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Son of the Black Sword eARC available now

The early advanced reader copy of my new fantasy novel Son of the Black Sword is out now from Baen

http://www.baenebooks.com/p-2688-son-of-the-black-sword-earc.aspx

eARCs are the early,not fully proof read, advance copy that goes out to reviewers, but Baen puts them out there for anybody who can’t wait to get their fix. The book isn’t out until October, so this one is out even earlier than usual.

cover by Larry Elmore

cover by Larry Elmore

I’m really excited to see what everyone thinks of this one. I’m really proud of it, and I’ve got a pretty nifty trilogy planned.

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Matthew Bowman
Guest

WELL now. Normally, I wait for the finished copy, because I’m an editor and reading an unproofed copy makes me feel like I’m working. I don’t get the eARCs because I feel like I have to take notes for the author.

But . . . I’m really curious about this one . . . so . . . *warring indecision*

Matt
Guest

I’ve never really encountered any noticeable errors in the Baen E-Arcs, and I’ve bought quite a few. I just finished Dragon in Exile and noticed 1 typo, which isn’t much different than I would expect in any 1st edition book.

Matthew Bowman
Guest
I’ve read through a few chapters, and noticed numerous errors, and extremely shaky dialog and narration that I’m not used to with Larry. I hope those get fixed, particularly the first chapter. I happened to be in a group chat with a writers’ club (regular Sunday thing) while reading through it, and I was talking about how I’d fix things if I were Larry’s editor. They said Larry would probably like feedback, but I pointed out that I’m not Toni nor any other Baen editor. Yes, I did some work with Ringo, but that was blink-and-miss-it. Larry just knows me… Read more »
Don
Guest

Looking forward to this one. I’ve had pretty good experiences with eARCs I the past.

BigFire
Guest

Hum. Since I’m going out of the country in 9 days, and I’m not sure what kind of internet connection I’ll have, this will tide me over.

Stephen St. Onge
Guest

If it’s gonna take ya nine days to read this, you’re going to be very busy, _and_ you’re a slow reader!

BigFire
Guest

With Larry’s book, it usually takes about 3 hours in one sitting. I also re-read books. So I’m bringing my actual kindle paper white on top of my tablet and phone.

Too bad the other book on my queue isn’t publish until I comes back in the country.

Austin
Guest

Looks cool, but I’ll wait for the official version to release. If Baen included a copy of the finished product you could download when it was released, I’d buy a ton of eARCs. But having to buy the book 3 times (because I’m probably going to get the audiobook, too) is a bit much.

Synova
Guest

Didn’t they used to do that? I thought that was how the first couple I bought worked and then I noticed that, no, the eARCs don’t have the final version added when it comes out and then I thought that probably I was just insane.

Luke
Guest

So very tempted.
So very broke.

Evidently, I’m going to have to wait.

BenD
Guest

Baen ebooks here I come!!

Different Luke
Guest

I have the same problem as the
Luke before me. Though I’m pretty
eager to read this because the write
up sound really interesting.

Ish
Guest
Cover art by Larry Elmore!? I’ve been reading your work since you first self-published ‘MHI’ and the only advertising for it was on THR, I’ve been following your blog almost as long. Thus, I know it irks you when reviewers dismiss your dozen-plus best selling novels and fat royalty checks as still not making you a “real author.” But, Larry Elmore! As a D&D nerd from waaaay back this is it. This is how you know you’ve made it. Larry Elmore is doing the cover art for your book. Natural Twenty. Touchdown. Bull’s Eye. Achievement Unlocked. You win, sir. Good… Read more »
junior
Guest

I like Elmore’s work (the guy is an amazing artist, and I’ve been enjoying his stuff for decades). But something seems off about this particular cover. Not sure what it is, unfortunately.

Suburbanbanshee
Guest

Not having the book title up top makes the cover painting look unbalanced. It looks better if you pull the image down so you can’t see the sky.

