We are very pleased and proud to announce the beginning of a brand new YA fantasy series from John C. Wright that we anticipate may one day be worthy to be mentioned in the same breath as classic fantasy series such as The Dark is Rising and The Chronicles of Prydain. The book is the first in a new duodecilogy called Moth & Cobweb, and the first book in the series is THE GREEN KNIGHT'S SQUIRE: SWAN KNIGHT'S SON.
Gilberic Parzival Moth is a strange and lonely boy who has grown up without a father, raised by a single mother who moves from town to town in fear of something she will not name. His only friends are animals, with whom he has always been able to speak. But when he awakens one night at the Thirteenth Hour, and sees for the first time the dark reality of the secret rule of Elf over Man, he begins to learn about his true heritage, the heritage of Twilight.
And when his mother finally tells him the terrible truth of her past, he must choose whether to continue running with her in fear, or learning how to fight against ancient powers that are ageless, soulless, and ultimately damned. SWAN KNIGHT'S SON is the first book of THE GREEN KNIGHT'S SQUIRE, the first volume of MOTH & COBWEB, an astonishing new duodecilogy about the magical worlds of Day, Night, and Twilight by John C. Wright.
If you enjoyed Mr. Wright's One Bright Star to Guide Them, then you will almost certainly enjoy the Moth & Cobweb series. The series has been some time in the works; after the success of One Bright Star, I encouraged John to write about the childhood adventures to which the adults refer throughout the novella, but he did not wish to retread ground he had previously covered, even in reference. Instead, he came up with the idea of the Day World, the Twilight World, and the Night World, and soulless elfs that are fey and cruel because they know that despite their beauty and power, they are ultimately doomed.
SWAN KNIGHT'S SON is 167 pages, DRM-free, and sells for $4.99 exclusively on Amazon. New Release subscribers, check your emails to see the bonus book offer. From the early reviews:
- On one hand it's a very common "coming-of-age" tale. On the other, it's a treasure trove of fantasy, skillfully woven together with surprising twists.
- I have come to expect a lot from John Wright and this book does not disappoint.
- Tolkien would appreciate the deeper world that clearly lies behind Wright's work. Following up on an allusion of Wright's is like tugging on what looks like a stray thread and finding it's part of a large and lovely tapestry.
- This latest offering from John C. Wright is one of his most charming. A modern coming of age story that stands head and shoulders above the genre by virtue of its moral clarity.
- John C. Wright outdoes his already formidable body of fantastical works with his newest fantasy novel, Swan Knight’s Son.
I would be remiss if I failed to mention one more thing about this novel. It closes with what is either the second- or third-best ending of a John C. Wright story, after "The Last of All Suns" and possibly "One Bright Star to Guide Them".