[PR] Pyr Publishes Its 100th Title and Offers Free Exclusive ePub Novelette in Celebration

[Pyr reached an important milestone, and they are celebrating by offering a free exclusive novelette!  Check out the press release below for all the details!]
 
Pyr Publishes Its 100th Title and Offers Free Exclusive ePub Novelette in Celebration
Milestone Reached with James Enge’s The Wolf Age

Amherst, New York – In March of this year, Pyr, the science fiction and fantasy imprint of Prometheus Books, celebrated its fifth anniversary. In November, Pyr reached another milestone: publishing its one-hundredth title, The Wolf Age, by James Enge.

The Wolf Age is the third novel to feature Enge’s character Morlock Ambrosius, a wandering swordsman, an exile, and a drunk. Blood of Ambrose, Enge’s first Morlock novel, was on the Locus Recommended Reading list and a World Fantasy Award nominee for Best Novel.

“I’m honored to be Pyr’s centenarian (or centurion?),” Enge says. “Between that distinction and the World Fantasy Award nomination for Blood of Ambrose, it’s been a pretty cool fall. Both the WFA nominees and the authors on the Pyr list are pretty impressive company; it’s a privilege to be counted among them.”

Publishers Weekly gave The Wolf Age a starred review, calling it “harrowing and beautiful” and noting that “Enge’s elegant prose perfectly captures Morlock’s terse and morbid nature, which thrives in the vicious, honorable werewolf nation. Numerous intimate, complicated, and contentious relationships provide depth and gravity to the grim tale, which will enthrall fans of the dark and sinister.”

All of Enge’s Morlock Ambrosius novels and stories can be read independently, but—as Tim Pratt recently pointed out in his Locus review of The Wolf Age—reading one will make you want to seek out the others. Calling The Wolf Age “inventive and delightful,” Pratt “promptly tracked down the earlier titles, Blood of Ambrose and This Crooked Way, because I enjoyed this one so much.” He added, “Enge is one of the most engaging of the new sword and sorcery authors, and I hope we get to follow Morlock’s exploits for a long time to come.”

In honor of this burgeoning Morlock fan base, and to commemorate The Wolf Age’s status as Pyr’s one-hundredth title, Pyr is issuing a free, exclusive, ePub novelette called “Travellers’ Rest.” Featuring a cover by artist Chuck Lukacs, “Travellers’ Rest” is an 8,500 word original novelette, written for Pyr, which takes place before the events of Blood of Ambrose. It is available on the Pyr website, http://www.pyrsf.com, as a free download in ePub format and will also be available via Kindle. (Two previously published Morlock short stories that take place many decades after the events of The Wolf Age—“A Book of Silences” and “Fire and Sleet” —are available on the Sample Chapters section of the Pyr website.)

Enge describes “Traveller’s Rest” as “a story that’s been trying to chew its way out of my head for a while now, and this seemed like a good time to release it as an introduction to Morlock. Also, Morlock’s apprentice Wyrth has a small but discerning fan base, and ‘Traveller’s Rest’ gives them a chance to encounter him again.”

Enge’s highly imaginative sword and sorcery fiction mixes humor and darkness in equal measures. His writing has been compared favorably to Fritz Leiber, Jack Vance, David Eddings, and, interestingly, Raymond Chandler. Lev Grossman, the New York Times bestselling author of The Magicians, finds Enge “thrilling, funny, and mysteriously moving. . . I could read him forever and never get bored.”

Pyr has been called “one of the most exciting publishers in the business” by Black Gate magazine. It was launched in March of 2005 by Prometheus Books, an independent publisher of quality nonfiction based in Amherst, New York.

Review: The Greyfriar by Clay Griffith & Susan Griffith

 

Title: Vampire Empire Book One: The Greyfriar

Author: Clay & Susan Griffith

Publisher: Pyr

ISBN: 978-1616142476

 

May Contain Spoilers

From Amazon:

In the year 1870, a horrible plague of vampires swept over the northern regions of the world. Millions of humans were killed outright. Millions more died of disease and famine due to the havoc that followed. Within two years, once great cities were shrouded by the grey empire of the vampire clans. Human refugees fled south to the tropics because vampires could not tolerate the constant heat there. They brought technology and a feverish drive to reestablish their shattered societies of steam and iron amid the mosques of Alexandria, the torrid quietude of Panama, or the green temples of Malaya.

