An introduction to the writers of the Grimdark group part 5

Part 5 so soon? Yeah man feeling slightly better and there are so many authors to introduce! I remember this all started as an idea for a pinned post in the group on Facebook and it somehow turned into a blog, not to mention the group grows bigger every month. I’m planning at least another 6 posts about the authors and after that it’s on to my fellow bloggers/reviewers and of course the team behind Grimdark Magazine.

 

Brian Barr has written short stories, comic books and novels. His writing is pretty unique considering he doesn’t steer clear of LGBTQ characters instead he embraces them. His short stories have been featured in anthologies and his most recent work The Head inspired by a dream he head came out just last month

A woman finds a head in her mother’s garden.

Things get weirder when the head talks to her…

The Head

http://www.brianbarrbooks.com/

 

Richard Writhen Originally from Rhode Island, Richard Writhen also lived in NYC for about ten years. He has been e-published on several notable sites such as the MightyThorJRS Blog, Techzwn.com, Grimdarkmagazine.com and Ragnarokpub.com and is the author of three novellas on Amazon KDP; A Kicked Cur, A Host of Ills and The Hiss Of The Blade. Richard also writes short form in the styles of Gothdark, Grimdark, GDSF and Psychological Horror, and will eventually be exploring the weird west.

Two petty mercenaries are falsely accused of switching sides in a feud between two rich and powerful magnates; an ex-miner on the run from a murder charge becomes a reaver and embroiled in a romance; an industrial lieutenant is recruited to help capture a serial killer and an entire city is in danger of being ensorcelled by an ancient monk.

The Hiss Of The Blade (The Celestial Ways Saga Book 1)

https://richardwrithen.wordpress.com/

https://www.facebook.com/wrychardwrycthen/

https://mightythorjrs.wordpress.com/2017/02/08/guest-blog-the-planet-the-gods-and-the-magic-by-richard-writhen/

 

Wade Garret author of Genesis is one of my favorite new authors on the block, he writes dark fantasy with a steam/dieselpunk twist. His first novel inspired by Dune and the Dark Tower is called Genesis (Kingdom Come Series) and was published in 2013

Jak Hartlen, 19, the son of William and Mary, will face many thresholds of flesh and mind on his road to reaping the Whirl Wind; seeds of grief and guilt only now coming to fruition.
If only they’d know what they were doing…
The Gan and their Areht who shape the world behind the scenes will hate him, because he’s a threat they’re not sure can be chained. The Pillars and their Faithful who spread the world’s leading religion will fear him, because his existence, once known, will challenge Ages of dogma and accepted history.
The Crimson King and its Servants who seek to return to power, destroying all that remains of The White, will hunt him, because even in death, they’re not sure he’ll ever bow to the Dark. They all Should. For as One of Five with the power to shake the world, they will hollow his heart and mind through countless sacrifice and vengeful selfishness.

 

Genesis (Kingdom Come Series, #1)

http://wjgarret.blogspot.com

 

Among the many authors of the Grimdark group there are also quite a few familiar faces like James A. Moore you know the guy from Bloodstained Oz and Buffy the Vampire Slayers novelization Chaos Bleeds. He’s been nominated for the Bram Stoker Award for best novel for his book Serenity Falls. James has written so much in several genres his most recent novel is called The Last Sacrifice

Since time began, the Grakhul – immortal servants of the gods – have taken human sacrifices to keep the world in balance and the gods appeased. When they choose the family of warrior Brogan McTyre, everything changes.

Brogan begins the toughest battle of his life to free his family from their terrible fate. But when you challenge the gods, you challenge the very fabric of society. Declared an outcast, Brogan and his kin are hunted like criminals – but nothing will stand in his way.

The Last Sacrifice

http://www.jamesamoorebooks.com/

 

Last for today is Josiah Bancroft his writing is as beautiful as his art. He also writes poetry which has been featured in dozens of magazines luckily for us he also writes fantasy. His first novel is Senlin Ascends ( The Books of Babel ) and came out in 2013 it is part of a quadrilogy.

Senlin, a mild-mannered school teacher, is drawn to the Tower of Babel by the grandiose promises of a guidebook. The ancient and immense Tower seems the perfect destination for a honeymoon. But soon after arriving, Senlin loses his young wife, Marya, in the crowd.

Senlin’s search for Marya carries him through slums and theaters, prisons and ballrooms. He must survive betrayal, assassination, and the long guns of a flying fortress. But if he hopes to find Marya, Senlin will have to do more than survive. This quiet man of letters must become a man of action.

Senlin Ascends (The Books of Babel, #1)

http://www.thebooksofbabel.com/

 

I’ll try to keep up this time around wouldn’t want y’all to get bored + you know we have to keep stacking up on our tbr piles. Something I didn’t mention before is that many of the authors featured also sell their books doodled through Facebook and their websites so feel free to poke them about it just don’t poke about release dates

https://www.facebook.com/groups/grimdarkfiction/

Here’s a picture of our Lord Dark Matheny in his younger years

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An introduction to the writers of the Grimdark group part 4

It’s been a while since I posted, reason being my poor health. Now I’ve gotten some snarky remarks about how I handle my blog and the way I write, I’d rather keep it as simple as possible and let the books do the talking. Besides we all know people will go TLDR if lengthy posts are written. So without further ado here are 5 guys you must check out.

Disclaimer: No cats were killed during the writing of this post

 

Starting off with Ben Galley when he isn’t trying to give his dad a heart attack dressed up as a golem he writes books and helps other authors with self publishing. Having written the Emaneska trilogy his next book, Heart of Stone is out in just 10 days! Be sure to keep an eye on his Facebook page

Merciless. Murderer. Monster. He has been called many names in his time.

Built for war and nothing else, he has witnessed every shade of violence humans know, and he has wrought his own masterpieces with their colours. He cared once, perhaps, but far too long ago. He is bound to his task, dead to the chaos he wreaks for his masters.

Now, he has a new master to serve and a new war to endure. In the far reaches of the Realm, Hartlund tears itself in two over coin and crown. This time he will fight for a boy king and a general bent on victory.

Beneath it all he longs for change. For something to surprise him. For an end to this cycle of warfare.

Every fighter has a last fight. Even one made of stone.

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http://www.bengalley.com/

https://www.facebook.com/BenGalleyAuthor/

 

Next up Ulff Lehmann born in Germany but so stubborn he writes in English because well German only sounds good when it’s Rammstein. His first book Shattered Dreams was released in june 2016. Think of Gemmel’s hero Druss the Legend, Ulff’s main character is called Drangar and is way cooler. Shattered Hopes the second installment will be out soon

For two years the mercenary Drangar Ralgon has kept his back to his dark past. Afraid to live, afraid to die, Drangar tries to ignore the abyss that lies behind him. Now, faced with a war he wants nothing to do with, he finally turns around and gazes back.

