Get a First Look at Stormlight Archive Book 4, Courtesy of Brandon Sanderson!


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Brandon Sanderson Stormlight Archive Book 4 SDCC

The next book in Brandon Sanderson’s bestselling Stormlight Archive fantasy series is hugely anticipated, and at San Diego Comic Con 2019 we finally got our first look at the fourth volume, courtesy of a surprise video pop-in from the author!

Sanderson stopped by with a special update on the fourth Stormlight Archive book, and even read an excerpt from the work in progress!

The excerpt concerns Venli, sister of Eshonai. Watch:

Please note that this is an initial draft of the book, and that much may change between now and the book’s release!

Revealing All Four Covers for Nine Realms, the Debut Epic Fantasy Series from Sarah Kozloff


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We’re pleased to share the covers for all four novels in Sarah Kozloff’s brand new epic fantasy series! Beginning in January 2020, Tor will release A Queen in Hiding, book one of the exciting and sweeping Nine Realms series. The Queen of Raiders will follow in February 2020, with A Broken Queen in March 2020, and the series will conclude in April 2020 with The Cerulean Queen.

With one book a month, readers will be able to indulge themselves—without the wait!

A Queen in Hiding publishes January 21, 2020:

Orphaned, exiled and hunted, Cérulia, Princess of Weirandale, must master the magic that is her birthright, become a ruthless guerilla fighter, and transform into the queen she is destined to be.

But to do it she must win the favor of the spirits who play in mortal affairs, assemble an unlikely group of rebels, and wrest the throne from a ...

Rereading The Ruin of Kings: Chapters 46 and 47


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Sooooo the intro to my previous post is now a tad ironic. In related news, getting floodwater out of your car stinks. Literally.

But fear not! No mere water-logged weekend could keep me from your eyes, my lovelies. Behold, a RROK, just for you!

This blog series will be covering The Ruin of Kings, the first novel of a five-book series by Jenn Lyons. Previous entries can be found here in the series index.

Today’s post will be covering Chapter 48, “Family Dinner”, and Chapter 49, “Critical Lessons.” Please note that from this point forward, these posts will likely contain spoilers for the entire novel, so it’s recommended that you read the whole thing first before continuing on.

Got that? Great! Click on for the rest!

 

Chapter 48: Family Dinner (Talon’s story)

[In which Kihrin pwns various father figures, to an unwise extent.]

“I’d give ...

Read Joe Abercrombie’s Introduction to The Folio Society Edition of A Game of Thrones


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When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die…

A publishing phenomenon; the biggest TV series in the world; a book that revolutionised a genre. A Game of Thrones is also, above and beyond all these things, a uniquely addictive piece of literature, claiming legions of fans and winning vast critical acclaim, and now The Folio Society presents the ultimate illustrated collector’s edition, with art by Jonathan Burton and a special introduction by fantasy author Joe Abercrombie.

 

 

Art by Jonathan Burton for The Folio Society’s edition of A Game of Thrones.

The Seven Kingdoms are hedged in by enemies, riven by feuds, and sliding towards civil war. King Robert Baratheon’s closest adviser dies under mysterious circumstances and his old brother-in-arms Eddard Stark is offered little choice but to take the job. Powerful families strive for dominance, shadowy power-brokers jockey for advantage, dark powers rise ...

Download a Free Ebook of The Emperor’s Blades by Brian Staveley Before July 20, 2019!


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The Emperor's Blades Brian Staveley

The emperor of Annur is dead, slain by enemies unknown. His daughter and two sons, scattered across the world, do what they must to stay alive and unmask the assassins. But each of them also has a life-path on which their father set them, destinies entangled with both ancient enemies and inscrutable gods.

Each month, the Tor.com eBook Club gives away one (or two, or five…) free sci-fi/fantasy ebook to club subscribers. For July 2019, the Ebook Club pick is The Emperor’s Blades, the first volume of Brian Staveley’s fantasy trilogy “The Chronicles of Unhewn Throne”!

More details on the three characters we follow in The Emperor’s Blades:

Kaden, the heir to the Unhewn Throne, has spent eight years sequestered in a remote mountain monastery, learning the enigmatic discipline of monks devoted to the Blank God. Their rituals hold the key to an ancient power he must ...

