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Monday, August 29, 2016

SWAN KNIGHT'S SON (Moth & Cobweb 1)


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".

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41 Comments:

Blogger JimR August 29, 2016 4:20 AM  

Bought, because even though I am agnostic/atheist, This is worth supporting

Blogger Yollo August 29, 2016 5:01 AM  

John C. Wright is too good to be true. To find a writer who is both as talented as he is and as prolific AND with a back-catalogue of books I haven't finished devouring yet! I'm one of the luckiest readers in the world.

Blogger Sherwood family August 29, 2016 6:15 AM  

I second Yollo's opinion. John C. Wright is awesome. I've enjoyed everything that I have read that he has written and I still have to get through all of his back-list. I am looking forward to this one and to the sequel to Somewhither (which was awesome, by the way).

Blogger VD August 29, 2016 6:39 AM  

Nowhither will be out early next year. Two more Moth & Cobweb books will come out before Christmas.

Blogger Cataline Sergius August 29, 2016 7:02 AM  

Ah but not everyone find's John to be their cup of tea.

Here is Guardian Science Fiction critic and Welfare Grant Queen, Damian Walter's take on the vastly more talented John C. Wright:

Wright reads like a first-year humanities undergrad who refuses to read beyond a small pool of comforting favourites, writing essay after essay (or novel after novel) only to demonstrate how much he knows.

This prompted Larry (Oh why are you so huggable?) Correia to play another round of Slap the Stupid Damian.

I was wrong earlier. Damien has one friend. Projection.  In this case the “essay after essay trying to sound smart” part, because Damien is way too incompetent to get his novel finished...

...Maybe you should try “vomiting” stuff onto a page, Damien. Then you might actually finish that book and quit ripping off the British tax payers with your book welfare. Whatever your current method is doesn’t seem to be working.
But the funny thing is, for those of us who have read Wright, we know that his stories vary a lot in style depending on what kind of effect he’s going for. Sometimes he does big brain sci-fi, other times he writes borderline Narnia. Personally, my favorite is his Nightlands stuff. 


Blogger Dave August 29, 2016 7:17 AM  

Bought it; keep 'em coming CH. Don't forget to vote Somewhither for the Dragon Awards; if you haven't already what are you waiting for?

Blogger Yollo August 29, 2016 7:26 AM  

@5
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No sane human being who has read Last of All Suns can honestly say that about Wright. As far as the Right-Left thing goes, I have no dog in this hunt. But I unashamedly love some of the stuff that people from the left put out. I've read everything by China Mieville. Sometimes I'm even tempted to read his PhD thesis. I really did enjoy Neil Gaiman's Sandman and American Gods. I adore Stephen Fry's early comedy and am slowly working through QI. I don't agree with any of these people politically but that doesn't at all mean that I shouldn't be allowed to enjoy their work. It's rather disappointing that other side cannot feel the same way. I'm not familiar with Mr. Walter's work but I have often felt that Guardian really only likes this particular type of entertainment. They are all homogeneously good fans of work with work that has to be absolutely chav in the way it presents itself, relatively highbrow underneath (although they can make exceptions to this) and politically correct to a fault. Dotting the Is and crossing the Ts.

Blogger Nate August 29, 2016 7:39 AM  

Not to be entirely superficial here... but dude... that cover.

Effing Love It

Blogger Sherwood family August 29, 2016 7:58 AM  

Two more books before Christmas? That's awesome.

Blogger Aeoli Pera August 29, 2016 8:03 AM  

Brilliant so far. The dog is fuckin awesome.

Blogger Nate August 29, 2016 8:29 AM  

" I'm not familiar with Mr. Walter's work "

Well... that's because there actually isn't any. He's never finished a book.

Blogger Cataline Sergius August 29, 2016 8:45 AM  

When my wife and I wander through the YA section of Barnes and Noble we are always struck by the same thought, “Where was this stuff when we were kids?”

We don’t say this aloud because the answer is embarrassingly obvious, “it didn’t freaking exist.”

The Young Adult field is just so rich right now but it grew up in the age of the GateKeeper. And there is definitely a sub-current of we must prepare young minds to think the RIGHT way among a big chunk it’s authors.

We need John C. Wright in this field.

Anonymous Leonidas August 29, 2016 8:46 AM  

I had the distinct privilege of receiving an early manuscript of this book, and I can vouch that even in that early phase it was every bit as good as the reviewers are saying. I'll be picking up the final version on pay day.

