My latest fantasy series out from Gollancz (Orion/Hachette Libre). The first book of the Far-called series, In Dark Service, was published in May 15th 2014, with the next two volumes due for 2015 and 2016. Here’s a picture of the bound proof sent to reviewers and bloggers.
In Dark Service (Book 1).
Jacob Carnehan has settled down. He’s living a comfortable, quiet life, obeying the law and minding his own business while raising his son Carter … on those occasions when he isn’t having to bail him out of one scrape or another. His days of adventure are – thankfully – long behind him.
Carter Carnehan is going out of his mind with boredom. He’s bored by his humdrum life, frustrated that his father won’t live a little, and longs for the bright lights and excitement of anywhere-but-here. He’s longing for an opportunity to escape, and test himself against whatever the world has to offer.
Carter is going to get his opportunity. He’s caught up in a village fight, kidnapped by slavers and, before he knows it, is swept to another land. A lowly slave, surrounded by technology he doesn’t understand, his wish has come true: it’s him vs. the world. He can try to escape, he can try to lead his fellow slaves, or he can accept the inevitable and try to make the most of the short, brutal existence remaining to him.
… unless Jacob gets to him first and, no matter the odds, he intends to. No one kidnaps his son and gets away with it – and if it come to it, he’ll force Kings to help him on his way, he’ll fight, steal, blackmail and betray his friends in the name of bringing Carter home.
Wars will be started. Empires will fall. And the Carnehan family will be reunited, one way or another…
Foul Tide’s Turning (Book 2).
Jacob Carnehan rescued his son from slavery but he may have started a war – one in which he is hopelessly overmatched – and his wits and ruthlessness will only take him so far.
Carter Carnehan has gone from slave to revolutionary – but what will his ideas be worth when they come under fire? The Carnehans are about to find out…
The Stealers’ War (Book 3).
Weyland has been at war. Invaded by a technologically advanced enemy, the cities sacked, and what fragile peace remained torn apart by a civil war.
All anyone should want is a return to peace. But Jacob Carneham still wants his revenge; and if he can lure the invaders into the mountain he can have it. He can kill them all. If he does, there may never be peace again. If he doesn’t, Weyland will never be free of the threat of invasion.
The northern horse lords are planning an attack. A future Empress is fighting to save her daughter. Jacob’s son is trying to restore peace and stability to Weyland, alongside the rightful King. And behind it all is a greater struggle, which may spell the end for them all . . .
Epic fantasy adventures set in a far-future Earth where society has just emerged from an ice age, clinging onto a Victorian level of technology. The world is littered with the ruins and relics of what has gone before, and mankind shares their kingdoms with genetically mutated humans, imported alien species and a wise race of self-evolving robots, the steammen. The Kingdom of Jackelia (the UK as it was) is beset on all sides by its enemies, domestic and foreign.
This series was marketed as YA (Young Adult) fiction in the UK by HarperCollins.
The Court of the Air (Book 1).
The Kingdom Beyond the Waves (Book 2).
The Rise of the Iron Moon (Book 3).
Secrets of the Fire Sea (book 4).
Jack Cloudie (book 5).
From the Deep of the Dark (book 6).
Mission to Mightadore (book 7).
The Sliding Void Series
Captain Lana Fiveworlds has a hell of a lot of problems. She’s sliding void in an ageing seven-hundred-year-old space ship, scrabbling around the edges of civilised space trying to find a cargo lucrative enough to pay her bills without proving so risky that it’ll kill her. She’s got an alien religious freak for a navigator, an untrustworthy android for a first mate, a disgraced lizard for a trade negotiator and a deserter from the fleet acting as her chief engineer. And that was well before an ex-crewman turns up wanting Lana to rescue a barbarian prince from a long-failed colony world. Unfortunately for Lana, the problems she doesn’t know about are even more dangerous. In fact, they just might be enough to destroy Lana’s rickety but much-loved vessel, the Gravity Rose, and jettison her and her crew into the void without a spacesuit. But there’s one thing you can never tell an independent space trader. That’s the odds…
Sliding Void (book 1).
Transference Station (book 2).
Red Sun Bleeding (book 3).
Void all the Way Down (Season One Omnibus: #1 & #2 & #3: e-book or print edition).
Anomalous Thrust (book 4).
The Agatha Witchley Series
Agatha Witchley used to be a spy in the Cold War, but now she’s locked up in the UK’s premier maximum-security mental institution. She believes that the ghosts of the celebrity dead visit her padded cell and whisper the world’s secrets in her ears. Which is a big problem for the British government, because she’s the only one who can help them when an American billionaire is murdered in London in one of the strangest killings yet. The Home Secretary needs the case locked down and solved before the entrepreneur’s death becomes public knowledge and economic chaos ensures. The woman he has in mind for the job might be paranoid, she might be lethal, she might half-insane and drawing a pension, but it’s amazing how you can forgive that in a genius when it’s a genius’s help you need. Yes, the security forces need Agatha Witchley again. It’s just the ghosts of Churchill, Elvis and Groucho Marx they could do without.
In the Company of Ghosts (book 1).
The Plato Club (book 2).
The Moon Man’s Tale (book 3)
Secrets of the Moon (Season One Omnibus: #1 & 2 & #3: available as e-book or print)
Six Against the Stars (novel).
For the Crown and the Dragon (novel).
The Alien that Ate Christmas (illustrated short story).
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