For anyone who enjoyed World’s End, Book One of the Age of Misrule, here’s a photo I took the other day. You’re looking down at the harbour in Tenby, South Wales. In the background is castle hill where the Brothers and Sisters of Dragons spied the Wild Hunt.
Love the cover of the US edition of World’s End by John Picacio? Put your hand in your pocket…
John is launching a Kickstarter campaign to produce a 2013 calendar featuring some of his breathtaking art – including this cover. It’s going to be a truly lovely work, and there will be signed prints and other incentives for those who fancy stumping up a little bit of cash. The target is $12,000 and you can be a part of it here:
Yes, I *know* the world is coming to an end in December. But just in case we all somehow make it through to New Year, you will surely need a 2013 calendar…with a page dedicated to World’s End…
Here’s the cover to the French mass-market paperback edition of World’s End from Le Livre de Poche.
Always interesting to see how artists and designers interpret the books. No idea who created the image. I don’t have any say over these non-UK editions, by the way. Often, the first I find out about them is when the comp copies arrive on the doorstep.
I’ve just been informed that my novel, World’s End, the first book of the Age of Misrule sequence, has been shortlisted for Prix Julia Verlanger, France’s premier SF/Fantasy book award.
Under it’s French title, La Nuit sans fin, the novel was published by Orbit towards the end of 2009.
The other nominees are:
Ceci n’est pas un jeu – Walter Jon Williams (L’Atalante)
Cygnis – Vincent Gessler (L’Atalante )
L’Empire ultime – Brandon Sanderson (Orbit)
Le Nom du Vent – Patrick Rothfuss (Bragelonne)
Nuigrave – Lorris Murail (Robert Laffont/Ailleurs & Demain)
L’Odyssée du temps 1 – Arthur C. Clarke & Stephen Baxter(Bragelonne)
Rien que l’Acier – Richard Morgan (Bragelonne)
“Each successive volume I read makes me fall further and further in love with Chadbourn’s overall vision, an immense narrative tapestry that utilizes countless mythologies, folk tales, legends, philosophies in what is in many ways a complex reimagining of the fantasy epic for the new millennium, built not only on extremely intelligent uses of well known and lesser known gods and tropes but even more importantly, on ideas“.
From the ever-perceptive Robert William Berg at Rob Will Review.
Plus Another favourable review of World’s End from Justin at fantasyliterature.com.
Art genius John Picacio has made his Pyr cover to World’s End available as free download wallpaper, including a version for iPhone.
Is this going to stop all you lot asking for free Picacio artwork? Probably not. Sigh.
Here’s the new cover to the US edition of The Devil in Green (Book One of The Dark Age) coming from Pyr in May:
The art, as with the previous and interlinked Age of Misrule titles, is by the great John Picacio.
Careful viewers will note the thematic links with John’s cover for World’s End, which echoes the themes in the two stories.
Humanity has emerged, blinking, from the Age of Misrule into a world substantially changed: cities lie devasted, communications are limited, anarchy rages across the land. Society has been thrown into a new Dark Age where superstition holds sway. The Tuatha De Danaan roam the land once more, their terrible powers dwarfing anything mortals have to offer. And in their wake come all the creatures of myth and legend, no longer confined to the shadows. Fighting to find their place in this new world, the last remnants of the Christian Church call for a group of heroes: a new Knights Templar to guard the priesthood as they set out on their quest for souls. But as everything begin to fall apart, the Knights begin to realise their only hope is to call on the pagan gods of Celtic myth for help.
US readers can order the book here.
As the UK edition is currently out of print, I don’t have any problem with British readers filling a gap in their collection with this one. You can buy an imported edition in the UK here.
Age of Misrule launches in France in November with the first volume, World’s End (although my Gallic cousins are calling it Age of Chaos – fair translation, I think), under the Orbit France imprint. And to prove that the French, as always, have excellent taste, they have opted to use John Picacio’s covers from the Pyr editions.
Oh, yes, and as you can see from the cover, World’s End is now The Endless Night.