AST has acquired Russian rights to fantasy novel HALL OF BONES by Tim Hardie, the first book in the Brotherhood of the Eagle series, which was self-published in 2020. The agent was Laura Karayotov of the SAS Lester Literary Agency & Associates representing the John Jarrold Literary Agency.


The Brotherhood of the Eagle series is a Viking-style fantasy set in a secondary world. It will appeal greatly to fans of both John Gwynne and Giles Kristian. In the remote land of Laskar the seven ruling clans have vied with each other for power for over a century. The son of the Reavesburg Clan Chief, Rothgar, has been groomed all his life for a role supporting his elder brother, Jorik, in leading their kingdom when their father’s time finally comes to an end.


However, the rulers of their greatest rivals, the Vorund Clan, are in the grip of something older and far darker. They have been conquered by evil, a remnant from the time when the gods warred with one another and the world of Amuran collapsed into the Fallen Age.


Everything is about to change …



“… plenty of action, intrigue, betrayal and a chilling slide into not bedtime story magic” – Janny Wurts, author of The Wars of Light and Shadow fantasy series


“A fantasy novel done right should read like Hall of Bones … this novel brims and oozes with all that good stuff you want to sink your reading eyes into.” – Scarlett Readz & Runz Book Reviews


“Hall of Bones is a strong debut by an author who should absolutely be on your radar. I can’t wait to see where he takes me next.” – Sarah Chorn, author of Seraphina’s Lament and Of Honey and Wildfires


“… a rich, emotional, and gritty novel … Hall of Bones will remind you vividly of the stories you grew up reading while bringing in a fresh perspective to the genre.” – Under The Radar SFF Books


“If you enjoy stories like ‘Game of Thrones’, where there are many careful political intrigues, you will undoubtedly enjoy this book … ‘Hall of Bones’ is a strong debut, and I’ll be waiting for the sequel” – Kamila Reads Book Blog


Tim Hardie grew up in the seaside town of Southport during the 1970s and 1980s. This was before anyone had even heard of the internet and Dungeons & Dragons was cutting edge. Living in a house where every available wall was given over to bookshelves, he discovered fantasy writers like JRR Tolkien, Michael Moorcock, Ursula Le Guin, Alan Garner, Stephen Donaldson and Susan Cooper. Those stories led him into the science fiction worlds created by Frank Herbert, Philip K Dick, Arthur C Clarke and HP Lovecraft.


After training to become a lawyer Tim lived in London for three years before moving to Yorkshire in 1999, where he has worked ever since in a variety of legal, commercial, financial and management roles. His writing began as a hobby in his early twenties and has gradually grown into something else that now threatens to derail his promising career.


Tim will be donating his advance on this book to the British Red Cross.

• May 17th, 2023 • Posted in News