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Son of the Black Sword- now in Paperback!

Son of the Black Sword comes out in paperback this week.
Son of the Black Sword

I am really proud of this one. It is my first attempt at writing an epic fantasy. I had a lot of fun with it.

Despite me not being a *real* author, Son of the Black Sword had done pretty good.

Sales were solid. Audio book sales were excellent (due to the fantastic narration of Tim Gerrard Reynolds).

This year SotBS has been a finalist for the Audie, AML, CLFA, Rampant Manticore, H Beam Piper Memorial, Gemmell Legend, and Dragon Award.

Shockingly, despite being considered a mere purveyor of hack pulp,I actually got some some good critical acclaim for once. It made Buzzfeed’s best of 2015 list, made Audible’s best of 2015 list, got a starred review on Publisher’s Weekly, was an LA Times pick, and I know I’m forgetting some other ones.  I’ve never gotten “critical acclaim” before.

Even big time academic English professors loved it. https://www.dialoguejournal.com/2016/book-review-son-of-the-black-sword-the-saga-of-the-forgotten-warrior-i/ Dr. Collings is a respected academic, and the world’s leading expert on Beowulf or something, but he can still appreciate some good old fashioned monster stabbing!

This is one of my favorite reviews. http://www.scifiwright.com/2016/03/son-of-the-black-sword-by-larry-correia/ Because John C. Wright was blown away. And that is high praise coming from someone that skilled.

SotBS got a Jim Butcher cover quote. And true story, one day on Facebook fans were trying to decided who to vote for in the Dragon for best fantasy. Aeronaut’s Windlass is one of the other finalists. And this is a tough one, because the Venn diagram of Butcher and Correia fans overlaps a lot (though Jim’s circle is way bigger). But then Jim commented and said he thought SotBS was better.

I about died. What a class act (and brilliant author, if you’re not reading him you’re missing out).

But the best thing of all? I got Larry Elmore artwork! BOOM! Winning! 😀

Sons of the Dark Sword send to Larry C. (2)

The next two books in the Saga of the Forgotten Warrior are:

House of Assassins

Destroyer of Worlds

I’ll be working on the next one as soon as I finish up Monster Hunter Siege.

 

Off to Salt Lake City ComicCon
Last Chance. Voting For The Dragon Award Closes Soon
Keith Glass
Guest

And, STILL not a Real Author, at least in the eyes of the Trüfen. .

George Kirby
Guest

I don’t know. LC tops the list on Scalzi’s blog post, “New Books and ARCs, 8/24/16” and though I saw positive comments, I didn’t see any negative. One Trüfen seemed excited about it being in paperback.

http://whatever.scalzi.com/2016/08/24/new-books-and-arcs-82416/#comments

Andrew
Guest

Always possible the monolith isn’t.

Christopher M. Chupik
Guest
Christopher M. Chupik

If Scalzi were a Batman villain, he’d be Two-Face.

FeatherBlade
Guest

Maybe he didn’t notice who the author is? Or thought the author was a different Larry Correia?

jamesawolf
Member

He’s a surreal author.

Robert
Guest

Hi Larry,
The link to (http://www.scifiwright.com/2016/03/son-of-the-black-sword-by-larry-correia/) in your email did not get coded right. The text is valid…. the code, when clicked, does “http://John%20C.%20Wright”. Just FYI…

Robert
Guest

And maybe that is a “thing”… since the other link on my mail does the same.

Urusigh
Guest

I’ll be buying my copy on release day. Finding one will only get harder after it wins the Dragon. 😁

John M Olsen
Guest

I snagged the last paperback SotBS from Larry at Salt Lake Comic Con. 🙂 Last year, I got the last hardcover Monster Hunters 1-3 compendium from him. (Both signed, of course.) I sense a trend.

Russell Newquist
Guest

“Aeronaut’s Windlass” was a really good book – and it was Butcher’s best non-Dresden book. If he’d written it in almost any other year it would’ve gotten my vote for the Dragon Award.

“Son of the Black Sword” was even better.

The real winners here are us fans, having two such fantastic books in one year.

BTW: I like the new comment system.

Richard McEnroe
Guest

If Larry wants to catch up to Butcher, hes going to have to add some cats to his stories. Unfortunately, Earl keeps eating them.

OOH! EARL HARBINGER MEETS MOUSE!

