In Selenoth, the race of Man is on the ascendant. The ancient dragons sleep. The ghastly Witchkings are no more; their evil power destroyed by the courage of Men and the fearsome magic of the Elves. The Dwarves have retreated to the kingdoms of the Underdeep, the trolls hide in their mountains, and even the savage orc tribes have learned to dread the iron discipline of Amorr's mighty legions. But after four hundred years of mutual suspicion, the rivalry between two of the Houses Martial that rule the Amorran Senate threatens to turn violent, and unrest sparks rebellion throughout the imperial provinces. In the north, the barbarian reavers who have long plagued the coasts of the White Sea beg for the royal protection of the King of Savondir, as they flee a vicious race of wolf-demons. In the east, the war drums echo throughout the mountains as orcs and goblins gather in great numbers, summoned by their bestial gods.
And when the Most Holy and Sanctified Father is found dead in his bed, leaving the Ivory Throne of the Apostles unclaimed, the temptation to seize the Sacred College and wield Holy Mother Church as a weapon is more than some fallen souls can resist.
I am very pleased to be able to say that A Throne of Bones is now available for $4.99 for Amazon Kindle and $4.99 for Barnes and Noble Nook, as well as $34.99 in hardcover from Marcher Lord Hinterlands. It is 852 pages in hardcover and it is not at all necessary to have read either Summa Elvetica or A Magic Broken first. Both SE and AMB are little more than an extended chapter in the story of a perspective character from A Throne of Bones.
The Responsible Puppet was the first individual other than the editor to read it, and he kindly took the time to review it on his blog in time for this announcement.
When I reviewed `Summa Elvetica', Vox Day's last fiction book, I wrote, `My feeling here is that this book could be a "The Hobbit"-like prelude to a much more significant fictional writing.' This, I'm pleased to say, is what the author has done. `Throne' is placed in the same universe as that book and only a few years (months?) later. And what is this universe? Just like with Summa, imagine Rome in the fifth century, complete with a Christian heritage. Now add in magic. And elves. And dwarves and goblins and some kind of new immortal creature.And because every epic fantasy needs a map, this one arguably more than most, I was fortunate to be able to once again call upon the artistic talents of JartStar. This is the map of Selenoth and Imperial Amorr that appears in the book.
But the geography is completely different. The Empire is Amorr. In it, there are two very strong family houses that are growing more and more at odds with each other. In one of these houses, two brothers are in conflict – for good reason...
It is, in turn, humorous, shocking and exciting. There are beautiful moments, there is clever dialogue, there is deep mystery. It took some level of genius to write it.
UPDATE: It is nice to see some appreciation for Kirk's superlative work from Instapundit: "VOX DAY’S NEW NOVEL, A Throne of Bones, is now out at Amazon. Very nice cover." By all means, judge the book by it....
UPDATE 2: Dr. Helen mentions the release on her site too.
UPDATE 3: I've posted an announcement at Black Gate too, with a brief summary of the connection between the book and some of my past posts there.