If you embiggen it, there are a lot of scars and scratches on the people and their armor, which you can’t see in the tiny version. Nice touch!

junior
Guest

Dents and the like are typical with Elmore. He’s a very good artist.

It’s not the sky that throws it off for me. It’s something about the characters themselves, though I can’t put my finger on what exactly it is.

Shawna
Guest

Their faces are quite broad and square. Is that what you’re seeing, junior?

Cat
Guest

What reviewer does this? When I try to google for it, all my hits are Larry saying people say this, and his fans saying people say this, but I haven’t seen any reviewers saying this for real. Who are they quoting?

Zjerzy
Guest

The question is – if I read this now what will I read in October?

Irish Right
Guest

Butcher, would be nice 😉

junior
Guest

Brandon Sanderson’s got a new book coming out around then. It’s the sequel to Alloy of Law. And the sequel to the sequel – that he wrote before he finished the sequel – comes out three months later.

Christopher M. Chupik
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Christopher M. Chupik

He read from that at a convention I went to last summer. It sounds great.

Ma Taesung
Guest

Are you pulling a Stephen King with that cover? That IS The International Lord of Hate in the background, isn’t it?

AntoineG
Guest

Downloaded it last night,

Liking it so far, particularly liked the fact that two of the protagonists of the Story (one in the past, one in the present) have been mentioned in the short Story published in Shattered Shields.

Considering who they are in the Scheme of things of Son, the Name and function of one of them really came as a surprise… 🙂

Nathan
Guest

Good bye productivity at my job…

Pete
Guest

Purchased! As far as the not-proof-read issue goes, I don’t think it is a problem for Larry. I’ve read most of his books in eArc form, and very rarely do I see a typo or other editing issue.

Adam
Guest

Please take my money. I would like to second the notion above about being able to download the full version after. I get bummed out when there is artwork noted but absent in the eARC that I don’t get to see. I get why, and again, I will still by the eARC, but my nerdish roots are in comic books so not seeing the artwork stinks.

Also having Larry Elmore do the cover art is a feather in your cap for sure!

Frank Kennedy
Guest

That Cover looks Awesome!

N E
Guest

I had to stay up and read it until I finished. The new universe is fantastic, well-built, and compelling. Objectives met, Mr. Correia.

Nathan
Guest

I’m just barely past the sample chapters. Well worth the cost at twice the price. It also puts Keeper of Names into a different light now that some of the names are familiar.

Any idea who the narrator will be for the audiobook?

Nathan
Guest

Finished. Need #2 now.

It’s good to see a protagonist of a lawful variety without descending into lawful stupid tropes or hypocrisy. Much needed in these jaundiced days.

Jonathan Choy
Guest

Ashok may well be my new favorite not-a-good-guy-to-know character finding redemption the hard way – seriously, a Javert, turned up to 12, rediscovering what ‘paladin’ is supposed to mean from the inside? I don’t think there’s any buttons left to push for primary protagonists that’ll make me happy to be reading them.

Christopher M. Chupik
Guest
Christopher M. Chupik

Reading the sample chapters, and DAMN. 🙂

This is my most-anticipated book of 2015, tied with the next Destroyermen.

Old NFO
Guest

Woo Hoo! Airplane read for next week! 🙂

Mark P
Guest

I shall look forward to the Kindle edition.

Any influence from Michael Moorcocks Elric.

JackWylder
Guest

Surprisingly, Larry’s never read any of the Eternal Champion series (crazy, I know.)

Mark P
Guest

I’m not sure Moorcock’s politics would go down well.

James May
Guest

The point is it actually is politics and not some feral hatred for Jews, Arabs, women, whites, heterosexuals and gays. I could care less about a writers politics. I draw the line at the SJWs who try and pass off their ideology based on biological hatred as “politics.” The fact many of them may actually believe intersectionalism is political moves me not in the slightest way. There’s just no place in my life for KKK fiction.