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https://www.facebook.com/Ralchanh/

 

Martin Owton is a scientific researcher for a major pharmaceutical company but also a very talented fantasy and science fiction writer. His book Exile part 1 in the Nandor tales came out last year book 2 Nandor came out recently
Aron of Darien, raised in exile after his homeland is conquered by a treacherous warlord, makes his way in the world on the strength of his wits and skill with a sword. Both are sorely tested when he is impressed into the service of the Earl of Nandor to rescue his heir from captivity in the fortress of Sarazan. The rescue goes awry. Aron and his companions are betrayed and must flee for their lives. Pursued by steel and magic, they find new friends and old enemies on the road that leads, after many turns, to the city of the High King. There Aron must face his father’s murderer before risking everything in a fight to the death with the deadliest swordsman in the kingdom.

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https://martinowton.wordpress.com/

 

Dave De Burgh is a South-African is a jack of all trades, writing, editing, bookseller and even a paranormal investigator pretty awesome! Dave’s first novel Betrayal’s Shadow ( Mahaelian Chronicle ) came out in 2015

Betrayal casts long shadows – none know this better than Brice Serholm.
As a decorated general in the kingdom’s elite Blade Knights, Brice had to overcome the taint of treason and betrayal to attain his rank. When Brice and a force of Knights are sent on a mission to investigate claims of rebellion in one of Avidar’s provinces, their ship is magically attacked, and the resulting investigation tests every oath Brice swore before his king.
Meanwhile, an inhuman infant escapes the capital’s Slave-Hold, the king’s mistress comes into possession of a unique dagger, and Del’Ahrid, the king’s most trusted First Advisor, begins to question everything he built his honour and life upon.
Events are in motion that will test every man, woman and child – and a conflict is coming that will shake the kingdom to its very foundations.

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http://davedeburgh.com/

https://www.facebook.com/davedeburghwriter/

 

 

Next up is Scott Oden! Scott is probably best know for his historical novels set in ancient Greece and Egypt. His next novel A Gathering of Ravens got me well excited! The main character is an orc! A Gathering of Ravens will be released on june 20th of 2017

To the Danes, he is skraelingr; to the English, he is orcneas; to the Irish, he is fomoraig. He is Corpse-maker and Life-quencher, the Bringer of Night, the Son of the Wolf and Brother of the Serpent. He is Grimnir, and he is the last of his kind–the last in a long line of monsters who have plagued humanity since the Elder Days.

Drawn from his lair by a thirst for vengeance against the Dane who slew his brother, Grimnir emerges into a world that’s changed. A new faith has arisen. The Old Ways are dying, and their followers retreating into the shadows; even still, Grimnir’s vengeance cannot be denied.

Taking a young Christian hostage to be his guide, Grimnir embarks on a journey that takes him from the hinterlands of Denmark, where the wisdom of the ancient dwarves has given way to madness, to the war-torn heart of southern England, where the spirits of the land make violence on one another. And thence to the green shores of Ireland and the Viking stronghold of Dubhlinn, where his enemy awaits.

But, unless Grimnir can set aside his hatreds, his dream of retribution will come to nothing. For Dubhlinn is set to be the site of a reckoning–the Old Ways versus the New–and Grimnir, the last of his kind left to plague mankind, must choose: stand with the Christian King of Ireland and see his vengeance done or stand against him and see it slip away?

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https://scottoden.wordpress.com/

https://www.facebook.com/scottodenauthor/

 

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With Blood Upon the Sand

So this being my first official review ever it might come across as amateurish. Sure I’ve “reviewed” some books on other websites but never on the blog.

Beaulieu’s epic saga about Çeyda started with Twelve Kings in Sharakhai in september of 2015. I don’t remember how I found about this book but I do remember how long it to get it, it took 3,5 months which was a pretty long wait, but boy was it worth the wait!

In a time where we’re learned to hate everything middle-eastern Bradley’s writing reminds you of why you loved everything about it. It’s safe to say every one of us grew up with the rich Arabian nights tales often filled with mythical creatures and strong characters. As a small child I devoured books about myths and legends and I always wanted to be a strong warrior, sadly most warriors are men and it proved difficult to find a strong female warrior. Luckily over the years more and more strong women appeared in the many books I read but non of them are so intriguing as Çeyda

I’ll not go into too much detail as I don’t want to ruin it for those of you who haven’t read it.

In Twelve Kings we get to know Çeyda, she’s a pitfighter in Sharakhai the great city in the Shanghazi desert. Sharakhai is controlled by 12 ancient kings who came to power by betraying one of their own. We also learn some about the mythical creatures the Asirim and Erekh and a beautiful flower called the Achidara, this flower holds great power and Çeyda’s mom secretly harvested the petals on the holy night of Beth Zha’ir.

Bradley’s worldbuilding is superior and he really does take you into the dessert to fight along Çeyda. Normally I’m a sucker for maps and I can’t really imagine what the world looks like without one but the way he builds his world I didn’t need one. His characters are well-developed and there’s no excessive infodumping going on, to be honest I hope he will write more books set in this world I simply can’t get enough of it

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While the first book mainly focussed on Çeyda and her friends and family the second one also shows you the world from the kings points of view which is really refreshing, often all you read is about the good guys and small bits about the evil ones and how they came to be evil. We also get to read more of my favorite characters Ramahd and Meryam who come from a neighbouring kingdom and were captured by an evil force at the end of book 1. We also get to read more about Emre who has been Çeyda’s best friend ever since they were kids unfortunately he seems to be on a different from her, their choices put them in a difficult situation early on in the story. I have to say I was quite surprised when I learned of the secrets kept by some of the kings, there’s twists I never expected to happen.

Another thing i love about these books is that there are no damsels in distress every woman is strong yet vulnerable in their own way. Meryam for instance is a powerful blood sorceress however her grief makes her a very relatable person. The blade maidens are all admirable in their beliefs and strengths and i would love to be as strong and agile as they are.

The fight scenes are glorious in every wich way, the weapons described come to life and you can totally envision them. I’ve always had a very vivid imagination but the way Beaulieu describes the fights I didn’t need to imagine things.

 

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There’s so much more to say but I’d rather have you throw your money at him so he can keep on writing. I’ve almost read all of his books and I love all of them dearly. Sharakhai couldn’t have come at a better time last year was a real struggle for me and Beaulieu’s books helped me get through that in many ways. He gave me the honor of being a beta reader for With Blood Upon the Sand which meant i got to read it when it was unfinished in his eyes, for me it was perfect from the get go. another thing I love are the covers of his books, the US covers are absolutely stunning. I shall now show you some of the covers and to get you in the mood for this epic tale here’s some amazing belly dancing

With Blood Upon the Sand hits the shelves on february 7th but if you’re Canadian you can order it already

 

 

 

An introduction to the writers of the Grimdark group part 3

Back at it again because well its sunday and the Patriots are playing the Broncos tonight and we all know how that will end lol. But this isn’t a blog about American football it’s about books and storytellers. So today I’ll be introducing to some of the short story/ self published authors

 

I’m starting with the lovely Lila Lestrange!

