Guest Blog: TREE GODS DRIPPING TEARS by S. C. Flynn author of Children of the Different

As part of my Guest blog series for authors and fellow bloggers I am proud to present another guest blog spot.  S. C. Flynn the author of Children of the Different has been kind enough to write a guest blog post for MightyThorJRS today. I am very excited and I would like to thank Stuart for the opportunity to host this Guest Blog. 

Children of the Different by S. C. Flynn

is Out NOW

So go get your copy!

(Amazon US)

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(Amazon Australia)









by S C Flynn


It had been raining that day and the forest was dark. He could still smell the strong eucalyptus scent rising off the huge karri trees that stood like crying gods dripping tears on the little lost humans far below.

The south western corner of Western Australia, where I grew up, is home to some unique forests. Above all, there are the karri forests, made up of some of the tallest trees in the world, nearly as tall as the sequoia of California. One tourist spot is called Valley of the Giants, where an elevated walkway allows visitors to experience the thrill of the trees’ height from above. The normal experience, though, is to be stuck on the ground far below, in awe of the size, age and grandeur of these magnificent creatures:

He used to think of the giant trees as forest deities. It was impossible not to, having grown up underneath their trunks, squinting into the sun every day to try and see their waving tops tickling the sky.

Pantheism? Animism? Anthropomorphism? I do not want to get into splitting definitions here. I mention these names as examples of kinds of thinking that are very different from the dominant modes in our society. Divinity in everything – souls in everything – everything imagined in human terms: there must be many others.

Until very recently, it would have been common to dismiss those kinds of attitudes as appropriate only for an individual’s childhood, or for the so-called childhood of humanity. Children are expected to grow out of these kinds of sentiments. Cultures that still hold them are often forced to grow out of them, suddenly and traumatically. The only acceptable way of thinking in recent centuries has been to imagine a deity above and outside everything, then us below, then everything else.

This conception was driven by – and reinforced in its turn – a drastic underestimation of non-human lifeforms. Climate change and extinction events are forcing at least some of humanity to question these old assumptions. It may already be too late, but the more we learn about other creatures on this earth – whether the problem-solving skills of octopi or the systemic importance of bees – the more it becomes apparent how much humans under-estimated them in the past. Our feeling of superiority was evidently more a product of ignorance than of knowledge.

None of this means that we have to accept ideas such as the Gaia Hypothesis, which says that the entire planet is one great organism. It does mean, I think, that our notions of sentience have to be greatly revised. It is often said that children see and plainly speak the truth more than adults. Perhaps humanity’s childhood contained much more truth than has been thought.

We are used to the concept of a benign god. “Benign” in the sense of being in some way – not always apparent – particularly attuned to human interests. If the re-evaluation suggested above is valid, however, human interests should no longer be considered primary. It is not necessary to picture a world where the tree gods and others like them are actively evil. They exist on their own plane and pursue their own ends that are probably totally unrelated to human aspirations.

A kookaburra’s cackling laugh broke out nearby. She glanced out the window. The chunky brown bird was sitting out there somewhere among the endless trees. The kookaburra always sounded jolly, and she used to love watching the family building its nest and the chicks growing up. But the kookaburra laughed just as loudly while it broke the backs of the snakes it ate.

Maybe the adulthood of humanity will involve a reconciliation with some “childish” ideas and the recognition that the only active force for evil lies in ourselves.





S. C. Flynn was born in a small town in South West Western Australia. He has lived in Europe for a long time; first the United Kingdom, then Italy and currently Ireland, the home of his ancestors. He still speaks English with an Australian accent, and fluent Italian.

He reads everything, revises his writing obsessively and plays jazz. His wife Claudia shares his passions and always encourages him.

S. C. Flynn has written for as long as he can remember and has worked seriously towards becoming a writer for many years. This path included two periods of being represented by professional literary agents, from whom he learnt a lot about writing, but who were unable to get him published.

