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Thursday, December 01, 2016

SWAN KNIGHT'S SWORD by John C. Wright

Christmas has come early for John C. Wright fans, with the publication of the third and final book in THE GREEN KNIGHT'S SQUIRE trilogy, SWAN KNIGHT'S SWORD.

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. And after surviving his bewildering encounter with the two kings of Elfland and their many strange and wonderful and terrible subjects, as chronicled in FEAST OF THE ELFS, Gilberic finds himself honor-bound to travel to a house of living death called the Green Chapel.

Accompanied only by his faithful dog and following the directions of a talking horse, Gilberic must go against his beloved mother's wishes and go in search of the Green Knight, the mysterious giant who is said to dwell in the chapel, and whom he had previously beheaded. SWAN KNIGHT'S SWORD is the third and final book of THE GREEN KNIGHT'S SQUIRE, the first volume of MOTH & COBWEB, an astonishing new series about magical worlds of Day, Night, and Twilight by John C. Wright. 

John C. Wright is one of the living grandmasters of science fiction and the author of THE GOLDEN AGE, AWAKE IN THE NIGHT LAND, and IRON CHAMBER OF MEMORY, to name just three of his exceptional books. He has been nominated for the Nebula Award, for the Hugo Award, and his novel SOMEWHITHER won the 2016 Dragon Award for Best Science Fiction Novel at Dragoncon.

SWAN KNIGHT'S SWORD is now available on Amazon for $4.99. It is 180 pages and DRM-free. It is old-school fantasy of the very best kind, more in the mode of Lord Dunsany, C.S. Lewis, and Lloyd Alexander than JRR Tolkien and GRR Martin.

THE GREEN KNIGHT'S SQUIRE trilogy is now complete.
The next trilogy will begin with the first book in the DARK AVENGER'S SIDEKICK, the fourth in the Moth & Cobweb series, DAUGHTER OF DANGER. THE GREEN KNIGHT'S SQUIRE will be available in omnibus paperback, hardcover, and audio editions next year.

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56 Comments:

Blogger SteelPalm December 01, 2016 9:32 AM  

Have to disagree with you there, Vox. John C Wright's trilogy is immeasurably superior to CS Lewis' work. I always considered the Narnia books tedious, foolish, and pointless.

The Swan Knight trilogy, by contrast, is a fantastic entry in the young adult adventure genre, with full-blooded battles, humor, and ideas.

Blogger Amigo December 01, 2016 9:35 AM  

Thank you John C. Wright, Castalia House and Vox Day.

Anonymous 360 December 01, 2016 9:43 AM  

Will there be a bundle of all three available in the near future?

Blogger pdwalker December 01, 2016 9:45 AM  

i've been sick all week and i've only started coming around. i've a mountain of work to catch up on and then you have to drop this in my lap.

*buys book*

you utter soulless, heartless bastards

Blogger Keyser Soze December 01, 2016 10:07 AM  

Where's Kratman's next and final Carrera book?

Blogger VD December 01, 2016 10:08 AM  

Will there be a bundle of all three available in the near future?

In print and audio. The ebooks will remain separate.

Blogger VD December 01, 2016 10:08 AM  

Where's Kratman's next and final Carrera book?

Ask Baen Books. We don't publish those.

Anonymous Napoleon 12pdr December 01, 2016 10:09 AM  

Bought. Can't think of a more deserving author...(with the possible exception of Dr. Pournelle).

Blogger Mordineus December 01, 2016 10:24 AM  

Ordered. My son loves this.

Blogger Hylean December 01, 2016 10:37 AM  

Oh baby! I just finished vindication of man, ordered hardcover iron chamber of memory and am now going to read the third book in the trilogy? My cup runneth over. Never has it been better to be a servant of the evil league of evil. Every time a book like this is released, the towers of stained light fail, the vampires roll in theiotheior golden coffins and the true evil doers on their thrones of diverse elements including uranium curse and grind their teeth.

Blogger Aeoli Pera December 01, 2016 10:40 AM  

This dude is single-handedly writing a renaissance in SF/F.