The Emperor's Blades Brian Staveley

Reading the Wheel of Time: Hammers, Balefire and Persuasion in Robert Jordan’s The Dragon Reborn (Part 21)


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Reading The Wheel of Time Dragon Reborn

Hello dear readers and welcome back to week 21 of the read of The Dragon Reborn. This week the strands of the wheel are drawing our protagonists ever closer to the Heart of the Stone and the climax of the long-building drama of The Dragon Reborn. I’ve been noticing that, somehow, this book seems slower than the previous two, although I can’t quite put my finger on why. It feels, though, that there have been fewer side quests and stand-alone adventures for everyone—more focus has been put on learning information, conversations, and world building than on, say, getting lost in Shadar Logoth or mirror worlds. I’m not sure if it would feel as slow if I was reading straight through without stopping every few paragraphs, but doing things this way, it certainly does.

We get a nice little reprieve this week as Perrin goes back to smithing, at least for ...

Read an Excerpt from The Gossamer Mage


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Only in Tananen do people worship a single deity: the Deathless Goddess. Only in this small, forbidden realm are there those haunted by words of no language known to woman or man. The words are Her Gift, and they summon magic.

Mage scribes learn to write Her words as intentions: spells to make beasts or plants, designed to any purpose. If an intention is flawed, what the mage creates is a gossamer: a magical creature as wild and free as it is costly for the mage. For Her Gift comes at a steep price. Each successful intention ages a mage until they dare no more. But her magic demands to be used; the Deathless Goddess will take her fee, and mages will die.

To end this terrible toll, the greatest mage in Tananen vows to find and destroy Her. He has yet to learn She is all that protects Tananen ...

New Game of Thrones Prequel Details Tease Timeline of the Show


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Game of Thrones weirwood tree

George R.R. Martin recently shared five new factoids about the Game of Thrones prequel with Entertainment Weekly, giving fans a glimpse of what’s to come.

Very little is known about the plot, characters, and setting of the first HBO-approved Game of Thrones prequel series, currently helmed by Jane Goldman, but Martin’s sit-down with Entertainment Weekly does confirm some key details. (While, naturally, obscuring others.)

 

1. The current working title of the prequel is “The Long Night”. (Or “The Longest Night”.)

Long rumored but now confirmed by Martin, this prequel will tackle “The Long Night,” a near-apocalypse experienced thousands of years ago in Westeros where the White Walkers/Others surged down from the North, plunging the world into ice and unrelenting darkness and coming very close to complete victory. (More so than in the show, for sure.)

(What’s “The Longest Night” from? That’s Martin conjecturing to ...

Lyanna Mormont The Long Night

Rereading The Ruin of Kings: Chapters 46 and 47


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Happy Hurricane Season, Tor.com! Can you feel the barometric pressure tonight? Well, nor can I, yet, thankfully. Let’s keep it that way, yes? And in the meantime, here’s a RROK post to celebrate!

This blog series will be covering The Ruin of Kings, the first novel of a five-book series by Jenn Lyons. Previous entries can be found here in the series index.

Today’s post will be covering Chapter 46, “The Crypt”, and Chapter 47, “The Mother of Trees.” Please note that from this point forward, these posts will likely contain spoilers for the entire novel, so it’s recommended that you read the whole thing first before continuing on.

Got that? Great! Click on for the rest!

 

Chapter 46: The Crypt (Talon’s story)

[In which sort-of-brothers bond and a vow is accidentally made.]

And here we have what is probably literally the only remotely normal ...

Reading the Wheel of Time: Of Herbs and Luck in Robert Jordan’s The Dragon Reborn (Part 20)


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Reading The Wheel of Time Dragon Reborn

Welcome back to Week 20 of our read of The Dragon Reborn. It was July 4th this past week, and while I didn’t personally feel like celebrating the U.S. and its ridiculous, over-the-top birthday, I did see a lot of fireworks. Which got me thinking—as so many things do, these days—about the Wheel of Time, and what I think is going to come of the Chehkov’s gun that is Mat’s roll of fireworks. What important plot point will it serve? As a distraction? An impromptu weapon? Something else? I know they are going to be important, but I don’t yet know how. It was sure fun to speculate though, as everyone at the barbecue oohed an aahed over the red white and blue blossoms in the sky and drank entirely too much beer.

Which I feel like Mat might also approve of.