He responded by deciding to self-publish his YA post-apocalyptic fantasy novel, Children of the Different and, together with an American support team, aimed for a book as good as those created by the major publishers.

S.C. Flynn blogs on science fiction and fantasy at He is on Twitter @scyflynn and on Facebook. Join his email newsletter list here


Children of the Different by S. C. Flynn




Nineteen years ago, a brain disease known as the Great Madness killed most of the world’s population. The survivors all had something different about their minds. Now, at the start of adolescence, their children enter a trance-like state known as the Changeland and emerge either with special mental powers or as cannibalistic Ferals.

In the great forest of South West Western Australia, thirteen-year-old Arika and her twin brother Narrah go through the Changeland. They encounter an enemy known as the Anteater who feeds on human life. He exists both in the Changeland and in the outside world, and he wants the twins dead.

After their Changings, the twins have powers that let them fight their enemy and face their destiny on a long journey to an abandoned American military base on the north-west coast of Australia…if they can reach it before time runs out.

Children of the Different is a post-apocalyptic fantasy novel set among the varied landscapes and wildlife of Western Australia.

“The love and the strong bond the main characters share is the power that drives them forward through hardships and terror, and it’s a delightful and very real emotion to behold.”- Space and Sorcery
 “An imaginative success, fully realized in every way, easy to digest,and utterly enjoyable to read.” – Bookwraiths

“Exciting and fresh, atake on post-apocalyptic narratives that I hadn’t encountered before.” – FantasyLiterature

“If you enjoy post-apocalyptic adventures then Children of theDifferent should definitely hit your radar.” – A Fantastical Librarian

“Smart, engrossing young adult fiction that doesn’t talk down to itstarget audience.” – The Eloquent Page

“Recommended if you’re looking for a fresh and exciting experience in an otherwise overcrowded genre” – The Fictional Hangout 

“For fans of YA and younger readers there’s a lot to like in Children of the Different and I’d definitely recommend it to you. Likewise, adults and post-apocalyptic fans will also find enjoyment in the book too”. – The Tattooed Book Geek

“Solid characters, a really good setting, and some nice twists to the plot. Recommended!” – Who’s Dreaming Who

 “Children of the Different is trippy and surreal, and is a thought-provoking adventure.” – Books Without Any Pictures
 “I was charmed by thisengrossing, genuinely exciting book…I have no hesitation inrecommending this entertaining adventure for fantasy fans, young and old, whowould like something different.“-Brain Fluff

“Adebut that is not to be missed.” – The Bandwagon

“A bright star in the sky that will light up your imagination!” – Red Star Reviews

“At times, it was beautiful and strange, and at other times I was biting my nails in anticipation of what would happen to our heroes.” – Dab of Darkness

“I really enjoyed the book. Siblings are still a rather rare choice for protagonists and both Australia and the dream world were interesting settings” – Mervi’s Book Reviews

 “What I found…was an interesting world with intelligent characters, always an enjoyable combination for me.” – Purple Owl Reviews

Book Haul: The Family Plot by Cherie Priest

The wonderful people over at Tor were awesome enough to send me this review copy!  Thanks Tor! I can’t wait to read and review!

The Family Plot

by Cherie Priest


So go get you a copy!







The Family Plot

by Cherie Priest

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (September 20, 2016)
  • ISBN-10: 0765378248
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765378248


Priest continues to cement her reputation as a master of modern gothic with a haunted house tale that’s a slow burn with an utterly addictive finale. Though it feels like more could be done with the ghosts of the Withrow house, the living characters do more than their fair share of lifting with interactions that are charming and funny. That said, fans and new readers should walk away satisfied and just a little bit worried when in the house alone.

In The Family Plot, Dahlia Dutton and her salvage crew are given a last ditch job to wreck and salvage an especially tantalizing property. Ignorant of the house and Withrow family’s history, the crew soon find themselves haunted by a multitude of spirits. At first, the spirits are content to scare and pester, but as Dahlia uncovers more of the secrets the house has held for nearly a century, something dark and violent emerges ― something that has squared all its rage on Dahlia Dutton alone.