Lila Lestrange was born in Australia as the child of an Irish
soldier in the British Army, grew up in Germany, and likes Japanese
Okonomiyaki and Turkish coffee. Her national identity is “oddball”. Lila
graduated from Regensburg University in Germany with a master’s degree
in Early Modern and Medieval History, although her German school-leaving
certificate did not state that she was actually fluent in German. (Don’t
ask. It’s the little things that make life interesting.) Apart from
getting covered inch-thick in black library dust and upsetting hordes of
book scorpions, during her university years Lila discovered the
wonderful world of fantasy and role-playing-games. (And that the
pharmacy library has more books on alchemy than the history library).
After graduation, Lila has worked as a web designer, journalist and
translator and started writing ‘seriously’ after having a family.

Lila writes fantasy with a bit of a twist she self published her novel Black Silk and she even made a trailer for it which you can watch at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-c2pS4PPRU&feature=youtu.be

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The city of Naressina is a prosperous crossroads of the world,
trading spices, salt, silks and every other commodity under the twin
suns.  Merchant princes rule the republic  alongside the powerful guilds
and the old nobility.  But not everyone belongs to a guild.  Most of
Naressina’s non-human inhabitants don’t. Nor do the denizens of the
city’s infamous  Lowtown that sprawls around the harbour.
For the Wharf Rats, taking what they need – and running very fast from
the city watch – is a way of life.  But when they break into the
warehouse of a wealthy cloth merchant, their latest caper goes terribly
wrong.  Soon, the Rats are fighting a bloody war on the streets.
At the scene of the crime, the city watch have found a small golden
figure, wrapped in black silk.  Who lost it there?  The merchant Zîf
Kaliari is determined to find out. But their questions are more
dangerous than Zîf and his wife Kiana realise. What if the legends of
Naressina’s dark past are real?

http://deathandonions.bplaced.net

 

Next we have Sam Plunkett or Plunky as I call him, a  long time fantasy reader and short time writer, lover of dark and gritty fantasy and cute dogs. His work is not published (yet) so here is the first bit of his writings together with some artwork.

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Snow fell gently in the forest. Specks of white forming together to create a curtain several feet from the figure on his horse. The world to the man and his horse was a white canvas with no paint, empty and cold.

The horse stood with its head down, its nostrils flaring with each breath that brought cold air into its chest. It shook its legs one by one to warm them slightly. The man atop the horse did much the same. Shifting his weight to stop his thick woollen leggings from sticking to the saddle. He patted and rubbed the horse’s neck as he waited.

He wore a dark green cloak that he had spread backwards to cover his mounts rear. His gloved hands rested on the saddle before him holding a well-used dirk. Only an idiot would touch steel in this cold.

The man and his mount had stood in the white canvas world for half an hour. By this point both were sure they would be soon dead if their accomplice didn’t arrive soon.

From the white curtain a shape dislodged itself. Another figure atop an unfamiliar mount. It looked as if the Gods had taken a dog and made it the size of a horse. Its snout was short with two teeth that stuck from the top jaw like a walruses. Its coat was white with dark blue, nearly black, patches on its throat and face.

The man was dressed in the same fashion as the horse rider. But for a quiver and bow that were slung from his saddle. A thick leather bracer clung to his wrist.

“Jerrik!” said the man atop the horse “what the fuck is that?”

Jerrik swung his head to face his accomplice. “This Dwarg. Big dog. Bigger than your people’s dogs. Very nice puppies” he spat out the words with obvious force. Having to bend his voice to perform to a language he didn’t completely know. “Come. I walk you to border. Before you’re… “He pointed to the horse “die of cold.”

He led the way and the horse followed. Its rider could feel the horse tense as it caught a scent on the snow. The Dwarg showed no interest in the horse, its head swinging from side to side as it snorted at the ground it walked over.

“Have you got what I asked for? I need it now.”

“Ned. You no worry. I always have thing you need” Jerrik pulled gently on his mounts reigns to guide it round a tree. “Dwarg clever. But bad eyes. Tree kill more than age” he chuckled at this, Ned smiled well naturedly.

They rode in silence for a minute as they negotiated their way over a frozen stream, the ice was solid but disconcerted Neds horse whose hooves slipped slightly. The Dwarg padded across silently.“Why do you need the potion so bad?” Jerrik asked rearranging an arrow in his quiver.“Your healers know more about the… Illness that hurt my tribe leader” he simplified for Jerrik’s sake. He knew that the tribesman was a clever man among his people and that he’d understand what he was saying.

“I’m no healer. But I’ve used this before. Lots will kill man. Small cure man” he pulled his cloak closer to his shoulders.

“I must help my friend, he’d do the same for me.”

“I know. I do same for Kolmar.” The Kolmar were Jerrik’s tribe. Native to the mountains and forests that covered half the continent. Few from the Civilised Half were allowed to enter the forests on the border. Ned was one of the few not to be found crucified on the border.

They reached a point where the trees began to grow closer together signalling the border to be close. They both rode in silence as they guided their mounts through the trees.

“Where can I get a Dwarg?” Ned asked looking approvingly at the lumbering hound. Among his friends he was the one considered to be the crazy dog man.

“In spring. Come visit tribe. We find you puppy. Show you how to train it, spend summer with us again. My sister miss you” Jerrik winked at his last remark.

Ned smiled as a flood of memories came to him. Mostly of a blond woman bathing in a river. Jerrik handing him the long bow that had been a gift of great significance. The Wise woman of the Kolmar singing their ancestral song.They had reached the edge of the forest when Ned woke himself from his daydream. They came to a halt as the last of the trees thinned out.Jerrik stood in his stirrups and yanked an arrow from the tree. It’s black fletching and the star like rune etched into the wood marked it as Al-Mur, another tribe that lived near the border.

“I didn’t know the Al-Mur came this far south” Ned said.

“Not all the time. I go talk to their chief later. Make sure he know you return in spring. Give you help when you come and find us” Jerrik said scratching his chin with the arrow head. This certain gesture showed that he would return the arrow as a gift. Among the tribes arrows were all blessed by the wise men and woman. Losing too many in a hunt was a bad omen, Ned knew this from the time he wasted half a quiver practising with his bow.

“I hope this helps your friend” Jerrik said handing over a glass tube. “When I see you in spring. Bring Tribe more glass” Jerrik grinned at the thought.

“I’ll find you some coloured glass if you like, I have a friend in Reener who blows glass.”

“I happy to think of coloured glass. Also bring me beer. Maybe I make new weapon for you for it.”Ned smiled “Sounds like a trade. Now I must go. I’ll be back in spring.”Jerrik held up a hand signalling him not to go. He leant down to his quiver and pulled an arrow out. Dyed green fletching and a rune in the semblance of a fish decorated the arrow.Ned took it and bowed his head. Without another word he spurred his horse into a trot. A glance over his shoulder showed only the Dwarg’s blue markings visible in the snow.