Blogger Cataline Sergius August 29, 2016 9:08 AM  

Well... that's because there actually isn't any. He's never finished a book.

@Yollo

He has a grant from the British government to "try and write a book."

Among people with ten unpublished manuscripts under their beds he is something of joke.

Basically he is just a possuer likes to pretend that he's writer. He wraps himself in the trappings and kisses a lot ass but at the end of the day he's simply to much of a rabbit to produce anything.

Blogger lowercaseb August 29, 2016 9:40 AM  

ooooh, I'm looking forward to this. Just hearing phrases like "The thirteenth hour" just tickles the uncanny bone...

Time to up my pledge on Herr Wright's Patreon. That's a virtue I NEVER get tired of signaling.

Anonymous VFM 9054 August 29, 2016 10:10 AM  

A very fast read, and well paced throughout. Frankly I think it is one of the best things Mr. Wright has ever written. And the use of the liturgical calendar is simply inspired. If I were a younger man, it would inspire me to take up the sword, and pursue the life of a knight errant.

Blogger tweell August 29, 2016 11:17 AM  

Purchased. John Wright has become one of my few 'buy what they write as soon as they publish' writers. Mr. Wright, you are an incredible wordsmith.

Blogger VFM #7634 August 29, 2016 12:31 PM  

Ah but not everyone find's John to be their cup of tea.

Here is Guardian Science Fiction critic and Welfare Grant Queen, Damian Walter's take on the vastly more talented John C. Wright:


@5 Cataline Sergius
They sound like those inexplicable snobs who love twentieth-century "music" and look down their noses at Mozart and Beethoven. /smh

Blogger Yollo August 29, 2016 12:45 PM  

@11.
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Well... that's because there actually isn't any. He's never finished a book.

Well, he seems a very Guardian sort of chap then.

'Guardian: When you're very cross about something, but not cross enough to do jack-shit about it.'

Blogger David-2 August 29, 2016 12:50 PM  

I'm sorry to hear its planned as a duodecilogy. Because given recent fantasy series experience ... e.g., The Wheel Of Time, Song Of Fire And Ice, ..., I think we can estimate that this will be a vigintilogy before its done ... and that's a long story ....

Blogger Emmett Fitz-Hume August 29, 2016 12:53 PM  

"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."

As soon as I read this in the preview, I knew that I needed to buy it. And it also struck me as such a natural extension of elven folklore/mythos that I couldn't believe that I hadn't already read about such a concept. Love it and can't wait to crack it open. So to speak.

OpenID malcolmthecynic August 29, 2016 1:33 PM  

I got an advance copy of "Green Knight's Squire" several months ago. It wasn't even the final version, and I can tell you that this is easily my favorite John C. Wright novel, even over"Iron Chamber of Memory" or his Golden Age series. Absolutely magnificent.

(His Night Land tales are the best thing he's ever done, but the book is an anthology, not a novel.)

OpenID malcolmthecynic August 29, 2016 1:36 PM  

@20

It's not what you think. The full "Green Knight's Squire" duo is already finished. Vox just decided to split it in two for the same reason the publishers of "The Lord of the Rings" did.

Blogger Banjo August 29, 2016 1:37 PM  

Ordered and added to my reading queue.

Everyone has their own taste, so I get that. But saying Mr. Wright can't... is objectively absurd. How hard is it to acknowledge his mastery and yet still say, "Nope, don't like it"?

Oh I remember... SJWAL.

OpenID frankluke August 29, 2016 2:22 PM  

Bought. Castalia House keeps rearranging my to-be-read list. I won't be getting to this one immediately, but a buy on launch day helps velocity I've read.

I heard this is part of Wright's Everness setting. If that is true, will it be enjoyed more after I finish the Last Guardian and Mists?

Blogger VD August 29, 2016 2:42 PM  

The full "Green Knight's Squire" duo is already finished. Vox just decided to split it in two for the same reason the publishers of "The Lord of the Rings" did.

Actually, I tried to split it in two and failed. Then, during the editing process, it became apparent that it would actually work very well as THREE books, which happened to be right around the original length desired.

So, FEAST OF THE ELFS and SWAN KNIGHT'S SWORD will both be out before Christmas. Which is a huge relief to one of my kids, who asked for "the rest of the Moth & Cobweb books" at dinner tonight. Very put out upon hearing that we'd only just published the first book today.