And the green knight is in the chapel...if I read the allegory right this series will deserve some explications and I'll be happy to oblige.

Blogger Aeoli Pera December 01, 2016 10:41 AM  

Deus vult.

Blogger Mr. Naron December 01, 2016 10:49 AM  

About time.

OpenID malcolmthecynic December 01, 2016 10:59 AM  

I always considered the Narnia books tedious, foolish, and pointless...

Tedious is a matter of opinion. But if you think they're foolish and pointless you simply don't understand what's going on. "The Last Battle" especially has more depth and wisdom to it than just about anything else published today, including John's books. The complexity of the theology presented is simply extraordinary.

And the dialogue!

"If you must weep, sweetheart" (this was to Jill) "Turn your face aside and see you wet not your bow-string".

My single favorite line in all of fiction.

OpenID malcolmthecynic December 01, 2016 11:00 AM  

(I LOVE the "Green Knight's Squire" collection, to be clear. And for many reasons "Awake in the Night Land" ranks right up there with Lewis's best work - but certainly not because of theological wisdom.)

Blogger maniacprovost December 01, 2016 11:06 AM  

Crud, I don't have time to read it until the weekend.

Anonymous Erik December 01, 2016 11:08 AM  

Bought!

Blogger maniacprovost December 01, 2016 11:08 AM  

"If you must weep, sweetheart" (this was to Jill) "Turn your face aside and see you wet not your bow-string".

I actually remember that line.

Blogger Aeoli Pera December 01, 2016 11:27 AM  

malcolmthecynic wrote:(I LOVE the "Green Knight's Squire" collection, to be clear. And for many reasons "Awake in the Night Land" ranks right up there with Lewis's best work - but certainly not because of theological wisdom.)

If I had to pick something Wright's Night Land is about, I'd guess the categorical imperative. With a bit more confidence I'd guess what it is is a brief look into the minds of pagan stoics.

OpenID malcolmthecynic December 01, 2016 11:40 AM  

@19

Don't get me wrong. It is philosophically deep for a great number of reasons. Lewis was simply on another level from anyone. He might have been the most philosophically deep writer of fiction ever. But even more importantly than that, he distilled the topics down to their essences so thoroughly and clearly that he wrote a children's book tackling complex eschatological matters - and not just tackling them, but with astonishingly penetrating theological acumen wrapped up in an incredibly exciting story.

That's remarkable stuff.

Blogger RobertT December 01, 2016 11:50 AM  

For me Wright has proved a difficult author to enjoy, but when I can get into his stories, he always hits a home run that compares favorably with Tolkien or Lewis. This trilogy is one of those. In fact, his latest efforts have all been spectacular.

Blogger Craig December 01, 2016 11:51 AM  

I am particularly pleased to see this after THE VINDICATION OF MAN ended on *another* cliffhanger.

Blogger VFM #7634 December 01, 2016 11:56 AM  

/spoiler (if you haven't read the other two books)

I was a bit confused that Ruff and Nerea (the water girl) appeared to know and be okay with each other at the end of Book II, but Nerea was hiding from Ruff in Book I because he is a pooka. How did they get acquainted? Anyone else catch something I didn't?

Blogger Aeoli Pera December 01, 2016 12:01 PM  

@20, agree 100%. Lewis was a rare talent.

Blogger Austin Ballast December 01, 2016 12:32 PM  

Is the Tor boycott off? The publish The Vindication of Man.

Blogger Manach December 01, 2016 12:44 PM  

To be bought as soon as at a secure terminal. Very pleased about hearing on audible versions as well. Castilla did a good job on Van Crevald's Strategy one.

Anonymous MonkeyFist December 01, 2016 1:03 PM  

Since I know that Star Wars is a favorite of John...

Any comments on the new Star Wars "Rogue One" movie?

