This morning I pressed “publish” on the final book of Glenda Larke’s Isles of Glory trilogy, The Tainted. FableCroft has been privileged to publish the ebook editions of this fantastic series over the past few months, and I have been personally delighted to revisit them. It has been a decade since the paperbacks were first released (via Voyager in Australia and Ace in the US, with later German editions as well), and this is the first time English ebook editions have been available.
If you enjoy epic fantasy with an intelligent and action-filled plot, detailed and logical world-building, and characters you will weep for, fall in love with or loathe with justified passion, you need to read Glenda Larke’s books. This genre has been my first love, my go-to comfort read, my preferred escape from reality for over 20 years, and Glenda’s novels are some of the best examples of the form I’ve come across. This trilogy is as good (or better!) than most fantasy being published today, and the themes explored are just as relevant as ever.
The great thing is, you don’t have to just take MY word for it – over the years so many people have said wonderful things about the books. We list some on the Isles of Glory page here on the FableCroft site, but check out Goodreads and the paperback editions on Amazon for even more.
Here at FableCroft, I only publish stories I love, and I love these books. I think you will too!
The books of the Isles of Glory trilogy, The Aware, Gilfeather and The Tainted, are (or will soon be) available for just US$3.99 each from Amazon, Kobo, Smashwords (and affiliates, including iTunes and Sony Bookstore), Wizard’s Tower Books and Weightless Books. Choose your preferred format and supplier!
Splashdance Silver by goes back up to full price on all e-book platforms December 31 – don’t miss it at 99 cents for one more week!
I’m neck deep in reading for the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards, which involves judging around 400 books in four categories throughout the year. Around now is when the biggest boxes arrive (approximately 40 in each of the most recent boxes, which come every three weeks), so I don’t have much time for any other reading! Luckily, there are some great novels for children and young adults, as well as beautiful picture books to enjoy, so it’s not a hardship
But if YOUR reading isn’t of the required kind this weekend, maybe you’d like to try some FableCroft ebooks? We’ve short stories, novels, anthologies and collections, ranging in price from 99 cents to $9.99, all at the click of the mouse! All our ebooks, with direct links to Kindle, Kobo or our independent distributors Wizard’s Tower and Weightless Books, are listed on our Ebooks page. Check it out!
The first of Glenda Larke’s Isles of Glory trilogy, The Aware, is now available in ebook from FableCroft. From the blurb:
Imagine what it’s like to be born citizenless in a world where citizenship is everything.
Imagine what it’s like to be abandoned by the parents you can’t remember before you are two years old, in a city that despises you for being a halfbreed.
Imagine what it is like to be able to see magic when others can’t.
Imagine what it’s like to live in the Glory Isles at a time when your archipelago is about to be discovered by another civilization from half a world away.
Changes are in the wind.
This is the world of The Aware.
One of my favourite things about this book is that the narrator, Blaze, is not the typical character we so often see in fantasy. You know that idea of a “strong female character” we often hear about but rarely actually see in action? To me, Blaze is the type of creation that phrase actually describes! Put her alongside a supporting cast who you will get to know and still want more, and some of the best world-building in modern fantasy, and The Aware is the start of an excellent reading journey.
“Rich world building will capture the reader’s interest. With a forceful heroine who is mature and experienced, Larke crafts a fantastic tale that moves beyond a typical coming-of-age fantasy. Fans of Lois McMaster Bujold and Mercedes Lackey’s strong heroines will relish Blaze’s adventures.” –Romantic Times, USA.
See where you can grab your copy of The Aware here, and look out for the rest of the trilogy soon!
As promised, One Small Step and The Bone Chime Song and Other Stories are now available as ebooks. To make it easy to find your preferred format, I’ve created a new page on the site that links to the various places that all our ebooks books are available. Enjoy!
As part of the year of doing all the things here at FableCroft, we’ve just republished the very excellent collaborative anthology* Canterbury 2100: pilgrimages in a new world edited by Dirk Flinthart.
Originally published by Agog! in 2008, Canterbury 2100 sold out its print edition some time ago, and we decided (in consultation with the editor, previous publisher, and the authors) that it was too good a book to disappear. It’s with great pleasure we bring Canterbury 2100 back to the world with an ebook edition (currently only on Kindle, but more options to follow).
FableCroft would like to thank the editor, Dirk Flinthart, the orignal publisher, Cat Sparks at Agog!, the authors, and the cover artist Nick Stathopoulos, for agreeing to be part of the project again.
You want to know more?
Six hundred years ago, a group of pilgrims made their way to Canterbury, and Geoffrey Chaucer created one of the great works of English literature. A hundred years from now, a nuclear-powered steam train is stopped by a massive storm on its journey to Canterbury, the new capital of an England struggling to rise from the ashes of the twenty-first century. As the waters rise with the storm’s fury, the weird and wonderful passengers tell the stories of a new age…
18 original short stories interwoven with a narrative thread that twines together the pieces to depict a fictional future exploring the stories that the people of that future tell each other.
Introduction (Dirk Flinthart)
The Tingler’s Tale (Geoffrey Maloney)
The Nun’s Tale (Angela Slatter)
The Dead Priest’s Tale (Martin Livings)
The Veteran’s Tale (Stephen Dedman)
The Miner’s Tale (Laura E Goodin)
The Sky-Chief’s Tale (Sue Isle)
The Census-Taker’s Tale (Kaaron Warren)
The Mathematician’s Tale (Durand Welsh)
The Doctor’s Tale (Ben Bastian)
The Hunter’s Tale (Grant Watson)
The Peat-Digger’s Tale (Thoraiya Dyer)
The Metawhore’s Tale (Lee Battersby)
The Janus’s Tale (Penelope Love)
The Lighterman’s Tale (Trent Jamieson)
The Carbon-Knitter’s Tale (Rita de Heer)
The Evangelist’s Tale (L L Hannett)
The Gnomologist’s Tale (Matthew Chrulew)
The Conductor’s Tale (Lyn Battersby)
Afterword (Dirk Flinthart)
* I just made that phrase up – read the book and you’ll know why!
We sometimes like to keep things under our hats here at FableCroft. This year we have a couple of very cool projects in the works, which we’re keeping secret until we can make big announcements. Like this one!
Tansy Rayner Roberts has been a FableCroft author since our first book, Worlds Next Door, and it’s with great pleasure we celebrate the re-release of her very first novel (first published in 1998), Splashdance Silver (book 1 of the Mocklore Chronicles)!
This is very exciting for us, as not only is the book fantastic fun to read, but it is the first step in a new direction for FableCroft. We look forward to sharing more of our projects with you!
You can read more about Splashdance Silver at Tansy’s blog here.
You can get your copy of Splashdance Silver for just $3.99 (USD) from Amazon, Wizard’s Tower Books or Weightless Books.
Today is a big day for Epilogue, it seems! It is now, at long last, available on the Kindle store, which is very exciting. And to follow that up, a review by Cat Sparks of the anthology just went live at Cosmos, which is very nice! Among other things, Cat says:
If, like me, you find something compelling in post-disaster scenarios, try Epilogue for an Australian-flavoured take on the end of the world.
Stay tuned for more exciting FableCroft news over the next few days!
It’s the start of a new year and to mark the passage into 2011, we’re now offering Worlds Next Door in all e-book formats for just $6.99 (US). You can buy easily from Smashwords, or email for site licence options. Happy New Year!