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The Wolf’s Call – Book I of The Raven’s Blade – is released today in the US, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
Buy it here:
‘Anthony Ryan’s debut novel Blood Song– book one of the Raven’s Shadow series – took the fantasy world by storm. The sequels, Tower Lordand Queen of Firewere both New York Times bestsellers. Now, Anthony Ryan returns to the world of this acclaimed fantasy series with The Wolf’s Call, which begins a thrilling new story of razor-sharp action and epic adventure.
PEACE NEVER LASTS
Vaelin Al Sorna is a living legend, his name known across the Realm. It was his leadership that overthrew empires, his blade that won hard-fought battles – and his sacrifice that defeated an evil more terrifying than anything the world had ever seen. He won titles aplenty, only to cast aside his earned glory for a quiet life in the Realm’s northern reaches.
Yet whispers have come from across the sea – rumours of an army called the Steel Horde, led by a man who believes himself a god. Vaelin has no wish to fight another war, but when he learns that Sherin, the woman he lost long ago, has fallen into the Horde’s grasp, he resolves to confront this powerful new threat.
To this end, Vaelin travels to the realms of the Merchant Kings, a land ruled by honour and intrigue. There, as the drums of war thunder across kingdoms riven by conflict, Vaelin learns a terrible truth: that there are some battles that even he cannot hope to win.’
‘An immensely satisfying, top-notch adventure fantasy.’ (KIRKUS REVIEW)
‘The Wolf’s Call delivers a fantastic storytelling tone that’s attuned to the one sang so brilliantly in Blood Song.’ (NovelNotions)
‘The Wolf’s Call is everything a fantasy fan could ever wish for.’ (Booknest)
Go here for links to more reviews.
Thanks to everyone at Ace and Orbit UK for helping to bring The Wolf’s Call into the world, particularly my editors Jessica Wade and James Long, and my agent Paul Lucas for all their hard work in making this happen. Most of all, thanks to you, dear reader for allowing me to keep doing the job I love.
Thanks also to everyone who joined the mailing list recently. The winners of the giveaway have been notified. Check your spam folder to make sure you haven’t missed out on a prize.
Thanks once again to Will Musser (willmusser.com) for composing more music inspired by my books – this time a 10 minute piece for The Wolf’s Call. If you’re looking for a soundtrack to read to, check it out here:
In other news, Audible.co.uk has included The Waking Fire (Book I of The Draconis Memoria) in its 3 for 2 sale which runs until 28th July. Buy it here: https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/The-Waking-Fire-Audiobook/B01CT99E4C
Epic music lovers should also check out Will’s The Draconis Symphonia inspired by the series:
Check out my new interview with Mike Jackson of Author Interviews where we chat about all things writing: https://authorinterviews.co.uk/interview/the-wolfs-call-by-anthony-ryan/
As early copies of The Wolf’s Call are starting to escape into the wild I’ve updated the Map Room to include the maps from the book:
Thanks to my UK publisher Orbit for hosting the long chat I had with fellow fantasy author Evan Winter in which we discuss writing craft, world-building, influences and a lot more:Of Wolves and Dragons: Anthony Ryan and Evan Winter in Conversation
Evan’s excellent first novel The Rage of Dragons is out now in the US and published in all formats in the UK today. You can read my review here.
The Wolf’s Call – Book I of The Raven’s Blade – is released in eight days. To mark the occasion I’m holding a giveaway for existing subscribers to my mailing list and anyone who subscribes between now and midnight GMT July 21st.
1 first place winner will receive their choice of either a UK or US hardcover edition of The Wolf’s Call and a drawing of a wolf by my own fair hand (see below) signed and inscribed with your favourite quote from any of my books.
4 second place winners will receive their choice of either a UK or US hardcover edition of The Wolf’s Call.
5 third place winners will receive a UK trade paperback The Wolf’s Call.
All books will be signed, lined and dated (with a personalised dedication if requested). Winners will be chosen at random and notified on July 22nd. Be sure to check your spam folders on the 22nd to make sure you haven’t missed out on a prize.
The Wolf’s Call will be released on July 23rd in ebook, audio, and hardcover in the US, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand. Pre-order here:
‘Sandrunners – A Draconis Memoria Short Story’ Now a Mailing List Freebie and ‘Queen of Fire’ Gets a New Chinese Cover
‘Sandrunners – A Draconis Memoria Short Story’ is now available to download for free as a thank you to anyone who signs up to my mailing list.
Any readers of The Waking Fire curious as to what exactly happened during the oft-referred to Wittler Expedition, or anyone in search of an introduction to the Draconis Memoria world, should check it out. In this prequel story, newly graduated Blood-blessed Ethelynne Drystone accompanies the Sandrunners Independent Contractor Company on a dangerous mission to the Arradsian Interior, intent on finding the lair of the legendary White Drake.
Thanks to Aaron Randall for the cover art and design (aaronrandallart.com).
In other news, the Chinese edition of Queen of Fire (Raven’s Shadow book 3) has a wonderful new cover.