Two weeks ride to save his friend’s life, Ned was desperate to be home.

http://www.mightbemadsff.wordpress.com/

Another great short story comes from Alexander Wallis it’s called The Sea Between The Stars and serves as prequel to the novel The Way Knight. It’s inspired  by the plight of daughters of narcissistic mothers and their attempts to get love from a withholding parent. It was a winner in the Write Across Sussex short story competition, awarded by novelist Kate Mosse. Alexander’s work is inspired by his working with troubled, damaged and sometimes dangerous teenagers.

https://www.facebook.com/AlexanderWallisAuthor/

Art by Ellrano https://www.instagram.com/ellrano/

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The Sea between the Stars
Alexander Wallis
The girl haunted the old tower, after her mother’s departure. Neither the girl nor her mother was dead but, like a ghost, the child mourned their separation. Each night she drifted from shadow to shadow, pale feet on stone, hair black as the sea between the stars. When the skies were benign, she was the storm that racked the steeple, torrential in her cries. When all the villagers were asleep, she was their nightmare unravelling in the dark.
Her mother Catherine had not been warm or loving but the girl had learned to survive on meagre pickings, crumbs of unkindness wrapped in concern. She could live for weeks on a scowl or a shrug, almost a month on a single kiss. She found inventive ways to summon her mother’s hand to her face, her cheek hot and red from the violent touch.
One night, the girl had watched her mother saddle a horse and depart. ‘I hope, one day, you have your own child,’ Catherine told her weeping daughter. ‘A girl as thankless and difficult as you. Then you’ll know.’
The girl already knew. She was unlovable.
Now she chilled the halls of the grotesque tower her family called home, singing to the ravens from the shadows. She damaged tapestries – scratching the faces of kings until stitches became scars. She poured wine over the cats and buried her doll, alive, beneath the earth.
The girl’s grandfather –and now parent- would rise from his chair whenever the girl came into the windy hall he drank in. He was a formidable man, once an infamous knight, but hackles rose along his skin as the girl crept into the firelight.
‘I’m watching you,’ she waved a finger in the old man’s face, ‘to see if you’ve been good enough.’ She sounded like her mother, but strangely older, callous and crone-like.
The old man’s eyes were grey-blue stones, cupped by craggy wrinkles. Those eyes had seen a dozen battles, yet never closed in prayer. They had not blinked when he had dislodged gold from the teeth of dead warriors. They had not wept when his wife was upon the funeral pyre. But they became wide and watery at the girl’s strangeness, his black eyebrows rising as he shuddered.

‘What’s to be done?’ Grandfather Jhonan asked the holy men, one white winter morning. He paced the airy hall, rubbing his muscled arms. ‘Some evil wears the child.’
‘Not evil,’ Adjurator Ivan replied. ‘Grief wracks her spirit.’ His voice became a whisper, forcing the eavesdropping girl to listen intently. ‘Many lose their mothers but is it true that Daimonia drove hers away?’
The girl broke from her hiding place, ran past the men and threw open the tower doors.
‘Dai, wait!’ Jhonan cried, raising a three-fingered hand towards the girl.
She cast a look back at their faces, each was as flush as her own. ‘I am death!’ she shrieked and ran out into the snow.

The running was heavy, feet sinking into white to reveal lurid green. Daimonia fell against a snow-crowned tree and leaned against it panting. Her nose streamed and fists tightened, the creak of skin rubbing against skin. The day was colder than a reluctant kiss.
Crunching announced her brother Niklos, trudging up behind her. Both their tracks punctured the hill, like wounds on the frosty surface.
Niklos frowned as he approached, his wet hair stuck to his face and neck. ‘Mother will come back,’ he told his sister.
‘Not this time,’ Daimonia sniffed. ‘I saw something I shouldn’t have.’
‘Like what?
Daimonia’s eyes became small and spiteful. ‘Like your girlish face,’ she said. Inside her closed mouth, her tongue teased her sharpest teeth. The capacity to hurt was intriguing. To give back a little cruelty for the many cruelties received – it satisfied something growing within.
Niklos sulked then. He had a special face for displaying his pain, one he wore all too frequently.
‘What’s wrong with you?’ he complained.
An ugliness hung in the air. But Daimonia had never seen her mother apologise and it was hard for her to find the way of it. Instead she simply laughed.
Ravens circled above, their caws echoing the girl’s cruel mirth.

She found the stone on a summer morning on a day busy with bees and the leafy smell of the forest. It already looked human, sticking out of the brook like the head and shoulders of a drowning man. Daimonia dragged the stone onto the muddy bank, making little heaving noises. She patted the thing’s forehead with her palm.
‘Wake up,’ she told it.

In her room the stone sat by the window, where Daimonia had hefted it. She cupped its head in her hands, taking comfort in its mundane constancy.
By nightfall she was labouring beneath the glaring stars, the tink-tink-tink of her grandfather’s dagger chipping away at the stone.
Hammering the blade she cut away all that was inessential, hungry to find the secret within.

A face began to emerge, nose first, then mouth – lips twisted in a sneer of superiority. Daimonia continued stripping the face, releasing it from the primitive rock. Day and night she laboured, keeping the tower awake.
Until she found the face of her mother.
The visage had emerged so gradually that Daimonia trembled to realise what she had created. She fell back upon her bed, looking at the features as if for the first time, so like her own face but with a tip of the neck, a lowering of the brow that implied profound condemnation. So many times she had seen it but only now, in flawless repose, could she wonder at what events might have shaped such sad contempt for the world.

Daimonia curled around the stone, her slender arm reaching across its shoulder, and lay her head upon its head. It was cold, but no colder than the stiff figure she had often tried to squeeze. The godlike face would not leave her, nor offer any reproof. It could not shriek or bare its teeth, nor rip its own hair out in anger. The girl clung to it, as if to a tree in a storm, allowing her heart to enjoy its silent permanence.

 

We move on to Æsc Adams and James Downe. Æsc and James are the creators of The Legacy of Ash world,  think of them as the next Erikson and Esslemont ( you know those guys from the epic Malazan world).  While James has already finished his first novel Æsc is busy working on his shared world novel.

Æsc is employed in the security field for more than a decade, Æsc has had the privilege of training under and alongside some of the world’s most skilled warriors, including members of the Navy SEALs, Army Rangers, British Special Boat Service and the Israeli Special Forces.

Writing gritty fantasy is the natural outgrowth of his love for fantasy fiction and RPGs.  His passions include archaeology, anthropology, ancient religions, dead languages, and Oxford commas.

Æsc lives near Kingston, Ontario with his wife, two children, and pack of nearly-feral house dogs.”

https://legacyofash.wordpress.com/

Welcome to the Legacy of Ash, a dark & gritty fantasy cycle in the tradition of Steven Erikson, George R.R. Martin, Joe Abercrombie and Glen Cook.

Calus Rukan is a world twisted by war, sorcery, and hell itself.

Broken coasts and shattered continents mark a land divided. The old empire of Aul Rukara was cast into darkness and devastation, though its legacy remains. The people of Calus Rukan – scholars and adepts, warriors and thieves, beggars and princes – strive to build new civilizations upon the ruins of the old.

But three thousand years after the sundering of the world, although light has returned to the darkness, ash still veils the sky.

Soldier, Kraken, Bard is the first book in the Legacy of Ash world

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In a city suspended over the shores of a great ocean, a storm has come.