Shawna
Guest

I was going to say something about how Butcher writes cats like he wishes they were rather than cats like they actually are. Then I realized he writes dogs that way too. And women. And men. Let’s just say all beings are at least 100% more badass when written by Butcher.

And I totally second a Harbinger &/vs. Mouse story.

Matthew Martin
Guest

Except angels, who wind up slightly less badass than reality.

Shawna
Guest

That sounds like the opening of an interesting debate, Matthew. Personally, I think Butcher has refrained from writing too much about angels, which is probably a good choice. Though I’m curious if they’ll play a larger role in later stories.

Richard McEnroe
Guest

“Please don’t touch the galaxy-destroying parts.”

Richard McEnroe
Guest

“MOUSE! Spit that redneck out this INSTANT! Don’t give me that innocent look. You cheek is still wiggling!”

Richard McEnroe
Guest

Sorry, Larry, but to serious litteratoors the 12 pages Damien Walter has actually finished are much more important than your entire oover.

Jim C
Guest

Do I have to pay real money if you’re not a real author?

Zavier_Desine
Guest
I read SotBS this weekend, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Unfortunately for my wallet, and probably, fortunately for your wallet. You are now one of my must buy as soon as it comes out authors which usually means hardback prices. Hope you win the 🐉 for SotBS. I also just finished the books you wrote with Mike Kupari. I think you wrote the “Lorenzo” character and that Mr. Kupari wrote the “Valentine” character. I am curious if I am right or not? I bought 2 copies of ” Monster Hunters Memoirs: Grunge. One to read and the other to try and… Read more »
STEPHANIE LORENZO
Guest

I loved Sons of the Black Sword!!! I can’t wait for the others!

SingleSky
Guest
I bought the Kindle version and the Audible version jointly together and wound up listening to SOTBS pretty much non-stop at home, in my car, whenever I had a few free minutes I could bring it up on my phone. I was hooked pretty much immediately from the first chapter. I actually was heartbroken when the audiobook finished halfway through a seven-hour road trip to go visit my parents, so I restarted it and started immediately listening to it again from the beginning. I love the MHI series to bits but I can’t think of another Correia book that’s had… Read more »
Maskman
Guest

Writers write.
You write… therefore.
Why should you care what self-appointed “elites” think? Carry on with your bad self and to hell with the nay-sayers.

John R. Ellis
Guest

Larry Elmore? Never heard of him. 😉

dmjole
Guest

Larry Elmore? Yeah, he’s no good… he doesn’t have a Hugo award either!
I am being sarcastic — I am fully aware that Elmore got Noah Warded at the 2016 Hugos. Yet I suspect that his art career will be fine without it.

Old NFO
Guest

Those are three class acts, and yes, the book IS that good! 🙂 Good luck next week!!!

John C Wright
Guest

I meant every word of my review, Bro. Your pen is blessed with magic fire!
In fact, it is an Ancestor Pen from Lok. If Mr Walter picks it up, it will stab him in the eye.

Dubbs
Guest
I discovered MHI when I was ordering a bunch of Dresden files books from amazon to get caught up on the series, round about when Winter Knight was released in paperback. Amazon was doing a buy 4 get 1 free, and I needed something to fill out my order. I just happened to see MHI in the “if you like x” recommendations, and figured what the hell. Now both Jim and Larry are on my day 1 buy list and are two of the most entertaining authors to read, who both can write the hell out of an action scene.
Ron
Guest
“…crack-smoking crackbrained buttcracks…” Mr Wright does have a way with words. I very much agree with Mr Wright’s review. SOTBS is a very serious fantasy novel in tone and quality. I love the Monster Hunter books immensely and I was pleasantly surprised to read a Correia book that was so different in style from that series. I look forward to future books of the series to see where this story will go. Larry and Jim Butcher are two of my favorite authors. Aeronaut’s Windless was also excellent. Both SOTBS and AW deserve awards, but to compare them is to compare… Read more »
DeTroyes
Guest

So “Monster Hunter Siege” is now the official title of the next Owen Pitt MHI novel? Works for me.

Richard McEnroe
Guest

Yes, it’s about the swarm of Sarah Hoyt fans laying siege to the base of Yard Moose Mountain. (jes’ kiddin’)

Alexandru_Constantin
Member

I picked up SotBS during your signing in San Diego and read it by noon the next day. My favorite fantasy novel this year. I can’t wait for the follow up.

