Port of Shadows falls between Book 1 and 2 in the series.
Years into a campaign against the rebels who have rallied behind the White Rose have left the Company jaded and the Lady seems to have taken particular interest in Croaker since his stay in the Tower hasn't exactly made his life easier.
The Limper is up to his old tricks and is doing everything within his power to separate Croaker and the Black Company from The Lady's favor.
Croaker finds his fate tied to a new Taken. One claiming to be something impossible but feels uncomfortably familiar. It's going to take all of Croaker's cunning to insure that the plans of The Lady and her "loyal" Taken don't destroy the company once and for all.
Berit Ellingsen's Now We Can See the Moon was published by Snuggly Books in May 2018.
Information about Berit Ellingsen:
Berit Ellingsen’s novel Not Dark Yet was published by Two Dollar Radio in November 2015. She is the author of the short story collections Beneath the Liquid Skin and Vessel & Solsvart, and the novel Une Ville Vide (PublieMonde). Her work has appeared in W.W. Norton’s Flash Fiction International, SmokeLong Quarterly, Unstuck, Litro, Up Here - The North at the Center of the World, and other places, and been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, and the British Science Fiction Award. Berit divides her time between Norway and Svalbard in the Arctic.
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Information about Now We Can See the Moon:
A coastline razed and inundated by a hurricane. A traveler journeying towards the flood instead of away from it. A team of rescue workers without anyone to rescue, but who for various reasons can’t leave the drowned city. It has been said that those who live by the sword shall die by the sword, but what about those whose job it is to save others? When the storehouse and everything in it has burned down, will we finally be able to see the moon?
REVIEW: NOW WE CAN SEE THE MOON BY BERIT ELLINGSEN
Roger Levy's The Rig was published by Titan Books in May 2018.
Information about Roger Levy:
Roger Levy is a British science fiction writer. He is the author of Reckless Sleep, Dark Heavens and Icarus, published by Gollancz. He works as a dentist when not writing fiction, and was described as the ‘heir to Philip K. Dick’ by Strange Horizons.
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Information about The Rig:
On a desert planet, two boys meet, sparking a friendship that will change human society forever.
On the windswept world of Bleak, a string of murders lead a writer to a story with unbelievable ramifications.
One man survives the vicious attacks, but is left with a morbid fascination with death; the perfect candidate for the perilous job of working on a rig.
Welcome to the System. Here the concept of a god has been abandoned, and a new faith pervades: AfterLife, a social media platform that allows subscribers a chance at resurrection, based on the votes of other users.
So many Lives, forever interlinked, and one structure at the centre of it all: the rig.
REVIEW: THE RIG BY ROGER LEVY
Risingshadow has the honour of publishing a guest post by Steve Rodgers.
Information about Steve Rodgers:
At seventeen, Steve Rodgers built his first world using colored pens and poster paper as part of a D&D game, complete with intricate geography, long treatises on magic, and attended by players with scruffy beards and ponytails. Steve also began writing at that time—though in a completely different world than D&D, because the Players Handbook rules seemed too limiting for a novel.
Steve’s been writing all his life, but didn’t restart the novel until much later. He scrapped every word written at seventeen, keeping only some of the high level concepts to write the uber-novel “Morphat”. Morphat was then broken into two books—“City of Shards” and “In the Claws of the Indigen”, the first two novels of the Spellgiver series. These were passed through armies of beta readers, then honed until they finally, at long last, said what he wanted them to say.
Steve put down the books unpublished, and began writing SFF short stories, selling them to magazines like Compelling Science Fiction, Metaphorosis, Perihelion, and many others. After two years, Steve returned to the novels, passing them through a last caravan of beta readers, and then release: “City of Shards” came out on April 1, and “In the Claws of the Indigen” came out on May 1. He is currently working Spellgiver book 3, “Secrets of the Land.”
You can find out more about Steve’s short stories and books at his website here: www.steverodgersauthor.com
Information about City of Shards:
In the gang-ridden Wormpile District, 16-year-old Larin shouts nonsense words into the decaying alleyways, a magical tourette’s syndrome that has brought him grief from every neighborhood thug. Protected from the worst beatings by his drug-addicted warrior-uncle, Larin’s life is one of loneliness, trapped in his uncle’s four block safe zone where no gang member dares tread. But when he learns his words have marked him as servant to Lord of Demons, things go from bad to worse. For that phrase has shoved him into the middle of an ancient war between his Master and the Six-Legged gods, both of whom regard humanity as mere playthings.
