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FINAL US/CANADA PRINT PUBLICATION DATE FOR STORMBLOOD BY JEREMY SZAL

After delays due to the ongoing supply-chain issues, print copies of Jeremy Szal’s highly-praised SF debut STORMBLOOD will finally be available from Gollancz/Hachette US in the USA and Canada from March 29. We apologise for the delays, which are causing problems in the publishing industry worldwide. The ebook edition is available now in both markets.

 

The print edition can be pre-ordered from these retailers

US

Barnes & Noble

Bookshop.org – supporting local booksellers

Amazon

 

Canada

 

Indigo

Amazon

 

STORMBLOOD is a high stakes adrenaline filled adventure featuring two estranged brothers suddenly on opposite ends of an addict’s war. And it’s real damn good ― Nick Martell, author of THE KINGDOM OF LIARS

A captivating military sci-fi debut. Stormblood tells a splendid story about two brothers divided by war that is full of comradeship, actions, and conflict ― Novel Notions

A magnificent and explosive adrenaline-fest . . . Szal’s debut is an absolute must read for fans of gritty, action-packed, detective and military SF ― Grimdark Magazine

Stormblood feels like a superb combination of the actions in Red Rising Saga and the world-building of Mass Effect. Exciting, thought-provoking, and full of incredibly intense moments. Military sci-fi readers would be treating themselves well by putting Stormblood on their radar ― Novel Notions

This frenetic, grisly sucker-punch of a book manages to be everything you could want from sci-fi, while also carving out its own niche with a rusty slingshiv. ― Fantasy Book Review

Szal’s world is an insane, twisted place, and STORMBLOOD is one of the best scifi stories you’ll ever read ― Rob Boffard

Razor sharp and vicious, Stormblood is an adrenaline-driven vision of a dark future. Highly recommended! ― Michael R. Fletcher

Vakov Fukasawa is a former soldier, addicted to the biotech inside his own body that makes him constantly crave for action. And there is plenty of action in this fast moving novel, but not at the expense of ideas, or of humanity, or of vivid descriptions of Szal’s carefully imagined war-torn galaxy ― Chris Beckett

An intriguing mix of rich worldbuilding, meaty twists and ballistic ultraviolence ― SFX

• February 10th, 2022 • Posted in News

AUSTRALIAN AUTHOR BRONTE-MARIE WESSON JOINS JOHN JARROLD LITERARY AGENCY

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Bronte-Marie Wesson is the latest client of the John Jarrold Literary Agency. She is an Australian bookseller and influencer.

In November 2021, she posted a video on TikTok describing the premise of THE BROKEN CYCLE fantasy series, which went viral, amassing 920,000 views and 270,000 likes. She has a collective social following of 240,000 and has accrued 2.1 million views on a playlist documenting her progress writing the first book and has already been approached by major publishers.

THE ASCENSION OF SOULS is the first book in THE BROKEN CYCLE TRILOGY, a queer own-voices story that explores the last stand of a dying culture against a goliath empire, as well as the misfits who fall within the margins of history who try to grind an age old conflict to its end. A curse has trapped Loghar in an eternal war with their imperial neighbours, with central figures reincarnated in each generation to act out the tale. Luminara is a servant who has spent her whole life learning to go unseen, just another face amongst the hundreds who work in the kitchens. When her birthday celebrations coincide with that of the boy-king, the two strike up a serendipitous companionship that blooms into romance. Luminara finds herself pulled into a realm of prophecy that is as ancient as her homeland and as her lover begins to take up his mantle in the war, she is forced to take a stance against him or watch the world around her turn to ash.

THE ASCENSION OF SOULS will appeal to readers who loved Jasmin Throne by Tasha Suri, Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon and She Who Became The Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan.

John Jarrold said: “I found both the story and the characters totally compelling. The feeling that we are seeing the latest in a cycle of unending, repeating conflicts is both horrific and involving emotionally. Bronte-Marie Wesson is an outstanding writer and storyteller – as is evidenced by the immense online buzz she has already created. Welcome to the agency!”

• February 1st, 2022 • Posted in News

RUSSIAN RIGHTS DEAL FOR CHASING GRAVES BY BEN GALLEY

Andrey V Chernikov at Eksmo has acquired Russian rights to fantasy novel CHASING GRAVES by award-winning self-published author Ben Galley.  The agent was John Jarrold.

 

CHASING GRAVES is the first in a series set in an Egyptian-themed fantasy world where ghosts are bound as slaves for the rich, and being murdered is just the start of your problems. Chasing Graves is perfect for fans of grimdark, and dark fantasy mixed with razor wit.

Meet Caltro Basalt. He’s a master locksmith, a selfish bastard, and as of his first night in Araxes, stone cold dead.

