Updates…

One of the things that came out of The Tattered Banner and the world building that I did for it was that I realised there were a lot of places and characters that I wanted to look at in more detail.

One of those characters is Ranph dal Bragadin, so he’s the subject of the book that I’m working on at the moment while waiting for the final part of the Society of the Sword trilogy to come back from copy edit, looking at what happens to him after the events in The Tattered Banner.

Which brings me on to the final part of Society of the Sword. Unfortunately it’s going to be delayed from late spring to mid summer for reasons beyond my control. However, it is all written, and all that remains is some of the final editing polish.

Self Published Gems of 2013

As we come to the end of 2013, we enter the season for best of lists. As I posted a few days back, I was pretty gobsmacked to discover The Tattered Banner listed on BuzzFeed’s Greatest Fantasy Books of 2013.

Today I’m delighted to see The Tattered Banner on another list, over at the Fantasy Review Barn. The crew over there were kind enough to review The Tattered Banner not long after it came out, and they’ve chosen it for their list of Self-Published Gems of 2013.

Once again, it’s incredibly humbling to know that people have enjoyed reading my stories enough to include them on these lists. It’s far more than I could ever have hoped for when I started out on this adventure.

On a final note, I’m not sure if I’ll have the chance to post again before Christmas, so I want to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very happy holiday! Merry Christmas!

BuzzFeed’s 12 Greatest Fantasy Books of the Year

I was having lunch with my brother yesterday, and was explaining to him that I just write the kind of books I like to read — adventure, light fantasy, swashbuckling, a little historical flavouring — nothing earth shattering, nothing groundbreaking, nothing that will make top ten lists or win any prizes.

Sometimes when you tempt fate, she seems to turn things around on you faster than you might expect! To say I was pretty surprised when I saw mention of this BuzzFeed top ten (well, top 12) list on Twitter this morning is something of an understatement:

http://www.buzzfeed.com/mccarricksean/the-x-best-fantasy-books-of-the-year-fjmu

In eighth position, The Tattered Banner! It’s pretty humbling to be placed in the company of names like Neil Gaiman and Brandon Sanderson, not to mention being listed among so many great books. Not a bad start to the day at all!

The Huntsman’s Amulet now available.

cropped-banner.jpgNow for the big announcement! As those of you subscribed to my mailing list already know, The Huntsman’s Amulet is now available to buy.

This story follows what happens to Soren after fleeing from Ostenheim, introduces a bit more of the Middle Sea world, and a few new and interesting characters. I really hope you enjoy it!

HuntsmansAmulet3DYou can get a copy at the following places:

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.de

Barnes & Noble

iBooks – coming soon

Smashwords

Kobo

For the speed-readers among you, the final part of the Society of the Sword trilogy is still on track for a Spring 2014 release!

Kindle Matchbook

As you may or may not know, Amazon have introduced a new concept called Kindle Matchbook. It allows publishers to bundle a discounted or free kindle copy with every paperback copy sold. I really like the idea of this, as I feel once someone has bought a product, they should be able to access it across all their platforms, digital and physical.

What it means for The Tattered Banner is that every paperback copy sold now on Amazon.com (I’m not sure about the international sites) comes with the option to also download a free Kindle copy!

Review…

There’s a new review on The Tattered Banner over on the Endazzled Reading Blog, which you can find here.

The good bit (italics mine)…

If you like fantasy, The Tattered Banner is an excellent choice. It provides great writing, believable characters and a decent plot.

The interesting bit…

…this book is more based on human intrigue and ambition than on a never-ending war between good and evil – and I much prefer this scenario, to be honest, even in fantasy. Humans are somehow still more intriguing than good and evil.

I have to say I completely agree with this. You can have a far more nuanced story when you play on human emotions; far more interesting than a simply ‘conquer and enslave the whole world’ motivation. This also reminds me of something I’ve often wondered. What exactly did Sauron  plan to do if he won? Can anyone answer this? Was it mentioned in any of the other books? It’s been a (really) long time since I read Lord of the Rings so I don’t remember them all that well. Did he just plan on kicking back and being really really evil without having to worry about short blokes with hairy feet?

New Review…

There’s a new review on The Tattered Banner posted over at Bookaholic Ramblings. As usual I shall paraphrase a bit that makes me look good (italics are mine):

I loved the fantasy world author Duncan M. Hamilton sketched in this book, and hope to explore it more in the future.

A great book for fantasy fans looking for something a little different.

You can check out the full review here.

New interview…

There’s a new interview with me posted over on Cassidy Crimson’s blog, which can be found here. It’s part of a blog tour for The Tattered Banner which is running over the course of this month.tatteredbanner

Society of the Sword Volume 2 is on the verge of being sent away for line editing, so it’s still on track for a late autumn release. To be among the first notified of the release date, you can sign up for my notification email list here.

The Middle Sea World

I’ve been playing about with my world map in photoshop for a while, making something large that I can cut bits out of and use to make consistent regional maps for my books. I decided to take that whole outline and make a full world map that contains all the regions that appear in the stories I’ve written about the Middle Sea world.

It only outlines the different countries, not  all the individual locations, and even then only very generally. I think it would become too cluttered with the extra detail. Each regional map will be cut out of the template used to make this one to keep everything consistent, and the detail can go in on those. There’s also a lot of terra incognito, that will be updated as and when I write something that fills in the detail for that area. For example, there are a lot more rivers in this world, but I’ve only included those that have appeared in a story, or the world building for a story that I’ve written.

So here it is, the product of several hours playing around with photoshop, The States of the Middle Sea.

For anyone interested in playing about with making their own maps, I would really recommend checking out The Cartographers’ Guild website. A tonne of tips, tutorials, resources and inspiration all just a click away!