Dragonslayer 2 – Excerpt

Tor have released an excerpt for Knight of the Silver Circle, the second part of the Dragonslayer trilogy. You can read it here:

I hope you’re all having a great summer,

Duncan

Dragonslayer released today!

Hey folks,

I’m delighted to announce that Dragonslayer—Book 1 in the Dragonslayer trilogy—is now available to purchase in hardback, ebook, and audiobook. It’s been a long road and very different experience getting here with this book, and it’s hard to believe that the day I’ve been working towards for so long has finally arrived!

Dragonslayer is a trilogy about redemption, destructive obsession with power, and, of course, dragons! I’ve wanted to explore the idea and myth of dragons since I started writing fantasy, and this trilogy provided the perfect opportunity to do that. I feel that it’s my best work to date, so I really hope you all enjoy it. Once again, thanks for all your support, and for the interest you’ve shown in my books! So, on to the book!

The cover copy:

With the dragons believed dead, the kingdom had no more need for dragonslayers.

Drunk, disgraced, and all but forgotten, Guillot has long since left his days of heroism behind him.

As forgotten places are disturbed in the quest for power, and things long dormant awaken, the kingdom finds itself in need of a dragonslayer once again, and Guillot is the only one left…

Here’s a snippet of what Publishers Weekly had to say about it (my first big trade publication review!):

Hamilton successfully mixes swords, sorcery, and skullduggery with complex characters […] This is pure adventure fun with plenty for epic fantasy readers to enjoy.

You can order your copy of Dragonslayer now at any of the following links:

I hope you all enjoy Dragonslayer, and that you’re all having a great summer!

Duncan

Twas the night before… new book release

So, it’s the night before Dragonslayer’s release. It’s a feeling similar to the night before Christmas excitement, but with a liberal dose of anxiety added into the mix! Actually, it’s more anxiety with a little excitement added. Or perhaps just anxiety partially masquerading as excitement. This being my 8th book release, you’d think it’d get easier. It doesn’t…

It’s always something of a relief to get some positive feedback at a time like this, so I was delighted today to see Dragonslayer feature on Barnes & Noble’s Best Sci Fi and Fantasy for July, and on the Verge’s Sci Fi and Fantasy to check out in July. You can take a look at the snippets here:

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/blog/sci-fi-fantasy/the-best-science-fiction-fantasy-books-of-july-2019/

https://www.theverge.com/2019/7/1/18680132/science-fiction-fantasy-books-recommendations-july-kloos-clarke-del-toro-tremblay-wendig

Finally, there are still a few hours left to preorder Dragonslayer, and be eligible for a copy of The Drake of White Peak. It’s a great short story that I’m particularly proud of. All the details of how to get it, and some preorder links, can be found here:

https://read.macmillan.com/promo/dragonslayerpreorder/

Dragonslayer eBook Pricing

After a number of comments from my readers who were concerned by the more traditional pricing for the ebook for Dragonslayer, and some discussions with the people at Tor, I’m delighted to be able to announce that we’ve decided to lower the ebook price to something more in line with my previously published titles – $6.99 or equivalent in other currencies, down from the original point of $9.99. Anyone who’s already preordered will only pay the new, lower price at release.

It’s very important to me that my work remains accessible to my longstanding readers now that I’ve made the switch over to the traditional publishing model, so I hope this drop in price puts it back within reach of those for whom it was too expensive!

You can preorder a copy now, over at Amazon:

Amazon US

Also, don’t forget about the preorder bonus, The Drake of White Peak. With only 2 weeks left before Dragonslayer’s release on 2 July, time’s running out to get your copy! You can find all the details of how to redeem your proof of purchase and get The Drake of White Peak here:

https://read.macmillan.com/promo/dragonslayerpreorder/

Dragonslayer Audio Sample

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:

https://read.macmillan.com/promo/dragonslayerpreorder/

Dragonslayer 3 Cover Reveal!

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.

https://read.macmillan.com/promo/dragonslayerpreorder/

You can also use these links to preorder a copy:

Amazon

Apple iBooks

Indie Bound

Dragonslaying in MagicXMayhem!

Tor have just released a free sampler book, MagicXMayhem. It contains a chunk of Dragonslayer, along with chunks of some other great fantasy stories that are upcoming this year. As well as my own wonderful self, you can find excerpts from Sarah Gailey, Seanan Maguire, and JY Yang, among others. You can download a free copy by clicking on any of the images in this post, or at this link:

https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250249425

Dragonslayer news!

With the different route to publication that I’m taking with the Dragonslayer trilogy, partnering up with Tor, there are plenty of new experiences for me along the way. One of those is getting the occasional mention in trade press. It’s my first time being mentioned in one of these, so I thought I’d share it. You can take a look:

https://www.shelf-awareness.com/dedicated-issue.html?issue=43

In other news, I’m a lot more active on Goodreads these days, so if you want to follow along, please feel free to add me as a friend. You can find my profile here:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6979427.Duncan_M_Hamilton

I’ve set up a group there also, which you can join to keep in the loop in the run up to Dragonslayer’s release on 2 July 2019. There’ll hopefully be giveaways, excerpts, and artwork reveals as we get closer to the big day, so that’ll be a good spot to keep up to date with those!