But first, we must check in with ...

Read Jin Yong’s Kung Fu Wuxia Epic A Hero Born: “Swirling Sands” (Part 1)


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Jin Yong’s A Hero Born is a fantastical generational saga and kung fu epic, stretching from the Song Empire to the appearance of a warlord whose name will endure for eternity: Genghis Khan.

Filled with an extraordinary cast of characters, this Chinese classic—coming to the U.S. for the first time on September 17th as translated by Anna Holmwood for St. Martin’s Press—is a tale of fantasy and wonder, love and passion, treachery and war, betrayal and brotherhood.

Want to start reading now? Tor.com is serializing A Hero Born all summer long—start here with “Suddenly A Snowstorm,” continue on with “The Seven Freaks of the South,” and check back every morning this week for another installment of the third chapter/episode: “Swirling Sands”.

 

A HERO BORN

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The Wheel of Time on Amazon: 5 Answers About Rosamund Pike’s Moiraine


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Rosamund Pike Moiraine Wheel of Time TV show

Some actors arrive already purely embodying their character, and for the crew of The Wheel of Time TV show, Rosamund Pike was clearly Moiraine Damodred.

The Wheel of Time TV showrunner (that’s still so weird to say!) Rafe Judkins and the writers’ room took fan questions today for those who wanted to know more about Rosamund Pike’s forthcoming depiction of Moiraine. We’ve assembled their 5 answers below!

Question #1: Character Height vs. Actor Height

Judkins went on to add, “To me, it was against the very core of the character that ...

Here are the 100 Most Discussed Fantasy Books on Reddit


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Reddit Top 100 discussed fantasy books

What fantasy books and authors are we talking about the most?

Reddit User einsiboy, creator of the TopRedditBooks site, recently posted a list of the Top 100 Fantasy Books discussed on Reddit in the past year. The information is compiled from 2018 – 2019, based on comments in the subreddit r/books, and uses number of mentions plus comment scores to balance out the data.

Therefore, the list skews more towards popular fantasy books of the last few years, with a handful of classics claiming some spots as well. Individual books from prolific and well-known fantasy authors on the list dominate the list, so there’s a lot from:

  • Neil Gaiman
  • N.K. Jemisin
  • George R. R. Martin
  • V.E. Schwab
  • Brandon Sanderson
  • Sarah J. Maas
  • Scott Lynch
  • J.K. Rowling
  • Katherine Arden
  • Joe Abercrombie
  • Leigh Bardugo
  • Steven Erikson
  • Robin Hobb
  • Patrick Rothfuss
  • Naomi Novik
  • …and Tolkien

Which one could well expect. ...

Reading the Wheel of Time: Climbing Adventures with Matrim Cauthon in Robert Jordan’s The Dragon Reborn (Part 19)


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Reading The Wheel of Time Dragon Reborn

My dears, my lovelies, it is already Week 19 in our read of The Dragon Reborn. It’s a quick post this week, covering Chapters 45-47, which were a breeze to read through and also quite fun to boot. I also loved to climb as a kid, and I find myself growing ever closer to, and more fond of, our dear Mat, as I predicted I would earlier in the book. It’s funny how much of a difference knowing someone’s internal monologue makes to understanding them and connecting with them as a person. I kind of love having so many different switches in the Wheel of Time, although it took me a bit to get used to. (I remember reading The Two Towers and The Return of the King as a kid and being mad when the book switched halfway through to tell you what the other half of the Fellowship ...

Chocobos Promised in Newly Announced Final Fantasy XIV Live-Action TV Adaptation


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Final Fantasy XIV chocobo

Final Fantasy is coming to TV, and yes, there will be Chocobos or we will riot. On Wednesday, news broke that the franchise’s second MMO game, Final Fantasy XIV, will be getting its own live-action adaptation.

Kotaku reports that this will be brought to us by a partnership between Sony, Square Enix, and Hivemind, the production team behind Amazon’s The Expanse and Netflix’s Henry Cavill-starring adaptation of The Witcher, both of which better have a plan for bringing about gorgeous fluffy live-action chocobos.

Like Final Fantasy XIV, the series will take place in Eorzea, but will otherwise be an “original story” about “the struggle between magic and technology in a quest to bring peace to a land in conflict.” With the series currently in development, actual plot points are up in the air, but the press release assures us (via Kotaku) that there will be:

  • Chocobos
  • ...