Soften has seen storms before, but those were nothing when compared to the winds which now rage along its high stone walls. The city’s harbours have weathered many rising tides, and the people of Soften are accustomed to pulling tight the shutters, stacking their fires high, and enduring the driving rain. But this storm is different, and for all their preparations, something primal dwells at the centre of this tempest, madness with no regard for people within its dark fury, a terror which quickly begins clawing at Soften’s soul.

For a city guard named Versas, Soften is home. For Ormenir Stills, a travelling bard who has seen much of the world, the city marks the end of his career. And for a girl named Ember, despite all the madness the storm has brought, this city is only the beginning.

Last but not least Ashley Melanson her short story was featured in Gems of Strength and is called Fox. She’s hoping to be accepted into the Hath No Fury anthology, an anthology in which women take the lead.

https://www.facebook.com/AshleyRMelanson

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The weaker sex? There’s no such thing! Enter Anna, who fights against evil for what she knows is right. Enter Chessie, who must battle prejudice and overcome the torment she holds inside. Read Delia’s story, a struggle against domestic violence. Follow the tale of Apple as she struggles with her demons. And be inside the story with nameless women who must deal with the loss of a child, the inner struggle of uncertain sexuality, the escape from domestic violence, the healing of assault, and the finding of love.

These characters embody the strength of women, strip away the illusion of weakness, and bring hope of things to come. The authors of The Sisterhood bring you these poignant short stories and demonstrate there is nothing weak about women!

Here’s the link to Hath No Fury anthology

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jmmartin/hath-no-fury-an-anthology-where-women-take-the-lea

That’s it for today’s blog I hope you enjoyed reading it. It is sunday so I’m heading back to NFL land and as always here’s the unicorn for Rob and a little motivation for all storytellers featuring the great James A. Moore author of Seven Forges

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An introduction to the writers of the Grimdark group part 2

Next part of the introduction! Not everyone writes grimdark and not everyone is a man. In fact there are quite a few female authors out there, women I admire greatly. There are quite a lot of complaints when it comes to the lack of publicity for female authors and I do sometimes feel it’s a male dominated world. So it’s definitely time for a change!

People often think every female author writes crap like Twilight or Fifty Shades of blergh, this is not true in fact all the authors introduced today write beautiful horror and fantasy, some a little darker than most of the readers are used to.

So without further ado here are the powerful women of the Grimdark group!

 

I’ll start with Teresa Frohock the author of Miserere: An Autumn Tale and Los Nefilim, Miserere is a dark fantasy novel and Los Nefilim is speculative fiction. I love this woman she’s smart, talented, strong and gives her unfiltered opinion on many subjects on her blog as well as on Facebook.

https://www.tfrohock.com/

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Three brilliant novellas. One fantastic story.

Collected together for the first time, T. Frohock’s three novellas—In Midnight’s Silence, Without Light or Guide, and The Second Death—brings to life the world of Los Nefilim, Spanish Nephilim that possess the power to harness music and light in the supernatural war between the angels and daimons. In 1931, Los Nefilim’s existence is shaken by the preternatural forces commanding them … and a half-breed caught in-between.

Diago Alvarez, a singular being of daimonic and angelic descent, is pulled into the ranks of Los Nefilim in order to protect his newly-found son. As an angelic war brews in the numinous realms, and Spain marches closer to civil war, the destiny of two worlds hangs on Diago’s actions. Yet it is the combined fates of his lover, Miquel, and his young son, Rafael, that weighs most heavily on his soul.

Lyrical and magical, Los Nefilim explores whether moving towards the light is necessarily the right move, and what it means to live amongst the shadows.

 

Next up the lovely Chantal Noordeloos! Finally a Dutch author worth blogging about sure, sure we have plenty of others but not a single I personally like. She graduated from the Norwich School of Art and Design in 1999 and now lives with her family in The Hague. She loves boardgames and spends her free time drawing, writing and gaming. Chantal writes horror and paranormal fiction. Coyote is her first big project and 2 books in the series haven been published so far.

http://www.chantalnoordeloos.info/

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No one knows where or when the mysterious rips will appear, but from them, Outlanders walk the earth, leaving chaos in their wake.
Coyote, a charismatic bounty hunter, travels the land with her enigmatic partner, Caesar. Together –with the help of magic and technology—the unlikely duo tracks down these dangerous criminals from different worlds. Along the way, Coyote discovers a secret that threatens to shatter everything she believes about herself, her father, and her sworn enemy, James Westwood.

Whether Outlander or inner demons, some things can’t be solved with a six shooter

 

We move on to Sarah Cushaway she’s currently working on a  dark scifi/fantasy western series called A Lesser Dark. Her first book Salt in the Water is out now and she’s working hard on the sequel called Ghosts in the Glass.

http://ourwriteside.com/author-sarah-cushaway/

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There are a thousand ways to die in the desert– desperate outlaws, deadly predators, murderous elements, and betrayal. . .

Kaitar Besh, a veteran scout as legendary for his cynicism as his skills, is ordered to brave the deadly Shy’war-Anquai desert one last time. Escorting Leigh Enderi– a greenhorn Enforcer with a reputation as shady as his own– he soon realizes the ghosts of his past have come to haunt more than his nightmares.

When the mission breaks down in the wake of bitter hatred and mistrust, even Kaitar’s fabled skills may not be enough to bring them home again. Stranded in the red wasteland without contact, food, or water, they uncover a betrayal that could bring all they hold dear crumbling to the dust. . . and tear down the wall of lies surrounding them.

 

Well hello debut novelist Anna Smith-Spark! Her debut will be published in 2017 by Harper-Voyager and the hype is real! We call her the queen of grimdark. Anna loves epic fantasy, grimdark and historical military fiction (and freakishly high heels). Her debut is called the Court of Broken Knives which is book 1 in her series Empires of Dust.

http://courtofbrokenknives.org/

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Perfect for fans of Mark Lawrence and R Scott Bakker, The Court of Broken Knives is the explosive debut by one of grimdark fantasy’s most exciting new voices.

They’ve finally looked at the graveyard of our Empire with open eyes. They’re fools and madmen and like the art of war. And their children go hungry while we piss gold and jewels into the dust.

In the richest empire the world has ever known, the city of Sorlost has always stood, eternal and unconquered. But in a city of dreams governed by an imposturous Emperor, decadence has become the true ruler, and has blinded its inhabitants to their vulnerability. The empire is on the verge of invasion – and only one man can see it.

Haunted by dreams of the empire’s demise, Orhan Emmereth has decided to act. On his orders, a company of soldiers cross the desert to reach the city. Once they enter the Palace, they have one mission: kill the Emperor, then all those who remain. Only from ashes can a new empire be built.

The company is a group of good, ordinary soldiers, for whom this is a mission like any other. But the strange boy Marith who walks among them is no ordinary soldier. Marching on Sorlost, Marith thinks he is running away from the past which haunts him. But in the Golden City, his destiny awaits him – beautiful, bloody, and more terrible than anyone could have foreseen.

