ALL BLOG POSTS AND COMMENTS COPYRIGHT (C) 2003-2020 VOX DAY. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. REPRODUCTION WITHOUT WRITTEN PERMISSION IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED.

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

The Last Witchking

I am pleased to announce that Marcher Lord Hinterlands has released THE LAST WITCHKING, a 105-page ebook that consists of the title novelette and two short stories, all three of of which are set in Selenoth, the world of A THRONE OF BONES.  It is now available from Amazon for $1.99.

The title story concerns the hidden heir to a fallen race of magicians, the infamous Witchkings, who delves deep into his father's dark lore as he pursues vengeance against the elves and men responsible for destroying his people. The second story, "The Hoblets of Wiccam Fensboro", is a tale of survival and the triumph of simple human decency in the face of brutality and defeat. The third story, "Opera Vita Aeterna", tells the story of the relationship between an elven sorcerer and a monk of the Ordo Sancti Dioscuri, and how they discover that the transformational power of friendship can be the highest and most potent magic of all.  The third story also features a brief appearance by one of the perspective characters from A THRONE OF BONES.

Thanks to Jartstar, who did another excellent job on the cover.  We wanted to go for a different look this time, one that hinted at the broad spectrum of good and evil that is explored in the book.  To celebrate the new publication, Hinterlands will be giving away THE WARDOG'S COIN for free on Amazon tomorrow and Friday.

Labels: ,

79 Comments:

Anonymous Noah B. May 01, 2013 3:34 PM  

Awesome cover!

Anonymous Josh May 01, 2013 3:40 PM  

That cover rocks.

how they discover that the transformational power of friendship can be the highest and most potent magic of all.

Anonymous Fatherof10 May 01, 2013 3:40 PM  

This title is not currently available for purchase

Says Amazon

Anonymous Josh May 01, 2013 3:41 PM  

Stupid comment system

how they discover that the transformational power of friendship can be the highest and most potent magic of all.

[insert bane super gay rant]

Anonymous VD May 01, 2013 3:42 PM  

This title is not currently available for purchase

It takes time for Amazon to get a book fully into the system. It sort of shows up piecemeal. It should be purchasable in another hour or two.

Anonymous Spidey May 01, 2013 3:55 PM  

Is this some kind of homage to the Green Goblin?

Blogger Nate May 01, 2013 4:08 PM  

i already said it before... but it can be repeated...

This cover is freaking amazing.

Blogger Nate May 01, 2013 4:10 PM  

"how they discover that the transformational power of friendship can be the highest and most potent magic of all."

I'm going to agree with Josh here... Its a worthy lesson... but you could come up with a less gay way of saying it.

Anonymous Josh May 01, 2013 4:13 PM  

My Little Ponies: Selenoth

First moldbug, now the bronies...

Anonymous mjb May 01, 2013 4:19 PM  

That book cover could be a Dream Theater cover.

Anonymous Godfrey May 01, 2013 4:20 PM  

Is that a government building in DC on the cover?

Anonymous Darth Toopodicus May 01, 2013 4:22 PM  

At the very least, its what the government looks like at that same spot in the Nevernever.

Anonymous Sensei May 01, 2013 4:23 PM  

Reading it now. This is even better than TWC... I'm liking the German flavor and what I think are a Nietzschean reference or two.

"and began to walk towards the sea."

Was that a subtle reference to certain Revelation passages in addition to merely being geographically appropriate? That's definitely the inference I drew but I'm firmly in the Author Intent camp so I'd be curious to know..

Anonymous TJIC May 01, 2013 4:24 PM  

When I go to Amazon I see

Pricing information not available.

Blogger JartStar May 01, 2013 4:26 PM  

The Last Witchking is by far the darkest fiction of Vox's I've read.

Anonymous Heh May 01, 2013 4:28 PM  

The second story, "The Hoblets of Wiccam Fensboro", is a tale of survival and the triumph of simple human decency in the face of brutality and defeat.

This is the one with short people riding on pigs, right?