They call it the City of Countless Souls, the colossal jewel of the Arctian Empire, and all it takes to be its ruler is to own more ghosts than any other. For in Araxes, the dead do not rest in peace in the afterlife, but live on as slaves for the rich.

While Caltro struggles to survive, those around him strive for the emperor’s throne in Araxes’ cutthroat game of power. The dead gods whisper from corpses, a soulstealer seeks to make a name for himself with the help of an ancient cult, a princess plots to purge the emperor from his armoured Sanctuary, and a murderer drags a body across the desert, intent on reaching Araxes no matter the cost.

Only one thing is certain in Araxes: death is just the beginning.

 

“To say that the concept of Chasing Graves is grimdark would be an understatement… The world building is fantastic and reminiscent of Michael Moorcock’s Elric series.”

– Grimdark Magazine

“Galley has created a fascinating world that feels rife with stories… its history is rich with detail and there’s so many avenues to be explored.”

– Adam Weller, Fantasy Book Review

“An excellent first book in a series that I will absolutely keep on reading. Exceptional writing, great characters.”

– Nicholas Eames, author of Kings of the Wyld

• January 19th, 2022 • Posted in News

BRAZILIAN RIGHTS DEAL FOR AWARD-WINNING SELF-PUBLISHED NOVEL NEVER DIE BY ROB J HAYES

Carla Sacrato at Faro Editorial has acquired Brazilian rights to award-winning self-published fantasy novel NEVER DIE by Rob J Hayes for their new fantasy imprint. The agent was John Jarrold.

 
NEVER DIE is the winner of the Booknest 2019 award for Best Self Published Fantasy Novel.

Samurai, shinigami, vengeful spirits, and an impossible quest.

Itami Cho has earned the name Whispering Blade. She is a Shintei warrior, sworn to the path of oaths and honour. But keeping her oaths has always been more difficult than taking them. When Flaming Fist and his bandits attack the city of Kaishi, Itami swears one last oath: she will protect the city and its people at any cost.

Ein has spent his life dreaming of being a hero, and now the God of Death has given him a chance. The Reaper has set him an impossible quest: an eight-year-old boy sent to stop an immortal Emperor.

NEVER DIE is a stand alone set in the world of Mortal Techniques. It’s a wuxia adventure filled with samurai, shinigami, heroes, and vengeful spirits

• January 13th, 2022 • Posted in News

JEREMY SZAL US AND CANADA PUBLICATION

I’m delighted to announce that Jeremy Szal’s highly-praised SF debut STORMBLOOD will be available from Gollancz in the US and Canada from November 2.

It can be pre-ordered from these retailers

US

Barnes & Noble

Bookshop.org – supporting local booksellers

Amazon

Canada

Indigo

Amazon

STORMBLOOD is a high stakes adrenaline filled adventure featuring two estranged brothers suddenly on opposite ends of an addict’s war. And it’s real damn good ― Nick Martell, author of THE KINGDOM OF LIARS

A captivating military sci-fi debut. Stormblood tells a splendid story about two brothers divided by war that is full of comradeship, actions, and conflict ― Novel Notions

A magnificent and explosive adrenaline-fest . . . Szal’s debut is an absolute must read for fans of gritty, action-packed, detective and military SF ― Grimdark Magazine

Stormblood feels like a superb combination of the actions in Red Rising Saga and the world-building of Mass Effect. Exciting, thought-provoking, and full of incredibly intense moments. Military sci-fi readers would be treating themselves well by putting Stormblood on their radar ― Novel Notions

This frenetic, grisly sucker-punch of a book manages to be everything you could want from sci-fi, while also carving out its own niche with a rusty slingshiv. ― Fantasy Book Review

Szal’s world is an insane, twisted place, and STORMBLOOD is one of the best scifi stories you’ll ever read ― Rob Boffard

Razor sharp and vicious, Stormblood is an adrenaline-driven vision of a dark future. Highly recommended! ― Michael R. Fletcher

Vakov Fukasawa is a former soldier, addicted to the biotech inside his own body that makes him constantly crave for action. And there is plenty of action in this fast moving novel, but not at the expense of ideas, or of humanity, or of vivid descriptions of Szal’s carefully imagined war-torn galaxy ― Chris Beckett

An intriguing mix of rich worldbuilding, meaty twists and ballistic ultraviolence ― SFX

 

And a reminder that the sequel, BLINDSPACE, will be published in the UK, Australia, New Zealand and in the EU on  November 25 2021.

It’s coming in Canada on  January 18 2022. It can be pre-ordered from these retailers:

Indigo

Amazon

A US publication date will follow.

• October 6th, 2021 • Posted in News