Monday, July 4, 2011

Free ebook for the Fourth of July

New fantasy trilogy launches with free eBook

Free Hadrumal Crisis eBook available in ePUB(, Amazon Kindle ( and PDF(solarisbooks/downloads/the_wizards_coming.pdf) formats

Confirming its commitment to new digital formats, Solaris announces that it is to release a free eBook ahead of its newest fantasy series, The Hadrumal Crisis, by Juliet E. McKenna.

The Wizard’s Coming
serves as a prequel for The Hadrumal Crisis – McKenna’s upcoming trilogy from Solaris, hitting bookshops in August.

Originally published in Solaris’ anthology The Solaris Book of New Fantasy in 2007, the book introduces some of the characters and events leading up to this stunning new fantasy series from a major voice in fantasy writing.

The first book in the trilogy, Dangerous Waters, will see McKenna tear into her fantasy world in a thrilling re-invention of the genre.

The Archmage rules the island of wizards and has banned the use of magecraft in warfare, but there are corsairs raiding the Caladhrian Coast, enslaving villagers and devastating trade. Lady Zurenne’s husband has been murdered by the corsairs, and a man she doesn’t even know stands watch over her and her daughters. Corrain, former captain and now slave to the corsairs, knows that Zurenne’s guardian is a rogue wizard. If Corrain can only escape, he’ll see justice done. Unless the Archmage’s magewoman, Jilseth, catches the renegade first...

Jonathan Oliver, editor-in-chief of Solaris, said:
“Juliet E. McKenna is up there with George R.R. Martin and Steven Erikson in terms of intelligent and involving epic fantasy. This e-book will pave the way for new fans to come to the series as well as giving something extra to those who have already been following the career of this brilliant writer.”

Juliet E. McKenna said:
“Every series of books I’ve ever written has started with the question, ‘what if?’ After a decade of keeping magic out of warfare, I began wondering what if the Archmage’s authority was challenged? Initially the answer was enough to underpin this short story. Writing it then showed me just how far-reaching and how dramatic the unexpected consequences could be. I’m delighted to have this chance to share the first step on the road to The Hadrumal Crisis with both new and established readers – this free eBook is the perfect way for people to discover this world and its characters.”

About the Author

Juliet E. McKenna is the renowned author of The Chronicles of the Lescari Revolution, The Tales of Einarinn series and The Aldabreshin Compass sequence. Dangerous Waters marks the start of a major new fantasy trilogy.

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