Anonymous Cinco May 01, 2013 4:38 PM  

Wow, love the cover. Congrats.

Blogger sconzey May 01, 2013 4:46 PM  

Do you know when this will be available on the UK Amazon store?

Love the cover.

Anonymous mistaben May 01, 2013 4:47 PM  

The JartStar collaboration continues to pay off. Rock on.

Anonymous jack May 01, 2013 4:49 PM  

Great cover, Jartstar!
I would love to delve right into Witchking but am waiting for the freeby from Marcher for buying SE. I may lose patience and pay the 1.99 and go on into it.

Anonymous wcu May 01, 2013 4:51 PM  

Vox, would it make a lot more sense to get your other books first before reading this one?

Anonymous Sensei May 01, 2013 4:54 PM  

The Last Witchking is by far the darkest fiction of Vox's I've read. -JartStar

Having gotten farther into it, I would have to agree.
Given their earlier hesitation, I'm actually a little surprised Marcher Lord agreed to publish it, new imprint or no.

Anonymous jack May 01, 2013 5:12 PM  

@Sensei

I suspect Marcher wants to keep Vox happy.

Anonymous Egypt May 01, 2013 5:23 PM  

Thank You

Anonymous WaterBoy May 01, 2013 6:03 PM  

Ewww! Egypt is spamming all over these threads. Here I thought it was only Nigeria with that problem.

Is somebody going to clean this mess up?

Anonymous bbtp May 01, 2013 6:04 PM  

Just noticed the first review is up. Please delete my accidentally anonymous comment to this effect above.

--bbtp

Anonymous Orion May 01, 2013 6:06 PM  

Kudos on the cover JartStar. I don't buy books because of covers but if I did, that would motivate me to do so.

Anonymous VD May 01, 2013 6:10 PM  

I'm going to agree with Josh here... Its a worthy lesson... but you could come up with a less gay way of saying it.

I don't know. I found the Disneyesque tone of the description to be amusing, especially considering the nature of the title story. And it is an accurate description after all.

Anonymous VD May 01, 2013 6:12 PM  

Vox, would it make a lot more sense to get your other books first before reading this one?

Yes. It's not absolutely necessary, but I suspect the depth of the first and third stories will, to a certain extent, be lost on the new reader. This is not true of AMB and TWC, however.

Anonymous rycamor May 01, 2013 6:23 PM  

Josh May 01, 2013 3:40 PM

That cover rocks.


+1

One of the best book covers I've ever seen.

Blogger sconzey May 01, 2013 6:28 PM  

Please disregard my earlier comment; it's now on the UK Amazon store :D

Anonymous Tonya May 01, 2013 6:33 PM  

Ugh. I'm going to have to give in and get an e-reader. I'm sure this has been covered before, but a couple of quick recommendations would be quite helpful... Kindle? Nook? I don't even know what else there is.

Anonymous Curlytop May 01, 2013 6:36 PM  

Jartstar, that is a gorgeous cover! Talk about capitalizing on the mood of a story. Will pick this up after I finish TOB.

Anonymous VD May 01, 2013 6:38 PM  

Kindle? Nook?

The new Kindles are probably the best. Nook is dying out. Kobo has terrible software and they freeze up on a regular basis. I despise Amazon's walled garden approach, which is why I use Aldiko on an Android Tablet, but I have to admit, the Kindle for Android software is quite good.

Anonymous Sean May 01, 2013 6:43 PM  

So will the offspring of Baastiel be described in another short story? If not, what are the offspring like?

Anonymous VD May 01, 2013 6:54 PM  

So will the offspring of Baastiel be described in another short story?

You may wish to check out The Wardog's Coin"....

Anonymous Molon Rouge May 01, 2013 7:00 PM  

Hmm,,,,Witchkings? Perhaps, it is time for a made-up word here. LOTR had them.

How about a new trendy name for the Spellboys?