 

Also working on her debut is Alicia Wanstall-Burke. Alicia Wanstall-Burke began her storytelling journey at 15, writing in her spare time while she worked in coal mining and completed a teaching degree. Over the course of a decade, she developed a manuscript which caught the eye of a UK publisher in 2014. Since then she has worked with the publisher to develop a new story, Blood of Heirs. Alicia is currently studying a Diploma of History/Ancient History, and wrangles a cat, two dogs and a four-year-old red head in her spare time. As there’s no cover for her book yet I’ll randomly insert some random art

https://aliciawanstallburke.com/author/aliciawanstallburke/

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Blood of Heirs is a fast paced, dark epic fantasy which follows the stories of two young people who are the heirs to their father’s lands. When their lives are changed forever by forces beyond their control, they must fight for their lives and their futures against enemies that are both human and the stuff of nightmares. It is the first in a planned trilogy, and will be followed by Legacy of Ghosts and Empire of Shadows.

 

Last up for today is Deborah A. Wolf born in Alaska and having worked for the U.S. Army she’s no stranger to barbaric life. In her own words she says, she’s the barbarian feminist bitch author your father warned you about, and she writes books that double as melee weapons. THE DRAGON’S LEGACY (Titan Books) debuts April 2017. She also has a short story in our very own Evil is a Matter of Perspective a collection of art and stories by the people behind Grimdark Magazine.

http://www.deborahawolf.com/

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The last Aturan King is dying, and as his strength fades so does his hold on sa and ka. Control of this power is a deadly lure; the Emperor stirs in his Forbidden City to the East, while deep in the Seared Lands, the whispering voices of Eth bring secret death. Eight men and women take their first steps along the paths to war, barely realizing that their world will soon face a much greater threat; at the heart of the world, the Dragon stirs in her sleep. A warrior would become Queen, a Queen would become a monster, and a young boy plays his bird-skull flute to keep the shadows of death at bay

 

That’s a wrap for today many many more posts will follow. I will always feature 5 people in the upcoming posts last thing I want is the TLDR comments.  I hope you’ll enjoy every post as we move a long and add many books to that ever growing TBR pile

And here’s a picture of a not so scary unicorn for Rob Matheny

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An introduction to the writers of the Grimdark group part 1

 

This will be a pretty lengthy post so I’ll split it up in two or more parts. Long story short in this post I will introduce you all to the lovely writers of our Facebook group Grimdark Fiction Readers & Writers. Many of whom have been published but I’ll also be introducing the aspiring and unpublished writers because everyone deserves a little grimdark love.

Grimdark was use by emos and goths through the years, it has also been used in the Warhammer 40k world. In the last years it’s mainly used to describe the darker fantasy book genre. When you see the term grimdark used to describe a book or graphic novel don’t expect happy endings and squishy pink unicorns.

So what can you expect when grimdark is used to describe a book? Well, expect main characters to be evil not every faerie loves children some just enjoy eating them. You can also expect a lot of violence ranging from simple killings, gruesome torture,rape (yep even child rape), a lot of foul-mouthed characters and likeable yet despicable protagonists. The most famous writers of the genre are Mark Lawrence, Joe Abercrombie and Richard K. Morgan.

Now not everyone in the group writes grimdark, many write sword&sorcery, Sci-Fi, horror, urban fantasy, dystopian fiction, epic fantasy, historical fiction etc.

I’m writing this post on a rainy sunday to introduce the world to the wonderful writings and people behind the books of this group that unlike it’s name actually isn’t so grimdark at all. We’re all wonderful people with a dark sense of humor

 

I’ll start off with Dyrk Ashton writer of Paternus. A former actor, producer and college professor, Dyrk now teaches online so he has more time for his writing and reading books. Dyrk has a strange obsession with the cuteness of baby sloths.Paternus is a contemporary, mythic fantasy novel which is often compared to the writings of Rick Riordan but for grown ups.

https://www.paternusbooks.com/what-we-do/

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Gods, monsters, angels, devils. Call them what you like. They exist. The epic battles between titans, giants, and gods, heaven and hell, the forces of light and darkness. They happened. And the war isn’t over.

17-year-old Fi Patterson lives with her stuffy English uncle and has an internship at a local hospital for the aged. She doesn’t know what she wants to do with her life, misses her dead mother, wonders about the father she never knew. One bright spot is caring for Peter, a dementia-ridden old man whose faraway smile can make her whole day. And there’s her conflicted attraction to Zeke — awkward, brilliant, talented — who plays guitar for the old folks.

Then a group of very strange and frightening men show up for a “visit”…

Fi and Zeke’s worlds are shattered as their typical everyday concerns are suddenly replaced by the immediate need to stay alive — and they try to come to grips with the unimaginable reality of the Firstborn.

“Keep an open mind. And forget everything you know…”

Paternus has been called “American Gods meets The Lord of the Rings,” and claimed to be reminiscent of Roger Zelazny’s Lord of Light as well as Clive Barker’s Weaveworld.

 

 

Next up Dominick Murray! His epic fantasy debut novel Red Season Rising was published in september of this year.

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A feud between Gods.
A nation besieged by armies of man, and demon.
A man seeking redemption, and peace
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Kalfinar is a grieving addict. Once a decorated and respected soldier, he has been demoted and disgraced.
The relative peace of his half-life is shattered by the onset of chaos and war.
Tormented by visions, he is marked for possession, and hunted by demons.

Amidst the all-consuming ruin of a war between Gods, Kalfinar must lead the fight to defend a faith he has abandoned, and a nation that has disowned him.

 

Timothy C. Ward has self published a few novels in Hugh Howey’s Sand universe. His latest novel is Godsknife: Revolt, an apocalyptic battle for godhood in the rift between Iowa and the Abyss.

http://www.timothycward.com/

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An apocalyptic battle for godhood in the rift between Iowa and the Abyss…

A fleet of enlarged praying mantises have invaded Des Moines, Iowa. Swarms of cicadas are turning survivors into winged soldiers. Orchestrating the war zone is a priestess of Order, who’s pursuing godhood, and the nation of followers who’ll get her there.

Caroline’s new friendship parts the veil between reality and myth, as a recruiter of Order needs her to hide him from capture. In their escape, the boss she’s loved like a father reveals his elevator into the Abyss.

In this new world, Caroline finds a usurped god and an angry ghost eager to make her their gateway back to power. What if the person her friends will need is heartbeats away from becoming the real threat?

 

Douglas Newell is the author of the upcoming sword & sorcery,epic fantasy Omens of War will be republished by Crimson House Publishing on december 17th 2016. Douglas is a huge Supernatural fan.

https://www.facebook.com/douglasanewell/

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The world of Terramor always held a wide variety of dangers for its inhabitants. None as dangerous as the taboo land known as “The Forgotten Lands”. It had long been deemed cursed and forsaken by the people of Terramor, but noble houses in their greed and ambition strove once more to try and claim it for themselves. In an effort to please his adoptive family Mogrand DeLeon took up the call to venture into the cursed lands and forge a great city in the name of House DeLeon. He was not the only one brave enough to heed the call and it soon became a race to see who could claim the most land in their name, though something far more sinister than their ambition already thrived in the land best left forgotten

 

Tim Marquitz a legend for his numerous writings and injuries ( if it’s not his back it’s finger festering away). Tim is the author of the Demon Squad series, Dead West series and several other books. He’s also the editor in chief at Ragnarok Publications.

http://www.tmarquitz.com/

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Half-devil and miles from anything resembling heroic, perpetual underdog Frank Triggaltheron Trigg is the last man standing against Armageddon. As the favorite nephew of the Devil, Frank has led a troubled life, but he’d always had his uncle’s influence to fall back on. Now, with God and Lucifer coming to terms and leaving existence to fend for itself, his once exalted status of Anti-Christ-to-be does little to endear him to the hordes of angels and demons running amok in the Godless world. With help from the members of DRAC, an organization of wizards, psychics, telepaths, and low-end supernatural beings, Frank must thwart the pro-Armageddon forces and rescue an angel in whose life rests the fate of humanity. Better luck next time, humanity.

