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Newsletter :: October 2021

Review: La Ronde by Colin Fisher

Colin Fisher: La Ronde Colin Fisher's La Ronde was published by Eibonvale Press in May 2020.

About the author:

Colin Fisher was born in London, and his poetry and short stories have been published by Egaeus Press, 18th Wall Productions, Wyrd Harvest Press, Fringeworks Press and Occult Detective Magazine. In between writing, he works in IT and is currently working on a Masters in Celtic Studies. He lives in Kent with his wife and two grown-up cats, and can be found at his infrequently updated website at Somewhere, there is a Facebook page with his name on.

About La Ronde:

There are few rivalries bitterer than that of siblings, and few more ferocious than that of art.

Sébastien and Gabrielle Laronde are the most exquisite expression of fin de siècle Avignon. Artists without compare, they exist in eternal competition vying for the supreme accolade – not the acclaim of their peers, but to be found worthy of their family and its mysterious legacy.

In prose as sumptuous and rich as any of the Laronde sculptures and paintings, the twins’ simmering resentments weave a sensuous spell about the Vaucluse artworld. Drawn into their orbit, a new muse brings Sébastien the promise of perfection; his prize lies within the shining stone, but whose craft can be its equal?


Guest post by Aaron Hodges

Aaron Hodges - The Path Awakens (cover image)Risingshadow has an opportunity to feature a guest post by Aaron Hodges.

Aaron Hodges was born in 1989 in the small town of Whakatane, New Zealand. He studied for five years at the University of Auckland, completing a Bachelors of Science in Biology and Geography, and a Masters of Environmental Engineering. After working as an environmental consultant for two years, he grew tired of office work and decided to quit his job in 2014 and see the world. One year later, he published his first novel - Stormwielder - while in Guatemala. Since then, he has honed his skills while travelling through parts of SE Asia, India, North and South America, Turkey and Europe, and now has over a dozen works to his name. Today, his adventures continue...

Click here to visit his official website.

Guest post by Aaron Hodges

Guest post by J. S. Gholson

Rumblings in Remardan book cover imageRisingshadow has an opportunity to feature a guest post by the fantasy author J. S. Gholson.

About the Author

J. S. Gholson is a world class seasoned traveler and writer. He graduated from George Mason University with a major in Russian & Eurasian Studies and a minor in Criminology. He’s experienced most things on this planet already, even though he’s only 24. Josh has written three fantasy novels so far with a fourth coming out later this month. He’s now with his wife Yulia, and their dog Benny, in Russia teaching English and working on novels. Mr. Gholson is blessed to write and raise awareness about Multiple Sclerosis as he has that himself. His interests include history, reading, and video games. Find Josh on Twitter @gholson_j, on Facebook: Josh Gholson, on Goodreads and Amazon at If you would like to email him with questions or queries or praise, his email is

Deviations of DefianceThe Congress of the Dwarves Series: Rumblings in Remardan and Deviations of Defiance

Blood, Honor, War.

The humans have been enslaved, dwarves now rule the Kingdom of Remardan. They conquered in a brutal massive wave from the underground. Yet there is one dwarf family cursed to be serfs along with the rest. Ineptius is a simple man, plant potatoes and pick them. That is until voices compete in his head for attention and he is sent flying from his home! Monsters pursue his every move as the armies of the land face off against unseen rebel foes. Find Rumblings in Remardan now!

Our hero Ineptius returns to face an unrelenting enemy. It haunts his every move, but first, he needs a drink. Deviations of Defiance finds Ineptius in the belly of a very strange tavern where nothing is real. He meets another dwarven companion from a strange land who tells him the tale of his life. This is none other than the traveler Doreth Alleto who has sailed along the largest ship in all the lands and faced tragedy there. Now the two find comfort in a shared bottle until danger strikes again!

