Extract of Towers of Midnight Chapter One

Untitled-4 The 2nd of November will come and bring the release of the penultimate Wheel of Time book, ‘Towers of Midnight’, but if you’re wanting a taste now, Orbit have you covered.

“The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth comes again. In one Age, called the Third Age by some, an Age yet to come, an Age long past, a wind rose above the misty peaks of Imfaral. The wind was not the beginning. There are neither beginnings nor endings to the turning of the Wheel of Time. But it was a beginning.”

Click here for to read the full extract from chapter one of ToM.

Want to keep your WoT self satisfied over the next few weeks? Fear not, and go back and read all the blog posts that Brandon Sanderson – heir appointed to Robert Jordan – wrote as he re-read the series in preparation for starting on ‘A Memory of Light’.

Click here for the introduction to the re-reads.

Brandon Sanderson’s The Way of Kings US book tour dates announced

TheImage: The Way of Kings book cover Way of Kings by fantasy author Brandon Sanderson is an epic fantasy novel due to be released in the US on August 31, 2010 by Tor Books. The novel will be published in the UK on December 30, 2010, by Gollanz. It is the first volume in The Stormlight Archive, a series that will run to ten novels.

According to mythology mankind used to live in The Tranquiline Halls. Heaven. But then the Voidbringers assaulted and captured heaven, casting out God and men. Men took root on Roshar, the world of storms. And the Voidbringers followed . . . They came against man ten thousand times. To help them cope, the Almighty gave men powerful suits of armor and mystical weapons, known as Shardblades. Led by ten angelic Heralds and ten orders of knights known as Radiants, mankind finally won. Or so the legends say. Today, the only remnants of those supposed battles are the Shardblades, the possession of which makes a man nearly invincible on the battlefield. The entire world is at war with itself – and has been for centuries since the Radiants turned against mankind. Kings strive to win more Shardblades, each secretly wishing to be the one who will finally unite all of mankind under a single throne. On a world scoured down to the rock by terrifying hurricanes that blow through every few day a young spearman forced into the army of a Shardbearer, led to war against an enemy he doesn’t understand and doesn’t really want to fight. What happened deep in mankind’s past? Why did the Radiants turn against mankind, and what happened to the magic they used to wield?
visit on his book tour this

Sanderson’s book tour promoting The Way of Kings is currently underway and the author will be available to sign books at the following bookstores in the US:

  • Monday, August 30th (Midnight) BYU Bookstore: Provo, UT
  • Tuesday, August 31st (7:00 PM) West Jordan Barnes & Noble: West Jordan, UT
  • Wednesday, September 1st (7:00 PM) St. Louis Barnes & Noble: Chesterfield, MO
  • Thursday, September 2nd (7:00 PM) Orlando Barnes & Noble: Orlando, FL
  • Friday, September 9th – Sunday, September 9th (*Eagle Eye Bookstore*) Dragon*Con and Decatur Book Festival
  • Tuesday, September 7th (7:30 PM) Quail Ridge Books: Raleigh, NC
  • Wednesday, September 8th (7:30 PM) Washington D.C. Borders: Baileys Crossroads, VA

Paloppa option film rights on Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn trilogy

On January 11, 2010 Paloppa Pictures LLC and Brandon Sanderson announced that Paloppa has taken an option on film rights to Sanderson’s NY Times bestselling Mistborn fantasy trilogy.

Sanderson is the most successful new fantasy writer of the past decade, and the Mistborn series, published by Tor Books, is his most successful to date. The trilogy commenced with publication of Mistborn: The Final Empire in 2006, followed by The Well of Ascension in 2007, and The Hero of Ages in Fall in 2008. The Hero of Ages debuted at #21 on the NY Times Hardcover Fiction bestseller list. Subsequently, Sanderson co-wrote, with Robert Jordan, The Gathering Storm, which in November 2009 dethroned Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol to become #1 on the NY Times hardcover fiction list and every other major bestseller list.

The principals in Paloppa Pictures LLC are Christopher Geary, Rob Micai and Marc Bryant. Micai is a co-producer of the forthcoming Letters to God, a Possibility Pictures release through Vivendi-Universal. Bryant has a strong background in commercial projects via DNP Studios for companies such as Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Lockheed Martin and Nickelodeon. Geary has been partnered with Micai since their graduation from the University of Central Florida’s Film Program in 1999, with the two working in the live stage, music videos, commercial productions and other areas, and it was Geary who was the driving force behind the Mistborn option.

Said Geary, “As I was reading the book I felt more and more that this was a story that just had to be seen on the big screen. I contacted Brandon Sanderson, and was able to persuade him that Paloppa Pictures was the right team for the job. Obviously we’re very excited by the opportunity to bring his work to life.”

As part of his efforts to woo Brandon Sanderson, Christopher Geary flew up to New York City during Sanderson’s national tour in support of The Hero of Ages in 2008. Sanderson said, “When I arrived, I wasn’t sure what to expect, and when I left I knew I wanted to be in business with Chris Geary and his partners in Paloppa. Chris knew the books, had palpable enthusiasm for them, and most of all had a real and relatable vision for adapting the series that was at once exactly how I envisioned and distinctly filmic.”

In summer 2010, Tor will commence publication of a new fantasy series from Sanderson with The Stormlight Archives Bk. 1: The Way of Kings. Sanderson is published in twenty languages, and the Alcatraz novels are currently under option to Dreamworks Animation.

