I have a new interview up at Vampirisme.com – it’s in French though, so you’ll you have to be able to read French. Or paste it into a translator. I could make it easy and post the English version – but I won’t. Ha ha!! [Evil vampire cackle].
The entire Angry Robot office is today reeling with the news that maniac fantasy author Andy Remic is returning with a brand new series.
The Iron Wolves is the first of at least two novels set during a time of war and invasion. Riffing on The Dirty Dozen and The Magnificent Seven, the novel sees a disparate band of ruffians and renegades being reunited one last time to defend a key stronghold against overwhelming odds. But when they fight as one, the veteran warriors have a hidden power, and unleashing it one last time will have extraordinary consequences.
Andy Remic’s previous Clockwork Vampire trilogy earned him the nickname “the Tarantino of epic fantasy” and the new novels will be loosely set in the same setting.
The first novel will be published in January 2014 in paperback, ebook and audio editions.
When poked with a large, pointy stick, Andy Remic said: “After the success of my previous Angry Robot titles – Kell’s Legend, Soul Stealers and Vampire Warlords – I’m absolutely thrilled and vibrating to be revisiting the fantasy genre.
“Based loosely in the same universe as Kell’s Legend, The Iron Wolves will take traditional fantasy elements and stir them violently in a big pot with a barrel of whiskey.
“We’re talking gruesome battles, nasty anti-heroes, hardened soldiers, bloody enemies, twisted deviants and gritty realism so damn gritty you’ll be spitting blood, teeth and gristle by the bloody violent end!” ……………
To read the full press release visit:
Andy Remic Wants Your Money! (it’s for a Very Good Cause…)
The legendary Andy Remic dropped us a line to say that he’s doing Good Things for charity later on in the year and between now and then he’s on the look-out for any spare money you might happen to feel like donating.
Andy Remic will be attending the SFX Weekender3 and signing hot-offa-da-press copies of his new Angry Robot work, THE CLOCKWORK VAMPIRE CHRONICLES, on Friday at 6PM in Bartertown. Please pop along and say hello if you’re free :-) http://www.sfxweekender.com/
The land of Falanor is invaded by an albino army, the Army of Iron. A small group set off to warn the king: Kell, ancient hero; his granddaughter, Nienna and her friend, Katrina; and the ex-Sword Champion of King Leanoric, Saark, disgraced after his affair with the Queen.
Fighting their way south, betrayal follows battle follows deviation, and they are attacked from all quarters by deadly albino soldiers, monstrous harvesters who drain blood from their victims to feed their masters, and the twisted offspring of deviant vachine, the cankers.
As Falanor comes under heavy attack and crushing invasion, only then does Nienna learn the truth about grandfather Kell – that he is anything but a noble hero, anything but a Legend.
File Under: Epic Fantasy [ Blood Oil | Alchemy & Infamy | The Axeman Cometh | A Hero's Doom ]
An omnibus edition containing all three volumes of this blood-spattered epic:
“I dived straight in, emerging a couple of days later – with a grin on my face… an engaging, fast paced cocktail of violence and intrigue that grabs you right from the outset and doesn’t let go until you run out of pages.” – My Favourite Books
“Add to the mix a good dollop of battlefield humour, a good handful of Howard’s style backed up with a stark descriptiveness and it’s a tale that gives Remic a firm footing within the genre.” – Falcata Times
“Soul Stealers is fast, brutal and above all unmissable, there is quite simply nothing out there that can currently compare to Andy Remic’s unrelenting, unforgiving and unflinching style. The new King of Heroic Fantasy has arrived. 5 *****” – SFBook.com
“Remic’s writing style hasn’t changed much since the first volume of the series. Often over the top, with occasional tough humour. This novel is a steampunk rollercoaster, with clockwork vampires and rococo trimmings… Remic’s book makes me think of BDs from the eighties. Maybe it’s time I re-read those French cartoons. It’s a good sign, isn’t it, when reading one book instantly leads to re-reading something you’ve enjoyed, something equally over-the top, colourful and large?” – Gillian Polack
“Kell’s Legend is loosely based on the traditional fantasy story, brave but world weary warrior type who just wants to retire from any bloodshed and finds himself forced to use his talents of destruction. This tradition though is then bashed on the head and burried 6 feet deep with inclusion of the clockwork vampires creating a blend of fantasy horror and fantastic fight scenes. I mean really top quality fight scenes. One of Gemmell’s most redeeming qualities as an author was his ability to write about fighting and war to such a degree that you almost felt like rushing through his novels to get to those bits. Kell’s Legend fight scenes live up to this quality and elevate the novel way above the standard fare. Kell’s Legend is a novel of power and scope, able to stand as a worthy successor to the Gemmell crown. 5***** “ – Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
“Kell’s Legend’ is a roller coaster ride of a book that grabbed me right from the first page and tore off at a rate of knots like I hadn’t seen in a long time.” – Graeme’s Fantasy Book Review
“Violent is really not the right word for this spare-no-detail fantasy monstrosity. Insane? Maybe. Really, the only way to describe Remic’s Kell’s Legend is with a phrase: a bloody, violent, fantastic journey through carnage, terror, and a downright epic tale that makes Underworld and every zombie movie look bad… Remic is the Tarantino of fantasy, and if that isn’t a compliment, then I don’t know what is.” – Fantasy & SciFi Lovin’
“Kell’s Legend is a blistering read; the pace is frenetic and the action scenes come thick and fast. He’s clearly honed his craft of creating pulsating action scenes during the writing of his military SF novels, for the fight sequences are often electrifying. The Vachine are a great creation, being a technologically advanced race whose members are half flesh, half clockwork, while the cankers – the result of failed clockwork experiments – are another excellent touch. The whole clockwork element is not just there for show – it provides the motivation for the Vachine’s invasion, and is also behind one the best (and most disturbing) scenes in the book.
