The David Gemmell Legend Award for Fantasy

  • Posted by admin on Jun 28 2013

It’s that time of year! The longlist is out for the three David Gemmell Legend Awards for Fantasy.

We’d like to congratulate all of the HarperCollins titles that have been nominated:

Bridge of Swords by Duncan Lay

Dark Divide by Jennifer Fallon

The Gathering of the Lost by Helen Lowe

The Scrivener’s Tale by Fiona McIntosh

Winter be my Shield  by Jo Spurrier

King of Thorns by Mark Lawrence (HarperVoyager UK)

City of Dragons by Robin Hobb (HarperVoyager UK)

Cast you vote here!

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Sleeping Beauty by Mark Lawrence

  • Posted by admin on Jun 28 2013

August sees the release of Emperor of Thorns, completing this chapter of  books. Mark has written a fine blog on this, in which he says it has been a journey. Jorg does not at first appear to be the most appealing of protagonists: a charming but amoral young thug, hardened against the suffering of others to a terrifying degree. But as the books unfold, we come not only to respect him but in the end to root for him; even to love him. That’s a trick not many seasoned novelists could pull off, let alone a debutant in the field.

If you need something to tide you over until Emperor of Thorns hits shelves in August, Mark has written a brilliant short story, featuring Jorg, which can be downloaded, for free, from the link below.

Sleeping Beauty

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Great Deals on SF/F e-Books: A Kingdom Besieged & Dead Witch Walking

  • Posted by admin on Jun 27 2013

Today, you can see how Kim Harrison‘s bestselling Hollows series, and Raymond E. Feist’s Chaoswar Saga all began. Harrison’s Dead Witch Walking is available for $1.99 in any format, and Feist’s A Kingdom Besieged is available as Kindle e-books for $1.99!


Book One of The HollowsMore info on Dead Witch Walking:

The underground population of witches, vampires, werewolves—creatures of dreams and nightmares—has lived beside humans for centuries, hiding their powers. But after a genetically engineered virus wipes out a large part of humanity, many of the “Inderlanders” reveal themselves, changing everything.

Rachel Morgan, witch and bounty hunter with the Inderland Runner Services, is one of the best at apprehending supernatural lawbreakers throughout Cincinnati, but when it comes to following the rules, she falls desperately short. Determined to buck the system, she quits and takes off on the run with an I.S. contract on her head and is reluctantly forced to team up with Ivy, Inderland’s best runner . . . and a living vampire. But this witch is way out of her league, and to clear her name, Rachel must evade shape-changing assassins, outwit a powerful businessman/crime lord, and survive a vicious underground fight-to-the-death . . . not to mention her own roommate.


Book One of the Chaoswar SagaMore info on A Kingdom Besieged:

For years following the terrible Serpentwar, the Empire of Great Kesh remained peaceful, but now dark clouds of conflict gather once more. Rumors abound from the Kingdom’s far western borders of spies missing, murdered, and turned. Powerful legions from the Keshian Confederacy are being mobilized, and an attack is all but certain. As his legendary ancestor Prince Arutha did, Martin conDoin, middle son of the Duke of Crydee, must defend the lands against the invaders. But Arutha commanded a mighty army. Martin has only old men and young boys.

Pug, Midkemia’s most powerful magician, fears what is in the wind, for he senses an encroaching darkness whose growing power surely spells his world’s end. And soon the Kingdom’s enchanted defender will find himself questioning everything he’s ever held true and dear . . . including the loyalty and desires of his beloved son, Magnus.

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Mark Lawrence on finishing The Broken Empire

  • Posted by admin on Jun 20 2013

Broken Empire

I’ve been putting off writing the ‘Goodbye to all that’ end cap to the Broken Empire trilogy for a long time. I could have written it before PRINCE OF THORNS was even published, before I had any inkling what it was like to have my work read by more than half a dozen people. The trilogy was complete in early 2011. I’ve avoided writing this for so long because the experience has been so multi-faceted and hard to pin down. It looks different from every angle. Each time I consider what I might say I come up with a different narrative.

On sending out copies of EMPEROR OF THORNS recently I’ve taken to adding in ‘Thanks for being part of the journey’. Because it definitely has been a journey, both for me and for Jorg Ancrath.

My own journey had been in two parts.

