Tidhar had me engaged throughout the book; from the set up during the first part, where he introduces us to his alternate Britain and its inhabitants, to the rollicking excitement of Orphan as he seeks out the Bookman and finally, to the climax where answers to mysteries are revealed and the whole grand design is wrapped up in a big, bodacious bow.” – Benito Corral Reviews
“…an intelligent, clever book, that creates a wonderfully complex secondary world … as well-constructed as a Swiss cuckoo clock and as readable as any genre fiction being written today.”
– Red Rook Review
The people of Fellein have lived with legends for many centuries. To their far north, the Blasted Lands, a legacy of an ancient time of cataclysm, are vast, desolate and impassable, but that doesn’t stop the occasional expedition into their fringes in search of any trace of the ancients who once lived there… and oft-rumoured riches.
Captain Merros Dulver is the first in many lifetimes to find a path beyond the great mountains known as the Seven Forges and encounter, at last, the half‐forgotten race who live there. And it would appear that they were expecting him.
As he returns home, bringing an entourage of the strangers with him, he starts to wonder whether his discovery has been such a good thing. For the gods of this lost race are the gods of war, and their memories of that far-off cataclysm have not faded.
“James A. Moore dedicates Seven Forges in part ‘to the memory of Fritz Leiber and Robert E. Howard for the inspiration.’ That dedication sets the bar high, and caused me a bit of readerly apprehension, because so many writers have imitated badly those two greats of the sword and sorcery tradition. Moore is far more than an imitator, though. He does some fresh, counterintuitive things with the genre conventions. More than once, he startled me into saying out loud, ‘I didn’t see that coming.’”
– Black Gate
“Seven Forges is an excellent, enjoyable, and thoroughly entertaining fantasy debut into a new world of swords and sorcery, complete with romance, intrigue, and danger.”
– Attack of the Books
“Wow, that twist. In some ways I think I should have seen it coming, and I kind of did, butSeven Forges just lulled me into security and BAM! Craziness!”
– Anya, On Starships and Dragonwings
Although for eleven months of the year we are angry, seething robots, threatening to overthrow earth’s puny leaders and instil some cybernetic terror from our orbital death platform, we’re actually pretty merry when it comes to the holidays.
I mean, look at Angstrom’s excellent Santa hat. Nothing screams ‘Joyeux Noël’ like a robot wearing a jolly hat, eh?
Do you know what else gets us in the holiday mood? Offering you guys something a little bit different. Which is why we’ve teamed up with the B&N Sci-Fi &Fantasy blog to offer you a little slice of holiday joy each (work) day, in the run-up to Christmas.
From today (Dec 3rd) until 18th December we’re going to be bringing you a short seasonal story each day from some of our top writers. Even more exciting, we’re going to be offering a discount on selected Angry Robot titles by the authors themselves over at Nook. There’ll also be a competition each day over on Twitter, to win the day’s author’s book in physical form.
Phew. Now don’t you dare say we’re too angry for seasonal cheer!
Below is our line up of yuletide elves, who have all been diligently scribbling to bring you some festive flash fic. Following the grid from top left, click each author to be taken through to their festive story, like your own little Christmas advent. The links will be updated each day.
Our Robot Authors are out and about in force over the next couple of weeks, with signings across the US. It might be getting cold outside but hey, what could be a better reason for leaving your house than seeing your favourite author and munching on some nibbles? Nothing. That’s what.
Check below for signings, readings and Q&A spots for James A Moore, Carrie Patel and Patrick S Tomlinson. Various authors will also be attending World Fantasy Con this weekend but that’s a story for another post.
Join James A Moore, author of the Seven Forges series, and Christopher Golden, author of Dead Ringers, for an evening of signings, readings and merriment to celebrate the launch of both City of Wonders – the third in the Seven Forges series – and Dead Ringers. Rumour has it snacks, quizzes and prizes will be abound.
James and Christopher are two of the three hosts of podcast Three Guys with Beards. Tune in here to listen to their opinions on books, movies and pop culture, from their unique perspective as writers of speculative fiction.
James A Moore and Christopher Golden are back! This time at Pandemonium Books & Games in Cambridge. Both authors will be reading from their forthcoming novels and answering questions from curious minds. Books will be available to purchase/have signed on the night.
