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Last year (1999), John Marco electrified fantasy fans with his military, high-fantasy epic, The Jackal of Nar, which recently claimed Barnes & Noble's Maiden Voyage trophy, a reader's choice award that honors the best science fiction or fantasy first novel of the year. In this exclusive bn.com essay, the talented Marco spreads the word about his complex, masterfully crafted young series, which now proceeds with the gripping second volume, The Grand Design. Enjoy!
Barnes & Noble has graciously invited me to speak to you, and I'd like to use this opportunity to express my appreciation to all of you, my fellow fantasy fans.
Recently, Barnes & Noble informed me that my debut novel, The Jackal of Nar, has been chosen as the winner of its annual Maiden Voyage Award. This award is voted on by readers who choose their favorite debut science fiction/fantasy novel of the past year. To put it plainly, I was shocked by the news that my novel had won. But I was also very pleased, because an award granted by the readers has a special significance. Many of you have given my Tyrants and Kings series a warm reception. Since the publication of The Jackal of Nar, I have received hundreds of emails from readers. Some of you have had questions, others have just wanted to tell me that they've enjoyed the first book and are looking forward to the next in the series. So to all of you, my most sincere thanks. Your support and letters have been greatly appreciated.
Of course, not all of you have heard of my series, so it's a great pleasure for me to introduce you to it now. But it's also a challenge, because describing the series has always been difficult for me. Like any epic fantasy tale, there's a lot to discover within its pages. Put simply, Tyrants and Kings is the story of two continents at war. Yet it's also more than that. Like any war, the fictional one created for the series touches the lives of many people, and it's there that the story really takes place, in the hearts and minds of the characters dealing with the terrible consequences of war.
Writing the series has given me the chance to explore themes that have fascinated me since I was a boy. I have tried to create the kind of stories that I myself enjoy reading, full of magic and intrigue and armies on the march, where even in the throes of a great battle, one man or woman can make a difference. The books are about normal people caught up in extraordinary circumstances. Few characters are completely good or bad, for they all believe in their own causes. So to me, Tyrants and Kings is a tale about people. Wizards, soldiers, and strong, resourceful women form the basis of the stories. Throughout the books, the characters struggle to grow and mature, finding their way through the complex, magical world of Nar.
The next book in the series, The Grand Design, has just been released by Bantam Spectra. It expands the world of The Jackal of Nar and brings many new characters into the fold. It's a tale of revenge and loss, but it's also about redemption.
I'm very grateful to Barnes & Noble for their Maiden Voyage Award and for giving me the chance to reach readers like you. The truth is, I'm a lucky guy. I get to write about things that fascinate me and share my stories with readers around the world. I hope you enjoy the Tyrants and Kings series as much as I enjoy writing it.
So, thank you for taking the time to find out a little about me and my work. If you'd like to learn more, feel free to visit my web site at www.tyrantsandkings.com. The site is updated each month with a new giveaway contest, and I'd love to have you all participate.
Best Regards, John Marco