Tuesday, August 22, 2017

A THRONE OF BONES is free this week

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 unexpectedly plead for the royal protection of the King of Savondir, as they flee a vicious race of wolf-demons who have invaded their islands. And in the distant east, the war drums echo throughout the mountains as orcs and goblins gather in vast numbers, summoned by their bestial gods.

Epic fantasy at its deepest and most gripping, A THRONE OF BONES is Book I in the ARTS OF DARK AND LIGHT. DRM-free.

The 924-page monster is also a free download for the next four days. If you've been holding off on dipping your toe into the murky waters of Selenoth, this would be the time to jump in. Of course, no matter how excellent, an ebook is no substitute for the beautiful hardcover or even the imposing paperback.

From the reviews:
  • "This hefty tome has a scope and grandeur rivaling George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire, but instead of mocking heroic ideals, Day celebrates them."
  • "This book contains strong traces DNA from Umberto Eco and Neal Stephenson, but it stands on its own as a fantastically monstrous creature."
  • "There are beautiful moments, there is clever dialogue, there is deep mystery. It took some level of genius to write it."
  • "There are gritty moments and complex characters. But what really distinguishes A Throne of Bones from other recent epic fantasy is that Day hasn't forgotten the value of beauty. ARTS OF DARK AND LIGHT is the most promising new series in epic fantasy."
  • "He's a far better writer than most fantasy authors you'll find. His pacing is incredible, as somehow the last half of this beastly volume flies by with accelerating momentum, and the ending actual feels like a grandiose beginning while still bringing closure to most of the threads."
Don't forget that Book II of the ARTS OF DARK AND LIGHT, A SEA OF SKULLS, is a finalist for Best Fantasy Novel in the 2017 Dragon Awards. Or our new release, the brutally funny THE PROMETHEAN, which is presently the #1 bestseller in Satire.

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Anonymous roo_ster August 22, 2017 7:25 AM  

Willing to pay good money for a complete sea of skulls.

Anonymous RS August 22, 2017 7:27 AM  

Are any Sea of Skulls updates available via Amazon?

Blogger Unknown August 22, 2017 7:36 AM  

I want to jump into sea of skulls because I enjoyed A Throne of bones A LOT, but I don't know if wait for the complete version.

I think the pace and detail were very well built in ATOB. I see the need for that big amount of pages.

Blogger WarKicker August 22, 2017 7:42 AM  

I recommend the hard cover. It is in fact beautiful and displays proudly on my bookshelf, drawing as much attention as my cherished Alan Lee signed and numbered limited edition of Lord of the Rings.

Anonymous David of One August 22, 2017 7:48 AM  

Thank you VD. You've been most generous over these many years.

Blogger VD August 22, 2017 7:51 AM  

I want to jump into sea of skulls because I enjoyed A Throne of bones A LOT, but I don't know if wait for the complete version.

Don't wait for that. But wait until tomorrow....

Willing to pay good money for a complete sea of skulls.

It is complete, from a literary perspective. But the Extended Edition will be out in December.

Anonymous Causal Lurker August 22, 2017 7:56 AM  

Unknown - START SWIMMING! "Sea of Skulls" is faster paced, but with a lot of new perspectives (mostly nonhuman), and some interesting cross-links among viewpoint characters. You'll enjoy it, and then enjoy re-reading the complete volume. The SDL is kind, but cruel with how he metes out kindness a section at a time.

Blogger Miguel August 22, 2017 8:50 AM  

I am the "Unknown" writing before.

I think one of the things I enjoyed the most about the first book, and has been overlooked in most reviews, was how the supernatural villain was relatable and with interesting and intriguing motivations and lore around.

Can't wait to know more about his faction. It's not easy to craft such thing I think, and some I didn't expect about Vox and surprise me pleasantly.

Not like the boring Overpowered Level 20+ Necromancer without personality in Game of thrones show. He is a D&D epic sorcerer with maxed skills and stats and no dialogue. The Lore also very underwhelming after the build up to its reveal.

