Now here’s a book that’s been long anticipated in my house (well, only by me but that’s not the point!). Check out the blurb, or don’t (you could read Adam’s review instead)... depends if you want to come face to face with possible spoilers...
Ringil Eskiath, scarred wielder of the kiriath-forged broadsword Ravensfriend, is a man on the run - from his past and the family who have disowned him, from the slave trade magnates of Trelayne who want him dead, and apparently from the dark gods themselves, who are taking an interest but making no more sense than they ever have. Outlawed and exiled from his ancestral home in the north, Ringil has only one place left to turn - Yhelteth, city heart of the southern Empire, where perhaps he can seek asylum with the kiriath half-breed Archeth Indamaninarmal, former war comrade and now high-up advisor to the Emperor Jhiral Khimran II. But Archeth Indamaninarmal has problems of her own to contend with, as does her house guest, bodyguard and one time steppe nomad Egar the Dragonbane. And far from gaining the respite he is seeks, Ringil will instead find himself implicated in fresh schemes and doubtful allegiances no safer than those he has left behind. Old enemies are stirring, the old order is rotted through and crumbling, and though no-one yet knows it, the city of Yhelteth is about to explode . . .
‘The Cold Commands’ won’t be published until October but I’ve been lucky enough to get hold of an advance copy so will be reading it a little sooner than that. Del Rey have also been kind enough to offer up three more advance copies of ‘The Cold Commands’ as giveaway prizes for readers of this very blog. Interested? Keep reading...
The first (and only) thing to get out of the way is the whole thing about who can enter. To sum this up in one handy sentence, this competition is only open to US residents. Sorry about that everyone else. If you’re a European reader, stop by next weekend when I’ll finally have a giveaway that you can enter :o)
If you’re still reading, all you need to do to enter is drop me an email (address at the top right hand side of the screen) telling me who you are and what your postal address is. The subject header needs to be ‘The Cold Commands’.
I’ll let this one run until the 28th of August and will aim to announce the winners as soon as possible afterwards.