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First Volume of Dave Duncan’s New Fantasy Duet Released by 47North

With Dave Duncan’s King of Swords, 47North releases the first volume of Starfolk, a fantasy duet of breathtaking beauty and complexity. But Duncan’s hallmark swashbuckle makes King of Swords as exciting to read as it is elegant.

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Rigel has always known he is not quite human, but the only clue to his origin is the otherworldly bracelet he has worn since childhood.

His search for his parentage leads him to the Starlands, where reality and fantasy have changed places. There he learns that he is a human-starborn cross, and his bracelet is the legendary magical amulet Saiph, which makes its wearer an unbeatable swordsman. Fighting off monsters, battling a gang of assassins seeking to kill him, Rigel finds honorable employment as a hero. He knows that he must die very soon if he remains in the Starlands, but he has fallen hopelessly in love with a princess and cannot abandon her.

Through the imaginative landscape of the Starlands, Rigel’s quest leads him to encounter minotaurs, sphinxes, cyclops, and more fearsome creatures in Dave Duncan’s latest fantasy series.

Dave Duncan is a prolific writer of fantasy and science fiction, best known for his fantasy series, particularly The Seventh Sword, A Man of His Word, and The King’s Blades. E-Reads carries these among its 31 vintage backlist Duncan titles. Visit his author page to see them on display. And check out Duncan’s blog and webpage: www.daveduncan.com

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Star Fantasy and Science Fiction Author Dave Duncan Receives Career Honor

The first novel in a popular Duncan fantasy quartet. Thirty-one Duncan works are offered by E-Reads.

Curtis Agency client Dave Duncan, a fantasy and science fiction star, has been elected a lifetime member of SFCanada, an association of writers, editors, and academics.

The Association’s election recognizes a lifetime of consistently brilliant work, of which more than thirty backlist titles are published by E-Reads. Duncan is not resting on his laurels, however. Look for a new duet by fantasies coming from Amazon’s 47North science fiction line, building on his prior 47North bestseller Against the Light.

“Recognition by one’s peers is the highest form of praise there is, and I am both honored and very grateful,” says Duncan.

We send Duncan our most heartfelt congratulations for a lifetime of distinguished achievement,

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Dave Duncan’s “Against the Light” Ranked #1 SF Novel on Kindle

Dave Duncan’s extraordinary new novel Against the Light, just released by47North, Amazon’s science fiction imprint, has soared to the Number One ranking in Science Fiction on the Kindle bestseller list. Amazon is cross-promoting Duncan’s other books, most of which are published by E-Reads.

In Against the Light the Hierarchy, high priests of the religious order the Light, has installed King Ethan as the monarchical figurehead, ruling both the magical kingdom of Albi and its predominant religion. Scattered throughout the land, worshipers in the old ways of the Earth Mother are persecuted as heretics. And when young missionary student Rollo Woodbridge returns home to Albi, he is immediately arrested for heresy and treason, setting off a chain of events that plunges the land into utter chaos.

The Hierarchy has more treacherous motives, however, and when Rollo is rescued from jail, his family’s home is destroyed—but Rollo and his siblings are left alive. While Rollo tries diplomacy to end the religious and political conflict, his brother and sister swear vengeance. With the hours to deliverance counting down and their lives hanging in the balance, they must decide whether to stay and fight or leave Albi forever in the suspenseful, action-packed Against the Light.

If you like Against the Light as much as we think you are going to, you’ll find lots more Dave Duncan fiction on his author page on the E-Reads website.

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Dave Duncan’s New Novel, “Against the Light”, Released by Amazon

47North, Amazon’s science fiction imprint, has just released Dave Duncan’s extraordinary new novel Against the Light in paperback, audio and e-book, with a promotional giveaway of the e-book for Prime members.

In Against the Light  the Hierarchy, high priests of the religious order the Light, has installed King Ethan as the monarchical figurehead, ruling both the magical kingdom of Albi and its predominant religion. Scattered throughout the land, worshippers in the old ways of the Earth Mother are persecuted as heretics. And when young missionary student Rollo Woodbridge returns home to Albi, he is immediately arrested for heresy and treason, setting off a chain of events that plunges the land into utter chaos.

The Hierarchy has more treacherous motives, however, and when Rollo is rescued from jail, his family’s home is destroyed—but Rollo and his siblings are left alive. While Rollo tries diplomacy to end the religious and political conflict, his brother and sister swear vengeance. With the hours to deliverance counting down and their lives hanging in the balance, they must decide whether to stay and fight or leave Albi forever in the suspenseful, action-packed Against the Light.

If you like Against the Light as much as we think you are going to, you’ll find lots more Dave Duncan fiction on his author page on the E-Reads website.

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Dave Duncan Quarrels with His Character – and Loses!

