I’ve been listening to the audio of Servant of the Crown during writing breaks on my new project, and I wanted to share my thoughts on audio. Aside from the practicalities of the format for commutes or exercise time, I particularly love the audio versions of my books as they allow me to enjoy the stories in a way that I really can’t when I read them. I think the performance of them gives me enough distance to be a little more objective about them, rather than simply seeing all the little things I’d change if I had another pass at it.
I’ve been lucky enough to have Simon Vance as narrator for six of my books now, and once again he does a truly exceptional job on Servant of the Crown. If you want to get a taste of that mellifluous voice, you can check out an audio sample of the book here:
Don’t forget, Servant of the Crown is now on general release. You can pick up a copy of the audiobook at Amazon or Audible!
I’ve got the audio sample for Servant of the Crown – once again narrated by Simon Vance – to whet your appetite in anticipation of release day, which is now only 11 sleeps away, on 10 March! You can listen to the sample below, or over at SoundCloud by clicking through the embedded link:
I think Simon has done a wonderful job once again, and I love having him narrate my books. I hope you enjoy the sample, and also the full work when it comes out on 10 March!
Don’t forget, you can preorder you copy right now over at Audible or Amazon:
I’m delighted to announce that Knight of the Silver Circle—Book 2 in the Dragonslayer trilogy—is now available to purchase in paper, ebook, and audiobook. Knight of the Silver Circle continues Gill’s journey now that the Kingdom of Mirabaya has found need of him once more. With dragons and magic, the world around him is changing fast, blurring the lines between allies and enemies. I had a lot of fun writing this book, so I really hope you all enjoy reading it. Thanks for all your support, and for the interest you’ve shown in my books, it means a huge amount to me!
The cover copy:
Dragons have returned after a thousand years, but greater dangers lurk in the shadows… As the lines between enemy and ally blur, Guillot dal Villerauvais is drawn farther into the life and service he had left far behind. Solène attempts to come to terms with the great magical talent she fears is as much a curse as a blessing, while the Prince Bishop’s quest for power twists and turns, and takes on a life of its own. With dragons to slay, and an enemy whose grip on the kingdom grows ever tighter, Gill and his comrades must fight to remain true to themselves, while standing at the precipice of a kingdom in peril.
You can order your copy of Knight of the Silver Circle now at any of the following links:
I’m lucky enough to have Simon Vance back to narrate Dragonslayer. He won a SOVA Award for Best Fantasy Narration for Wolf of the North back in 2017, so I’m delighted he’s narrating the Dragonslayer trilogy. Tor have put up a teaser for the audiobook narration, so you can now have a listen to the first 3 chapters of Dragonslayer over at this link:
You can grab a copy of Dragonslayer at Amazon, amongst others, but here’s a quick link for Amazon:
Don’t forget about the preorder bonus Drake of White Peak! All the details can be found here:
It feels a little odd revealing the cover for Book 3 in the Dragonslayer trilogy before the first one is even released, but with the quick release schedule (a little less than 6 months between each book) all these things get front loaded a bit! So, here is the cover for the final part of Dragonslayer trilogy, titled ‘Servant of the Crown’.
All three covers are magnificent pieces of art in their own right, and you can rest assured that I’ve worked extremely hard to make sure the interior content lives up to the exterior!
I also wanted to remind everyone that there’s a preorder bonus for Dragonslayer, an original short story called The Drake of White Peak, that introduces the reader to some of the old dragonslayers of legend. With Dragonslayer coming out on 2 July, there’s only a little over a month left to preorder and secure your copy!
All you need to do is proved the good people at Tor with your proof of purchase (and, unfortunately, reside in the US or Canada – apologies to anyone who doesn’t!), which you can do at this link, where you’ll also find all the details of the promotion, along with preorder links for Dragonslayer.
A quick post to let you all know that Tor have put up the first 3 chapters of Dragonslayer as a sneak peak preview. You can find it over on their site which is here:
If that takes your fancy, don’t forget that you get a free digital copy of my never before seen short story, The Drake of White Peak, if you preorder your copy of Dragonslayer (currently only available in Canada and the Us)! You can grab a copy online in the usual places, such as:
It’s definitely been too long since I last posted an update – apologies! My only excuse is that I’ve been incredibly busy working on the three Dragonslayer books with Tor. They’re still on schedule for publication next year!
The news of the day is that the Society of the Sword audiobook has been nominated for a SOVAS award in the Best Voice Artist category, for Derek Perkins. I think he did an incredible job in narrating it. Win or lose, I think Derek brought a huge amount to the audio production, and the nomination is the least amount of recognition he deserves.
The awards are on 18 November, so I wish him the best of luck, and am sorry I won’t be able to make it to the ceremony myself!
It’s also available via the regular Amazon product page. Once again, it’s narrated by the excellent Simon Vance, who has wrapped up the trilogy with another superb performance! I’m really pleased with how the audio version of the series has turned out, and I hope you all really enjoy this final part!
It’s always a bit of a surprise to wake up to the news that something you’re involved in has made a list or is nominated for an award, but it’s always a nice one. In this instance, I can’t say I’m quite as surprised as usual, as Simon Vance did such a superb job narrating The Wolf of the North, for him to be nominated for Audiobook Narration – Fantasy, Best Voiceover for this book is very well deserved. Fingers crossed that he can take home the top spot!
The Society of the Sword trilogy is now available in audio. Derek Perkins narrates this trilogy, giving it a slightly different flavour to the Wolf of the North, but does an equally superb job, and makes this setting his own. If you’ve enjoyed any of my books, audio or otherwise, I think you’ll really like this one. It’s all three parts in one volume, so you can binge through the entire trilogy in one go!
I’ve been particularly looking forward to this release, as enough time has passed for me to forget a lot about Society of the Sword (Wolf of the North is still a bit recent for me to revisit it!), so I get to listen to it as close to fresh as it can be when you’re the one who wrote it!