Extract from THE NIGHT OF THE SWARM and a COMPETITION

To celebrate the publication of THE NIGHT OF THE SWARM we are thrilled to be able to share the prologue as well as offer you an exclusive chance to win a copy. (Aren’t we nice?) We have five copies to give away! To enter, read the extract below and send the answer to this question: Name the captain of the I.M.S. Chathrand. To: competitions@orionbooks.co.uk with the subject line: CHATHRAND VOYAGE by the 11.59pm on 1st November 2012. Visit here for our terms and conditions.   PROLOGUE A battle is ending in the heart of a black wood. From the surrounding…

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Happy Publication Day to THE NIGHT OF THE SWARM!

Happy Publication day to The Night of the Swarm, the final book in The Chathrand Voyage Quartet! We are delighted to finally be able to share the conclusion to this thrilling quartet with you.  To celebrate Simon discusses his love of fantasy and ships.  I love fantasy. I love ships. Especially the grimly beautiful ships of the line of the great navies of the 18th and 19th centuries. There is something profoundly engaging and deeply unsettling in the skill of the shipwright and the crew member combining in a hand-crafted, elegant and spirited (why are ships women?) vessel to bring maximum and…

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Finding My Way Into Alifros (Part Two)

Our  week long series of posts celebrating the publication of The Night of the Swarm, the final book in the Chathrand Voyage Quartet, continues with a brilliant post from  Robert VS Redick.  I wrote above that I “thought” of Pazel, but that is shorthand for “let myself dream until he arrived.” I know how ridiculous that sounds, but it’s simply and absolutely true. Specifically, I dreamed this: It began, as every disaster in his life began, with a calm. The harbour and the village slept. The wind that had roared all night lay quelled by the headland; the bosun grew too sleepy…

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Finding My Way Into Alifros (Part One)

Gollancz is excited to bring you a week long series of posts celebrating the publication of The Night of the Swarm the final book in the Chathrand Voyage Quartet. To kick off our posts we’ve got a special message from Robert VS Redick.  Publication week! The end of the Voyage! Thoughts and emotions are bursting out of me like magma from the depths. I want to speak to everyone, instantly. To those returning to the tale after Book III, the message is Welcome back and thank you for waiting. For newcomers, it’s Welcome aboard; did you bring your Dramamine? To all…

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Robert V.S. Redick 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 conversing with Robert V. S. Redick, author of the gripping The Chathrand Voyage Quartet which set sail with The Red Wolf Conspiracy, paused for an adventure with The Rats and the Ruling Sea, battled its way along The River of Shadows(which is shortlisted for the David Gemmell Legend Award for Best Novel) and whose voyage will come to an end this year in the much-anticipated The…

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