Movie Adaptation of Epic Fantasy Series Mouse Guard Cancelled, Stunning Demo Reel Released


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Mouse Guard demo reel from Wes Ball

One of the first casualties of the Fox-Disney studio merger has been revealed. And it is…absolutely gorgeous.

Mouse Guard, the movie adaptation of the Eisner-winning comic series by David Petersen has been cancelled, according to Entertainment Weekly.

The cancellation was confirmed yesterday by director Wes Ball in a tweet, with a short walk-through video of many pre-production pieces such as scale models and concept art.

Yes sadly, its true. Our #mouseguard movie is dead.

Seems it’s too big a risk. It’s a damn shame really. We had something special. To my hella talented cast/crew: I’m sorry I couldn’t push this one through. The past year with you all has been a blast. May the Guard prevail! pic.twitter.com/MGRq54uI6O

— Wes Ball (@wesball) June 26, 2019

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Rereading The Ruin of Kings: Chapters 44 and 45


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Verily, v’all, a volley of verbiage for vous re: this volume of verbosity! Victory!

This blog series will be covering The Ruin of Kings, the first novel of a five-book series by Jenn Lyons. Previous entries can be found here in the series index.

Today’s post will be covering Chapter 44, “Fencing Lessons”, and Chapter 45, “Riscoria Tea.” Please note that from this point forward, these posts will likely contain spoilers for the entire novel, so it’s recommended that you read the whole thing first before continuing on.

Got that? Great! Click on for the rest!

 

Chapter 44: Fencing Lessons (Talon’s story)

[In which “fencing” stands for “child abuse.” Also, Galen meets Kihrin and is judgy about it.]

But, you know, probably understandably so. It’s not like Galen’s life so far has given him much incentive to give anyone, particularly his relatives, the benefit of ...

Creating the Cover for Brian D. Anderson’s The Bard’s Blade


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We’re excited to share the cover for The Bard’s Blade, the start of a new fantasy adventure from Brian D. Anderson—publishing January 2020 with Tor Books. Below, cover artist Félix Ortiz shares his journey as a SFF fan and fantasy illustrator, and some of the inspiration behind this particular cover.


 

I always liked to draw as a kid, but playing Dungeons & Dragons was what really got me hooked on the fantasy themes when I was around 13, particularly portraying the player characters. I would get lost on the illustrations by the early D&D artists (Elmore, Easley, Brom, and others). There was a sense of wonder back then, and at that age, that really sparked my imagination.

By the time I was in high-school I knew I wanted to be an illustrator. But back in 1992 in Puerto Rico, before I had internet and social media, lacking proper ...

Reading the Wheel of Time: Darkhounds, the Forsaken, and Fireworks in Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time (Part 18)


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Reading The Wheel of Time Dragon Reborn

Good morning, my darlings, and welcome all to Week 18 of this Read of The Dragon Reborn. This week we’re covering Chapters 41-44, and I do my best to keep the recap a reasonable size. I find it a bit nerve-wracking, trying to cut down on the lengths of the recaps, because there are so many little bits in the narration that seem important, even if I don’t know why they are important yet. That says very good things about the complexity and depth of Jordan’s writing, however, so it’s not at all a bad thing!

In my recaps I generally try to refer to characters and things with the same names and descriptions as the narration gives them in the relevant chapters; in a Nynaeve chapter I would always refer to Siuan as the Amyrlin because that’s what Nynaeve calls her, and I continued to refer to Lanfear as ...

The Way of Thorn and Thunder by Daniel Heath Justice (Part 3)


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So far in this column, I’ve already reviewed the first and second parts of The Way of Thorn and Thunder, and now we’re getting to the finale. I chose to review this book in three parts because it was originally published as three separate books, though I read the more recent re-release, which molds the trilogy into a one-book whole that is around 600 large-format pages long. Whew!

It is tricky to avoid spoilers when discussing the final book of a trilogy; so far I’ve tried my best not to delve too deeply into specific plot details, but I do want to discuss those aspects at the end of this review. I’ll clearly mark the point after which spoilers follow.

The Way of Thorn and Thunder offered a huge apparatus of characters, locations, peoples, magical systems and more in the first two books. There was also a clear movement ...