Book Haul: Navigators of Dune by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson

The wonderful people over at Tor were awesome enough to send me this review copy!  Thanks Tor! I can’t wait to read and review!

Navigators of Dune

by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson


So go get you a copy!






Navigators of Dune

by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson

  • Series: Dune (Book 10)
  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (September 13, 2016)
  • ISBN-10: 0765381257
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765381255


Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson’s Navigators of Dune is the climactic finale of the Great Schools of Dune trilogy, set 10,000 years before Frank Herbert’s classic Dune.

The story line tells the origins of the Bene Gesserit Sisterhood and its breeding program, the human-computer Mentats, and the Navigators (the Spacing Guild), as well as a crucial battle for the future of the human race, in which reason faces off against fanaticism. These events have far-reaching consequences that will set the stage for Dune, millennia later.






Guest Blog: “No New Stories” by Derek Alan Siddoway author of the Teutevar Saga

As part of my Guest blog series for authors and fellow bloggers I am proud to present another guest blog spot. Derek Alan Siddoway the author of the Teutevar Saga has been kind enough to write a guest blog post for MightyThorJRS today. I am very excited and I would like to thank Derek for the opportunity to host this Guest Blog. 

Out of Exile: Teutevar Saga Book One

Return to Shadow: Teutevar Saga Book Two


Into Exile: A Teutevar Saga Prequel

BY Derek Alan Siddoway


So go get your copies!



“No New Stories”

by Derek Alan Siddoway

“There are no new stories in the world anymore” – Dexter Palmer

Well, Mr. Palmer, that’s certainly a bleak outlook.

Even so, he’s got a good point. Whether you’re a writer or a reader, after you’ve read enough stories it’s easy to pick out the small variety of genre skeletons they’re built on. So what keeps us going back for more?

For some random reason, there’s this quote from the 2004 version of The Alamo that’s stuck with me since I saw it a dozen years ago. Jim Bowie (Jason Patric) and Colonel Travis (Patrick Wilson) despise one another for most of the film. Travis is portrayed as sort of a snide, by-the-book dandy and, in one scene, Bowie (who’s a rough-edged favorite amongst the defenders) gives him this long exasperated look and says “Sometimes…it’s just the way you say things, Travis.”

Which brings us back to our original topic. Maybe there aren’t new stories, but there are always new ways to tell stories.

Let’s look at a few recent-ish examples in the fantasy genre. The First Law Trilogy, while not the first to feature “morally grey” characters, certainly brought the grimdark sub-genre to the, uh… light. We got an uber-powerful wise old mentor in Bayaz who was a complete jack wagon and a Chosen One gone wrong in the spoiled, manufactured Jezal Dan Luthar — and that’s just scraping the surface.

Scrape away the surface, though, and you’ve basically got a traditional fantasy plot akin to Tolkien if — SPOILER ALERT — when Frodo threw the One Ring in Mount Doom, it set off a nuclear reaction throughout Mordor, giving Samwise fallout poisoning.

Game of Thrones is basically a ripped off version of the War of the Roses with dragons and ice-zombies. Avatar is cowboys and indians on a sci-fi planet. The Force Awakens is a retelling of A New Hope.

I could go on, but I think I’ve made my point.

Great stories aren’t defined by the centuries-old skeleton you construct them from, they’re made great by the flesh, muscle and guts you slap inside and around the bones.

Give 10 writers that same outline of a book and they’ll each come up with 10 different versions, based on their beliefs, backgrounds and personal tastes. No two storytellers are alike. Take me, for example.