The art is by Beijing based art duo Xiling who also produced the illustrations for the new Chinese editions of Blood Song and Tower Lord. You can view more of their work on their Artstation page.
For more art inspired by my work check out the cover gallery.
…’L’Empire des cendres’ – released today with yet another great cover by Didier Graffet. Thanks to everyone at my French publisher Bragelonne for making it happen.
Buy here: Amazon.fr
Many thanks to Amazon.com for choosing The Wolf’s Call as one of its science fiction and fantasy books of the month for July 2019. You can view the full list here.
Pre-order links on the book page.
It looks like Goldsboro Books has sold out of its signed and numbered hardcovers of The Wolf’s Call. Thanks to everyone who bought one and commiserations to those who missed out. I’ll be running another mailing list giveaway for both signed copies of both the UK and US editions so be sure to sign up to make sure you don’t miss out.
Some readers have requested a recap of the Raven’s Shadow trilogy to refresh their memory before diving in to Vaelin’s next adventure. There are plenty of reminders in the book to cover what has gone before but if anyone wants a detailed summary I can’t do better than the Raven’s Shadow Wiki. (Thanks to everyone who put this together).
Also, I know some of you have or intend to re-read the previous books, if so you might want to check out the reading order here to work out the best place to start.
The nice folks at Subterranean Press are running a giveaway for a hand-drawn, signed and dated version of the map from my upcoming novella A Pilgrimage of Swords. The map is the product of my own not-very-dainty hands and will be given away to one randomly chosen lucky person who pre-orders one of the hardcover editions. It looks like the signed and lettered special traycase editions have sold out but the signed edition is still available. Don’t worry if you’ve already pre-ordered as you’ll automatically be included in the draw.
Pre-order from the Subterranean Press website.
A Pilgrimage of Swords – the first novella in a proposed series entitled The Seven Swords – will be released in September 2019 in hardcover and ebook (the pre-order for the ebook will appear closer to the release date). I’ll be running a mailing list giveaway for signed hardcovers prior to the release so be sure to watch out for that.
Here’s the Publishers Weekly’s Starred Review of A Pilgrimage of Swords:
“Ryan introduces a monster-riddled fantasy world with a perfectly balanced novella, including just enough backstory to create a cohesive story line and flesh out the characters… Fans of quick, descriptive tales built around shadowy figures with murky motives will enjoy this quest-based story and come away craving more (and longer) works set in this fascinating world.”
And here’s the blurb:
ENTER THE EXECRATION,
WHERE THE DAMNED AND THE DESPERATE
COME TO PRAY TO THE MAD GOD…
It is two hundred years since the deity known as the Absolved went mad and destroyed the Kingdom of Alnachim, transforming it into the Execration, a blasted wasteland filled with nameless terrors. For decades, desperate souls have made pilgrimage to the centre of this cursed land to seek the Mad God’s favour, their fate always unknown.
Now a veteran warrior known only as Pilgrim, armed with a fabled blade inhabited by the soul of a taunting demon, must join with six others to make the last journey to the heart of the Execration. Allied with a youthful priest, a beast-charmer, a duplicitous scholar, an effete actor and two exiled lovers, Pilgrim must survive madness, malevolent spirits, unnatural monsters and the ever-present risk of treachery, all so that the Mad God might hear his prayer and, perhaps, grant redemption. But can sins such as his ever be forgiven?
Set in a world where demons and gods walk the earth, A Pilgrimage of Swords is a dark and exciting fantasy adventure from the New York Times bestselling author of the Raven’s Shadow and Draconis Memoria trilogies.
Attention book collectors, Goldsboro Books in London are offering 250 signed, stamped and numbered copies of the UK hardcover first edition of The Wolf’s Call. Available on 1st of August but you can pre-order here:
I’m pleased to report that the audiobook edition of The Wolf’s Call is now available for pre-order in the UK.
Pre-orders for other editions are on the book page.
In other news, those nice people at Publishers Weekly have given a starred review to my upcoming novella A Pilgrimage of Swords. Read the review here: https://www.publishersweekly.com/978-1-59606-924-4
A Pilgrimage of Swords will be released by Subterranean Press in September 2019 in special edition hardcover and ebook. Pre-order on the Subterranean Press website.
The Empire of Ashes – the third and final volume in the Draconis Memoria trilogy – is released today in the USA and Canada. Reviews and a sample chapter are on the book page.
Reminder – if you like to read to a musical accompaniment don’t forget the Draconis Symphonia composed by the terribly talented Will Musser. Will has also composed some music for The Wolf’s Call, so watch out for that closer to the release date.
The Empire of Ashes (Book 3 of The Draconis Memoria) is released in paperback in the US and Canada tomorrow. To celebrate I’m giving away a signed, hand-drawn map of Arradsia to mailing list subscribers. Go here to sign up before 1 PM GMT tomorrow for a chance to win. I’ll also be giving away five signed, lined and dated paperbacks. The giveaway will be open to all mailing members worldwide. Winners will be chosen and notified on 22nd May.