Anonymous Sensei May 01, 2013 7:58 PM  

Hmm,,,,Witchkings? Perhaps, it is time for a made-up word here. LOTR had them. -Molon Rouge

See: Elves, High Elves, Wood Elves, Dwarves, Trolls, Goblins, Necromancer, Wraiths...

Few if any of those names are original to Tolkien, but trying to slap new names on classic fantasy archetypes is worse than simply acknowledging the debt.

Anonymous WaterBoy May 01, 2013 7:59 PM  

The HeX-Men.

Blogger Nate May 01, 2013 8:01 PM  

" I despise Amazon's walled garden approach, which is why I use Aldiko on an Android Tablet, but I have to admit, the Kindle for Android software is quite good."

Kindle for blackberry is excellent as well. I read continually on my playbook and Z10.

Anonymous Mr. Nightstick May 01, 2013 8:04 PM  

The only disappointing thing is the fear that you can't keep up the pace and keep turning them out like this.

Blogger Penrose May 01, 2013 8:06 PM  

I like the cover too. I think I'll start reading your books.

Anonymous Godfrey May 01, 2013 8:06 PM  

Is the building on the cover the Federal Reserve?

Maybe not, it doesn't look evil enough to be that building.

Blogger VD May 01, 2013 8:09 PM  

One thing to keep in mind is that the problem with the Table of Contents on Kindle for Android is NOT a problem with the book file. It is a known problem with the latest Kindle application on many Android devices, including the Nexus 7.

The only disappointing thing is the fear that you can't keep up the pace and keep turning them out like this.

Well, this is the last small one for a while. The next one is Book Two, next spring.

Anonymous VD May 01, 2013 8:11 PM  

How about a new trendy name for the Spellboys?

If you want to be technical, they don't call themselves that. They call themselves Wahrkönigen.

Anonymous The One May 01, 2013 8:13 PM  

Is it better to buy the book today, or tomorrow/Friday to coincident with The Wardog's Coin Free Giveaway.

Anonymous jack May 01, 2013 8:20 PM  

Tonya

The folks have covered it pretty well. I have two Kindles. The original is trusty, black and white and a bit bulky. The latest is a Paperwhite. I really like the internal light. Saves my eyesight a lot. I have stayed away from the fire since I have no need to view movies on a Kindle. The only downside to the paperwhite is that they did not include text to speech. The old one has this and I use it now and again.
I would recco the paperwhite if you don't need color. Be sure and get a cover/case for it. Even with the cover this unit is nice and compact.

Anonymous The One May 01, 2013 8:48 PM  

Ipad mini, can have epub, ibooks, kindle and nook apps

Anonymous The One May 01, 2013 8:55 PM  

Never mind to my question, I can't buy it today. Will try again tomorrow.

Blogger JACIII May 01, 2013 9:47 PM  

So, VD, you've lost a couple steps on the field, but you look to have hit your stride as an author.

Kratman and Correia are not prolific enough to keep me entertained. Hit the afterburner, slacker.

Anonymous Pequod May 01, 2013 9:59 PM  

Here I am, a short drive from Amazon HQ, and the damned thing still won't work for me. C'est la vie.

Blogger Joshua_D May 01, 2013 10:11 PM  

Definitely a good cover. Well done Jartstar. I guess I need to read TWC, before this arrives. So much to read so little time ...

Anonymous Godfrey May 01, 2013 10:23 PM  

Do you know what would make a great SF novel? A protagonist trapped in a shallow sterile dystopian world in which the corrupt psychopathic ruling regime promotes and enforces irrational psychologically disordered behaviors. And the protagonist is utterly alone in this realization. All the other characters around him believe everything the people on an electronic box in their living quarters tell them to believe.

Is this too farfetched?

Anonymous Tonya May 01, 2013 11:01 PM  

Thank you guys for the recommendations - very helpful!

Anonymous Jack Amok May 01, 2013 11:12 PM  

Kindle? Nook?

I read Kindle books on my laptop and Win8 Phone. My wife loves her Kindle.