I grew up in a strange cauldron of influence. In my younger years it was a toss-up if you’d find me fighting outlaws with my cap guns, questing around our family farm with my wooden stake crafted into a sword or slicing the limbs of Battle Droids (read: Cedar Trees) with my lightsaber. In high school, this morphed into a mashed-up conglomeration of interests that found me just as at home in the library perusing the fantasy section as it did on the football field or track. 

That’s right, nerd-hipsters, I’m numbered amongst the Game of Thrones Old Guard, waaay back before the HBO days AND I dated a cheerleader. What can I say? I bring balance to The Force.

Naturally, when I began writing my first fantasy series, Teutevar Saga (LINK), this blend of influences showed up in my work. The end result is a little subgenre of my own I call medieval westerns — traditional epic fantasy with swords and castles set in a North American landscape (if you’ve read The Traitor Son Cycle by Miles Cameron or Red Country by Joe Abercrombie you’ll have an idea of what’s going on). It’s my own little re-skin of epic fantasy, a world that no one but myself could have created because, while there may be no new stories in the world, there will always be new storytellers.


Derek Alan Siddoway










Derek Alan Siddoway is the 24-year-old author of Teutevar Saga, a “medieval western” series combining elements of epic fantasy with the rugged style and folklore of American Westerns (read: John Wayne meets Game of Thrones). His journey as a storyteller began over a decade ago with a particularly thrilling foray into Pokémon fan-fiction. Ten years later, Out of Exile, his debut novel, and the first book in the Teutevar Saga, was published. An Everyday, Undaunted Author, Derek spends his time reading, obsessively filling notebooks, adventuring outdoors and celebrating small victories. He’s a sucker for good quotes, peach lemonade and books/video games with swords in them.








Out of Exile: Teutevar Saga Book One

BY Derek Alan Siddoway

War is brewing. The hunt begins. Exile is over. Revan Teutevar is the exiled heir of an extinct country fed up with a life in hiding. He’s also a boy on a manhunt with blood on his hands, tracking his mother’s kidnappers. Aided by a renegade leprechaun and a smooth-talking minstrel, the young Teutevar pursues his foes across a land on the brink of war. Faced with trials at every step, Revan learns quickly that, out of exile, the line between right and wrong is blurred in the best of times…and nonexistent in the worst. Out of Exile is the first book in the Teutevar Saga, an epic and historical fantasy series with elements of western sci-fi and action/adventure. If you like historical fantasy mixed with the Wild West such as Joe Abercrombie’s Red Country or Miles Cameron’s Traitor Son Cycle, then you’ll love this suspenseful and refreshing tale.


Return to Shadow: Teutevar Saga Book Two

BY Derek Alan Siddoway

As shadows lengthen and darkness falls across Peldrin, everyone has a score to settle. Headstrong and impatient, the young, exiled lord, Revan Teutevar, has his heart set on returning to Athelon. Between him and his ruined homeland, however, lies Vhaleons: a city ruled by corruption and greed. Chasing the threads of a dangerous conspiracy, Revan and his friends soon find themselves entrapped in a game of power and deceit. One false move and the lives of the three drifters are forfeit. Captain Nikoma is a young woman desperate to prove her worth in a man’s world. She’s a loner, an outsider even amongst her fellow Simarru riders no matter how well she swings a sword. But war with the Imperium League is at hand, and with it, the chance to step out of her father’s shadow…if she can stay alive long enough to change her stars. With war looming, the west has forgotten about Arund. Even so, the one-time Hero of the Republic and would-be high king hasn’t been idle. East of the Heimwall, he’s rebuilding his capital and amassing a motley horde to stake his claim in the growing chaos. If he can hold them all together — fierce Jotun, barbaric Periwaneth and treacherous Emorans — the White Knight could very well make good on his vow to rule all of Peldrin.


Into Exile: A Teutevar Saga Prequel

BY Derek Alan Siddoway


Widowed. Hunted. Exiled. From the ashes of destruction, a saga begins.

