Brian Staveley’s The Last Abbot: Unlocked

Last year, Brian Staveley issued a challenge to readers: he had hidden clues in a number of copies of his debut novel, The Emperor’s Blades, and scattered them around bookstores in the country, with instructions on what to do. With each discovered book, part of a story online was unveiled: The Last Abbot of Ashk’lan.

Now, the entire story has been unveiled, and you can read it here!

The Emperor’s Blades: Coming Soon in Paperback!

Brian Staveley - The Emperor's Blades

 

It’s no secret that we’re big fans of Vermont author Brian Staveley’s debut novel The Emperor’s Blades. Released earlier this year as a hardcover, it’s become a popular entry in the fantasy canon. Now, the book is set to come out in trade paperback at the end of the month. If you haven’t picked it up yet, the paperback is set to come out on August 26th at all good bookstores. The next book in the series, The Providence of Fire, is due out in January 2015.

Buy it here.

Brian Staveley on Boing Boing: Zen and the art of fantasy writing

Brian Staveley - The Emperor's Blades

Vermont Fantasy author Brian Staveley and Fantasy Author Aidan Harte are up on Boing Boing, talking about building fantasy worlds:

After reading one another’s novels, Brian and Aidan got together to discuss how they developed their worlds and how their worlds reflect their own experiences, the artistic process itself, writers who have influenced them, and why As I lay Dying is an excellent example of why writing less is often more.

The conversation begins with Aidan, who is curious about Brian’s incorporation of Zen into his fantasy novel.

Read the entire article over on Boing Boing.

Announcing the GeekMtnState Book Club!

We’re set to launch our next line of events through Geek Mountain State: the GMS Book Club! We’ve got a ton of readers who follow us, who’ve attended our reading events, and we figured that this would be a great way to get some of them together and chat about some of the more recent releases.

We’re partnering with the Pierson Library of Shelburne, which will host the series. The general plan right now is to meet on the first Thursday every month at 7:00pm. The first meeting will be on May 1st. Food will be provided!

May 1st: The Martian, by Andy Weir

Here’s what the book is about:

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.

Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.

After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.

Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first.

But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

RSVP here.

June 5th: Leviathan Wakes, by James S.A. Corey

Humanity has colonized the solar system – Mars, the Moon, the Asteroid Belt and beyond – but the stars are still out of our reach.

Jim Holden is XO of an ice miner making runs from the rings of Saturn to the mining stations of the Belt. When he and his crew stumble upon a derelict ship, The Scopuli, they find themselves in possession of a secret they never wanted. A secret that someone is willing to kill for – and kill on a scale unfathomable to Jim and his crew. War is brewing in the system unless he can find out who left the ship and why.

Detective Miller is looking for a girl. One girl in a system of billions, but her parents have money and money talks. When the trail leads him to The Scopuli and rebel sympathizer Holden, he realizes that this girl may be the key to everything.

Holden and Miller must thread the needle between the Earth government, the Outer Planet revolutionaries, and secretive corporations – and the odds are against them. But out in the Belt, the rules are different, and one small ship can change the fate of the universe.

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July 1st: The Emperor’s Blades, Brian Staveley

In The Emperor’s Blades by Brian Staveley, the emperor of Annur is dead, slain by enemies unknown. His daughter and two sons, scattered across the world, do what they must to stay alive and unmask the assassins. But each of them also has a life-path on which their father set them, destinies entangled with both ancient enemies and inscrutable gods.

Kaden, the heir to the Unhewn Throne, has spent eight years sequestered in a remote mountain monastery, learning the enigmatic discipline of monks devoted to the Blank God. Their rituals hold the key to an ancient power he must master before it’s too late.

An ocean away, Valyn endures the brutal training of the Kettral, elite soldiers who fly into battle on gigantic black hawks. But before he can set out to save Kaden, Valyn must survive one horrific final test.

At the heart of the empire, Minister Adare, elevated to her station by one of the emperor’s final acts, is determined to prove herself to her people. But Adare also believes she knows who murdered her father, and she will stop at nothing—and risk everything—to see that justice is meted out.

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