“Andy Remic may have seemed like an unlikely writer to snatch up Gemmell’s battleaxe and continue to carve the fine tradition that the great man started, but he does a surprisingly good job of it. Kell’s Legend is a rip-roaring beast of a novel, a whirlwind of frantic battles and fraught relationships against a bleak background of invasion and enslavement. In other words, it takes all the vital ingredients for a good heroic fantasy novel and turns out something very pleasing indeed. If you can keep an open mind then you may get a real kick out of one of the most surprising novels of the year.”
“Kell’s Legend is an iconoclastic melange of themes that incorporates devices from various genres– Moorcook / Gemmell heroic fantasy, steampunk, and horror. It is an exciting, brutal novel, soaked in testosterone and paced like a roller coaster. The sex and violence is visceral and the action is non-stop.” – Red Rook Review
“Andy Remic has to be given credit for his unflinching style which is certainly not for everyone. The action and gore levels are increased , while the characters are all tested and reveal more about themselves… The action and snappy dialogue are all here. This book delivers exactly what its predecessor promised: the ability to bewitch the reader and to turn your expectations upside down.” – Fantasy Book Critic
UK/RoW 1 March 2012 880pp B-format paperback £12.99 UK ISBN 9780857662040
US/CAN 28 February 2012 880pp trade paperback $15.99 US / $16.99 CAN ISBN 9780857662057
eBook 28 February 2012 £6.99 ePub ISBN 9780857662064
And I mean that in a NICE way :-) Here is Kristel Shaff, painting her face to look like one of my Vampire Warlords. Enjoy!!
My three Angry Robot novels, Kell’s Legend, Soul Stealers, and Vampire Warlords are to be released as one volume – The Clockwork Vampire Chronicles and should be available, I believe, for the SFX Weekender in February 2012 - along with me to sign it :-) … Here is the fabulous cover artwork! Can’t wait to hold the printed version!!…
“‘Vampire Warlords’ is a dark and very gritty read to the extent where I found myself sucked into that darkness just to see if there was any light at the end of it… Remic lays it all on the line and the end result is a surprisingly touching novel… Nowhere is this more evident than in Kell himself, a character moving out of the shadow of Gemmell’s Druss and becoming an engaging character in his own right.
If that wasn’t enough, you’ve got Remic’s natural talent for throwing everything (including the kitchen sink) at ‘Vampire Warlords’, resulting in a book that hurtles along at a breakneck pace but never falls over once. You’ve got to admire a writer that can keep control of things like that. Eight and a Half out of Ten.”
Fabulous Review of Vampire Warlords!!
I think I’ve just had the best review I’ve ever received – and now I’ve wet myself :-) It’s over at: http://stanleyriiks.wordpress.com/ and here are a few snippets……
“Kell’s Legend is the first book of this series, and it’s now one of my favourite books of all time. One of the most exciting, energetic and inspirational books I’ve ever read. Like the first Conan book I picked up at the age of fourteen. Like the first time I read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.”
“It’s difficult to convey the energy and passion that Remic has imbued his books with. I don’t get excited very often (just ask my girlfriend!), but reading these books had me grinning ear to ear, bouncing up and down like a little school boy needing to have a pee.”
“Andy Remic is a nasty genius who wants to kidnap you and take you for the ride of your life… I urge you to read the Clockwork Vampire Chronicles. If you only pick up one fantasy book in your life you should read Kell’s Legend and you will certainly pick up the Soul Stealers and Vampire Warlords. You won’t be able not to…”
“An amazing book in a truly outstanding fantasy series. I hope, I beg, I pray, I beseech Mr Remic to provide us with more tales of Kell. Books really don’t get much better than this.”
I’ll be at Otherworlds 2 in Nottingham tomorrow from 10.30am for a panel and reading/Q&A.
[despite feeling rough with manflu; what a martyr I am!!].
Here’s the blurb:
here, which I’m
sure you’ll agree is a steal!
“I have thought about this long and hard and I have come to a shocking conclusion – I hate Andy Remic. Why? Because he is just such a supremely talented sod… Andy Remic’s writing style lends itself well to the almost hypnotic flow of action. There are dismemberments and amputations galore, and hardly a page goes by that isn’t drenched in blood. Kell strides through this all like an angry berserker god… The legend of Kell may have started out as a homage to the work of David Gemmell but I’m pleased to see that it has surpassed that and become something more. The characters are memorable and the action is as good as it gets.”
The Eloquent Page on Vampire Warlords
Read the full review at:
HAPPY EASTER INDEEDY!!