When her country is conquered and her lord husband slain by his best friend, Guinevere, Lady of Athel, has only one thing left to live for: her young son Revan. Forsaking vengeance to honor her husband’s last wish, Guinevere flees with Revan — the last heir of the Teutevar line. Exile, however, will not come easy. Pursued by ruthless invaders and a wilderness full of bloodthirsty savages, Guinevere’s only allies are a loyal spearmaiden and a deranged mountain man. The Lady of Athel may not fear death, but should she fail, Athel’s last hope falls with her.

Into Exile is an introductory prequel that takes place before the events of Out of Exile in the world of Teutevar Saga. Fans of Joe Abercrombie’s Red Country and Miles Cameron’s Traitor Son Cycle will enjoy the Teutevar Saga and its unique blend of traditional medieval fantasy in a gritty, American Western landscape.



Swords for Hire: A Frontier Fantasy and Medieval Western Story Anthology







Book Haul: Edgar Allan Poe: An Adult Coloring Book by Odessa Begay

The wonderful people over at Sterling Publishing were awesome enough to send me this review copy!  Thanks Sterling Publishing ! I can’t wait to color!

Edgar Allan Poe: An Adult Coloring Book

by Odessa Begay


So go get you a copy!







Edgar Allan Poe: An Adult Coloring Book

by Odessa Begay

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Dive into the macabre, mysterious world of Edgar Allan Poe’s chilling tales with popular coloring book artist Odessa Begay (Little Birds). Inspired by Poe’s beloved stories, Begay has created images that reference settings, motifs, and details that fans will recognize.

Guest Blog: A Hero’s Guide to Prophecies by Eric Tanafon author of The Road to Hel

As part of my Guest blog series for authors and fellow bloggers I am proud to present another guest blog spot. Eric Tanafon the author of The Road to Hel  has been kind enough to write a guest blog post for MightyThorJRS today. I am very excited and I would like to thank Eric for the opportunity to host this Guest Blog. 

The Road to Hel (Sean’s Saga Book 1) by Eric Tanafon 

is Out NOW

So go get your copy!




A Hero’s Guide to Prophecies

by Eric Tanafon

So you’re a character in a fantasy novel, and you think you might be a hero. What you need is assurance of your heroic destiny, especially if your track record isn’t very impressive so far. It helps a lot if someone made a prophecy about you. But even after you have that prediction in hand, there are no guarantees.

For one thing, a prophecy can never be too explicit. It would kill all the suspense, either in a story or real life, for a seer to say ”Olaf Thorstein–not the one that lives in Norway, his grandson from Horse Bay in Iceland–will free the enchanted hoard (to be found forty paces south of the slightly chipped standing stone on Groa Hill) by killing its guardian dragon with exactly three spear thrusts at dawn next Midsummer’s Day.”

So even when there’s a prophecy in play, you’ll find that you need to puzzle out exactly what it means. Sure, you might luck out, as Aragorn did in The Lord of the Rings, with a fairly straightforward prediction. A seer hundreds of years before foretold that in dark times, with evil overshadowing the land, the heir of Isildur would go on the Paths of the Dead to rally a bunch of oathbreaking ghosts to his banner. Since Aragorn knew that he was Isildur’s heir, and the days just then were about as bright as midwinter at the North Pole, interpreting the prophecy was a no-brainer.

That’s about as good as it ever gets with prophecies. Most are more like the famous prediction that Croesus received from the oracle of Delphi, when he went to war with the Persians–‘you will destroy a great empire’. Croesus, of course, wound up destroying his own empire–presumably, not exactly what he had in mind.

The heroes in the Percy Jackson books weren’t so badly off, since they actually had an in-house oracle who delivered prophecies on a mission-by-mission basis. These tended to be ambiguous, granted, but at least you knew they had something to do with one of the heroes at Camp Half-Blood who went on said mission. Still, Percy also had to deal with an “arc” type prophecy about some hero (maybe him, or maybe not) who at age sixteen would be able to save the world and the gods (or maybe make sure that they got destroyed instead).