Stephen St. Onge
Guest

Dammit, Correia, why’d you have to put that out at such an inconvenient time for me?

And why was it so SHORT? What am I supposed to read now?

BigFire
Guest

The fourth book for John C. Wright’s Count to Eschaton series, The Architect of Aeons comes out on April 21. You can read the first 3 volumes, Count to A Trillion, The Hermetic Millennia, The Judge of Ages between now and April 21. Just be thankful that you didn’t have to wait a year between book 2 and 3, which has the mother of all cliffhanger. In all seriousness book 2 and 3 reads like one book cut in half for length purpose.

David
Guest

Thought I’d just read the free sample and wait for October. Failed!
I managed to stop reading long enough to sleep but its all gone now.
Feeling sorry for those above who read the words and not the story and so find erroneous comma and other issues.
My only gripe was all the elephants!

Shawna
Guest

I’ll look forward to buying the finished version when it comes out (and/or maybe the audiobook, depending on who narrates). I’m afraid I’ve gotten too many free ARCs to be into the idea of paying $15 for one that’s not even a physical collectible.

AndrewV
Guest

Some feedback I stumbled across:

A friend of mine picked it up yesterday and read it in a single sitting. He said it was very good, and he would also be picking up the hard copies.

Taarkoth
Guest

Larry Elmore! But Larry! Don’t you know Elmore’s art is ‘troubling’ due to how he portrays women in sexy outfits instead of covering up any signs of their shameful femininity with shapeless unisex clothing like a good feminist?

On a more serious note, good on ya. Mr. Elmore is basically the (artistic) face of 2e AD&D for me and I’ve long been a fan of his work.

Stephen St. Onge
Guest

Serious reply to humorous comment:

Thank you, Taarkoth. I now realize why the war on femininity: it’s too get women ready for when the Radical Islamic Fundamentalists take over, and burqas become mandatory.

Shawna
Guest

Complaining about women constantly being portrayed as sex objects is not a “war on femininity”. There is a happy medium where women are portrayed femininely yet modestly/appropriately/realistically. (You know, the way most women in real life choose to dress themselves.) This cover is a fine example of that.

60guilders
Guest

Went over to the website and looked at the cover art. Honestly, I am slightly impressed. For most of those covers, any carping whatsoever could be drop-kicked with: They’re wearing armor. Deal with it.

Brian
Guest

Just think how many heads would have exploded had the cover art been done by Boris Vallejo. Talk about depicting females in chain mail bikinis and partial nudity, he is very much the king. But damn the guy can do it well.

BenD
Guest

A highly enjoyable read, Larry! I love the fact that it has a different tone and feel than MHI and Grimnoir. Interesting themes throughout. I’m looking forward to the next in the series-that’s done, right? :). One question-the High Inquisitor seems to be a bit of a badass-do you have plans to delve more into his backstory and motivations?

Inkstain
Guest

Thanks for robbing me of a whole night’s sleep.

Nathan
Guest

Between this and John Ringo snippetting a monster hunter story on Facebook, it’s been a really good week for readers…

Andrew
Guest
Larry et al, I’ve been poking at this review of your writing and your place in the internet for a couple months (it’s SUPER long and probably pretentious and annoying in more than a few places) and was moved to complete it after reading your latest. I’d imagine time it sparse with a new book on the way, so I’ll lift the relevant passage here. Larry is a science-fiction and fantasy writer. He writes what I can only describe as “fun Fun Books.” Meaning fun books which are also in some kind of Fun subgenre that hasn’t yet been fully… Read more »
Steve Lewis
Guest

Just finished this Larry and it was amazing. The best fantasy book I’ve read in quite awhile.

Quick question: What is the release schedule for these, anyway? I want to know how long I have to wait for the next one because I’m twitching like a meth addict waiting for their fix.

AntoineG
Guest

OK, just finished it….