Firstly there’s been the writing: that isolated collection of late nights spent just pursuing Jorg Ancrath across the page – through his exploration of both the world he inhabits and the person he’s growing into. I don’t plan my stories. I don’t know what will happen next, not in the next chapter, not on the next page. I don’t know what’s coming, what secrets will spill out, who will die when, what the twist will be. I just type and it happens. It’s an endless what-if, what-next, a structured dreaming if you like. And so writing is for me the same adventure that reading is.

I’m very glad I wrote the trilogy before anyone started reading it. Not knowing if the work would sink or swim, not knowing if anyone would give a damn what happens, proved to be very freeing. My editor said on reading KING OF THORNS ‘it is shaping up to be the most extraordinary work of fantasy I have ever read: because you take such risks’. When I wrote it I wasn’t aware that I was taking any risks. When I wrote it I had no reader expectations to meet. It’s easiest to gamble when the stakes are low!

The second stage of my journey has been the watching. The internet gives modern authors the opportunity to see their work spread among the readers and read/listen/watch their reaction on blogs/podcasts/YouTube. Seeing the diversity of interpretation and response, and the passion with which those responses are often offered, has been as interesting in its way as having the story unfold before me on my laptop. I’ve loved interacting with the online reading community.

I’ve been asked about the difficulties in writing a story with many time layers and developing a character as I go. I sometimes feel I should wax lyrical about the skill and labour involved in order to lend gravitas to the end product. In truth though there’s been little effort required. The story flowed from my fingertips without stress or strain. I think in layers. I exist in layers. My past is always with me, informing my present. It seems only natural to write that way. And as for Jorg – he just grew, as children do whether you want them to or not. We’re built of memory and experience, we’re dynamic, evolving, and moments of crisis focus our past onto our present. This is as true of me at my desk and of at the person at the supermarket checkout as of Jorg Ancrath carving a path toward a throne.

Stories have a beginning, a middle, and an end. I began with a character, I gave him a purpose, I grew him around it. And now it’s finished. There is, I feel, a power in knowing when to end something. Deciding to stop telling Jorg’s tale is doubtless not a wise move commercially. Received wisdom is if you find that rarest of things – something that works, something that sells – keep pushing it until it stops working/selling. The number of Aliens films is determined by market forces not aesthetics.

Jorg’s story is a trilogy. I hope that with EMPEROR OF THORNS I have quit while I’m ahead and on a high note. I hope that by stepping away I’ve left something of worth behind. Many stories are built to roll on. Many excellent characters are essentially static – the same formula applied to ever-changing problems to entertaining effect. Detectives just need crimes to solve. Sherlock Holmes could roll on forever. Secret agents need plots to foil. We could have twenty James Bond books or films and still want more. Jorg’s story however is primarily about Jorg. Ranging back in time to reveal his past, and forward to watch him grow, to watch him resolve the questions about who he will be. That’s the kind of story that when it’s done is done. To push it past its sell-by date would make caricature out of character and blunt revelation through repetition.

To everything there is a season, and Jorg’s tale has been told. The Broken Empire, however, is a different story – several in fact – and my next job is to sell you on another one.

Visit Mark’s blog

Buy the Broken Empire:
Prince of Thorns
King of Thorns
Emperor of Thorns 

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Win a trunk full of Voyager books!

  • Posted by admin on Jun 20 2013

Are you heading on a trip this summer and looking for books to take along? Well, if you enter this month’s sweepstakes, you could win a trunk full of Harper Voyager books – and your packing will be much easier!

Here’s how: Just head to our Sweeps, Contests and More page before midnight EST on Monday, June 24, and enter your email address (you do not have to share your Facebook friends if you do not wish to).

The truck is packed with some of our bestsellers and fan favorites, including:

Magician’s End by Raymond Feist (final book in the Riftwar Cycle series)

Sandman Slim by Richard Kadrey

Kill the Dead by Richard Kadrey (book #2 in the Sandman Slim series)

A Perfect Blood by Kim Harrison (book #10 in the Rachel Morgan series)

Ever After by Kim Harrison (book #11 in the Rachel Morgan series)

Dreams and Shadows by C. Robert Cargill

Angel’s Ink by Jocelynn Drake (book #1 of Asylum Tales series)

The Lost by Vicki Petterson (book #2 of Celestial Blues series)

Blood of Dragons by Robin Hobb (final book in the Rain Wilds series)

The Explorer by James Smythe

*Contest open to US/Canada entries only. 

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