But sometimes prophecies are no help at all. Harry Potter is a case in point. Sybil Trelawney’s prophecy in that series is a masterful example of ambiguity and bet-hedging. Not only do both Harry or Neville Longbottom fit the description of the ‘one’ who can ultimately defeat Lord Voldemort, the prophecy doesn’t even say if that’s what will happen. It only predicts ‘either must die at the hand of the other’. Now, how would that ever be wrong, short of Voldemort deciding to retire early and take up  snake charming?

You can see that as a hero, you need to be able to thrive on uncertainty.

Take Sean, my own hero-in-training. In The Road to Hel he goes looking for a prophecy about him. You’d think it would be easy since his school, Runnymede, has libraries full of them. But he and his friends still need the help of Alviss, the know-it-all dwarf,  to find a likely one. And even before they can figure out what the prophecy means, they need to figure out what the words are saying:

Alviss cleared his throat and read,

“The dark willow tree,

One of the dwarves’ number,

To the foot of Ygg’s horse

Fares fearless.”

“Wow,” said Fiona. “Sean, that one has to be about you, because it makes no sense at all.”

I gave her an I’ll-get-you-later  look. “It’s one of those riddle poems. People back in Viking times liked them because nobody had invented crossword puzzles yet. But I don’t have any idea what it means.”

This prophecy uses kennings, a kind of poetic code developed in old Norse literature, just to make things more interesting. It translates to something like “The dark-skinned girl, one of four heroes, goes fearless to Hel.” Just take my word for it. So it turns out this prophecy is about Sean’s sister’s best friend, and not him at all.

Things like this happen, and as a hero, you’ve got to be prepared. Expect the unexpected.

There’s one last rule about prophecies, and it’s the most important one. They always come true. This is as hard and fast a rule in Homer’s Odyssey as it is in modern fantasy novels. So…where does that leave you when your prophecy foretells the end of the world? The destruction of 99.999 percent of everything? The doom of the gods themselves?

Well, you just do the best you can and fight to postpone the inevitable, buying time for your author to think of a way out. Sean finds himself in that situation too. His teachers at Runnymede know that Ragnarok is coming very soon, they’re just not sure of the exact timing:

“You can’t be serious,” I said. “Why is the world always about to end? It’s like those people who predicted the earth would be destroyed on, what was it, the first of September? I mean, it’s—”

“What? September? I haven’t heard that. What prophecy is this? Who have you been talking to?” Miss Brown hissed, dropping the tiller and grabbing my arm. She had a grip like a grizzly bear.

“It was—ow!—a bunch of crazy…I mean, misguided…people who thought they found it in the Bible,” I managed. “They were in the news. Um, could you let go now?”

Miss Brown let me go, but she was still frowning. “You will find, Sean, that we take our prophecies seriously at Runnymede.”

And that’s the final advice I’d pass on to would-be fantasy heroes. Take your prophecies seriously… and may the Gods be with you, because you’ll need all the help you can get.


Eric Tanafon writes software by day and fantasy fiction by night. He lives in New Hampshire with his lovely wife in an old house, which unfortunately isn’t haunted. But it’s just as well, because with five children and two cats in residence, there really wouldn’t be room.




I’m Sean. When wolf-riding trolls attack our house, my sister Fiona and I find out the hard way that we’re destined to be heroes. That goes for our friends Arturo and Parvati, too. Next thing we know, we’re all enrolled in the last hero school on Midgard (that’s hero speak for ‘Earth’). In fact, we’re the entire final freshman class.

It’s not all bad. We get to go to school on an enchanted island. The girls get to ride flying horses, Arturo gets to go berserk, and I get to learn more about swordfighting than I ever wanted to know. We also get our own personal bard who sings our praises in deathless…well, verse that you wish would die, but it won’t.

You’d think we’d also get to save the world. But as it turns out, there are about a million prophecies guaranteeing that Ragnarok is right around the corner and the world is literally toast, so all we get to do is die (heroically, of course).

