Petros is the creator & owner of BookNest. He lives in Patrai, Greece, where he works as a betting agent.
In his free time you may find him reading books, watching TV, and participating in Roman orgies (not really).
He also has an infatuation with sloths that others might call unhealthy.
Earlier this year, I was granted a great privilege by my friend Brian D. Anderson. I was given an unfinished draft of his soon-to-be published novel, THE BARD'S BLADE. I fell in love with it from the very first page, and halfway through I knew that this was Brian's chance to break through and become a household name as he deserves. But don't just take my word for it. Here's what others had to say:
“Damn entertaining and engrossing . . . The alluring song that Anderson orchestrated with his words enchanted me, and I absolutely loved every second of reading The Bard's Blade.”―Novel Notions
“Magic, music, assassinations, and betrayal . . . a successful mix of some of the finest elements of James Islington's The Shadow of What Was Lost, Patrick Rothfuss's The Name of the Wind, and Anderson's own Behind the Vale . . . everything fans of epic fantasy will be looking for on their next big adventure. Highly recommended.”―Grimdark Magazine
“Ambitious, enjoyable . . . surprising twists [and] plenty to be explored in further installments.”―Publishers Weekly
“Filled with twists and turns, likable characters, and rich worldbuilding. Natural pacing provides an equal mix of colorful descriptions, character development, and exciting action scenes.”―Library Journal
It seems like Petrik, James and myself are not the only ones who believe in Brian's potential though, because Brian's publisher surprised me with a rather peculiar request. They asked BookNest to host a cover reveal for Brian's... second book in the series! It's not everyday that a publisher orders an illustration for the sequel of a book that isn't even out yet, but that's nothing more than a testimony on how much they believe in Brian's work, and its imminent success. And so here we are today, with the cover reveal of A CHORUS OF FIRE, book #2 in The Sorcerer's Song series! But first, let's see what Brian himself had to say:
Writing The Sorcerer’s Song series has been an experience of a lifetime. After a nine-year career as an independent author, it is my first foray into the world of traditional publishing. You’d think it would be a jarring experience. And I suppose at times it was. But the people at Tor Books have made the transition far easier than I could have anticipated. Lindsey Hall, my editor, who you may know from her work with Nicholas Eames (King’s of the Wylde) has helped me grow exponentially in both my craft and my story telling.For this, I owe her a debt of gratitude. But as important as she is, I would be remiss if I didn’t also mention the Tor team as a whole. They have been receptive to my input, sensitive to my indie origins, and encouraging when I was feeling unsure of myself. Being part of the Tor legacy is an honor and a privilege. Regardless what happens next, my name will be associated with a publisher responsible for producing some of the finest books, written by the greatest authors in the history of the genre. I can’t adequately express how that makes me feel. Saving the best for last, I want to thank Felix Ortiz. Looking at his covers for The Sorcerer’s Song, I can’t imagine another artist having done them. The Bard’s Blade (slated for a Jan 28th release) was incredible. But when I saw A Chorus of Fire, my jaw hit the floor. What’s more, like me, this is his first time working with a major publisher. In a way, I feel like we are kindred spirits, realizing our dreams together. I can only hope that readers feel that the story within lives up to the talent it took to create the cover.
The second book in a new epic fantasy trilogy from successful self-published author, perfect for fans of the Wheel of Time and Sword of Truth. A shadow has moved across Lamoria. Whispers of the coming conflict are growing louder; the enemy becoming bolder. Belkar’s reach has extended far into the heart of Ralmarstad and war now seems inevitable. Mariyah, clinging to the hope of one day being reunited with Lem, struggles to attain the power she will need to make the world safe again. But a power like this is not easily acquired and will test the limits of her mind and body. She will need to look deep inside herself to find the strength to achieve what even the Thaumas of old could not. Lem continues his descent into darkness, serving a man he does not trust in the name of a faith which is not his own. Only Shemi keeps his heart from succumbing to despair, along with the knowledge that he has finally found Mariyah. But Lem is convinced she is being held against her will, and compelled to do the bidding of her captors. He is determined to free her, regardless the cost. Their separate roads are leading them to the same destination. And once they arrive they will have to confront more than the power of Belkar. They will have to face themselves and what Lamoria has forced them to become.
Brian D. Anderson is the indie-bestselling fantasy author of The Godling Chronicles, Dragonvein, and Akiri (with co-author Steven Savile) series. His books have sold more than 500,000 copies worldwide and his audiobooks are perennially popular. After a fifteen year long career in music, he rediscovered his boyhood love of writing. It was soon apparent that this was what he should have been pursuing all along. Currently, he lives in the sleepy southern town of Fairhope, Alabama with his wife and son, who inspire him daily.
