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December 1, 2010


And welcome to our latest newsletter! December is a big month for Pyr, so let's get started!
'Tis the Season

Prometheus BooksNot sure what to give for the holidays?  If you're trying to cross some readers off your list, Pyr's parent company, Prometheus Books, has put together a holiday gift guide.  If not everyone on your list is a speculative fiction fan, Prometheus Books also publishes intelligent nonfiction in many categories, from true crime to economics, biography to philosophy.  And of course, there's plenty of quality science fiction and fantasy! And with winter approaching, what better time to curl up with a good book? Here are some of our recent offerings!

The Sound of Horns

Horns Of RuinTim Aker's The Horns of Ruin hits bookstores this week.  Mad Hatter Review describes The Horns of Ruin as "Swords & Science," adding, "Fans of hack and slash Fantasy just may have found the steampunky read they've been looking for. The Horns of Ruin is an energetic rollercoaster ride in a well accentuated world that needs to be further explored."

Eva Forge is the last paladin of a dead god. Morgan, god of battle and champion of the Fraterdom, was assassinated by his jealous brother, Amon. Over time, the Cult of Morgan has been surpassed by other gods, his blessings ignored in favor of brighter technologies and more mechanical miracles. Eva was the last child dedicated to the Cult of Morgan, forsaken by her parents and forgotten by her family. Now she watches as her new family, her Cult, crumbles all around her.

When a series of kidnappings and murders makes it clear that someone is trying to hasten the death of the Cult of Morgan, Eva must seek out unexpected allies and unwelcome answers in the city of Ash. But will she be able to save the city from a growing conspiracy, one that reaches back to her childhood, even back to the murder of her god?

"The action moves at a breakneck pace, yet never at the expense of character development or world building...

This is a truly invigorating read, and for those of you who like your steampunk with a twist, I cannot recommend it highly enough." -

Rob Will Review

"An engaging and eventful blend of the sword and sorcery tale told with elements of steampunk, this is perhaps one of the most original books to come out this year. And that's saying something - the year is almost over." - LEC Book Reviews

Return of The Raven
Elfsorrow coverJames Barclay's mercenary group The Raven return in Elfsorrow, the first book in a new trilogy, Legends of the Raven.

The Raven travel to a new continent in search of mages to help the ruined college of Julatsa rebuild and find themselves in the midst of an ancient curse-a curse that has unleashed a plague that threatens to wipe out the elven race. Barclay excels with another tale that pitches The Raven against the clock and unseen foes. Full of desperate fights and secret betrayals, the story also fills in more of Balaia's history and delves deeper into the ancient emnities between the colleges. Barclay has created a wonderfully appealing group of heroes, and with every book their history grows and the land they live in becomes wider and richer. This is landmark fantasy in the making.

"Like Barclay's "Chronicles of the Raven,"  this series opener... packs a visceral, gritty appeal and will attract fans of Glen Cook's classic "Black Company" novels."

-Library Journal

"By the end of the book, you will weep." -Fantasy Book Review

The legend continues with the second book in the trilogy, Shadowheart, which releases next week.Shadowheart

The Raven are tested to the point of destruction when a savage war is unleashed across their world and the magical colleges of Balaia tear the land apart in their struggle for supremacy. Can The Raven even survive, let alone triumph?

"With The Raven, Barclay has created one of the more memorable casts of heroes in recent memory, supporting them within a world of magic based upon constructs entirely his own. While action may dominate the pages of his narratives, this has not taken place in the absence of increasingly strong characterization or a secondary world imaginatively and freshly developed. ...certainly a writer to watch, both for immediate enjoyment as well as future development." -SFSite

That's it for this issue. Don't forget our coupon below! As always, please feel free to check out our entire catalog and drop by our blog.

Happy Reading, and Happy Holidays,

Rene Sears
Editorial Assistant, Pyr
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