A former warrior caught between gods and priests must fight for the survival of his family in this dark epic fantasy debut, set in a harsh arctic world inspired by Scandinavian indigenous cultures.
On the forbidding fringes of the tundra, where years are marked by seasons of snow, humans war with immortals in the name of their shared gods. Irjan, a human warrior, is ruthless and lethal, a legend among the Brethren of Hunters. But even legends grow tired and disillusioned.
Scarred and weary of bloodshed, Irjan turns his back on his oath and his calling to hide away and live a peaceful life as a farmer, husband, and father. But his past is not so easily left behind. When an ambitious village priest conspires with the vengeful comrades Irjan has forsaken, the fragile peace in the Northlands of Davvieana is at stake.
His bloody past revealed, Irjan’s present unravels as he faces an ultimatum: return to hunt the immortals or lose his child. But with his son’s life hanging in the balance, as Irjan follows the tracks through the dark and desolate snow-covered forests, it is not death he searches for, but life.
World Fantasy Award Winners were announced on 2nd of November in the World Fantasy Convention in Calgary, Canada.
Best Novel: (The August Derleth Fantasy Award): Ramsey Campbell for The Grin of The Dark (PS Publishing)
Best Short Fiction: Joel Lane for “My Stone Desire” (Black Static #1, TTA Press)
Best Novella: Conrad Williams for The Scalding Rooms (PS Publishing)
The Sydney J. Bounds Best Newcomer Award: Scott Lynch
Warner Bros. suprisely announced that they have moved back the release date of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince from Nov. 11 to July 17, 2009.
Warner president Alan Horn said:
"Like every other studio, we are still feeling the repercussions of the writers strike, which impacted the readiness of scripts for other films — changing the competitive landscape for 2009 and offering new windows of opportunity that we wanted to take advantage of," he said. "We agreed the best strategy was to move 'Half-Blood Prince' to July, where it perfectly fills the gap for a major tent pole release for mid-summer."
The studio still has a plan to release the first part of final book, 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows', as planned on November 19, 2009.
Winners of this year's Hugo Awards and the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer were announced in Denvention 3, the 66th World Science Fiction Convention.
Best Novel: The Yiddish Policemen's Union, Michael Chabon
John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer: Mary Robinette Kowal
More winners can be found from Locus Online News.