A brand-new historical fantasy from a legend of the genre. Fans of Bernard Cornwall, Conn Iggulden and Joe Abercrombie will love this.
Reinmar of Bielawa, sometimes known as Reynevan, is a doctor, a magician and, according to some, a charlatan.
Discovered in bed with the wife of a high-born knight, he must flee his normal life. But his journeys will lead him into a part of Europe which will be overtaken by chaos. Religious tension between Hussite and Catholic countries is threatening to turn into war.
Pursued not only by the affronted Stercza brothers, bent on vengeance, but also by the Holy Inquisition, and with strange, mystical forces gathering in the shadows, Reynevan finds himself in the Narrenturm, the Tower of Fools. The Tower is an asylum for the mad, or for those who dare to think differently and challenge the prevailing order. The 'patients' of this institution form a gallery of colourful types including the young Copernicus, proclaiming the truth of his heliocentric solar system.
But can Reynevan escape the Tower, and avoid being drawn in to the conflict around him, without losing his own mind?
The first in an epic new trilogy set during the vibrantly depicted Hussite Wars by Andrzej Sapkowski, author of the bestselling Witcher series that has become an international phenomenon and inspired a bestselling videogame and Netflix show.
Translated by David French, who worked with Sapkowski on six Witcher books.
Gareth L. Powell's Light of Impossible Stars was published by Titan Books in February 2020.
About Gareth L. Powell:
Gareth L. Powell was born and raised in Bristol, and his early mentors included Diana Wynne Jones and Helen Dunmore. His novels have twice won the BSFA Award, and been finalists for both the Locus Award in the US and the Seiun Award in Japan. He is probably best known for his acclaimed ‘Trouble Dog’ space opera series, which includes the novels Embers of War, Fleet of Knives, and Light of Impossible Stars. He is a popular guest and speaker at conventions and literary events, and can often be found on Twitter @garethlpowell giving free advice to aspiring authors.
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About Light of Impossible Stars:
Award-winning author Gareth L. Powell delivers an explosive conclusion to his epic Embers of War trilogy.
Low on fuel and hunted by the Fleet of Knives, the sentient warship Trouble Dog follows a series of clues that lead her to the Intrusion - an area of space where reality itself becomes unstable. But with human civilisation crumbling, what difference can one battered old ship have against an invincible armada?
Meanwhile, Cordelia Pa and her step-brother eke out their existence salvaging artefacts from an alien city. But when Cordelia starts hearing the city's song in her head, strange things start happening around her. What extraordinary affinity does she have for this abandoned technology, and how can it possibly help the Trouble Dog?
REVIEW: LIGHT OF IMPOSSIBLE STARS BY GARETH L. POWELL
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Elemental Rising at $ 2.99 - $ 0.99
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Forbidden Elemental at $ 4.99 - $ 2.99
Trilogy link: Amazon
Risingshadow has an opportunity to feature a Q&A with Jon Richter.
About Jon Richter:
Jon Richter writes dark fiction, and is the author of two gripping crimes thrillers, Deadly Burial and Never Rest, as well as two collections of short horror fiction (Jon Richter's Disturbing Works, Volumes One and Two). Jon writes whenever he can, and hopes to be able to bring you more macabre tales in the very near future.
Jon lives in London and spends some of his time hiding in the guise of his sinister alter ego, an accountant called Dave. When he isn’t counting beans, he is a self-confessed nerd who loves books, films and video games – basically any way to tell a great story.
Jon's new novel, the cyberpunk novel Auxiliary: London 2039, will be published in May 2020.
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About Auxiliary: London 2039:
The silicon revolution left Dremmler behind but a good detective is never obsolete.
London is quiet in 2039 - thanks to the machines. People stay indoors, communicating through high-tech glasses and gorging on simulated reality while 3D printers and scuttling robots cater to their every whim. Mammoth corporations wage war for dominance in a world where human augmentation blurs the line between flesh and steel.
And at the center of it all lurks The Imagination Machine: the hyper-advanced, omnipresent AI that drives our cars, flies our planes, cooks our food, and plans our lives. Servile, patient, tireless... TIM has everything humanity requires. Everything except a soul.
Through this silicon jungle prowls Carl Dremmler, police detective - one of the few professions better suited to meat than machine. His latest case: a grisly murder seemingly perpetrated by the victim’s boyfriend. Dremmler’s boss wants a quick end to the case, but the tech-wary detective can’t help but believe the accused’s bizarre story: that his robotic arm committed the heinous crime, not him. An advanced prosthetic, controlled by a chip in his skull.
A chip controlled by TIM.
Dremmler smells blood: the seeds of a conspiracy that could burn London to ash unless he exposes the truth. His investigation pits him against desperate criminals, scheming businesswomen, deadly automatons - and the nightmares of his own past. And when Dremmler finds himself questioning even TIM’s inscrutable motives, he’s forced to stare into the blank soul of the machine.
Auxiliary is gripping, unpredictable, and bleakly atmospheric - ideal for fans of cyberpunk classics like the Blade Runner movies, Richard K. Morgan’s Altered Carbon, William Gibson’s Neuromancer, and the Netflix original series Black Mirror.
Q&A WITH JON RICHTER
Matt Harry's Cryptozoology for Beginners was published by Inkshares in November 2019.
About Matt Harry:
Matt Harry received an MFA in Film Production from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, and has worked as a filmmaker, editor, screenwriter, college professor, movie critic, and story consultant. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two sons.
About Cryptozoology for Beginners:
The much-anticipated sequel to Sorcery For Beginners is here!
Six weeks have passed since teenage sorcerers Trish, Owen, and Perry defeated a team of ruthless anti-magic mercenaries called the Euclideans. When they learn that the world’s cryptids (aka magical creatures) are disappearing, they’re partnered with brusque team leader Jacinda Greyeyes and their former nemesis Bryan Ferretti in a mission to travel all over North America, collecting famous cryptids like the jackalope, the chupacabra, and the altamaha-ha.
But after another team of teenage sorcerers suddenly vanishes, the spellcasters set out for Germany, Egypt, and the Seychelles to uncover why the Euclideans have been abducting and experimenting on magical creatures like the unicorn and the Sphinx. The secrets they uncover threaten to divide them and reveal a truth that will permanently upend the way the world sees sorcery.
REVIEW: CRYPTOZOOLOGY FOR BEGINNERS BY MATT HARRY
Caractacus Plume's The Curious Case of the Kensington Kidnapping was published by Silvatici Publishing in October 2018.
About Caractacus Plume:
Caractacus Plume is the official biographer of Lyons & Hound Paranormal Investigation Agency (est. 1895). Because of the highly sensitive nature of the Agency's work, some of the names in the upcoming manuscripts have been changed to protect the identities of certain individuals (the author's included).
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About The Curious Case of the Kensington Kidnapping:
London 1902. The esteemed paranormal investigation agency of Lyons & Hound (est 1895) is called in to help solve the curious case of perhaps the most famous of all kidnappings - remembered to history as the "Peter Pan Mystery". As Professor Lyons and Mr Hound struggle to solve the diabolical diorama, they must delve into the dark and disturbing back streets, dim alleyways and dismal rookeries of the supernatural underworld of early Edwardian London; encountering along the way - gruesome Goblin gangs and weird and wonderful were-beasts. And, if all that wasn’t enough, they must also cross swords with, and outwit, the most celebrated private consulting detective of them all!
REVIEW: THE CURIOUS CASE OF THE KENSINGTON KIDNAPPING