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    • January 2015. And then a year after that for the third. Tor has already released the cover for The Providence of Fire, which I’ve got kicking around here on the blog somewhere…

      • The first book was quite enjoyable, and I look forward to the sequel. But please, as an educated man and a teacher as well as a professional writer, look up the words “flaunt” and “flout” (and perhaps show the definitions to your editor) before publishing the next book. (And yes, this comes from the idiot who can’t seem to figure out how to leave his own comment and must do so by clicking “Reply”).

        • This is a great catch! I just went back through the manuscript, and there are two instances, just as you say, in which “flaunt” is used where it should be “flout”. Thanks for pointing it out, and rest assured, the flauntings and the floutings of books two and three will be handled with more care!

          • Hi Brian! I hope this makes it to you. Jamie Baker here from your old Seacoast days. Your book is fantastic – I thorougly enjoyed it for the action, suspense, mystery, religion, relationships, and many other reasons. Best of luck with #2 and #3 – can’t wait to read them. Jamie (living in Portsmouth with my wife and two young kids)

      • BOOOOO! I have finished the Emperor’s Blades and am dying for it to continue… another year that’s rough :) Keep up the good work.

  1. Hey Brian, I’m a big fan of your book (Tor has some good taste), the second half really took it up a notch for me. I just stumbled onto the blog and it’s really cool seeing you contribute to the writing community with the AMA and the posts (goat-fucker killed me with how good that is). Anyway, looking forward to the next book

  2. Just finished reading Emperor’s Blades. It’s the best thing I’ve read in at least a couple years, and it’s so good I’ve already started re-reading it! Outstanding work and I’m counting the months until the release of book 2!

    • So glad you enjoyed it, and pleased that you think it’s worth a re-read. I’m actually listening to the audiobook version now (haven’t had a chance to listen to it yet). Simon Vance (the narrator) does a great job, but this must be the thousandth time and I have to confess, a thousand re-reads is feeling like a few too many! At any rate, thanks very much for getting in touch — can’t wait to hear what you think of The Providence of Fire…

    • Thanks for getting in touch, Brian! I’m thrilled that you enjoyed the book. As for an pronunciation guide — I really should put one up on my blog here. I’ll do that some day when I have a few spare hours. It was funny going through the process with the audiobook. Simon Vance, the narrator, emailed me a list of about 150 names and terms. I called him back, and he recorded all my pronunciations. I didn’t realize there were so many until I sat down to review the list…

  3. I enjoyed this book greatly, a very good read. I was actually quite disappointed when I realized that I have to wait a whole year for the next one! Rest assured I’ll be reading the next one once it’s released though. Keep up the good work!

  4. Just spent the day reading The Emperor’s Blades. Not often I read a book in a day but I couldn’t put it down. Anxiously awaiting the next book. Hope you can write for many years to come.

    • Thanks, Bob! I, too, am hoping to write for a long time. I’ve got a word document on my desktop with ideas for future books, a lot of stand-alones that I’d like to write when I finish this series. We’ll see how many of them I get to!

  5. You fully deserve the success that is coming your way. And thanks for raising the coolness factor of those named Brian. Not enough famous people named Brian…

    • Thanks, Brian! I hadn’t really thought about it, but we don’t really have a lot of famous Brians, do we? There’s Brian Williams, Brian Boitano, and Brian Boru — those were the only ones that sprang immediately to mind. I’m going to have to have a conversation with my parents about this. I want some explanations! They could have named me, oh, I don’t know, Charlemagne, or Augustus…

  6. Great story Brian! I’ve read through old and newer fantasies, and yours is a refreshing, awesome read! Simon Vance did a superb job with the narration and voices, too!! Will eagerly await your next book!!

    • Thanks, Dan! Simon is real pro. No idea how I was lucky enough to land him, but I really thought he nailed it. Glad to hear someone else agrees! Makes me want to go check out his narration of the Hilary Mantel novels…

  7. I just finished The Emporer’s Blades. It was wonderful. I look forward with great anticipation to your next iteration of this story line. Thank you.