Anonymous Avalanche August 29, 2016 3:06 PM  

Oh. {sad} I wanted to go buy -- but I can't read eBooks; too hard on the eyes and my wrist (tablet is heavy enough to bother). I'll have to wait for the paper-bound version. Sorry.

Blogger Matthew August 29, 2016 3:48 PM  

Avalanche wrote:Oh. {sad} I wanted to go buy -- but I can't read eBooks; too hard on the eyes and my wrist (tablet is heavy enough to bother). I'll have to wait for the paper-bound version.

As with all Castalia House titles, we will be publishing these in print as soon as we can. Exact format to be determined.

Blogger John Wright August 29, 2016 6:47 PM  

@2
To the contrary, I am one of the luckiest writers. Many a writer goes his whole career without hearing a word of praise half as fine as yours. Thank you.

Blogger residentMoron August 29, 2016 6:48 PM  

I bought the first one yesterday. Advertised at $4.99 US I got it from Amazon.de as I'm resident there, at €5.99

Is there any reason the price rises in a higher value currency?

I'll buy them anyway, I just want to understand how Amazons pricing works ...

Blogger John Wright August 29, 2016 6:57 PM  

@7
"But I unashamedly love some of the stuff that people from the left put out. "

The idea that the muse only visits poets of one's own political views is exclusively a Leftwingnut idea. No Rightwinger in history ever said such a thing, and I would extend the comment to prehistory also.

Leftwingery is ideologuery. An ideologue cannot stand the concept that anything is outside the orbit of his ideology. Conservatives have religion or philosophy or real life or something outside ideology. So they at least have the possibility of admitting that a pagan like Homer or a republican like Virgil, a monarchist like Milton or a Guelphs like Dante might be a skilled poet.

A Guelph who only read Guelphs finds his reading list, and his mind, narrow. Ergo Mr. Walter.

Blogger John Wright August 29, 2016 7:00 PM  

@17

The author can take no credit for his work. I give the credit to the Author who made the author, and gave him his talent.

Hm. Now I have to make certain I do not bury it, but multiply it, ere I am called to account.

Blogger John Wright August 29, 2016 7:04 PM  

@25
"I heard this is part of Wright's Everness setting. If that is true, will it be enjoyed more after I finish the Last Guardian and Mists?"

I think there are a total of two sly sideways references to some background detail in EVERNESS in this trilogy. Whether they actually share the same mythos is still an open question.

A reader need not read one to appreciate the other. However, I'd like you to read both, and tell me what you think.

OpenID malcolmthecynic August 29, 2016 10:15 PM  

@26

Aha. Interesting. Thanks.

Anonymous URL IRL August 29, 2016 11:22 PM  

I am stoked. Buying today for myself. May hold off until I've bought all 3 before I pass them to the kids. They'll want to read them back to back.

Really look forward to Nowhither.

@6 thanks for the reminder.

Blogger The Overgrown Hobbit August 30, 2016 1:52 AM  

Woooooooooooooooooo! With a side order of "hoo!" Way to go, Castalia House.

Anonymous Bz August 30, 2016 5:43 AM  

I immediately bought it, of course, and am currently plowing through it. Thoroughly enjoyable.

Anonymous Bz August 30, 2016 5:52 AM  

PS. In the book, I particularly enjoyed the rabbits, by the way.

PPS. Wright's message 31 above is well put. Unfortunately, the ideologue or zealot exploits this for all it's worth. It's why we can't have nice countries, except possibly after the unconditional surrender of the leftists. We already tried coexisting, but they wouldn't.

PPPS. Damien Walters: a very small, spindly man ranting to indifferent passers-by from on top of a high tower. Take care, Damien, that tower looks sort of rickety.

Blogger Matthew August 30, 2016 10:17 AM  

URL IRL wrote:May hold off until I've bought all 3 before I pass them to the kids. They'll want to read them back to back.

Reading books as they come out builds character.

Blogger L. Jagi Lamplighter Wright August 30, 2016 11:35 AM  

@39 Lol I love that idea. It is true that it is nice to read things all at once, but I find that I sometimes appreciate the books that I read one at a time more...as I spend more time thinking over each aspect and anticipating what is to come.


Blogger Steve August 30, 2016 4:52 PM  

Ordering. Got the preview. The kids and I loved it. "Yup Yup", they talked like the dog for days!

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