The Kingdom Swell cover imageThe Kingdom Swell and A Dance of Kingdoms Books 1 and 2 of Tales from Beyond the Rormarkian Sea

The Kingdom Swell is a series of short stories that show what life is like for both the rulers, common folk, and even slaves of the lands of Ruptan. An angry Hetman wants revenge, but an Empire is eyeing his mountainous holdings from the north. The Iktar Cities to the southwest of this empire seek to regain lost land if there is an opening. A new weapon is to be built to outshine all of the current ones in this medieval world, and a tiny kingdom in between two of the great nations has the opportunity to build it and become powerful beyond all measures. A slave must fight for his life in the arena of the Glorious Gladiatorial Company. A blacksmith hears of knowledge unknown to those who came before him.

A half-orc gladiator with no arms and no legs, surely is no threat to the kingdoms who once called him a slave! The prime producer of gunpowder for one of the world’s largest empires disappears. The ruler of a powerful border kingdom slowly goes crazy and plans his own death will surely have no repercussions. The elite Mailor sent to deliver his final letter is taken hostage along with his manservant. And an imperiously wealthy family comes together for a long awaited announcement. J. S. Gholson strikes back with his fourth novel and the second set of short stories in a vividly surreal world. Welcome to Ruptan, welcome to A Dance of Kingdoms!

Review: Bloodsworn by Tej Turner

Tej Turner Bloodsworn front cover imageTej Turner's Bloodsworn was published by Elsewhen Press in a digital edition on 8th January 2021 and in paperback on 8th March 2021, in time for the Spring Equinox.

About Tej Turner:

Tej Turner has spent much of his life on the move and he does not have any particular place he calls ‘home’. For a large period of his childhood he dwelt within the Westcountry of England, and he then moved to rural Wales to study Creative Writing and Film at Trinity College in Carmarthen, followed by a master’s degree at The University of Wales Lampeter.

After completing his studies, he moved to Cardiff, where he works as a chef by day and writes by moonlight. He is also an intermittent traveller who, every now and then, straps on a backpack and flies off to another part of the world to go on an adventure. So far, he has clocked up two years in Asia and a year in South America. He hopes to go on more and has his sights set on Central America next. When he travels, he takes a particular interest in historic sites, jungles, wildlife, native cultures, and mountains. He also spent some time volunteering at the Merazonia Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre in Ecuador, a place he hopes to return to someday.

Bloodsworn is his third published novel. His debut novel The Janus Cycle was published by Elsewhen Press in 2015, followed by his sequel Dinnusos Rises in 2017. Both of them were described as ‘gritty and surreal urban fantasy’. He has also had short stories published in various anthologies.

He keeps a travelblog on his website, where he also posts author-related news.

Click here to visit his official website.

About Bloodsworn:

“Everyone from Jalard knew what a bloodoath was. Legendary characters in the tales people told to their children often made such pacts with the gods. By drawing one’s own blood whilst speaking a vow, people became ‘Bloodsworn’.

And in every tale where the oath was broken, the ending was always the same. The Bloodsworn died.”

It has been twelve years since The War of Ashes, but animosity still lingers between the nations of Sharma and Gavendara, and only a few souls have dared to cross the border between them.

The villagers of Jalard live a bucolic existence, nestled within the hills of western Sharma and far away from the boundary which was once a warzone. To them, tales of bloodshed seem no more than distant fables. They have little contact with the outside world, apart from once a year when they are visited by representatives from the Academy who choose two of them to be taken away to their institute in the capital. To be Chosen is considered a great honour... of which most of Jalard’s children dream.

But this year, the Academy representatives make an announcement which is so shocking it causes friction between the villagers, and some of them begin to suspect that all is not what it seems. Just where are they taking the Chosen, and why? Some of them intend to find out, but what they discover will change their lives forever and set them on a long and bloody path to seek vengeance...


