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The Goblin Corps
Pyr Around the Web
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July 1, 2011


The Goblins are coming to Pyr! Ari Marmell examines the conflict between good and evil from the point of view of the foot soldiers of the Dark Lord.  Also, our authors are busy around the web, so let's get started.

The Few. The Proud. The Obscene.
Morthűl, the dreaded Charnel King, has failed. Goblin Corps

Centuries of plotting from the heart of the Iron Keep, deep within the dark lands of Kirol Syrreth-all for naught. Foiled at the last by the bumbling efforts of a laughable band of so-called heroes, brainless and over-muscled cretins without sense enough to recognize a hopeless cause when they take it on. Machinations developed over generations, schemes intended to deliver the world into the Dark Lord's hands, now devastated beyond salvation. But the so-called forces of Light have paid for their meddling with the life of Princess Amalia, only child of the royal family of Shauntille.

Now, as winter solidifies its icy grip on the passes of the Brimstone Mountains, disturbing news has reached the court of Morthűl. King Dororam, enraged by the murder of his only child-and accompanied by that same group of delusional upstart "heroes" -is assembling all the Allied Kingdoms, fielding an army unlike any seen before. The armies of Kirol Syrreth muster to meet the attack that is sure to come as soon as the snows have melted from the mountain paths, but their numbers are sorely depleted. Still, after uncounted centuries of survival, the Dark Lord isn't about to go down without a fight, particularly in battle against a mortal! No, the Charnel King still has a few tricks up his putrid and tattered sleeves, and the only thing that can defeat him now may just be the inhuman soldiers on whom he's pinned his last hopes.

Welcome to the Goblin Corps. May the best man lose.

"Ari Marmell has a remarkable flair for the sinister." -Scott Lynch

"Marmell has cleverly turned the bad guys into good guys without cleaning up a single drop of blood or amending anyone's ill manners.  The Goblin Corps serves up gore and guile with a side of amusement--a great read for anyone who's ever wondered what the world looks like from the sinister side!"-Kevin Hearne

"I can't remember the last time I so thoroughly enjoyed a thumping great-big-action fantasy novel. ...a big, loud, stadium concert of a book. It is unashamed. It is exciting, funny, dramatic, emotional, and utterly readable. It takes fantasy stereotypes, shoves them in your face, and dares you not to be entertained by them. It's just great fun to read and we all like fun, right?" -James Barclay
Pyr around the Web

Jon Sprunk joins the Functional Nerds to talk about Shadow's Shadow's LureLure.

Erin Hoffman discusses the Big Idea behind Sword of Fire and Sea.

Kristine Kathryn Rusch has a two part interview at Adventures in Sci Fi Publishing, in which she talks about City of Ruins, her many pen names, and writing short chapters, among other things.

City of RuinsKay Kenyon (The Entire and the Rose) joins the SF Signal Mind Meld to discuss keeping science fiction relevant in the face of changing technology.

Also on SF Signal, Joel Shepherd (A Trial of Blood and Steel) discusses how to do action movies with female leads the right way. 

Kindle users may download book one of A Trial of Blood and Steel, Sasha, free of charge at Amazon. 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! The contest runs until July 22.

Free Books and a Contest
Kindle users may download book one of A Trial of Blood and Steel,Sasha, free of charge at Amazon to US customers. Read a review of the series at Tor.com.  Kay Kenyon's Bright of the Sky is also free for Kindle.

Over at Adventures in Scifi Publishing, several podcasts have joined forces to give away twelve Pyr books to six winners. Check it out! The contest runs until July 22. 


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
an imprint of Prometheus Books







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