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July 16, 2012

July brings the conclusion to Sean William's Books of the Cataclysm quartet with a special ebook-only release of The Devoured Earth. Three Pyr covers have been nominated for Chesley awards, and our YA line has been getting attention. Let's get started! 
Sean William's The Devoured Earth


The Devoured Earth "Williams is a master storyteller, and this novel is a celebration of his wild talent." -Jack Dann, author of The Man Who Melted 


"A dark and compelling tale." -Fiona McIntosh, author of Myrren's Gift

"[In The Hanging Mountains,] Williams creates a series of places and peoples that feel utterly different to anything that's come before... Every character is very three-dimensional and no easy cliché is used anywhere. Sean Williams is writing an important series here that does a great service to the fantasy genre by encouraging it to break tradition. His powerfully creative world-building should stand as a call to arms for fantasy writers to leave the world of Tolkien-aping lands behind and really start being adventurous. Read all three of The Books Of The Cataclysm and when the fourth is released, buy that, too. I know I will." -SFCrowsnest

Sean Williams concludes the Books of the Cataclysm quartet with The Devoured Earth, a special ebook-only release.

In a glacial lake at the top of the world, salvation and destruction await ...

Haunted by a ghost from the future, Shilly and her man'kin allies are drawn into the snowbound mountains on a mission to save the world. Yod, trapped by the Castillo twins in the Void Benath, may finally be breaking free.

Hard on Shilly's heels are Sal and his father, and an uneasy alliance of Sky Wardens, Panic, and foresters. The stakes are high as ancient forces including the strange and alien glast and a dragon with its own agenda struggle for ascendancy. If the Goddess rises from her Tomb, the fate of the Ice Eaters will be sealed and they will kill anyone who tries to get in their way...

If you missed the earlier Books of the Cataclysm, check out our coupon below to save 50% on the first book, The Crooked Letter!


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Pyr Around the Web

The Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy artists have The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man announced the finalists for the 2012 Chesley Awards! The cover artists for three Pyr novels are finalists in the category of Paperback Books: Justin Gerard for Hearts of Smoke and Steam by Andrew P. Mayer, Lucas Graciano for The Goblin Corps by Ari Marmell, Jon Sullivan for The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man by Mark Hodder. Also nominated, Lou Anders for Best Art Director. Congratulations and good luck to all the nominees!

E.C. Myer's "pure awesome crack" YA debut, Fair Coin, makes Wired's list of 11 smart SF and fantasy books: Summer School for Geeks. Ian MacDonald's Planesrunner features in The Washington Post's three sci-fi adventures for summer.

Those readers anticipating the September release of The Kingmakers, the concluding volume in Clay and Susan Griffith's Vampire Empire trilogy can take a chance on an advanced reader copy with this Goodreads giveaway! The drawing ends July 18th.

August Books Around the Corner

It's dwarves versus dragons as James Enge returns to Morlock Ambrosius in A Guile of Dragons--an origin story for his signature character!  


A Guile of Dragons "[E]fficiently excellent epic fantasy... Enge's engaging portrait of Morlock...will have readers hunting down earlier books to learn more about the adventurer and his history."

            -Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Providing a back door into the Arthur/Merlin mythos, Enge creates a fascinating counterpoint to the familiar legends."

            -Library Journal

Before history began, the dwarves of Thrymhaiam fought against the dragons as the Longest War raged in the deep roads beneath the Northhold. Now the dragons have returned. The weight of guarding the Northhold rests on the crooked shoulders of Morlock Ambrosius. But his wounded mind has learned a dark secret: the Longest War can never be over...

"McEntire's writing shimmers. The world she's crReapereated is intricate and full of life. Reaper will leave you breathless."
--Kristopher Reisz, author of Unleashed

"Reaper is a fascinating and touching story built in a rich, layered world where the stakes are bigger than life or death... . K.D. McEntire's writing is smart, sharp, and utterly engaging. Reaper will take you on a thrilling trip... where death is only the beginning."
--Leah Petersen, author of Fighting Gravity

After the death of her mother, Wendy attempts to fill her shoes. Her first surprise is learning that she is part of a powerful and ancient family of Reapers, which her mother had forsaken. Now that both her mother and Piotr are gone, Wendy must struggle to maneuver between the machinations of the dead and the dark intentions of her living Reaper family. She has only days to unravel the mysteries her mother left behind and to convince her wary family to accept her as one of their own.


That's it for this issue. As always, please check out our entire catalog and drop by our blog.

Happy Reading,

Rene Sears
Editorial Assistant, Pyr
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Crooked Letter

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"Drawing on worldwide myths and legends, Australian author Williams (The Resurrected Man) expertly twists the familiar into the grotesque in this deeply spooky story, the first in a new fantasy series." - Publishers Weekly

"Australian sf and speculative fiction writer Williams...creates unique worlds and captivating visions with his thoughtful and imaginative storytelling. A superb addition to most fantasy collections." -Library Journal  


When mirror twins Seth and Hadrian Castillo travel to Europe on holidays, they don't expect the end of the world to follow them. Seth's murder, however, puts exactly that into motion.

From opposite sides of death, the Castillo twins grapple with a reality neither of them suspected, although it has been encoded in myths and legends for millennia. The Earth we know is just one of many "realms", three of which are inhabited by humans during various stages of their lives. And their afterlives...

In the tradition of Philip Pullman and Ursula K. Le Guin and inspired by numerous arcane sources, the Books of the Cataclysm begin in the present world but soon propel the reader to a landscape that is simultaneously familiar and fantastic.

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