This concludes part 1 of this ginormous post, the other parts will be posted in the upcoming week as I gather more information about the other authors that will be featured.

P.S  Join us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/grimdarkfiction/1795799550694146/?comment_id=1796712213936213&notif_t=like&notif_id=1481465684850013

P.P.S Here’s a picture of a scary unicorn especially for you Rob

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Scifi and Fantasy authors

I will add more books over time and try to keep it updated as much as possible. It will mostly be scifi/fantasy/grimdark. Since many writers have written tons of books i’ll stick to the trilogies and first books. Started off as a recommendation list but honestly it’s more a list of authors worth checking out. Everyone has different tastes so while you might love Hobb others may not

Anthology worth checking out

Blackguards
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23156342-blackguards…

Evil is a matter of perspective (expected 2017)
https://www.goodreads.com/…/30636532-evil-is-a-matter-of-pe…

Joe Abercrombie
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/276660.Joe_Abercrombie
The first law trilogy

The Blade itself
Before they are hanged
Last argument of kings

Shattered Sea trilogy

Half a king
Half the world
Half a war

Richard Adams
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7717.Richard_Adams

Watership down

J.P. Ashman
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/12302356.J_P_Ashman

Black powder wars

Black Cross

Chad Ballard
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14745716.Chad_Ballard

The ashen court
Sentinel

R Scott Bakker
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8587.R_Scott_Bakker

The prince of nothing

The darkness that comes before
The warrior prophet
The thousandfold thought

Aspect-Emperor

The judging eye
The white luck warrior
The great ordeal
The unholy consult ( no release date as of yet)

Brian Barr
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2952344.Brian_Barr

Carolina Deamonic: Confederate Shadows

Bradley P. Bealieu
https://www.goodreads.com/auth…/…/2851725.Bradley_P_Beaulieu

The song of the shattered sands

Of sand and malice (out soon) this is a prequel to
Twelve kings in Sharakhai (already out)
With blood upon the sand ( expected in early 2017)
A veil of spears (expected late 2017)

Lays of Anuskaya

To the towers of Tulandan
The winds of Khalakovo
The straits of Galahesh
The flames of Shadam Khoreh
Prima: A dark from the lays of Anuskaya

Dave Brendon De Burgh
https://www.goodreads.com/…/s…/8152678.Dave_Brendon_de_Burgh

Mahelian chronicle

A song of sacrifice (prequel)
Betrayal’s shadow

Jesse Bullington
https://www.goodreads.com/aut…/show/2917750.Jesse_Bullington

Folly of the world

Peter V. Brett
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1405152.Peter_V_Brett

Demon cycle

The warded man (the painted man)
The desert spear
The daylight war

C.J. Cherryh
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/989968.C_J_Cherryh

The company wars

Downbelow station
Merchanter’s luck
Rimrunners

Glen Cook
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13026.Glen_Cook

The chronicles of the black company

The black company
Shadows linger
The white rose

Hugh Cook
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/38604.Hugh_Cook

Chronicles of an age of darkness

The wizards and the warriors
The wordsmith and the warguild
The women and the warlords

Bernard Cornwell
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/12542.Bernard_Cornwell

The Saxon stories

The last kingdom
The pale horseman
Lords of the north

A.J. Dalton
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1225940.A_J_Dalton

Flesh and bone trilogy

Necromancer’s gambit
Necromancer’s betrayal
Necromancer’s fall

Joseph Delaney
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/146374.Joseph_Delaney

The wardstone chronicles

Revenge of the witch
Curse of the bane
Night of the soul stealer

Stephen R Donaldson
https://www.goodreads.com/author/…/12980.Stephen_R_Donaldson

The chronicles of Thomas Covenant

Lord foul’s bane
The illearth war
The power that preserves

David Drake
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19472.David_Drake

Lord of the isles

Lord of the isles
Queen of demons
Servant of the dragon

Brian Lee Durfee
https://www.goodreads.com/aut…/show/5779282.Brian_Lee_Durfee

Five warrior angels

The forgetting moon (came out a few days ago)

David Anthony Durham
https://www.goodreads.com/…/show/214232.David_Anthony_Durham

Acacia

Acacia: The war with the Mein

David Farland
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/83308.David_Farland

The Runelords series

The Runelords
Brotherhood of the wolf
Wizardborn

Raymond E. Feist
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8588.Raymond_E_Feist

The riftwar saga

Magician: Apprentice
Magician: Master
Silverthorn

Michael R. Fletcher
https://www.goodreads.com/auth…/…/7035308.Michael_R_Fletcher

Manifest Delusions

Beyond Redemption
The mirror’s truth

Jonathan French
https://www.goodreads.com/b…/show/27838712-the-grey-bastards

The grey bastards

C.S Friedman
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1276004.C_S_Friedman

The coldfire trilogy

Black sun rising
When true night falls
Crown of shadows

Teresa Frohock
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4574972.T_Frohock

Los Nefilim

In midnight’s silence
Without light or guide
The second death

Peter Fugazzotto
https://www.goodreads.com/aut…/show/9792930.Peter_Fugazzotto

The hounds of the north

The witch of the sands
Black river

Neil Gaiman
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1221698.Neil_Gaiman

American Gods

Wade Garret
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7222959.Wade_Garret

Kingdom come

Genesis

Wilson Geiger
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6896224.Wilson_Geiger

Ash and Flame

David Gemmel
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/11586.David_Gemmell

The Drenai saga

Legend
The king beyond the gate
Waylander

Mitchell Hogan
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7189594.Mitchell_Hogan

Sorcery Ascendant sequence

A crucible of souls
Blood of innocents
A shattered empire

John Gwynne
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5898355.John_Gwynne

The faithful and the fallen

Malice
Valor
Ruin
Wrath

David Hair
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2880618.David_Hair

Moontide quartet

Mage’s blood
The scarlet tides
Unholy war

Markus Heitz
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/355223.Markus_Heitz

The dwarves

The dwarves
The war of the dwarves
The revenge of the dwarves

Tracy Hickman
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/868.Tracy_Hickman

The annals of Drakis

Song of the dragon
Citadels of the lost
Blood of the emperor

Steven Kelliher
https://www.goodreads.com/aut…/show/15556009.Steven_Kelliher

The landkist saga

Valley of embers ( came out on august 16th)

