We've just published Sworn in Steel this month, which is Douglas Hulick's fabulous sequel to Among Thieves, a truly stand out fantasy debut. Sworn in Steel was on the Fantasy Faction blog’s ‘Most anticipated’ list for 2014 and now has a whopping 219 reviews on Goodreads, with an average of 4.14 stars out of 5! You read a free extract here. Also, below, you can see Doug at his US launch in video below, where he reads from the book. This was recorded by his friend Sean Murphy, who was good enough to record the reading and Q&A session.
Sworn in Steel is just as exciting, gritty and squash-buckling as book one. It’s an adventurous tale of Drothe, set against the backdrop of two shadowy cities, both riddled with mayhem. He’s an anti-hero who tries to do the right thing while balancing the complementary occupations of spy and thief (there weren’t many career options round his way). Then he stumbles upon secrets of empire, magic and a brotherhood of immortal swordsman . . . Brent Weeks said book one was ‘an unalloyed pleasure: a fast moving, funny, twisting tale’. He also said of Hulick ‘there’s a new talent in the game’, and we hope you agree with Brent’s words of wisdom there.
Douglas Hulick reading from Sworn in Steel at his US launch:
You can also see some wonderful reviews and interviews with Doug here:
- Douglas Hulick guest blogs on Mary Robinette Kowal's site, sharing his favourite bits of Sworn in Steel.
- The Qwillery blog interview with Douglas Hulick
- The SFSignal.com review of Sworn in Steel
'With Sworn in Steel he has managed to find hidden depths in the world he created . . . The wit and the outlook present in Among Thieves continues just as strongly here and, through Drothe’s eyes, Hulick paints a vivid picture of a beautiful yet deadly city . . . an engaging and interesting read'
- StaffersBookReview.com review of Sworn in Steel (and Brian McClellan's The Crimson Campaign).
'With these books Douglas Hulick and Brian Mcclellan go from debut authors to professionals with careers ahead of them . . . there is a narrative joy within their work'
- Bibliosanctum blog review of Sworn in Steel
'A sequel that is even bigger, better and packed with more fun than the original ... Douglas Hulick takes the idea of “something interesting must happen in every chapter” and takes that to the max.
Things are looking good for Sworn in Steel, so happy reading!