      • Not sure how Chuck came accross it but I actually found it whilst reading the blog of the guy who drew the map for you! Very glad I did, like many others this is the best book I’ve read for a long time and I can’t seem to get it out of my head. Keep up the good work, I’m looking forward to having all 3 hardbacks up on my bookshelf along with all the other greats.

        • I love that map. In fact, I have a small obsession with maps, so I really enjoyed reading Isaac’s post about how he came up with it.

          I’m thrilled that you enjoyed the novel. Can’t wait to get The Providence of Fire out into the world. A friend of mine just read a draft and got back to me saying, “Wow. Shit really goes down in this second one.”

  8. Hi Brian! I just finished your book and I agree with others above that it’s one of the best I’ve read in a while. I was introduced to it on TOR.com where they published the first chapter. Then when it was offered in the science fiction book of the month club I remembered it and tried it out. Loved it! I’ll be waiting for the sequel. Now I have to wait for this one as well as Patrick Rothfuss’ sequel. Aaargh! Keep up the good work!

    • Hi Tami! It was really good of Tor to release the first chapters — I’ve run into a whole bunch of people who picked up the book because of them, which is great, and also a few who said, “Oh, this isn’t really my cup of tea,” which is great in a different way. Saved them the bucks of buying a book they didn’t really want. I’m surprised more publishers don’t do this more often, actually.

    • Glad to hear you’re enjoying the book, Thelonious. As for the cursing, I’m aware that it can be a turn-off for some readers —
      my own father among them! — but it does seem necessary to the creation of character. After all, the book includes all manner of people, monks and murderers, priests and politicians. It would seem odd to me, even false, if NONE of these characters cursed. I have, however, tried to be judicious. You may notice, for instance, that none of the monks drop the f-bomb, including Kaden. That kind of emotional overflow and verbal imprecision just isn’t in keeping with their training, beliefs, or lifestyle. The Kettral, on the other hand, swear pretty frequently. The narrator never does. Anyway, I realize that might not obviate your difficulty with the swearing, but I thought I’d provide a little insight into my thinking, at least. Thanks for getting in touch!

  9. Congratulation on your exciting series. I’d like to talk to you about a Q&A to be published on my writer friendly blog closer to the release of Book #2. If interested in the details lets switch to email….

  10. Just finished the audio version of the book and liked the narrator (peculiar accents and all). I liked the qualities and complexity of the characters along with the multiple but linked plots. You remind me of several other good writers (Michael Sullivan, Brian Sanderson, George Martin) which I believe is good company to be in. I look forward to your next novel (let audiobook know that you are close to releasing and we can preorder). regards bdh

    • Thanks, Brian. I thought Simon did a bang-up job with the narration. It’s always interesting to hear someone else’s interpretation of my characters’ voices. Sort of like seeing Richard Anderson’s artwork on the cover (which I also love)…

  11. All I can say is crap! Just found out I have to wait till next year for the second book. Maybe you can suggest some authors for me that write like you? The book was really good. Btw tan is my fave lol. I knew he was deeper than he let on.

    • Thanks, Donna! So glad to hear you enjoyed the book. I wouldn’t presume to say what other authors write like me, but I can give you a short list of authors I enjoy: Ursula Le Guin’s Earthsea books are old, but just brilliant. Joe Abercrombie is a little darker than I am, but I think his novel The Heroes is a triumph. N.K. Jemisin’s The Killing Moon is set in an alternate Egypt, and I’d say it’s one of the most fully imagined and moving stories I’ve read in quite a while. Guy Gavriel Kay is another great writer: everyone loves Tigana, but I like The Last Light of the Sun even better. That’s a little to get you started, anyway. I imagine you’ve read some of these already?

      As far as Rampuri Tan goes, he’s one of my favorites to write. Along with Pyrre. Can’t get enough of Pyrre…

  12. I love reading books that have a plot line that I haven’t seen before and book 1 is absolutely amazing. You’re simply amazing solely based of the fact that you wrote something that invoked emotions. I got angry, upset, happy, then the cycle starts over. I can’t wait for the next book, and you are now on my favorite authors list!

    • Thanks, Victoria! So delighted to hear that I put you through some emotional turmoil. Brace yourself for more in book two; things get harder for all of our heroes before they even begin to get easier…

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