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Spotted in the Wild

Spotted in the Wild

This is just a quick post that no one will read but is important to me. One of my goals in my Cyclopean quest to get The Heron Kings published was to see it on a real, honest to gods bookshelf, in a real store somewhere. Call me a whore for validation, whatever. Today I…

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King of Assassins by RJ Barker

King of Assassins by RJ Barker

Just in case anyone thought I didn’t also own a katana. King of Assassins is the explosive concluding volume of RJ Barker’s epic Wounded Kingdom trilogy. Whatever you were expecting from this climatic book, I think it’s safe to say you’re going to be getting much, much more than you bargained for. This is a…

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The True Bastards by Jonathan French

The True Bastards by Jonathan French

  The True Bastards is the follow-up to Jonathan French’s riveting first Lot Lands adventure, The Grey Bastards. This sequel expands on the story left partly unfinished at the end of the first book, but not in the ways you might expect. This volume switches to the viewpoint of Fetching, now chief of the half-orc…

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Cleaning up a M1866 French Chassepot Bayonet

Cleaning up a M1866 French Chassepot Bayonet

I recently ordered a French M1866 Chassepot rifle bayonet from 1873 off ebay. The rifle was an early modern style breechloader, and the bayonet was slid over the barrel and a slot on the grip locked it into place. I love the curved yataghan style blade, and in fact I’ve decided to write the character…

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The Heron Kings earns a Publishers Weekly Starred Review

The Heron Kings earns a Publishers Weekly Starred Review

This week I learned (thanks to Mage’s Almanac) that the trade publication Publishers Weekly gave The Heron Kings a very nice starred review. I’m told by people familiar with the industry that this is a good thing to have, indicating books of “exceptional merit.” I don’t know about that, but apparently booksellers and even film…

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Blood of Assassins by RJ Barker

Blood of Assassins by RJ Barker

Not enough bone to make a ship out of, but coyote skull insisted on being in the picture.   It’s embarrassing how long it’s taken me to get around to this. RJ Barker is well into his second series and here I am still on the first one. It’s part laziness, part other things getting…

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Got my ARC of The Heron Kings!

Got my ARC of The Heron Kings!

  I received the Advance Review Copy of The Heron Kings in the mail the other day. It’s weird, I always dreamed of physically holding my book in my hands for the first time, and this is…kinda that? It’s not anywhere near the final version–it’s full of typos and placeholder marks and the like. More…

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The Hod King by Josiah Bancroft

The Hod King by Josiah Bancroft

I knew this hat would come in handy one day.   The Hod King is the third of a projected four-book series by self-published sensation Josiah Bancroft. I won’t bother with the setup because hey, it’s the third book. If you’re reading this you should know it already! This volume begins with Senlin taking on…

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