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June 15, 2011


June brings Erin Hoffman's debut novel, Sword of Fire and Sea, as well as further accolades for Ian McDonald's The Dervish House, and many great author interviews, so let's get started!

Return of the Gryphons

Erin Hoffman's debut novel releases this month. Sword of Fire and Sea introduces a world of duty, intrigue, and gryphons.

Three generations ago Captain Vidarian Rulorat's great-Sword of Fire and Seagrandfather gave up an imperial commission to commit social catastrophe by marrying a fire priestess. For love, he unwittingly doomed his family to generations of a rare genetic disease that follows families who cross elemental boundaries. Now Vidarian, the last surviving member of the Rulorat family, struggles to uphold his family legacy, and finds himself chained to a task as a result of the bride price his great-grandfather paid: the Breakwater Agreement, a seventy-year-old alliance between his family and the High Temple of Kara'zul, domain of the fire priestesses.

The priestess Endera has called upon Vidarian to fulfill his family's obligation by transporting a young fire priestess named Ariadel to a water temple far to the south, through dangerous pirate-controlled territory. A journey perilous in the best of conditions is made more so by their pursuers: rogue telepathic magic-users called the Vkortha who will stop at nothing to recover Ariadel, who has witnessed their forbidden rites.

Together, Vidarian and Ariadel will navigate more than treacherous waters: Imperial intrigue, a world that has been slowly losing its magic for generations, secrets that the priestesshoods have kept for longer, the indifference of their elemental goddesses, gryphons--once thought mythical-- returning to the world, and their own labyrinthine family legacies. Vidarian finds himself at the intersection not only of the world's most volatile elements, but of colliding universes, and the ancient and alien powers that lurk between them.

"If you like hard-hitting fantasy adventure with a lot of magic, this is your series." - Piers Anthony

"Sword of Fire and Sea is fantasy adventure in the classic tradition, and Erin Hoffman is a fine storyteller. Read it and be swept away." - Allen Steele

"...a thoroughly enjoyable read, with an intriguing new world and civilization." -Violette Malan, author of the Dhulyn and Parno books
The Dervish House

Dervish HouseWe are delighted to say that Ian McDonald's novel The Dervish House is among the finalists for the  2011 John W. Campbell Memorial Award Finalists. This honor joins The Dervish House's Hugo nomination, Arthur C. Clarke nomination, Locus Award nomination, and BSFA win.

Congratulations to Ian McDonald for the well-deserved accolades.


Pyr around the Web
 The Falling Machine
Erin Hoffman discusses her debut, and how gaming informs her writing at Clarkesworld Magazine.

Sam Sykes (Black Halo) launches a series of author interviews in his own inimitable style.  His first victim is Andrew Mayer (The Falling Machine).

WolfsangelMD Lachlan (Wolfsangel) discusses Norse legends and magic at The Dragon Page Cover to Cover podcast.  He also discusses stand up comedy and pen names at the If You're Just Joining Us podcast.

Kindle readers, be sure to check out Joel Shepherd's Sasha, Book One of A Trial of Blood and Steel. For a limited time, you can download it free of charge. Read a review of the series at Tor.com.

Over at Adventures in Scifi Publishing, several podcasts have joined forces to give away twelve Pyr books to six winners. Check it out!

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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