Two things to note:

SUPER-GRRRRL POWER KILLS DUMB WHITE STORMTROOPERS:
http://www.darkhorizons.com/rogue-one-photos-first-clip-review-talk/

The whole premise of the movie (according to the writers) is that white males are the "bad guys" and people of color and (((white women))) are the heroes:

http://www.dailystormer.com/goyim-directed-star-wars-has-no-white-male-characters/

http://www.returnofkings.com/85012/the-new-star-wars-movie-spinoff-reaffirms-disneys-hatred-of-white-males

Blogger Craig December 01, 2016 1:17 PM  

I do not participate in the Tor boycott. Not everyone around here has to agree on everything, you know.

Besides, the Eschaton sequence is arguably the most important SF series currently being published: its scope in setting and in dialogue with the rest of the field is breathtaking.

Blogger maniacprovost December 01, 2016 1:54 PM  

I actually thought Tomorrow and Tomorrow was equivalent in scope and better in pacing than the Eschaton series... but as a single novel it focused on plot, one character, and far fewer ideas. And it was published before the Nothing consumed all of SciFi.

Blogger Erynne December 01, 2016 2:01 PM  

Good lord he pumped those out fast.

Blogger Craig December 01, 2016 2:15 PM  

maniacprovost: good comparison! Sheffield arguably still has Wright beat for scope, though I doubt that will remain true once "Eschaton" ends -- but, of course, my "currently being published" weasel means I don't have to compare the two.

Heck, even the completed "Eschaton" probably won't equal Stapledon's STAR MAKER, although LAST AND FIRST MEN is clearly one of Wright's inspirations. And he has the advantage over Stapledon when it comes to background metaphysics.

Blogger Craig December 01, 2016 2:15 PM  

And since we've wandered slightly from the topic: anyone who's read 30-odd comments down has probably bought the book already -- but if you've been hesitating over GREEN KNIGHT'S SQUIRE for some reason, rest assured that it's a marvelous work, worthy of the Lewis comparison. It's a slightly older read than the Narnia books, I think, but certainly would work for YA as well as adult readers.

Does anyone have a middle grade reader in the family who's tried out the earlier volumes? I'd be curious to know how that worked out.

Blogger Matthew December 01, 2016 3:02 PM  

Craig wrote:Does anyone have a middle grade reader in the family who's tried out the earlier volumes? I'd be curious to know how that worked out.

My 12 year old son has read them multiple times, and is currently reading the first aloud to his mother at night while she cleans the kitchen.

Anonymous Brick Hardslab December 01, 2016 3:09 PM  

Just bought the new one. It is even better than the first two. Is the next trilogy on track as fast?

Blogger John Wright December 01, 2016 3:21 PM  

@ 34
"Is the next trilogy on track as fast?"

I am writing quickly.

DAUGHTER OF DANGER is on the editor's desk, and I am two chapters into CITY OF CORPSES. These will be the first and second books of the second trilogy, DARK AVENGER'S SIDEKICK, which will be about elfs and superheroines rather than elfs and knights. (Gil and his espionage dog make a brief cameo in book one).

The third trilogy will be about elfs and boy genius inventors; the fourth will be about elfs, ghosts, a teen exorcist, holy men, the ghost cities on the fiery plains of hell, and the Most Holy Grail.

Blogger Franz Lyonheart December 01, 2016 4:16 PM  

I just finished vindication of man

Does the Supreme Dark Lord allow us to buy Tor again? Enquiring VFM want to know. My humblest apologies for enquiring at all which is not a VFM allowable trait I'm sure.

Anonymous Bz December 01, 2016 4:46 PM  

I'm having a Wrightly Christmas this year, by ordering both Vindication and the excellent Iron Chamber in hardcover, and now this one as a very nice appetizer. I've gulped down the preceding two volumes on the day of buying them.

I expect Vindication will be the last Tor I buy, and the only one since the boycott started. But perhaps Scalzi will take PNH down with him and someone with a bit of sense be installed in his stead. Who knows?

Anonymous Joseph Moore December 01, 2016 5:07 PM  

Bought this, and my hardcover of Vindication of Man just came in the mail.

Dude.

Anonymous Teapartydoc December 01, 2016 6:37 PM  

I haven't read the other books, so I can't comment on those. When my kids were young I read the Narnia books again about five times through at bedtimes. Never got tired of it. Read them with an English accent, too. And with slightly different voices. Should've taped it.