New Releases
Dune: The Lady of Caladan (The Caladan Trilogy #2)
Dune: The Lady of Caladan
(The Caladan Trilogy #2) by Kevin J. Anderson, Brian Herbert
September 21, 2021 | science fiction

Lady Jessica, mother of Paul, and consort to Leto Atredies. The choices she made shaped an empire, but first the Lady of Caladan must reckon with her own betrayal of the Bene Gesserit. She has already betrayed her ancient order, but now she must decide if her loyalty to the Sisterhood is more important than the love of her own family.

Meanwhile, events in the greater empire are accelerating beyond the control of even the Reverend Mother, and Lady Jessica's family is on a collision course with destiny.

When Sorrows Come (October Daye #15)
When Sorrows Come
(October Daye #15) by Seanan McGuire
September 14, 2021 | fantasy > urban fantasy

Toby's getting married! Now in hardcover, the fifteenth novel of the Hugo-nominated, New York Times-bestselling October Daye urban fantasy series.

It's hard to be a hero. There's always something needing October "Toby" Daye's attention, and her own desires tend to fall by the wayside in favor of solving the Kingdom's problems. That includes the desire to marry her long-time suitor and current fiancé, Tybalt, San Francisco's King of Cats. She doesn't mean to keep delaying the wedding, it just sort of...happens. And that's why her closest friends have taken the choice out of her hands, ambushing her with a court wedding at the High Court in Toronto. Once the High King gets involved, there's not much even Toby can do to delay things...

...except for getting involved in stopping a plot to overthrow the High Throne itself, destabilizing the Westlands entirely, and keeping her from getting married through nothing more than the sheer volume of chaos it would cause. Can Toby save the Westlands and make it to her own wedding on time? Or is she going to have to choose one over the other?

Includes an all-new bonus novella!

From the Neck Up
From the Neck Up
by Aliya Whiteley
September 14, 2021 | science fiction, fantasy, horror > weird fiction, short stories

Short fiction collection from award-winning, Clarke Award, John W. Campbell, BFS, BSFA, Shirley Jackson, James Tiptree Jr and Saboteur Award nominated author, Aliya Whiteley.

The new collection of humane, beautiful and disarming short stories from the award-winning author of The Beauty, Clarke Award nominee The Loosening Skin and The Arrival of Missives, Aliya Whiteley. In 16 stories Whiteley deftly unpeels the strangeness of everyday life through beguiling gardens, rebellious bodies and journeys across familiar worlds, with her trademark wit and compassion.

Witness the future of farming in a new Ice Age, or the artist bringing life to glass; the many-eyed monsters we carry and the secret cities inside our bodies; the alien invasion through our language to the Chantress and her twists on the fairy tale. Fascinating and always unexpected, Whiteley is unlike any other writer working today.

Alien 3: The Unproduced Screenplay
Alien 3: The Unproduced Screenplay
(Alien Universe) by William Gibson, Pat Cadigan
September 7, 2021 | science fiction

The first-draft Alien screenplay by William Gibson, the founder of cyberpunk, turned into a novel by Pat Cadigan, the Hugo Award-Winning “Queen of Cyberpunk.”

William Gibson’s never-before-adapted screenplay for the direct sequel to Aliens, revealing the fates of Ripley, Newt, the synthetic Bishop, and Corporal Hicks. When the Colonial Marines vessel Sulaco docks with space station and military installation Anchorpoint, a new form of Xenomorph appears. Written by Hugo Award-winning novelist and “Queen of Cyberpunk” Pat Cadigan, based on Gibson’s never-produced first draft.

The Sulaco — on its return journey from LV-426 — enters a sector controlled by the “Union of Progressive Peoples,” a nation-state engaged in an ongoing cold war and arms race. U.P.P. personnel board the Sulaco and find hypersleep tubes with Ripley, Newt, and an injured Hicks. A Facehugger attacks the lead commando, and the others narrowly escape, taking what remains of Bishop with them.

