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A Whisper of Southern Lights

Book 2 in the Assassins series. Death and destruction follow the demon wherever he treads, and Gabriel is rarely far behind, waiting for his chance to extinguish the creature known as Temple once and for all. But in Singapore during the Second World War, a lone soldier in possession of a shattering secret gets caught up in their battle.

Pieces of Hate

|| During the Dark Ages, a thing named Temple slaughtered Gabriel's family. A man with snake eyes charged him to pursue the assassin wherever he may strike next, and destroy him. Gabriel never believed he’d still be following Temple almost a thousand years later.

Six Outstanding Standalone Fantasy Novels

There’s a certain satisfaction in picking up a fantasy novel and knowing it’s a standalone. For one, you won’t have to wait a year, or two, or even five before you find out what happens next. In that time you’ve invariably forgotten much of the first, or previous book anyway, so a lot of the time you have to reread to get up to speed. Also, you won’t end up picking up an interesting looking fantasy novel from the shelves, starting it, then realizing it’s actually book two of a trilogy, or book four in a ten book series.

With Blood of the Four, we wanted to build a big, epic world full of fascinating characters, and tell a story that comes to a definite end. The reader will hopefully end up satisfied, the story threads come together. Of course, that’s not to say there aren’t other stories that could be told about that vast world of Quandis…

We were partly inspired by other great standalone fantasy novels we’ve read, but because we read so broadly in so many different genres, when we discussed making this list, we also wanted to take a broad definition of fantasy. Here are just a small selection of our favorite fantastical epics, with a few words about why we think they work so well. We came up with the list together, then split them up, three a piece.

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Series: Five Books About…

A Whisper of Southern Lights

Death and destruction follow the demon wherever he treads, and Gabriel is rarely far behind, waiting for his chance to extinguish the creature known as Temple once and for all. But in Singapore during the Second World War, a lone soldier in possession of a shattering secret gets caught up in their battle. The knowledge he holds could change the course of their ancient conflict… and the fate of the world.

The follow-up to Pieces of Hate, Tim Lebbon’s A Whisper of Southern Lights is a standalone tale in the Assassins series—available May 10th from Tor.com Publishing!

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Run, Walk, Crawl: How a Writer Trains for a Triathlon

In this ongoing series, we ask SF/F authors to describe a specialty in their lives that has nothing (or very little) to do with writing. Join us as we discover what draws authors to their various hobbies, how they fit into their daily lives, and how and they inform the author’s literary identity!

I don’t find writing a lonely business. I’m happy with my own company, and with a busy family life, those hours between 9 in the morning and 3 in the afternoon are quite precious!

Writing is, however, not very good for your health. Sitting behind a desk for hours each day. Perhaps turning your chair a little to stare from the window (which is still writing, as I often tell my wife). And lifting the countless cups of tea and coffee hardly constitutes an aerobic workout, does it? Then there’s the snacks. Oh, the snacks. Biscuits (cookies, to my American friends) with morning coffee, bacon sandwiches for lunch, and when I’m working in the local cafe there is plenty of cake…

I spent some time living like this. Even when we got a dog as a family pet, the walks were gentle two-mile strolls around the local woods.

[Then something changed.]

Pieces of Hate

During the Dark Ages, a thing named Temple slaughtered Gabriel’s family. A man with snake eyes charged him to pursue the assassin wherever he may strike next, and destroy him. Gabriel never believed he’d still be following Temple almost a thousand years later.

Because Temple may be a demon, the man with snake eyes cursed Gabriel with a life long enough to hunt him down. Now he has picked up Temple’s scent again. The Caribbean sea is awash with pirate blood, and in such turmoil the outcome of any fight is far from certain.

Pieces of Hate, the first novella in Tim Lebbon’s Assassins series, is available March 15th from Tor.com Publishing!

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