In the meantime, our mom winds up in Hel while trying to rescue our dad from, believe it or not, an even worse place. And for some reason even Odin won’t explain, we’re the only ones who can bring them back.

Well, that takes care of summer vacation. I can’t wait for the school year to start!





Book Haul: Red Tide by Marc Turner

The wonderful people over at Tor were awesome enough to send me this review copy! This series is at the top of my TBR stack! I have heard so many amazing things about this book and series! The author is very cool also, Hope I can get Marc on the blog again soon! Thanks Tor! I can’t wait to read and review!

Red Tide   by Marc Turner


So go get you a copy!









When the Heavens Fall: The Chronicles of the Exile, Book One  by Marc Turner

Dragon Hunters: The Chronicle of the Exile, Book Two  by Marc Turner

Red Tide: The Chronicles of the Exile, Book Three: 3 by Marc Turner












Red Tide: The Chronicles of the Exile, Book Three: 3

by Marc Turner

  • Series: The Chronicles of the Exile (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (September 20, 2016)
  • ISBN-10: 0765337142
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765337146


Red Tide, the third volume in Marc Turner’s The Chronicles of the Exile, following When the Heavens Fall and Dragon Hunters

The Augerans are coming. And their ships are sailing in on a red tide.

The Rubyholt Isles are a shattered nation of pirate-infested islands and treacherous waterways shielding the seaboards of Erin Elal and the Sabian League, a region even dragons fear to trespass.

The Augerans beseech the Warlord of the Isles, seeking passage for their invasion fleet through Rubyholt territory. But they are sailing into troubled waters. Their enemies have sent agents to sabotage the negotiations, and to destroy the Augeran fleet by any means necessary.

The emperor of Erin Elal seeks to forge an alliance with the Storm Lords, hoping to repulse the Augerans with a united front. But the battle lines for the struggle are not as clearly drawn as it first appears, for the Emira of the Storm Isles mistrusts the Erin Elalese as much as she does their common enemy. And the Augerans might just be planning a little sabotage of their own.

But nothing in the realm of mortals escapes the notice of their meddling gods; every step they take is shadowed, and every choice they make ensnared in a web so subtle and vast, its true shape may be fathomed only when it is far, far too late.

A new epic adventure in the fantastic world of When the Heavens Fall and Dragon Hunters!





When the Heavens Fall: The Chronicles of the Exile, Book One  by Marc Turner

Dragon Hunters: The Chronicle of the Exile, Book Two  by Marc Turner









Marc Turner was born in Canada, but grew up in England. His first novel, When the Heavens Fall, is published by Tor in the US and Titan in the UK. You can see a video trailer for the book here and read a short story set in the world of the novel here. The short story has also been narrated by Emma Newman, and you can listen to it free here. Marc can be found on Twitter at @MarcJTurner and at his website.

Marc Turner was born in Toronto, Canada, but grew up in England. He graduated from Lincoln College, Oxford University, in 1996 with a BA (Hons) in law, and subsequently joined a top ten law firm in the City of London. After realizing that working there did not mix well with simple pleasures such as having a life, he fled north first to Leeds and then to Durham in search of a better work-life balance. Unfortunately it proved elusive, and so in 2007, rather than take the next step and move to Scotland, he began working part time so he could devote more time to his writing. Following the sale of his debut epic fantasy novel, When the Heavens Fall, he started writing full time.

Why writing? Because it is the only work he knows where daydreaming isn’t frowned upon, and because he has learned from bitter experience that he cannot not write. The authors whose work has most influenced him are Steven Erikson and Joe Abercrombie. Consequently he writes fast-paced, multi-threaded novels with a liberal sprinkling of humour; novels written on a panoramic scale, peopled by characters that stay in the memory. Or at least that’s the theory . . .

He lives in Durham, England, with his wife and Son.