Anonymous Pequod May 01, 2013 11:42 PM  

Honestly I just want VD to throw the Orcs some love. A newly civilized tribe hoping to make their way into the world of human/elf/dwarf civilization. Think Elder Scrolls, where the Orcs proved themselves as the best Legion conscripts.

Anonymous Reader May 01, 2013 11:56 PM  

Great. Just what literature needs more than anything: More witches, hobbits and Elves! How could you have left out the vampires!!

Blogger IM2L844 May 02, 2013 12:01 AM  

Cripes! The man's on writing bender.

Excellent cover work, Jartstar. You should make some computer wallpapers.

1680x1050 ;)

Anonymous Toby Temple May 02, 2013 3:20 AM  

Great cover! Great job, Jarstar!

The third story, "Opera Vita Aeterna", tells the story of the relationship between an elven sorcerer and a monk of the Ordo Sancti Dioscuri, and how they discover that the transformational power of friendship

You could have used friendship instead of relationship. Now Josh and Nate think the elven sorcerrer and the monk are gays.

Anonymous Mudz May 02, 2013 4:08 AM  

Maybe Vox is on a mission to undo that post-Tolkien gay buddies kinda thinking. Reverse the culture back to where they can run a story about Abraham Lincoln hopping into bed with his mate, and everyone goes 'gosh it's great we got electric blankets now'.

Carpe Lingua!

Then again, maybe he fucked up. :P

Anonymous VD May 02, 2013 4:11 AM  

You could have used friendship instead of relationship.

So tell the story of a friendship that shows the power of friendship? Yeah, don't quit your day job.

Anonymous VD May 02, 2013 4:13 AM  

Now Josh and Nate think the elven sorcerrer and the monk are gays.

If so, this says more about the predilections of Josh and Nate than it does about the characters in the story. As it happens, the vast majority of relationships between two people are not romantic or sexual in nature.

Anonymous Toby Temple May 02, 2013 4:37 AM  

So tell the story of a friendship that shows the power of friendship? Yeah, don't quit your day job.

~facepalm~

You can simply rewrite that part. Is that so difficult for you?

If so, this says more about the predilections of Josh and Nate than it does about the characters in the story. As it happens, the vast majority of relationships between two people are not romantic or sexual in nature.

Or it tells us more about your "Sheldon Copper" side. You see, Vox, when you read "In a Relationship with", there is no one in the world who would think that it means "Friends with".

Blogger Rantor May 02, 2013 6:29 AM  

Finished Last Witchking and Hoblets this morning... Excellent work. No Christian fiction awards for Witchking though. What a trip, certainly balances out the light side of Selenoth. Great job in developing an evil character that, for whatever reason, I remained interested in... Must get ready for work now, will endeavor to put out initial review tonight and develop it further over the weekend.

Anonymous VD May 02, 2013 7:00 AM  

Or it tells us more about your "Sheldon Copper" side. You see, Vox, when you read "In a Relationship with", there is no one in the world who would think that it means "Friends with".

"In a relationship" != "has a relationship with". In any event, I think my indifference to hoi polloi's inability to speak their own language is sufficiently established.

We are here to elevate, not cater....

No Christian fiction awards for Witchking though.

It would appear unlikely. I shall endeavor to withstand my disappointment. Look forward to seeing the review.

Anonymous Baseball Savant May 02, 2013 7:24 AM  

That cover is sweet!

Anonymous Toby Temple May 02, 2013 7:52 AM  

dammit... that was supposed to be Cooper, not Copper..

Blogger Nate May 02, 2013 8:33 AM  

"If so, this says more about the predilections of Josh and Nate than it does about the characters in the story. As it happens, the vast majority of relationships between two people are not romantic or sexual in nature."

Bzzzt.

Nate and Josh think the disneyesque description is gay. I myself have not read the story... but I seriously doubt I will think its gay at all.

Bane probably would cry all the way through it though.

Then again he cried all the way through Texas Chainsaw Massacre...

Anonymous CJ May 02, 2013 8:56 AM  

Vox,

I started Last Witchking last night. When I read the description of Speer's tutor (short, ugly, but more confident than one would think) I couldn't help but think of your description of meeting Kissinger in person.

