Solaris launches new sea-faring fantasy series with Clifford Beal’s The Guns Of Ivrea
War, heresy and mermen take to the seven seas with spectacular results in Tales of Valdur: Book One
Solaris is delighted to unveil a brand new nautical epic fantasy series: The Guns Of Ivrea, the first instalment of the Tales of Valdur by critically acclaimed novelist Clifford Beal.
The Guns Of Ivrea is a thoroughly contemporary epic fantasy that clips along at a rate of knots, fusing Beal’s flair for historical verisimilitude with a richly imagined world. With the complex characters and political intrigues of George RR Martin and the authenticity and action of Patrick O’Brian, every page of The Guns Of Ivrea is infused with smell the sea and the ringing of clashing swords.
Solaris Editor-in-Chief Jonathan Oliver commented on The Guns Of Ivrea:
“Beal’s first foray into epic fantasy is easily one of the most assured, thrilling and intriguing books you’ll read this year. Not only is the world-building here second to none, but Beal’s grasp of warfare and tactical combat make for some of the most thrilling battle scenes in fantasy. A rich, beautiful world packed full of brilliant characters and wonderful creatures, Valdur will certainly give Westeros a run for its money.”
Clifford Beal commented:
“I’m hugely pleased with the way the book has turned out. It’s my first secondary-world fantasy and to be truthful I probably underestimated the challenge, having been used to penning historical fantasies set in our own imperfect world. But the freedom to invent new countries, religions, and peoples was an exhilarating experience to me as a writer. There’s a touch of renaissance Europe in there too—social customs, dress, and armour—but it’s all done with a wink and a nod. It’s the kind of epic fantasy that the Borgias might have penned after sinking about a gallon of wormwood wine.”
The Guns Of Ivrea will be published by Solaris in Feburary 2016.
The Guns Of Ivrea
Acquel Galenus, former thief and now monk, uncovers a terrible secret under the Great Temple at Livorna, one that could shake the faith to its core. A secret that could get him killed. A secret that could enable an older, more sinister form of worship to be reborn.
Pirate princeling Nicolo Danamis, mercenary to the King and captain of the largest fleet in Valdur, has made one deal too many, and enemies are now closing in to destroy him.
Citala, fair-haired and grey-skinned, the daughter of the chieftain of the Merfolk, finds herself implacably drawn to the affairs of men. She puts events in motion that will end her people's years of isolation but that could imperil their very existence.
Their fates intertwine as they journey across the land, through duchies and free cities riven by political intrigue, religious fervour, and ancient hatreds. Alliances are being forged anew and after decades of wary peace, war is on the wind once again...
The Guns Of Ivrea by Clifford Beal Tales Of Valdur Book One
UK ISBN: 9781781083482
US ISBN: 9781781083475
Release date: 9 February 2016 (US) / 11 February 2016 (UK)
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Praise for the Author
“Clifford Beal is a great story teller who keeps his readers on the edge of their seats.” – The Spectator
“I took a look – and was hooked. Check it out. Fast-paced fantasy/historical adventure.” – Michael Moorcock on Gideon’s Angel.
“Clifford Beal has a real talent for bringing history to life in the most engaging way. Full of thrilling action, with a touch of the supernatural, and yet without flinching from the darkness of war and the soldier’s life.” – Adrian Tchaikovsky on Raven’s Banquet.
About the Author
Clifford Beal is a former journalist and the author of Gideon’s Angel and Raven's Banquet by Solaris Books. Following a swashbuckling past where he trained in 16th-17th century rapier combat, he now leads a more sedentary life but daydreams of returning to fighting trim. When not imbibing endless mugs of tea and writing, he can usually be found imbibing endless mugs of tea and reading. Originally from Providence, Rhode Island, he lives in Surrey, England with a fiery redhead of a wife and a crazed Boston terrier.