The sad thing is him summon thousands undeads at one time is the most exciting thing about that show in the last 3 seasons.

Blogger SJ August 22, 2017 8:56 AM  

Waiting for the audio book so I can listen at work. SJWs always lie was great though.

Anonymous Anonymous August 22, 2017 9:00 AM  

This needs an audio book release.

Blogger jaericho August 22, 2017 9:34 AM  

At my urging, a coworker who has read GoT bought AToB yesterday. I'm sure she'll be buying Sea of Skulls soon.

Blogger Mr Traumaboyy August 22, 2017 9:45 AM  

I read both in two weeks and can not wait for more!!! Bring it VD!!!!!

Blogger Chiva August 22, 2017 10:23 AM  

This needs an audio book release.

I agree.

Anonymous 5343 Kinds of Deplorable August 22, 2017 10:29 AM  

This needs an audio book release.

Good luck to the narrator of that baby. Can you imagine pronouncing all those proper names consistently?

Blogger U PC BRO? August 22, 2017 11:09 AM  

Proud owner of the original hardcover published by Marcher Lord. Look forward to sharing with my son when he's old enough.

Anonymous GreatNorthernDCLXVI August 22, 2017 11:18 AM  

Thanks Vox! This will be my first venture in your world of fiction after having happily devoured two of your non-fiction works.

Anonymous Desmond August 22, 2017 11:42 AM  

I will need a complete Sea of Skull

Blogger RobertT August 22, 2017 12:30 PM  

From my perspective ... I don't understand why Castalia books are always on the free list. I assume you've tested it to see which approach gives the best returns. But my gut tells me that freebies don't work as well with books as it would with something where you want repeat sales, like flour, or m&m's, or whiskey. My suspicion is that although they're free, digital book giveaway cuts into sales. Something else I would be concerned about is that freebies can give the impression of a 2nd rate product. In my experience, that's what you usually get.

Anonymous Mycroft Jones August 22, 2017 12:34 PM  

Thank you Vox! Locked and loaded. I'll read it soon.

On a related topic, the Prometheans would have been as good or better than the Missionaries, if not that it struck a little close to home. The Prometheans is one of those satires I expect to become MORE humorous with time, unlike those works that are tied to their own specific moment in time. I'm already figuring out how to give it as a gift to some friends; something I haven't done in many years.

Anonymous Mycroft Jones August 22, 2017 12:35 PM  

Also, I just have to ask; is Owen Stanley an alias for Neal Stephenson? The writing style really really reminds me of Neal Stephenson's work.

Anonymous 5343 Kinds of Deplorable August 22, 2017 12:47 PM  

is Owen Stanley an alias for Neal Stephenson?

Not so much.

Blogger Chris Ritchie August 22, 2017 12:54 PM  

Thanks! Just downloaded and looking forward to reading it.

Anonymous kfg August 22, 2017 1:07 PM  

Thank you for the book. And if you can get Mojo Mori to do what you got Owen Stanley to do, I shall do my small part in repaying the kindness with a purchase.

And yeah, if I enjoy the book I'll likely purchase further volumes in the series, but don't pay any attention to that.

Anonymous Killua August 22, 2017 4:46 PM  

Thank you! Just downloadaded it.

Blogger VD August 22, 2017 5:13 PM  

. Something else I would be concerned about is that freebies can give the impression of a 2nd rate product. In my experience, that's what you usually get.

Have you actually read our books? We're not concerned about uninformed impressions of quality.

Blogger Dave August 22, 2017 5:21 PM  

re Dragon Awards: if you're not registered to vote the deadline to receive a ballot is this Sunday, August 28th at 11:59PM (EDT)

Blogger NO GOOGLES August 23, 2017 1:17 AM  

Thanks very much! I really wanted to start this series after hearing so many positive reviews but money is a bit tight at the moment. Christmas comes early this year.

Blogger wreckage August 23, 2017 6:22 AM  

Baen has sold a lot of books to me as a result of their occasional online free books.

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