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The Perilisc Manifesto
Logan Avenue, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Spring, 2011. I’m in my minivan driving tomy sister-in-law’s house. I could tell you why, but I have forgotten that part. There is a man walking on the right sidewalk with a small dog. He is wearing a blue shirt. The car in front of me is a Honda with a faded Green Bay Packers bumper sticker on it. The license plate number, I remember clearly. This is the defining moment in my life. This is when it hits me.
It comes like a bolt, not of lightning, but just as blinding. More like a bolt of knowledge from the sky. I hear a voice say, “I am a terrible writer, but a fantastic storyteller.” The voice is my own. I have said it out loud, as if possessed by the thought and the idea.
I have written four books at this point, had my first book edited and it got crushed. She ripped it to shreds and said, “Yeah, start over.” I am now at a crossroads. This is where it is all decided.
There are many other paths open to me, things I am good at, things I am interested in. When you get the truth set upon you that you are bad at something, you walk away. That is what you do. But this is the moment my career is born, because instead of shrugging and walking away, my first real thought beyond the bubbling of confusion and pain is, “I have to teach myself to do this. I need to stop trying to get published, and learn what I am doing. I need to admit to myself that no one should have to read what I write yet.”
I need to get to work.
I continue to write every day, 3,000 words a day. My one focus: getting better at this job, teaching myself to be a writer, because I know what most writers don’t: No one can teach you how to write a book. They can show you what works for them. They can talk for days, and they do, about outlines and character bios, but in the end, every writer who has made it will tell you that you have to figure it out for yourself.
I wrote for twelve years before I published anything. Six years of every day, 3,000 words. I learned and I fought and I cried, and I screamed in frustration when I couldn't get it right. With every word I typed and every idea I brought forward, I meticulously crafted one world.
When I pulled off Logan Avenue, I started to put together Perilisc. I wrote five series. All five are standalone series, but when you take them apart and shuffle them together in chronological order, they tell one story. One long story. The story of a boy. The story of Peter Redfist.
My story started at a book called Onslaught of Madness. It is an 870-page epic that begins a war that ravages two nations. It is the beginning, however it is nearly 900 pages long. No one would read that big a book from a first-time author. I decided I had to prove myself before I could ask any reader to read such a thing. In preparation of Onslaught’s release, I set out a plan to do just that.
I published Liefdom in 2016. I wanted to show to the world I could write a compelling story that was complete, imaginative, and new.
I published Legends of Perilisc in 2016. This is a collection of short stories that tells about the creation of my world and introduces the reader to my style and my subject matter.
In 2016, I published Chaste, then Mestlven in 2017. These books take place in the same world and each crosses over into the other. I wanted to show the reader I could weave stories through standalone books while sticking to the story of the book as well. Crossovers and unifying threads.
I began to publish The Manhunters books in 2017. My goal was to prove I could write a series. Prove to the reader I can publish a series in a timely fashion. Make them a promise they would not have to wait for me to come back to my work.
In 2018, in Blackest Knights, an anthology with a collection of talented writers, I gave the reader the first glimpse of Peter Redfist in a short story called “The Land of Rott and Cur.”
In 2019, amid constant attacks that male writers could not write female characters of power and accuracy, I published Legends of the Exiles to show that my female characters are strong in a variety of different ways, and I can write them with grace and power.
It’s been two books a year, because I can publish every six months. I can do that because for 15 years, I have been writing books. I have a stockpile waiting to see the light of day, books I have been working on for over a decade, books that are already written.
After proving all this to the attentive reader, I stand now on the precipice of my story, ready to begin. Every book I have published so far leads into this. The Manhunters trilogy, the shorts, Liefdom, Mestlven, and Chaste, they all tie in. I am done proving myself now. I have shown you I can do this job.
With today’s release, I bring you Peter Redfist. I bring you Perilisc. Today, I take you to The Escape. The one event I have been talking about for three years. The event that defines the age. The critical moment, the B.C./A.D. point of my world. Today my timeline starts to make sense. Today all the pieces begin to fit into place.
Today, October 5th, 2019 is the beginning of it all.
Peter has come. As Peter says, “I lead you now into peril.”
About the Author:
Jesse Teller fell in love with fantasy when he was five years old and played his first game of Dungeons & Dragons. The game gave him the ability to create stories and characters from a young age. He started consuming fantasy in every form and, by nine, was obsessed with the genre. As a young adult, he knew he wanted to make his life about fantasy. From exploring the relationship between man and woman, to studying the qualities of a leader or a tyrant, Jesse Teller uses his stories and settings to study real-world themes and issues.
He lives with his supportive wife, Rebekah, and his two inspiring children, Rayph and Tobin.
To celebrate the preorder of The Flight of the Darkstar Dragon, the first in a new fantasy adventure series from Yarnsworld author Benedict Patrick, all this week some of the premier websites from the fantasy community are sharing extracts from the novel's first chapter, as well as revealing some exclusive character art from artist Juliana Wilhelm.