There’s nothing quite like a debut novel, particularly a sci-fi and fantasy debut: it’s a chance to meet a new storyteller, and explore an entirely new world. This October, Ace Books will introduce us to Ed McDonald, whose postapocalyptic fantasy debut Blackwing will transport us to a blighted world, where one man will make a desperate bid to escape his destiny.
Blackwing is the first book in the Ravens Mark series, a moniker that makes sense once you see the cover art, designed in-house for the publisher by Adam Auerbach. See the fiery image below the official summary. The book arrives on October 3, 2017.
Set on a postapocalyptic frontier, Blackwing is a gritty fantasy debut about a man’s desperate battle to survive his own dark destiny…
Under its cracked and wailing sky, the Misery is a vast and blighted expanse, the arcane remnant of a devastating war with the immortals known as the Deep Kings. The war ended nearly a century ago, and the enemy is kept at bay only by the existence of the Engine, a terrible weapon that protects the Misery’s border. Across the corrupted no-man’s-land teeming with twisted magic and malevolent wraiths, the Deep Kings and their armies bide their time. Watching. Waiting.
Bounty hunter Ryhalt Galharrow has breathed Misery dust for twenty bitter years. When he’s ordered to locate a masked noblewoman at a frontier outpost, he finds himself caught in the middle of an attack by the Deep Kings, one that signifies they may no longer fear the Engine. Only a formidable show of power from the very woman he is seeking, the Lady Ezabeth Tanza, repels the assault.
Ezabeth is a shadow from Galharrow’s own grim past, and together they stumble onto a web of conspiracy that threatens to end the fragile peace the Engine has provided. Galharrow is not ready for the truth about the blood he’s spilled or the gods he’s supposed to serve…
Ed McDonald has spent many years moving between different professions, cities and countries, but the only thing any of them share in common is that they have allowed him the time to write. He currently lives with his wife in London, a city that provides him with constant inspiration, where he works as a university lecturer. When he’s not grading essays or wrangling with misbehaving plot lines he can usually be found fencing with longswords, rapiers or whatever else comes to hand.