Just know that I'm reading all of Cajarc's dialogue in a thick German accent.

Anonymous Kyle In Japan May 02, 2013 10:23 AM  

Wow, I finished Last Witchking this evening and I think it's my favorite of Vox's short stories. I don't like stuff that's self-consciously "dark" or "edgy," so I wasn't really fired up before I read the thing, but it was really good.

Anonymous VD May 02, 2013 12:52 PM  

Wow, I finished Last Witchking this evening and I think it's my favorite of Vox's short stories.

I'm glad to hear it, although a little surprised. But I encourage you to review it... especially since there are only 2 reviews up there now.

Anonymous Ten41 May 02, 2013 1:56 PM  

I am just waiting for my free copy that I am supposed to get with SE pre-purchase.

This post just gives me the readin' itch.

Anonymous Molon Rouge May 02, 2013 4:25 PM  

I do like the cover. It has a stormy, gruesome feel. I immediately flashed on Psycho with the old Victorian House on the hill. Very effective.

Now, as to the Witchkings title. Funk and Wagnalls defines a "witch" as a woman who practices sorcery. A male witch is a "wizard". Personally that is why the word witchkings has always given me an uneasy feeling.

I propose a more appropo title such as Wizardkings, Wizzerkings, SorceryLads, Devildudes, Magicmales, Magictrates and yes Wahrkönigen could work in a pinch.

But,i suppose "witchkings" does give you an immediate familiarity on what to expect in the story.

For example, the Federal Government writes into law the "Affordable Care Act". So, right up front you know your healthcare is to be compromised and a new waste of taxpayer monies for a bloated tick bureaucracy.

Anonymous TWS May 02, 2013 6:19 PM  

Vox, when will it come out in the 'shop' area on my nook? I was looking because I was going to write a review but I can't do that if there's no book to review.

This is my favorite entry in the series. Too short of course but it works.

If I were still a boy playing RPG's I would so be setting up a 'goblin campaign' in Selenoth right now.

Anonymous TWS May 02, 2013 6:21 PM  

Oh yeah, I forgot to add that I loved this cover. The others are good but this one would have made me want to buy it off the bookshelf.

Anonymous VD May 02, 2013 6:24 PM  

Vox, when will it come out in the 'shop' area on my nook? I was looking because I was going to write a review but I can't do that if there's no book to review.

It's not. It's in the Kindle Select program, so unfortunately it can't be sold via Barnes & Noble. To be honest, very few ebooks sell through B&N. I mean, we're talking barely reaching double-digits compared to thousands on Amazon. So, you'll either have to post the review on Amazon or email it to me and I can post it here.

Anonymous TWS May 02, 2013 6:31 PM  

Vox,

I already posted the review to Amazon. I was unaware that Amazon was restricting where someone could put their products for sale. I guess the juggernaut will not be stopped.

Does the 'kindle select' mean something for the author? Do they promote it in someway? BTW I love my nook and my wife's new nook has a bigger screen than our first tv. I'll hate to give them up.

Anonymous VD May 02, 2013 7:35 PM  

Does the 'kindle select' mean something for the author? Do they promote it in someway? BTW I love my nook and my wife's new nook has a bigger screen than our first tv. I'll hate to give them up.

Yes, you can do up to 5 free days out of every 90 for each participating book and you get a cut of the money they assign to loaned books. Don't worry about your Nooks, there will always be epubs for them. I use epubs with Aldiko Android myself. There will always be alternatives to Amazon, it's just that B&N won't likely be one of them for long.

Blogger Nate May 03, 2013 4:59 AM  

"Now, as to the Witchkings title. Funk and Wagnalls defines a "witch" as a woman who practices sorcery. A male witch is a "wizard". Personally that is why the word witchkings has always given me an uneasy feeling.
"

Read the story.

They don't call themselves Witchkings. Its an insult that others applied to them.

Post a Comment

Rules of the blog

<< Home

Newer Posts Older Posts