W&N Fiction

Rae Carson

Rae CarsonRae Carson has published short stories in venues such as Weird Tales Magazine and Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and is a graduate of the Blue Heaven Novel Writing Workshop. She lives in Columbus, Ohio, with her husband, novelist C.C. Finlay, two (reasonably) well-behaved teenaged stepsons and a pair of naughty cats.

You can find out more about her books (Fire and Thorns, The Crown of Embers and The Bitter Kingdom) by clicking on their titles, or by visiting her website at www.raecarson.com. You can also follow Rae on Twitter @raecarson.



Friday Reads: Crown of Embers

This week I’m winding my way through The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson. It’s no secret how much I adored Fire and Thorns. I wrote about it here

I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy of The Crown of Embers. Rae Carson does not disappoint! I love Elisa’s journey as a character. I am so freaking Team Hector it’s not even funny. But I have to say the … More

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Fire and Thorns – Chapter One

Fans of our Gollancz Dark Fantasy Facebook page will know that every Thursday we have #ThirstyForThursday, where we introduce you to a book or a series we think you’ll be Thirsty for. This week, it is the wonderful FIRE AND THORNS by Rae Carson, out now.

In FIRE AND THORNS, Princess Elisa is a disappointment to her people. Although she bears the Godstone in her navel, a sign that she has been chosen for an act of heroism, … More

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I read Fire and Thorns on what had to be the worst Christmas Break of my life. This was the Christmas of the great snowstorm that shut down Heathrow airport for days. I was stranded in the UK and unable to get home to New York to see my family for the holiday. When I finally could get a flight out (the day after Boxing Day) I flew into a New York that was suffering from a blizzard. … More

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Gollancz Titles on the Locus Recommended Reading List

Every year, Locus, the magazine of the science fiction & fantasy field, compiles a Recommended Reading List to help readers sort through the vast number of novels, collections, anthologies, stories, etc that are published each year. They’ve just released 2011’s list, which is as good a roadmap through last year’s territory as you’re going to find, and contains a number of items of Gollanczish goodness:

SF Novels
The Islanders by More

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Rae Carson 60 Second Interview

In celebration of the David Gemmell Award long-lists being published, Gollancz is thrilled to be running a series of interviews-in-sixty-seconds with as many long-listed authors as we can get our hands on. Today we’re delighted to talk to Rae Carson, author of the wonderful debut fantasy novel Fire and Thorns which is nominated for Best Fantasy Novel 2011 AND Best Debut Novel 2011 (as well as being short-listed for The William C. Morris Debut Award, and The Cybils … More

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