Spear of Shadows

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My newest Age of Sigmar novel, Eight Lamentations: Spear of Shadows, is now on the shelves, both electronic and otherwise. You can read a quick interview with me, about the book, over at the Warhammer Community site

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From the blurb:

In the beginning, there was fire. And from fire came eight weapons of terrible power, honed to a killing edge by the chosen weaponsmiths of Khorne. Now, as the Mortal Realms echo with the thunder of war, the great powers hunt the eight wherever they might be found – whatever the cost. In a city of prophecy and secrets, Grungni, smith-god of the duardin, gathers together a group of mortal warriors from across the realms in order to seek the first of the eight. But they are not alone in their quest; agents of the Ruinous Powers want the weapon for themselves. Now the race is on, as man, duardin and daemon alike seek to claim the Spear of Shadows…

The book is something of an experiment in world-building. Besides being a rousing adventure (I hope), and a travelogue of the Mortal Realms,  it also contains a substantial number of connections to my other Age of Sigmar novels and short stories. Here are a few of the important ones, for those interested in such things:

-Both Volundr Skull-Cracker, Forgemaster of Aqshy, and the skaven warlord, Warpfang, made their first appearances in Legends of the Age of Sigmar: Black Rift. The Sword of Fire, Marrowcutter, is first mentioned here as well.

-Marrowcutter, the Sword of Fire, and the first of the Eight Lamentations to resurface, first appears in The Realmgate Wars: Fury of Gork. This novel also marks the first appearance of Lord-Celestant Gaius Greel, the Chaos sorcerer, Yuhdak of the Nine, and the cabal of war-sorcerers known as the Ninety-Nine Feathers.

-Shu’gohl, the Crawling City, and the Vurmite Order, first appeared in Legends of the Age of Sigmar: Skaven Pestilens.

-Adhema of Szandor, blood knight and agent of Neferata, first appeared in the Warhammer World exclusive novel, Nagash: The Undying King

-Skern, the Gallowswalker, had his first encounter with Ahazian Kel in the short story, “Road of Blades”. The Kels of Ekran were first mentioned in this short story, as well. They were later elaborated on in the novel, Hallowed Knights: Plague Garden

Now, you certainly don’t have to read any of the above to enjoy Spear of Shadows – except possibly “Road of Blades”, which functions as something of a prequel – but I encourage you to do so. Especially if you’re worried that Age of Sigmar offers little in the way of a concrete setting. I’m hoping to put a little more meat on the setting’s bones with this book, and those yet to come.

I also encourage you to check out the short story, “Auction of Blood”, which takes place roughly simultaneously with the events in Spear of Shadows, featuring a different set of characters who are also on the hunt for the weapons.

Eight Lamentations: Spear of Shadows is available in both hardback and electronic format from Black Library, as well as Amazon.com and its subsidiaries. A paperback version is due out sometime next year, if you’d prefer that.

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