Scott Lynch in conversation at FantasyCon 2016 (Scarborough, UK)

For those of you who weren’t able to make it to FantasyCon last weekend we are thrilled to be able to share with you a summary of the brilliant in conversation between between Marcus Gipps (editor at Gollancz) and guest-of-honor Scott Lynch on 24 Sept 2016. The summary was put together by A J Dalton (Gollancz author), audience member.   Marcus Gipps [MG]: So, Scott, when did you start writing? And why fantasy? Scott Lynch [SL]: It was basically laziness. I wasn’t much of a fantasy reader early on in my life – I was reading scifi instead. From the…

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Friday Reads: Empire of the Saviours and more

So I’m editing the third of AJ Dalton’s fantasy trilogy at the moment (it’s very very good) and, as always, I had a quick skim through the first two books beforehand, to make sure I remembered who everyone was and where they’d been and so on. Now, let’s be honest here – I commissioned the books (they were one of the first two things I bought for Gollancz) – so I’m unlikely to suddenly turn around and say I don’t like them. But, honestly, I was reminded of just how good they are, and why I made the offer to…

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Gateway of the Saviours

We’re delighted to present an extract from Gateway of the Saviours, the second Gollancz book from AJ Dalton, which was released yesterday. This is the opening half of chapter two, and we join our young hero, Jillan, as he works to rebuild his town and his life following the dramatic climax to book one, Empire of the Saviours, now available in paperback.   In his dreams Jillan was always happy. Or at least he always started out as happy. He would find himself waking in his parents’ small house, his mother already moving around in the main room as she…

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How to write a beast of a novel

We’re excited to announce the UK launch of A J Dalton’s Gateway of the Saviours, the huge and machiavellian sequel to Empire of the Saviours. On behalf of all the readers and authors-in-the-making out there, we thought we’d ask the author if he could share a few of his secrets (without then having to kill us!) on how to go about writing such an epic. Here are Adam’s top tips: 1.  Don’t let anyone tell you how to do it. Ironic tip to open with, I know, but basically there’s no formula for success. If there was, everyone would be…

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AJ Dalton: Empire of the Saviours extract

This week marks the paperback publication of EMPIRE OF THE SAVIOURS, by A J Dalton. The first part in a fantasy trilogy of epic proportions, EMPIRE introduces us to young Jillan, the brutal world in which he lives, and the Heroes, Saints and Saviours who protect the population. But from what? And can you ever really trust a Hero? Jillan’s adventures continue in GATEWAY OF THE SAVIOURS, which we publish in March. However, this extract (from Chapter 2) concerns Freda, perhaps my favourite character. Freda is a woman suffering from a mysterious case of rock-blight, a disease that turns the…

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