The Sulaco continues to Anchorpoint, a space station and military installation the size of a small moon, where it falls under control of the military’s Weapons Division. Boarding the Sulaco, a team of Colonial Marines and scientists is assaulted by a pair of Xenomorph drones. In the fight Ripley's cryotube is badly damaged. It’s taken aboard Anchorpoint, where Ripley is kept comatose. Newt and an injured Corporal Hicks are awakened, and Newt is sent to Gateway Station on the way to Earth. The U.P.P. sends Bishop to Anchorpoint, where Hicks begins to hear rumors of experimentation — the cloning and genetic modification of Xenomorphs.

The kind of experimentation that could yield a monstrous hybrid, and perhaps even a Queen.

The Wisdom of Crowds (The Age of Madness #3)
The Wisdom of Crowds
(The Age of Madness #3) by Joe Abercrombie
September 14, 2021 | fantasy > dark fantasy + high fantasy

Concluding the AGE OF MADNESS trilogy, THE WISDOM OF CROWDS brings the series which is revolutionising fantasy to its stunning conclusion...

Chaos. Fury. Destruction.
The Great Change is upon us...

Some say that to change the world you must first burn it down. Now that belief will be tested in the crucible of revolution: the Breakers and Burners have seized the levers of power, the smoke of riots has replaced the smog of industry, and all must submit to the wisdom of crowds.

With nothing left to lose, Citizen Brock is determined to become a new hero for the new age, while Citizeness Savine must turn her talents from profit to survival before she can claw her way to redemption. Orso will find that when the world is turned upside down, no one is lower than a monarch. And in the bloody North, Rikke and her fragile Protectorate are running out of allies... while Black Calder gathers his forces and plots his vengeance.

The banks have fallen, the sun of the Union has been torn down, and in the darkness behind the scenes, the threads of the Weaver's ruthless plan are slowly being drawn together...

'Joe Abercrombie is doing some terrific work' - George R. R. Martin

'No one writes with the seismic scope or primal intensity of Joe Abercrombie' - Pierce Brown

'Delightfully twisted and evil' - The Guardian

'Witty, Bloody and fun' - Nicholas Eames

'A vivid and jolting tale' - Robin Hobb

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Coming This Month
Warriors of God (The Hussite Trilogy #2)
Warriors of God
(The Hussite Trilogy #2) by Andrzej Sapkowski
October 21, 2021 | fantasy > historical fantasy

WARRIORS OF GOD, the second volume of the Hussite Trilogy by Andrzej Sapkowski, author of the bestselling Witcher series, depicts the adventures of Reynevan and his friends in the years 1427-28 as war erupts across Europe.

Reynevan begins by hiding away in Bohemia but soon leaves for Silesia, where he carries out dangerous, secret missions entrusted to him by the leaders of the Hussite religion. At the same time he strives to avenge the death of his brother and discover the whereabouts of his beloved. Once again pursued by multiple enemies, Reynevan is constantly getting into and out of trouble.

Sapkowski's deftly written novel delivers gripping action full of numerous twists and mysteries, seasoned with elements of magic and Sapkowski's ever-present - and occasionally bawdy - sense of humour. Fans of the Witcher will appreciate the rich panorama of this slice of the Middle Ages.

The Rot (The Raven Rings #2)
The Rot
(The Raven Rings #2) by Siri Pettersen
October 5, 2021 | fantasy > high fantasy, young adult

The original novel was published in 2014.

Book Two in Siri Pettersen's epic fantasy trilogy – The Raven Rings – at last comes to the U.S. after taking European audiences by storm.

"Blood magic, blackmail, and battle rock a rich world of fading magic to its core in this internationally bestselling Norwegian epic fantasy." – Publishers Weekly reviews Odin's Child

To protect her homeland of Ym, Hirka left it behind. She traveled through the raven rings, a stone circle that can be used as a portal, to an unfamiliar world. A world without the Might, a world where none of the people have tails, a world that seems rotten at its very core. That world is modern-day Europe.