Satsu
Guest

Alas, “Aeronaut’s Windlass” wins for me due to presence of Talking Cats! (and cat people)

gmmay
Guest

Wright’s review is well worth the read. Wouldn’t mind his take on the whole book, presuming of course that he finished it by now, 😉

Chris
Guest

So when does the board game come out? Come on Larry, this world is PRIME for a board game!

Christopher M. Chupik
Guest
Christopher M. Chupik

An RPG, maybe? Problem is, most of the players would be fisheating casteless getting killed if they do anything.

Richard McEnroe
Guest

Kind of like colonist/settlers in Fallout IV?

jamesawolf
Member

I hope you don’t mind my cracking the metaphorical whip over you to get the sequels out. I am seriously jonesing after the cliffhangers.

Quiet Counsel
Guest
Mr. Correia, As a fan of your work, please keep doing what you are doing. Life is rough and everyone needs a fun escape. Thank you for filling that need. I know you get many of your fisked articles on facebook, but I left that site years ago. Whenever you have a moment please fisk this Brown professor’s editorial. https://www.insidehighered.com/views/2016/08/29/students-deserve-safe-spaces-campus-essay I work full time in banking while attending graduate school for counseling. As a conservative/libertarian, straight, non-hipster, white man, you can guess the kind of glowing acceptance I am shown for sharing my thoughts, opinions, and experiences in class or… Read more »
Yli
Guest

How many ellipses did you use? I hear that’s the way to measure quality these days.

dmjole
Guest

The ellipsis? That’s so cis-grammar!
The true diversity of grammar is shown by the semicolon.
(We won’t go completely off the scale with the interrobang or the octothorpe…)

Andrew
Guest

How could anyone not be angry at the anti-interrobang bias of comment boards!?

Richard McEnroe
Guest

Well…I don’t know…maybe…

Fruitbat44
Guest

Cool story, cool reviews and a cool cover. I guess SotBS is my reading list. 🙂

MBHarley
Guest

This is a good week. New Correia, New Weber, New Stirling, and New (to me) Ringo all on their way to my house. This is even better than when the UPS guy brings me 47# of joy and destruction from LuckyGunner.

F Harper
Guest

Keep going like this, and they might be forced to upgrade you to C-List. Who knows, you might even get a book review from Damien Freakin’ Walter, Professional Writer.

Cat
Guest
I am so glad this happened–that’s great! You should come back and re-read this blog entry every single time you are tempted to say bitterly “not a *real* writer.” You are totally a real writer and it’s time to leave that insecurity behind you. What do you care what some nobody* once said? If Buzzfeed, Audible, Publisher’s Weekly and the LA Times all think your book is one of the best of the year, then of course you’re a real writer, and any idiot who told you otherwise isn’t worthy of taking up your mental space. Congratulations! *(I can’t place… Read more »
F Harper
Guest
Cat, This one of Larry’s running jokes. It is absurd on its face, but people of far less talent and accomplishment continue to throw it at him, along with the lie that Sad Puppies was and is his personal project to win his own Hugo. It is the same way that Vox Day’s detractors call Castalia a vanity press, after it has repeatedly published high-quality fiction from new and established authors. It is in the way they portray writers like John C. Wright as a raving bigot or a has-been (that last from no less than George R. R. Martin)… Read more »
RIck Henderson
Guest
Larry: I read your new book “Son of the Black Sword.” I liked it. Thanks for writing it. Please write another one. I’ll pay you for it. {Spoiler alert – plot point] I have an Annoying Fan Question: If human wizards can turn into giant birds powerful enough to soar with the wind while carrying a full-grown human and on Earth seabirds are known to be able to cross entire oceans sailing on wind currents for days at a time without ever touching down… does anyone ever visit the other significant landmasses? If not, why not? And if so, what… Read more »
Christopher M. Chupik
Guest
Christopher M. Chupik

Well, you see, a wizard did it.

Er, um . . .

Leah
Guest

speaking of which – congratulations on the win!

alexcurylo
Member

Heh. I remember a few decades back when I was published in Dragon Magazine a few times and I was over the moon when Roger Moore put Larry Elmore art on one of my Star Frontiers articles. Great feeling isn’t it? 🙂

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