Friday, 17 February 2017

David Gemmell Awards 2017 voting open

The nominees are in and public voting has begun for this year's David Gemmell Awards, of which I am a big fan. Dead Man's Steel is nominated in both the Legend (best fantasy novel) and Ravenheart (best cover art) categories. Head on over now and vote - two clicks (three including the link) are all it takes!



I read Gemmell's Legend last year and loved it. If anyone has any recommendations for which of his novels to read next, I'm all ears...

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Signed copies of Dead Man's Steel at Goldsboro Books

A few weeks ago I caught the train into London and signed 80 copies of Dead Man's Steel for Goldsboro Books. There are still some available to buy for the RRP of £20. Chances are they won't be around much longer, so if you need a signed copy to complete your collection, now's your chance.




In other news, Dead Man's Steel received a positive review at Grimdark Alliance. Eric Fomley said the following:

At last, I have completed the Grim Company trilogy. What a journey it has been. When I first read The Grim Company, the first novel in the series, I enjoyed it despite the distracting similarities between the novel and one of my favorite series, The Black Company, and some of the minor other issues. Yet, I enjoyed the book and was excited for the sequel. When I got my hands on the sequel Sword of the North last year, it quickly became one of the best sequels I have read in a series and markedly improved on everything the first book lacked. Now that I have read the final in the series, I can comfortably say that I am satisfied with the conclusion.

The book was also ranked #9 in BestFantasyBook.com's annual Best Fantasy Books of the Year list. The article author summed up:

Don’t miss it, and if you have not started the series yet, you are missing out in a big way: it’s some of the best fantasy this decade. Book 3 does not disappoint.

Get in, son.

Thursday, 5 January 2017

New interview at Grimdark Alliance

Eric S. Fomley over at Grimdark Alliance has posted a short interview with yours truly -- my first in almost two years (!). Topics include the difficulties I endured writing the third book in the trilogy, as well as my plans for the future. Check it out.

In review news, Dead Man's Steel picked up a 5 out of 5 rating on SFBook Reviews and 4 and a half stars out of 5 on TheBookbag.co.uk. As always, I shall be as watchful as a hawk in highlighting any positive reviews that appear, while maintaining a mole-ish myopia towards anything less than glowing...

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

An end -- and a beginning

The third and final novel of the Grim Company trilogy, Dead Man's Steel, is released today in the US and Canada.

It's been six years since I first put pen to paper and wrote the prologue of what would become one of the highest-profile fantasy releases of 2013. This last year has been a rollercoaster, to put it mildly, and at points it looked as though Book 3 wouldn't quite make it -- but here it is. Not all readers will agree with all the choices I made in this book: I'm prepared for some grumbles about the Fade, among other things. Ultimately, though, it's the story I chose to tell and I'll stand by those choices. I'm happy with the trilogy and proud of what I've accomplished.

Long-time readers of this blog will notice that my previous posts have disappeared. As mentioned, 2016 was... difficult. I decided to do a purge and reset a number of things in my life and I fear I may have gotten carried away! Fear not -- nothing of great importance was lost. I have a number of new projects lined up for 2017 and I'll post about them first here, on this hallowed site. Stay tuned!

I hope you enjoy the concluding volume of the Grim Company trilogy. Here's to a great 2017 for us all.