Hirka was supposed to fit in with humans here. And her departure was supposed to be save Ym from the invasion of the blind. Yet none of that has happened. Instead, Hirka finds herself just as much of an outsider among the humans as she was among ymlings – even more so when she discovers that she has blood of the blind running through her veins. Meanwhile back in Ym, Rime – now the Ravenbearer – is fighting an ongoing battle against the blind, not to mention against his fellow Councilors, as well as with his own despair over losing Hirka.

Separated by worlds, unsure who to trust, and hunted for reasons they cannot understand, both Hirka and Rime must find a way to stop a thousand-year-old evil from destroying not only Ym, but every world in existence.

Sherlock Holmes & The Three Winter Terrors
Sherlock Holmes & The Three Winter Terrors
by James Lovegrove
October 26, 2021 | fantasy, mystery

"Lovegrove has nailed the tone and rhythm of Conan Doyle's storytelling to a tee" Starburst.

From the acclaimed author of Sherlock Holmes & The Christmas Demon another beautifully presented seasonal mystery.

1889. The First Terror.
At a boys' prep school in the Kent marshes, a pupil is found drowned in a pond. Could this be the fulfilment of a witch's curse from four hundred years earlier?

1890. The Second Terror.
A wealthy man dies of a heart attack at his London townhouse. Was he really frightened to death by ghosts?

1894. The Third Terror.
A body is discovered at a Surrey country manor, hideously ravaged. Is the culprit a cannibal, as the evidence suggests?

These three linked crimes test Sherlock Holmes's deductive powers, and his scepticism about the supernatural, to the limit.

Archangel's Light (Guild Hunter #14)
Archangel's Light
(Guild Hunter #14) by Nalini Singh
October 26, 2021 | fantasy > urban fantasy, romance > paranormal romance

Nalini Singh returns to the world of the Guild Hunters for the most highly anticipated novel of the beloved series—a love story so epic it’s been half a millennia in the making…

Illium and Aodhan. Aodhan and Illium. For centuries they’ve been inseparable: the best of friends, closer than brothers, companions of the heart. But that was before—before darkness befell Aodhan and shattered him, body, mind, and soul. Now, at long last, Aodhan is healing, but his new-found strength and independence may come at a devastating cost—his relationship with Illium.

As they serve side by side in China, a territory yet marked by the evil of its former archangel, the secret it holds nightmarish beyond imagining, things come to an explosive decision point. Illium and Aodhan must either walk away from the relationship that has defined them—or step forward into a future that promises a bond infinitely precious in the life of an immortal…but that demands a terrifying vulnerability from two badly bruised hearts.

ReDawn (The Skyward Novellas #2)
(The Skyward Novellas #2) by Brandon Sanderson, Janci Patterson
October 26, 2021 | science fiction, young adult

From #1 bestselling author Brandon Sanderson and Janci Patterson comes the second of three Skyward series novellas, each told from the perspective of a different member of the team back on Detritus. Read Alanik’s story between Starsight and Cytonic.

“Don’t trust their lies. Don’t trust their false peace.” That is the warning that Alanik of the planet ReDawn gave the human pilot Spensa after Alanik’s ship crash-landed on Detritus. While accepting an invitation to meet with her people’s enemy, the Galactic Superiority, Alanik heard Spensa’s cry for help across the vastness of space, and she used her cytonic powers to hyperjump her ship to the source of that cry. What she found there was a shock—a whole planet of free humans fighting against the Superiority. Were they the allies her people desperately needed?

When she recovered from her injuries and met the friendly humans Jorgen and FM of Skyward Flight, she found that her warning to Spensa had gone unheeded by the government of Detritus, and they were considering a peace overture from the Superiority. Now having returned to ReDawn, Alanik is dismayed to learn that her own people are falling into the exact same trap.

The faction in ReDawn’s government that wants to appease the Superiority has gained the upper hand. With Alanik’s mentor, Renakin captured, she has no one to turn to but Jorgen, FM, and their friend Rig. An ancient technology may have the power to save both of their planets from disaster, but can they discover its secrets before it’s too late?


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