It is now 2020 and a bloody reckoning is coming.

Princess Adele is heir to the Empire of Equatoria, a remnant of the old tropical British Empire. She is quick with her wit as well as with a sword or gun. She is eager for an adventure before she settles into a life of duty and political marriage to man she does not know. But her quest turns black when she becomes the target of a merciless vampire clan. Her only protector is The Greyfriar, a mysterious hero who fights the vampires from deep within their territory. Their dangerous relationship plays out against an approaching war to the death between humankind and the vampire clans.

The Greyfriar: Vampire Empire is the first book in a trilogy of high adventure and alternate history. Combining rousing pulp action with steampunk style, The Greyfriar brings epic political themes to life within a story of heartbreaking romance, sacrifice, and heroism.

Review:

The Greyfriar is a very fun book, and once I picked it up, it was very difficult to put it back down again.  With a full cast of compelling characters, there is a lot going on as the humans and the vampires battle it out for world domination.  After a horrible plague of vampires sweeps over the northern regions of the world, life has become a struggle that the humans can’t afford to lose.  Fleeing to the south because of the vampires’ inability to tolerate the heat, the nations of the world have fought hard to find prosperity and security from their vampire adversaries.   The human nations have been rebuilt in a world very different from our own. 

Princess Adele is soon to be wed to the brash Senator Clark, in a union that will bring the Empire of Equatoria and America together.  With the strength of both of their armies working in unison, the nations should be able to end the vampire threat forever.  Too bad the vampires aren’t so willing to allow the wedding to take place.  After kidnapping Adele, the plans of human domination are threatened.  As Adele struggles to survive, and Clark battles to free her, the dark plans of Cesare, a vampire prince, are put in motion.  Will the vampires bring the humans to their knees?

I loved the setting, and found this alternate future Earth fascinating.  And deadly.  The vampires in The Greyfriar are brutal and dangerous, and they only see humans as cattle to feed their appetite for blood.  Humans travel in air ships and battle their vampire enemies with blades and firearms, struggling to keep control of their hard won territories.  The humans have painstakingly rebuilt their cities in the south, but the threat that the vampires will launch a campaign against them hangs constantly over their heads.  In an effort to make the first strike, the two strongest nations plan to join forces.

Adele is one tough princess!  She holds her own in a fight, but when sheer numbers overwhelm her small contingent, she is captured by a scary, scary vampire.  Then only her wits see her through her ordeal.  I liked that Adele didn’t turn into a cowering captive once Cesare got his grubby claws on her.  She knows her duty and she is determined to live long enough to carry them out.  Once she and Clark are married, the joint forces from Equatoria and America will be hard for the vampires to fight off.  Even though she’s terrified on the inside, she is valiant and brave on the outside.  Just my kind of heroine!

Adele gets a little help from the mysterious Greyfriar, a rebel who battles vampires within their own lands.  The attraction between Adele and the Greyfriar is instant and intense.  As they fight to escape the vampires, they also try to resist their feelings for each other.  When Adele learns the Greyfriar’s secret, their friendship is tested to the extreme.  I was a little disappointed with Adele for her reaction to the man who risked so much to help her, but given her circumstances, I could at least understand her feelings.  She needed to mature, and her conflict with the Greyfriar gave her the much needed impetuous to achieve this.

Senator Clark.  You I didn’t care for.  At. All.  Pompous, abrasive, annoying,  I am embarrassed to admit that I was hoping the vampires would put an end to your obnoxious presence.  How can this braggart ever be a world leader?  How can Adele ever marry him?  Ah, that’s a relationship to watch in the next installment of the series.

For a rollicking read, look no further than The Greyfriar.  It’s fun, it’s exciting, and it flies by. I can hardly wait for the next book in the series. And, oh, that cover is to die for!  

Grade: B+

Review copy provided by publisher