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The Scarab Path
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April 1, 2011


It's our birthday! March marked Pyr's sixth year. What better way to celebrate than with more great books? April brings us the return of Cardinal Richelieu's Blades, and begins a new arc for the Shadows of the Apt. Let's get started!

Cardinal Richelieu's Dragons

Pierre Pevel returns to the France of The Cardinal's Blades with The Alchemist in the ShadowsThe Alchemist in the Shadows.

Welcome to Paris, in 1633, where dragons menace the realm. Cardinal Richelieu, the most powerful and most feared man in France, is on his guard. He knows France is under threat, and that a secret society known as the Black Claw is conspiring against him from the heart of the greatest courts in Europe. They will strike from the shadows, and when they do the blow will be both terrible and deadly. To counter the threat, Richelieu has put his most trusted men into play: the Cardinal's Blades, led by Captain la Fargue. Six men and a woman, all of exceptional abilities and all ready to risk their lives on his command. They have saved France before, and the Cardinal is relying on them to do it again.

So when la Fargue hears from a beautiful, infamous, deadly Italian spy claiming to have valuable information, he has to listen ...and when La Donna demands Cardinal Richelieu's protection before she will talk, la Fargue is even prepared to consider it. Because La Donna can name their enemy. It's a man as elusive as he is manipulative, as subtle as Richelieu himself, an exceptionally dangerous adversary: the Alchemist in the shadows ...

"Pevel, winner of the 2002 Grand Prix de l'Imaginaire and the 2005 Prix Imaginales, makes a stunning English-language debut with this breathless, swashbuckling tale of intrigue, spying, and swordfights. In an alternate 17th-century Paris, dragonnets are exotic pets, wyverns are high-class riding mounts, and drac thugs are the coarsest of mercenaries. After a five-year hiatus, Cardinal Richelieu reunites his elite force to aid France in its complex relationship with Spain's Black Claw cult of half-dragon royalty... Clegg's solid translation reads pleasingly as culturally French without the language ever feeling stilted or unnatural... action-packed adventure with a true historical sensibility. -Publishers Weekly starred review

"If I had to sum up The Cardinal's Blades in two words, they would be: great fun. This is the France of Alexandre Dumas and Fanfan la Tulipe: a land of flashing blades and break-neck chases, beautiful women and gallant warriors, of masquerades and midnight plots and sword play. The feel is that of classical Romance-we are here in the realms of The Three Musketeers-and while dragons and their schemes are the engine of the plot, they are shadowy, threatening creatures, far removed from the allies of Temeraire and Dragonflight. This is also alternate history, and history plays an important part in the plot." -Strange Horizons

Death in the Desert

The war with the Wasp Empire has ended in a bitter stalemate, The Scarab Pathand Collegium has nothing to show for it but wounded veterans. Cheerwell Maker finds herself crippled in ways no doctor can mend, haunted by ghosts of the past that she cannot appease, seeking for meaning in a city that no longer seems like home.

The Empress Seda is regaining control over those imperial cities that refused to bow the knee to her, but she draws her power from something more sinister than mere armies and war machines. Only her consort, the former spymaster Thalric, knows the truth, and now the assassins are coming and he finds his life and his loyalties under threat yet again.

Out past the desert of the Nem the ancient city of Khanaphes awaits them both, with a terrible secret entombed beneath its stones...

This is the fifth novel in the Shadows of the Apt series following Empire in Black and Gold (see coupon below), Dragonfly Falling, Blood of the Mantis, and Salute the Dark.

"The Scarab Path (A++) starts a new chapter in the Kinden series after Salute the Dark wrapped so well the first part...The Scarab Path closes its main threads so it can be read like a standalone within the greater context and of course the ending gives us some hints where the action will move next.
     "These two 2010 novels, Salute the Dark and The Scarab Path, achieved the rare feat of an awesome series novel followed by another awesome one, which is both different and familiar at the same time. Go read the series and see why it is so good!" -Fantasy Book Critic


"Tchaikovsky's fifth delving into his complex, vibrant Shadows of the Apt series takes the reader on an exhilarating journey rich with the engaging dialogue and scenery fans have come to expect. This offering invigorates the series, and if you have not yet read the other four books, The Scarab Path is why you should. It's the perfect series to enjoy as the spring season, rich with humming, buzzing insects, begins."

-RT Book Reviews TOP PICK, May 2011 (4 stars, "Fantastic - keeper")


Pyr around the Web
Black Halo
Tor.com kindly hosts an excerpt of Sam Sykes' Black Halo.  He also answers a few reader questions.

Ari Marmell (The Goblin Corps, forthcoming) talks with the Functional Nerds about role-playing games, short stories, and ebooks, among other things.

Diving Into the Wreck CoverHugo award-winning Kristine Katherine Rusch (Diving into the Wreck) joins the SF Signal podcast to talk about the role of setting in mysteries.

Editorial Director Lou Anders answers what agents and editors are looking for in Adventures in Sci Fi Publishing's The Editor's Desk.
The Wolf Age
James Enge (The Wolf Age) reveals his secret identity as a classics professor and talks about choosing a pen name.

The 41st Annual Locus Awards Ballot is open until April 15th. If you take a look, you will see some familiar names. Congratulations to our authors with nominated works!
That's it for this issue. Don't forget our coupon below! As always, please check out our entire catalog and drop by our blog.

Happy Reading,

Rene Sears
Editorial Assistant, Pyr

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The city states of the Lowlands have lived in peace for decades, bastions of civilization, prosperity and sophistication, protected by treaties, trade, and a belief in the reasonable nature of their neighbours.


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