We asked Dave Duncan to write something for us about Lord of the Fire Lands, the middle novel in his King’s Blades trilogy. When he did he revealed a secret that many readers may find incomprehensible but every professional writer will recognize.

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When asked how I write, I always stress the importance of knowing the ending of a book before writing the beginning. There are exceptions, though, and Lord of the Fire Lands was certainly one of them.

In its first version, it ended with the treaty negotiations, a scene that is still there. I was working well ahead of my submission deadline back then, so I put the MS aside to marinate while I worked on something else. When I came back to it to apply a final polish, I decided that the ending was too abrupt. So I wrote some more. That didn’t work. I tried again, with the same result. And again.

At that point Radgar, who is probably the most complex character ever to emerge from my word processor, completely took over. I have had characters awaken to a life of their own and try to upstage everyone else—Katanji in “The Seventh Sword” series, for example—but none quite as vividly as Radgar did then. He dictated the ending you will now find.

“You can’t do that!” I protested. “It’s barbaric. Moreover, you are completely ruining the final book.”

“The third book is your problem,” he replied, “and I certainly am a barbarian. This is my story, and this is how it must end.”

I argued as much as I dared, but Radgar was both armed and exceedingly dangerous, as you will see. Eventually he convinced me that this was indeed how he would act. The proof was that I did not need to change anything that had happened earlier, so “his” ending was correct for his story. I didn’t approve, but I had to let it stand. I took the dog for a long walk and worked out how I could salvage the rest of the trilogy. When the hardcover came out, I received so many protests from readers that we added a warning in the mass market edition, to the effect that you could read any book in the series, but not two, or you would have to read all three.
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E-Reads’ release of Firelands plugs a hole in the first series, “Tales of the King’s Blades”. The first book, The Gilded Chain, and the third, Sky of Swords, have never been out of print.*

The second series, “Chronicles of the King’s Blades” is also available in its entirety; these three books follow the Blades’ adventures after the reign of King Ambrose: Paragon Lost, Impossible Odds, and The Jaguar Knights.**

I also wrote a trilogy of YA novellas, “The King’s Daggers”, which E-Reads has re-issued as a single novel, The Monster War. That fills a story gap in the first series. So now you have all seven to look forward to.

PS: The Blades have been translated into at least seven other languages. Take a look at the cover of the French edition of The Gilded Chain and you will see how they struck a chord in the land of d’Artagnan.

Dave Duncan

November 23, 2011

* The Gilded Chain and Sky of Swords are available as HarperCollins e-books.

** Also available as HarperCollins e-books

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47North, Amazon’s SciFi Imprint, Launches Today

Last May, in connection with the launch of its romance line, Amazon exec Jeff Belle said “We also know our customers enjoy genre fiction of all kinds, so we are busy building publishing businesses that will focus on additional genres as well.” We all knew that meant a science fiction line was coming. We just didn’t know when or what it would be named.

Today we know.

Amazon’s science fiction, fantasy, and horror imprint is now up and running. It’s called 47North.

Among the featured titles in the launch of the line are Against the Light, an original fantasy novel by Dave Duncan, and the first work in The Mongoliad by Neal Stephenson and Greg Bear. Duncan and Bear are represented by Richard Curtis Associates.

If you were wondering about the meaning of the name, go to your googlemap and see what Pacific Northwest city is located at 47 degrees of latitude. Hint: Amazon is headquartered there. Here’s another: it’s the home of the Space Needle.

Here’s the full article.

Richard Curtis

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Dave Duncan – ILL MET IN THE ARENA Contest Winners!

Thanks to all who participated in E-Reads’ Dave Duncan promotional event.  We asked two of our staff members to pick five winners at random, and here’s a video of Andy and Lauren selecting the names of the lucky recipients of a free e-book of Duncan’s Ill Met in the Arena.

Congratulations to the winners!

Keep your eyes peeled on the E-Reads website for news of more promotional events.

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Inscribe-It: Personalized Paperbacks From E-Reads


This summer, E-Reads is proud to announce that 20 of our best-selling titles are now available in very special editions where you can order them to be printed with your own unique dedication messages and photos, thanks to the Inscribe-It services by Shared Book™, a new E-Reads distribution partner.

E-Reads uses Shared Book to provide consumers with the opportunity to make their favorite books even more valuable and special through the addition of personalized pages. These custom creations allow the reader’s affinity for the book to increase with the new version, an on-demand one-of-a-kind rarity. Simply type your own dedication and upload a picture from your computer when you shop for your book online at our Shared Book print-on-demand webstore.

What does the service cost? Actually, nothing! It’s included in the regular price of the book, and they have free shipping in the U.S.!

Among the titles presently available are our best-selling books by Greg Bear, Janet Dailey, Bill Dietz, Dave Duncan, Hannah Howell and John Norman. What are you waiting for? Buy your personalized, one-of-a-kind editions today! (Click here)

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