Graham Austin King
https://www.goodreads.com/auth…/…/7068395.Graham_Austin_King

Riven wyrde saga

Fae – The wild hunt
Fae – The realm of twilight
Fae – The sins of the wyrde

Richard A. Knaak
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5369.Richard_A_Knaak

Dragonlance: Heroes

The legend of Huma
Stormblade
Weasel’s luck

Mark Lawrence
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4721536.Mark_Lawrence

The broken empire

Prince of Thorns
King of thorns
Emperor of Thorns

Scott Lynch
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/73149.Scott_Lynch

Gentleman bastard

The lies of Locke Lamora
Red seas under red skies
The republic of thieves

Gail Z. Martin
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1637418.Gail_Z_Martin

Chronicles of the necromancer

The summoner
The blood king
Dark haven

Tim Marquitz
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3020406.Tim_Marquitz

Demon squad

Armageddon
Resurrection
Betrayal

James A. Moore
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/27148.James_A_Moore

Seven Forges

Seven forges
The wounded
Scars

George Macdonald
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2413.George_MacDonald

Lillith

Brian McClellan
https://www.goodreads.com/auth…/show/6524620.Brian_McClellan

Powder mage

Promise of blood
The crimson campaign
The autumn republic

Michael McClung
https://www.goodreads.com/auth…/show/5148268.Michael_McClung

Amra Thetys

The thief who pulled on trouble’s braids
The thief who spat in luck’s good eye
The thief who knocked on sorrow’s gate

Anne McCaffrey
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/26.Anne_McCaffrey

Dragonriders of Pern

Dragonflight
Dragonquest
The white dragon

Richard K. Morgan
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16496.Richard_K_Morgan

Takeshi Kovacs

Altered carbon
Broken Angels
Woken furies

Michael Moorcock
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16939.Michael_Moorcock

The Elric saga

Elric of Melniboné
The sailor on the seas of fate
The weird of the white wolf

Arthur Machen
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/33546.Arthur_Machen

The great god Pan

Robert Nathan
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/327010.Robert_Nathan

Portrait of Jennie

Chantal Noordeloos
https://www.goodreads.com/auth…/…/6564843.Chantal_Noordeloos

Angel manor

Larry Niven
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/12534.Larry_Niven

Ringworld

Ringworld
The ringworld engineers
The ringworld throne

John Norman
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/26771.John_Norman

Gor

Tarnsman of Gor
Outlaw of Gor
Priest – King of Gor

Andre Norton
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4766.Andre_Norton

Halfblood chronicles

The elvenbane
Elvenblood
Elvenborne

Naomi Novik
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8730.Naomi_Novik

Temeraire

His majesty’s dragon
Feast or famine
Throne of jade

Raven Oak
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8711793.Raven_Oak

Boahim

Amaskan’s blood

Scott Oden

Men of bronze

Martin Owton
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2921352.Martin_Owton

The Nandor tales

Exile

Peter Orullian
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1362876.Peter_Orullian

Vault of heaven

The unremembered
Trial of intentions

Edward Plunkett aka Lord Dunsany
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/9172.Lord_Dunsany

The king of Elflands daughter

Mervyn Peake
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/22018.Mervyn_Peake

Gormenghast

Titus Groan
Gormenghast
Titus alone

Fletcher Pratt
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/277806.Fletcher_Pratt

The well of the unicorn

Anthony Ryan
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5804101.Anthony_Ryan

Raven’s shadow

Blood Song
Tower lord
Queen of fire

Sean Rodden
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8249454.Sean_Rodden…

The war for the north

Whispers of war

Mickey Zucker Reichert
https://www.goodreads.com/…/sh…/34861.Mickey_Zucker_Reichert

Renshai trilogy

The last of the Renshai
The western wizard
Child of thunder

Courtney Schafer
https://www.goodreads.com/aut…/show/4752492.Courtney_Schafer

Shattered Sigil

The whitefire crossing
The tainted city
The labyrinth of flame

R.A Salvatore
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1023510.R_A_Salvatore

The demonwars saga

The demon awakens
The demon spirit
The demon apostle

Andrzej Sapkowski
https://www.goodreads.com/auth…/show/38569.Andrzej_Sapkowski

The witcher

Blood of Elves
Sword of destiny
Time of contempt

Seth Skorkowsky
https://www.goodreads.com/auth…/show/4088554.Seth_Skorkowsky

Valducan

Damoren
Hounacier
Ibenus

James Stoddard
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/235216.James_Stoddard

Evenmere

The high house
The false house
Evenmere

Charles Stross
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8794.Charles_Stross

Merchant princess

The family trade
The hidden family
The clan corporate

Tricia Sullivan aka Valery Leith
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/202960.Tricia_Sullivan

Everien

The company of glass
The riddled night
The way of the rose

Adrian Selby
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13988075.Adrian_Selby

Snakewood

Luke Scull
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6872325.Luke_Scull

The grim company

The grim company
Sword of the north
dead man’s steel

Brian Staveley
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7086094.Brian_Staveley

Chronicle of the unhewn throne

The emperor’s blades
The providence of fire
The last mortal bond

Jeff Salyards
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5404616.Jeff_Salyards

Bloodsounder’s arc

Scourge of the betrayer
Veil of the deserters
Chains of the Heretic

Adrian Tchaikovsky
https://www.goodreads.com/auth…/…/1445909.Adrian_Tchaikovsky

Children of time recently won the Arthur C. Clarke award

Shadows of apt

Empire in black and gold
Dragonfly falling
Blood of the mantis

Judith Tarr
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/41194.Judith_Tarr

The hound and the falcon

The isle of glass
The golden horn
The hounds of god

Roger Taylor
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1289148.Roger_Taylor

Chronicles of Hawklan

The call of the sword
The fall of Fyorlund
The waking of Orthlund

Patrick Tilley
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/394274.Patrick_Tilley

Amtrak Wars

Cloud warrior
First family
Iron master

Marc Turner
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8531097.Marc_Turner

The chronicle of the exile

When the heavens fall
Dragon hunters
Red tide

Jack Vance
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5376.Jack_Vance…

Demon princes

The star king
The killing machine
The palace of love

Brent Weeks
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1370283.Brent_Weeks

Night angel

The way of shadows
Shadow’s edge
Beyond the shadows

Margaret Weis
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/869.Margaret_Weis

Dragonlance

Time of the twins
War of the twins
Test of the twins

Tad Williams
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6587.Tad_Williams…

Memory,sorrow and thorn

The dragonbone chair
Stone of farewell
To green angel tower

Mazarkis Williams
https://www.goodreads.com/author/…/4831561.Mazarkis_Williams

Tower and knife trilogy

The emperor’s knife
Knife sworn
The tower broken

Jen Williams
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5403541.Jen_Williams

The copper cat

The copper promise
The iron ghost
The silver tide

Janny Wurts
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8591.Janny_Wurts

Wars of light and shadow

The curse of the mistwraith
The ships of Merior
Warhost of Vastmark

Roger Zelazny
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3619.Roger_Zelazny

The chronicles of Amber

Nine princes in Amber
The guns of Avalon
Sign of the unicorn

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