Blogger Resident Moron™ December 01, 2016 7:19 PM  

Just bought it.

And found the hardcover of The Nine Laws is now available from Amazon.de, so grabbed that as well.

Anonymous Dave December 01, 2016 8:33 PM  

Just yesterday received my beautiful hardcover of AWAKE IN THE NIGHT LAND from the CH Black Friday sale and now today here comes the final book of the GREEN KNIGHT'S SQUIRE trilogy.

CH and JCW MAKING AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!

Anonymous URL IRL December 01, 2016 8:40 PM  

Going to buy SKS now and I will buy the trilogy in cellulose form.

I am also going to purchase Vindication of Man. If a certain publisher survives due to sales of Dr. Wright's books, it has earned the reprieve.

OpenID frankluke December 01, 2016 11:58 PM  

Not going to be able to read it for at least a week, but I'll buy it on launch day to help out the numbers.

Blogger L. Jagi Lamplighter Wright December 02, 2016 12:16 AM  

@37 Vindication of Man is only Book Five. The last book in that series is Count to Infinity (Book Six.)

Anonymous Brick Hardslab December 02, 2016 12:47 AM  

It was great best one of the series. Where did the inspiration for this series come?

Blogger C December 02, 2016 8:14 AM  

Will the print version be available in time for Christmas gifting?

Blogger Tim December 02, 2016 8:51 AM  

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Blogger Tim December 02, 2016 8:52 AM  

Any chance the print trilogy set will be out in time for me to buy a set for my grandchildren for Christmas? The third book blew me away. Even better than the first two. And just the sort of book I want them reading. Thanks to John Wright and Castalia House for another great book!

Blogger L. Jagi Lamplighter Wright December 02, 2016 9:41 AM  

@45...did you mean the Moth and Cobwebs? or the Count to A Trillion series?

Blogger Dreadpiratk December 02, 2016 9:52 AM  

I enjoyed Swan Knights Son, but I really liked Somewither. When will we see a sequel to it? John C Wright is getting to be as bad as Brandon Sanderson with the multiple series going at once.

Blogger John Wright December 02, 2016 10:02 AM  

@45
" from where did the inspiration for this series come?"

Vox Day suggested I could increase sales revenue by writing a juvenile with a talking animal in it. He liked 'Parliament of Beasts' from my anthology FEASTS AND SEASONS. So my immediate inspiration came from my creditors.

And also an angel with a flaming sword appeared to me in a dream and said there were no books out there telling young men about chivalry and honesty, and that I must take up the pen in the name of the champions of light to rebuke the Dark Lord and all his glamors and trumperies.

Blogger L. Jagi Lamplighter Wright December 02, 2016 11:48 AM  

@50 John is working on Nowhither.

Anonymous Dave December 02, 2016 12:20 PM  

So my immediate inspiration came from my creditors.

Heh, giving credit to the creditors.


And also an angel with a flaming sword appeared to me in a dream

Angel? http://www.edenstarbooks.com/images/theo_beale.jpg

Blogger Tim December 02, 2016 2:11 PM  

Speaking of which, I think Vox must have had issues with getting the preview books out, only 6 reviews so far, and one of those is mine which was a verified purchase. So go forth, buy and read and REVIEW, and don't forget to upvote the reviews already out there! You really will not regret it, some of the best YA I have read!

Anonymous Bz December 03, 2016 11:25 AM  

@44, you are being hell on my principles, you know.

Blogger John Wright December 03, 2016 11:56 AM  

@23
"How did they get acquainted? Anyone else catch something I didn't?"

It happens offstage. When Gil falls after his fight on the bridge with the Yeti, Nerea and Ruff cooperate to save his life. She learns to trust him during that period. Since Gil would have otherwise died, she did not have much choice but to risk trusting him.

Keep in mind that at this point in the story. Ruff belongs to Gil, whereas previously he had officially belonged to Dr. McGuire, the spymistress of Alberec.

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