Join io9’s Charlie Jane Anders, as she hosts the ever-popular Writers with Drinks. This time around Carrie Patel, author of The Buried Life and Cities & Thrones will be joining in with the fun. There will be copies of both novels for signing purposes.
NB: Carrie will also be doing an informal drop-by at the store between 12 noon and 2pm.
When James A. Moore, author of the Seven Forges series, came to us with a synopsis for a new trilogy we caught him in a holding device and threatened him until he promised to stay with us for The Tides of War. We’re happy to announce that James quickly caved from our various methods and The Last Tides, book number one in the trilogy, will be out in autumn 2016.
First though, James will be finishing his current Seven Forges trilogy, with the final book, City of Wonders, due for publication in November.
James: “After careful negotiations, Angry Robot has agreed to return my puppies unharmed. That is, the great folks over at Angry Robot Books have convinced me that my continuing to work with them in the publishing field would be mutually beneficial and has promised me many, many opportunities to speak with my family on the phone in exchange for my complete cooperation. I could not possibly be happier than I am at this moment, knowing that the three severed fingers were, in fact, merely props leftover from a movie and that no children were actually harmed in the course of our negotiations. Our Robot Overlords continue to ask only undying loyalty in exchange for the chance to serve, and really, what more could anyone want in this world? I’m delighted, of course, and look forward to seeing what other chaos we can generate together.’
Marc: “Jim Moore is one of the all-time good guys to work with. Already a master of sinister dark fantasy and horror, it turns out he’s really good at epic fantasy too. We’ve still got two more titles to publish in the Seven Forges sequence, but I’m so pleased we’ve been able to sign him up for this brand new series of everyday warriors caught up in empire-spanning events too.”
James: “I have loved every cover that Alejandro Colucci has done! He is an amazing artist. That said, finally seeing Swech illustrated, makes me very happy. The covers for all three of the books has been spot on and Swech is no exception. Swech should be a powerful figure! By my count she has killed more people than anyone else in the book! I couldn’t be happier with her portrayal on the cover for City of Wonders.”
Third in the Seven Forges series, City of Wonders is a must for all fans of epic fantasy.
Here’s the official blurb:
Old Canhoon, the City of Wonders, is having a population explosion as refugees from Tyrne and Roathes alike try to escape the Sa’ba Taalor. All along the border between the Blasted Lands and the Fellein Empire armies clash and the most powerful empire in the world is pushed back toward the old Capital. From the far east the Pilgrim gathers an army of the faithful, heading for Old Canhoon.
In Old Canhoon itself the imperial family struggles against enemies old and new as the spies of their enemies begin removing threats to the gods of the Seven Forges and prepare the way for the invading armies of the Seven Kings. In the distant Taalor valley Andover Lashk continues his quest and must make a final decision, while at the Mounds, something inhuman is awakened and set free.
War is Here. Blood will flow and bodies will burn.
The book will be released in November, so now just to wait until then *taps fingers*. However if you’d like the chance to read the book hot off the press, then enter the competitions running at Adventures Fantastic and The Book Plank.
If, like us, you’re a huge fan of all things that go bump – and then set about stabbing you – in the night, you must pick up new anthology Blackguards: Tales of Assassins, Mercenaries and Rogues, edited by J.M Martin.
Blackguards is a groovy collection of stories, often set in authors’ established realities, that focus on grimdark, epic fantasy and various dark characters.
Featuring loud and proud in the author list is one of our own, James A Moore, author of the Seven Forges series, and his contribution sets itself firmly in the same landscape as in the series.
James: “What Gods Demand is firmly placed between The Blasted Lands and City of Wonders, and shows the machinations of Swech as she prepares the way for the Sa’Ba Taalor in the Empire. Blackguards is rather a dream anthology for me. The list of authors I’m sharing space with is humbling and the book is gorgeous! What a great way to learn about so many worlds of fantasy.”
Other notable authors delivering top-drawer fantasy action include Robot’s own Paul S Kemp, along with David Dalgish, Michael J Sullivan, James Enge, Mark Smylie and Carol Berg, all with a foreword by grimdark master, Glen Cook.