Now available: Helen Lowe's THE GATHERING OF THE LOST

  • Posted by admin on Mar 29 2012

  “Helen Lowe’s Wall of Night series has the potential to become a classic, right up there with the likes of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire . . . .  Anyone who loves to read fantastic fiction from a true talent should read this series.” — SF Site

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves!  Now available in the US (and ANZ from Orbit): the second book in Helen Lowe’s The Wall of Night series. We love this series for its big, ambitious storytelling, effortless prose, and enormous cast of characters — and though technically The Gathering of the Lost is the second in the series, we think you could jump into it here and not be unduly confused.

Want to read a sample? We’ll give you a good 80 pages for free online: The Heir of Night and/or The Gathering of the Lost.

And SF Site isn’t Helen’s only fan:

“Helen Lowe writes wonderful stories, yes, but her work also speaks with lyricism to deeper questions of how we treat each other.  With lovely prose that brings vivid life to her characters, she creates a universe with people we care about. This is an author with a gift for fantasy.” — Nebula Award-winning author Catherine Asaro

“Helen Lowe’s writing moves from strength to strength. Powerful story lines, memorable characters and a vividly imagined world make The Gathering of the Lost a strong follow-up to The Heir of Night.” –Juliet Marillier

The Heir of Night by Helen Lowe is a richly told tale of strange magic, dark treachery and conflicting loyalties, set in a well realized world.” — Robin Hobb

“Lowe’s first novel, a series opener, calls to mind the inchoate evil of Barbara Hambly’s classic Darwath Trilogy and reinvigorates the epic fantasy with appealing characters and a richly detailed world.” — Library Journal

“Lowe is…adept at evoking atmosphere, and one of the strongest images in the book is of the brooding stone keep, new construction encircling the old and cursed, guarding a great rift between worlds. Lowe manages to make the place feel close and massive, hunched against the weight of torchlit centuries. In addition, I liked her psychically linked Heralds, and the Earl and his daughter’s prickly relationship–it seemed to me just right as a portrayal of a family that feels great duty to one another while barely knowing each other.” — Realms of Fantasy

For more about Helen check out her blog or follow her on twitter

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Vote now in the David Gemmell Awards!

  • Posted by admin on Mar 28 2012

For the last three years, the David Gemmell awards have ‘celebrated the history and cultural importance of Fantasy literature’ to ‘appreciate & reward excellence in the field.’ The polls are open for the 2012 David Gemmell awards and we hope you have been voting. If you haven’t though, THERE IS STILL TIME!

The Legend Award celebrates the book voted best release of the year. The winner is presented with a unique, scale model of Snaga (the legendary axe of Druss the Legend) from Raven Armoury. The blades of the axe are even laser-etched with the winner’s name & novel.

Voyager is proud to have four superb books on the longlist for the Legend award, including George RR Martin’s award-winning A Dance of Dragons, Raymond E. Feist’s epic A Kingdom Besieged, Blake Charlton’s enthralling Spellbound, and Sara Douglas’s haunting Devil’s Diadem.

The Morningstar Award is to celebrate the newcomers to the fantasy genre, whose first book published in English will fight it out amongst the other young bloods to be crowned the fans undisputed New Blood Fantasy Champion.

Mark Lawrence’s dark, relentless debut, Prince of Thorns, is deservedly in the running.

Congratulations to all our authors who have made it this far! Winners will be announced on 15th June 2012 at the awards ceremony at London’s Magic Circle.

Polls close on the 31st of March, so there’s still time to visit http://www.gemmellaward.com/ and show support for the authors you love!

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Drew Magary up for the Arthur C. Clarke Award

  • Posted by admin on Mar 27 2012

“You got me. I don’t want to die. I’m terrified of death. I fear there’s nothing beyond it and that this existence is the only one I’ll ever possess. That’s why I’m here.”

So says John Farrell, protagonist of The End Specialist, the debut sci-fi novel by our own Drew Magary which asks the brilliantly simple question – What if there was a cure for ageing?

The year is 2019. Humanity has witnessed its greatest scientific breakthrough yet: the cure for ageing. Three injections and you’re immortal – or at least, you’ll never have to fear death by old age.

For John Farrell, documenting the cataclysmic shifts to life after the cure becomes an obsession. Cure parties, cycle marriages, immortal livestock: the world is revelling in the miracles of eternal youth. But immortality has a sinister price, and when a pro-death terrorist explosion kills his newly-cured best friend, John soon realizes that even in a world without natural death, there is always something to fear.

Drew Magary is a leading voice at the outsider US sports blogs Deadspin and Kissing Suzy Kolber. His writing is fresh, darkly comic, and critically poignant – a potent combination that’s deservedly put Drew in the running for the prestigious Arthur C. Clarke Award.

The Arthur C. Clarke Award is given for the best science fiction novel published in the UK during the previous year. Established with a grant from the legendary Arthur C. Clarke himself, the awards have been running since 1987.

In recent years, the award has been presented on the opening night of the SCI-FI-LONDON film festival – so best of luck to Drew and congratulations for making the shortlist!

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Indiebound e-reader

  • Posted by admin on Mar 22 2012

Love e-books? Want to support independent booksellers like Mysterious Galaxy, Borderlands, Powells, McNally & Co, and more?

Now you can do both–Indiebound now has an e-reader that works for Android, ioS, and Nook! 

Information here:  http://www.indiebound.org/reader

Detailed instructions for exactly how to do are below.

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