With his home facing threats from every direction, Larin will have to tread the narrow path between two evils, his only allies his drug-addicted uncle, a permanently drunk priestess, and a high-born wizardress who must hold her nose and work with the street rabble she despises. For as bad as Larin's Master is, refusing to follow him will only plunge his empire into a greater darkness—an abyss so deep, it will turn mankind’s soul to ash.
GUEST POST: World-Building by Steve Rodgers
Christopher Nuttall's The Promised Lie was published by Elsewhen Press in a digital edition in February 2018 and will be published in paperback in May 2018.
Information about Christopher Nuttall:
Christopher Nuttall has been planning sci-fi books since he learnt to read. Born and raised in Edinburgh, Chris created an alternate history website and eventually graduated to writing full-sized novels. Studying history independently allowed him to develop worlds that hung together and provided a base for storytelling. After graduating from university, Chris started writing full-time. As an indie author, he has self-published a number of novels. The Royal Sorceress was the first of his novels to be published by Elsewhen Press. Chris is currently living in Edinburgh with his wife, muse, and critic Aisha and their two sons.
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Information about The Promised Lie:
The Golden City has fallen, the Empire is no more, ancient magic threatens the land
In The Unwritten Words, Christopher Nuttall’s story-telling mastery weaves a new epic which follows on from his bestselling Bookworm series and is set in that same world. In The Promised Lie, the first book of the new series, five years have passed since the earth-shattering events of Bookworm IV.
The Golden City has fallen. The Grand Sorcerer and Court Wizards are dead. The Empire they ruled is nothing more than a memory, a golden age lost in the civil wars as kings and princes battle for supremacy. And only a handful of trained magicians remain alive.
Isabella Majuro, Lady Sorceress, is little more than a mercenary, fighting for money in a desperate bid to escape her past. But when Prince Reginald of Andalusia plots the invasion of the Summer Isle, Isabella finds herself dragged into a war against strange magics from before recorded history...
...And an ancient mystery that may spell the end of the human race.
The Promised Lie is the first book in The Unwritten Words series.
A REVIEW OF CHRISTOPHER NUTTALL'S THE PROMISED LIE
Risingshadow has had the honour of interviewing G.S. Denning.
About G.S. Denning:
G.S. Denning is the author of the acclaimed Sherlock-fantasy mashup series Warlock Holmes, including Warlock Holmes: A Study in Brimstone and Warlock Holmes: The Hell-Hound of the Baskervilles. He has a background in improv and has performed with Ryan Stiles and Wayne Brady. He lives in Las Vegas with his wife and two children.
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About the Warlock Holmes novels:
Warlock Holmes - A Study in Brimstone:
Sherlock Holmes is an unparalleled genius who uses the gift of deduction and reason to solve the most vexing of crimes.
Warlock Holmes, however, is an idiot. A good man, perhaps; a font of arcane power, certainly. But he’s brilliantly dim. Frankly, he couldn’t deduce his way out of a paper bag. The only thing he has really got going for him are the might of a thousand demons and his stalwart flatmate. Thankfully, Dr. Watson is always there to aid him through the treacherous shoals of Victorian propriety... and save him from a gruesome death every now and again.
An imaginative, irreverent and addictive reimagining of the world’s favourite detective, Warlock Holmes retains the charm, tone and feel of the original stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle while finally giving the flat at 221b Baker Street what it’s been missing for all these years: an alchemy table.
Reimagining six stories, this riotous mash-up is a glorious new take on the ever-popular Sherlock Holmes myth, featuring the vampire Inspector Vladislav Lestrade, the ogre Inspector Torg Grogsson, and Dr. Watson, the true detective at 221b. And Sherlock. A warlock.
Warlock Holmes - The Hell-hound of the Baskervilles:
The game’s afoot once more as Holmes and Watson face off against Moriarty’s gang, the Pinkertons, flesh-eating horses, a parliament of imps, boredom, Surrey, a disappointing butler demon, a succubus, a wicked lord, an overly-Canadian lord, a tricycle-fight to the death and the dreaded Pumpcrow. Oh, and a hell hound, one assumes.
Warlock Holmes - My Grave Ritual:
As they blunder towards doom, Warlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson find themselves inconvenienced by a variety of eldritch beings. Christmas brings a goose that doesn’t let being cooked slow it down; they meet an electricity demon, discover why being a redhead is even tricker than one might imagine, and Holmes attempts an Irish accent. And, naturally, Moriarty is hanging around... in some form or other.
Q&A WITH G.S. DENNING