Eagerly anticipated fantasy books: October 2009

Steven Erikson’s Dust of Dreams and Robin Hobb’s Dragon Keeper were the books that we were most looking forward to this year. But luckily the anticipation does not stop there and there are still several titles due out in the next couple of months that are sure to be bestsellers.

Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett

October 1 2009 will see the release of Terry Pratchett’s Unseen Academicals:

Football has come to the ancient city of Ankh-Morpork – not the old fashioned, grubby pushing and shoving, but the new, fast football with pointy hats for goalposts and balls that go going when you drop them. And now, the wizards of Unseen University must win a football match, without using magic, so they’re in the mood for trying everything else. The prospect of the Big Match draws in a street urchin with a wonderful talent for kicking a tin can, a maker of jolly good pies, a dim but beautiful young woman, who might just turn out to be the greatest fashion model there has ever been, and the mysterious Mr Nutt (and no one knows anything much about Mr Nutt, not even Mr Nutt, which worries him, too. As the match approaches, four lives are entangled and changed for ever. Because the thing about football – the important thing about football – is that it is not just about football. Here we go! Here we go! Here we go!

Terry Pratchett is the acclaimed creator of the Discworld series, started in 1983 with The Colour of Magic, and which has now reached 37 novels with Unseen Academicals. Worldwide sales of his books are 60 million, and they have been translated into 37 languages. Terry Pratchett was knighted for services to literature in 2009.

Terry Pratchett biography
The Colour of Magic book review
Lords and Ladies book review
The Light Fantastic book review
Night Watch book review
Mort book review
The Wee Free Men book review
A Hatful Of Sky book review
Wintersmith book review
Nation book review

The Gathering Storm by Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson

October 27, 2009 will see the release of the penultimate novel in Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time series. The last two books will be completed by Brandon Sanderson due to Jordan’s death in 2007. Entitled The Gathering Storm, early reviews have been positive:

The most eagerly anticipated fantasy novel of the last two decades, THE GATHERING STORM has been completed by acclaimed fantasy author Brandon Sanderson from Robert Jordan’s extensive notes. It will begin the final chapter of the compelling saga that started almost twenty years ago with THE EYE OF THE WORLD.

Robert Jordan was born in 1948 in Charleston. He was a graduate of the Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, with a degree in physics, and served two tours in Vietnam. His hobbies included hunting, fishing, sailing, poker, chess, pool and pipe collecting. He died in September 2007.

A Dance with Dragons by George RR Martin

Possibly the most eagerly expected of all books released in October is the fifth volume in George RR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series:

George RR Martin biography
A Game of Thrones book review
A Clash of Kings book review
A Storm of Swords 1: Steel and Snow book review

The long-awaited fifth volume in the hugely popular and highly acclaimed epic fantasy A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE The last of the Targaryons, Daenerys Stormborn, the Unburnt, has brought the young dragons in her care to their terrifying maturity. Now the war-torn landscape of the Seven Kingdoms is threatened by destruction as vast as in the violent past. Tyrion Lannister, a dwarf with half a nose and a scar from eye to chin, has slain his father and escaped the Red Keep in King’s Landing to wage war from the Free Cities beyond the narrow sea. The last war fought with dragons was a cataclysm powerful enough to shatter the Valyrian peninsula into a smoking, demon-haunted ruin half drowned by the sea. A DANCE WITH DRAGONS brings to life dark magic, complex political intrigue and horrific bloodshed as events at the Wall and beyond the sea threaten the ancient land of Westeros.

So, all-in-all, it is going to be a bit of a bumper October for fantasy fans with all three books mentioned above likely to be extremely popular and above all, very good, books.

We’ll take a look at the releases for November soon as well as the books that will make great Christmas presents this year.

Sapkowski wins David Gemmell Legend Award

Blood of Elves, by Polish fantasy author Andrzej Sapkowski, has received The David Gemmell Legend Award for establishing honour and lending dignity to the fantasy genre.

Sapkowski’s UK editor, Jo Fletcher, collected the award in front of an audience of publishing professionals, authors, media and fans at the Magic Circle headquarters in Euston, London. The inaugural award had the official support of Stella Gemmell and the trophy, supplied by Raven Armoury, took the form of a butterfly axe, named Snaga, that featured in Gemmell’s fiction.

Fantasy Book Review would like to offer Andrzej its warmest congratulations.

Read our full review of Blood of Elves

The runner-ups were each presented with a miniature version of Snaga. They were Joe Abercrombie (Last Argument of Kings); Juliet Marillier (Heir to Sevenwaters); Brandon Sanderson (The Hero of Ages) and Brent Weeks (The Way of Shadows).

Andrzej Sapkowski was born on the 21st of June 1948 in Lodz, Poland. Sapkowski studied economy and business, but the success of his fantasy cycle about the sorcerer Geralt de Riv turned him into a bestselling writer and he is now one of Poland’s most famous and successful authors, selling more in his own country than Stephen King or Michael Crichton. Sapkowski has won five Zajdel Awards, including three for short stories Lesser Evil in 1990, Sword of Destiny in 1992 and In a Bomb Crater in 1993, and two for the novels Blood of the Elves in 1994 and Narrenturm in 2002.