Larry, frankly, you are getting SERIOUSLY annoying…

Once upon a time, I discovered MHI and then had to wait for the next book in the series, drooling and moaning the whole time….
Then, I discovered the Grimnoir and well… yadda, yadda drooling and moaning…
Then there was Dead Six… the moaning was slowly morphing to a keening…

And you do it again, another series where I can only bark at the moon in my impatience of seeing the next volume…

So well, thanks for each and everyone of your books.

Summercat
Guest

I was HOPING to get to bed before sunrise.

Then I idly browsed the baenebooks webpage, saw the new e-arc, thought I’d read the sample. $15 and a 2 hours later…

I’ve got work in 9 hours, and as a librovore I’m now wide awake. Goddamnit Larry.

BigFire
Guest

I’m not going to read it. I’m doing 14 hour flight in a week and I got to have something to tie me over.

Don M
Guest

“Do not know about the next one yet because I’m working on the last D6 and then the next MH.”

I just finished the book, enjoyed it, and was wondering when the sequel might show up. Your comment above about book #2 was a sad find.

David Krumm
Guest
I read the sample chapters and I really enjoyed them. I think I’ll wait for the official release to read the whole book, so I’ll see it in it’s “completed” form. Although, I didn’t really notice any typos. I might have to diff the ARC sample chapters against the release chapters to see what changes. I might have enjoyed this a bit more than your Monster Hunter novels. It’s a much more put together cosmology. In those, the monsters are just around and no one really asks where they came from. In “Son of the Black Sword” it seems like… Read more »
YourLoyalReader
Guest
Dear Larry, I bought SotBS two days ago and finished devouring it yesterday. I must say this is your best novel yet, with a level of complexity I have not seen before. Each character is mesmerizing and as usual, your action scenes are simply the best. Might I suggest two of the best tracks by Two Steps From Hell to accompany the reading: 1. Blackheart : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbttZVTSJRU 2. Black Blade : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z28lwyQjuTY In my opinion these are among the best themes for Ashok and Angruvadal 🙂 Now please get to work, I cannot wait for 2 and 3 to be… Read more »
AntoineG
Guest

Small question:

my eyes not being what they were…
There is a subtitle under “Son of a Black Sword”, I am assuming it is the Name of the series.

Care to share it with us ?

David MacKinnon
Guest

Bravo Larry!

Just finished, and hungry for the next, which should be around when? Ball park if not exact, please?

Worth every penny, even if no art nor maps 🙁

I have to ask, “Sikasso” …a play on words, or just a random thingy? Say it ten times fast and you will know what I mean, great villain name.

Bill
Guest

Grabbed the eArc

Just about to finish it. I love it.

A well fleshed-out universe with a great take on India’s caste system.

More please 🙂

Tiago Becerra Paolini
Guest
Tiago Becerra Paolini

I am looking forward the book! But I have one thing to say…

[humor]
How dare you to write this book? The sword is obviously a phallic symbol of the patriarchy! You cismale gendernormative hatey hate McHater 🙂
[/humor]

D White
Guest

Just finished the earc

Wow! I think it’s safe to say, whatever you write I’m going to enjoy!

I loved the whole world you’ve created. The characters are wonderful and diverse. I especially liked the inner turmoil of Ashok as he tries to come to terms with his changing view of the world. Can’t wait for the rest of the series. Good work Larry!

DonM
Guest

I noticed something unusual about the book and thought you might know what is going on. Your website and Amazon both show the same picture for the book. However, the Baen website has a completely different cover displayed.

Did Baen decide to go with a different cover?

When I first saw it, I thought it was for a book I hadn’t heard about.

Brian
Guest

This is the first eARC I have ever bought. I have to say I was extremely disappointed. The damn thing ended. Now I will have to wait for who knows how long until the next one. You are definitely evil Mr. Correia. Writing such absorbing stories and then making them end.

Seriously though, I thought it was a really great story and you really do have something there to be proud of. I cannot wait for the next installment to find out what Ashok does to compensate for his loss.

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