The Bard’s Blade by Brian D. Anderson is classic heroic fantasy with a contemporary voice. Its brilliant characterizations stole my heart while the intrigue kept me turning the page.
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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